I had booked this flight using Singapore Airlines First Class award as part of my research Maximizing Singapore Airlines Krisflyer awards.
There is not a lot of availability for the Singapore Airlines A380 First Class from/to the US but it does exist!
In order to connect from Hong Kong I had booked a Cathay Pacific flight using Avios into NRT (20,000 Avios in Business). That flight was very similar to my recent Cathay Pacific Business Class flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong – the same (somewhat disappointing seating) and not really edible food.
Since it involved a change between carriers I allowed almost 5 hours (though Cathay Pacific would be delayed by one hour).
In order to get through the transfer security at Narita airport it was enough to show my booking confirmation and I walked up to the ANA First Class lounge to get my boarding pass. I did not expect this to work so smoothly.
I will review ANA Airlines First Class lounge at Tokyo (NRT) soon though it was not even close to the Lufthansa First Class Terminal.
From the lounge I made my way to the gate. The boarding area was rather crowded and a lot of eager flyers were waiting to board.
Singapore Airlines has the First Class on the A380 on the lower deck. Just 3 more suits would be occupied that day.
This was my first flight in Singapore Airlines A380 (I had been on Singapore Airlines First Class 777 several times before I started blogging) and it makes the Cathay Pacific First Class (Review) or Emirates First Class (Review) look like Business Class. It’s just so much bigger – it feels a bit like your own private plane.
The flight attendants were extremely professional and friendly. I opted for some Krug champagne prior to take off and asked for Macadamia nuts which were promptly served.
Honestly I felt quite intimated by the sheer space I would have available during this flight. I felt a bit guilty – but oh well – the flight would only be 9 hours – much too short to develop real guilt.
The amenity bags and pajamas were given out and I really liked the amenity kit – I actually kept the fragrance!
I opted to watch a movie and dinner service started to roll around quickly.
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Singapore Airlines First Class Review A380 – Dinner
Dinner started – of course – with Satay and was followed by the appetizer. I requested the caviar to be served on it as well – since I do not eat any of the condiments anyways.
Another round of bread rolls and an excellent salad and the dinner I had pre-booked via ‘Book the Cook’ was served. Sadly this was the weakest part of the dinner – the Sushi was stale and pretty bland.
The dessert and the cheese plate were fantastic and the presentation equally well done.
Singapore Airlines First Class Review A380 – The bed
After dinner the flight attendants made the bed for the double suite in front of me. This is an awesome bed on a plane – it matches a hotel bed in length and width.
I fell asleep quickly and woke up for the breakfast – I was still full from the sumptuous dinner but forced myself to try – and that was good idea since it was really good food as well.
After breakfast – a shower would have been a good idea – but not on this A380 – this will only work on the Emirates A380.
Los Angeles ATC gave us a break-neck approach into LAX – it would have been a challenge for a small regional plane – but the huge Airbus really seem to push it to make the turns.
Singapore Airlines First Class Review A380 – Conclusion
All in all this was a supreme First Class flights – the flight attendants were extremely professional and friendly beyond imagination. The food was top notch and the suite was enormous.
I will consider this the First Class product to be beaten from now on.