Review – British Airways First Class Sydney To Singapore (My First Bird Strike!)

This is long overdue so here it is..

A few weeks ago Singapore Airlines announced that they would be operating their A350 for a few weeks to Melbourne. This was supposed to start September 1 however they brought forward for some unknown reason.

I fell in love with the A350 when I flew Qatar’s and I defiantly wanted to trial Singapore Airlines aircraft. I originally booked to depart Melbourne on SQ then fly on British Airways back leaving a 20 hour layover which isn’t very good when I can’t check into a hotel so I canceled both bookings and restarted the planning.

British Airways first class has been controversial topic between bloggers recently. So I decided to see for myself what the product is like.

BA16 operates LHR-SIN-SYD-SIN-LHR so majority of passengers are connecting onto London however you can just fly each single segment if you want to.

First class passengers and Oneworld emerald’s can access the fantastic Qantas first class lounge.

Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney

Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney

 

British Airways First Class

British Airways First Class

The first cabin is in a configuration of 1-2-1 consisting of 14 seats.

British Airways First Class Cabin

British Airways First Class Cabin

Awaiting at your seat is a light blanket, headphones, amenity kit and pyjamas. The pyjamas where one of the best I’ve worn for airline pyjamas. Flight attendant Femi came around and welcomed me onboard, she was very friendly and you could tell she loved her job.

Light Blanket And Headphones

Light Blanket And Headphones

Pyjamas and Amenity Kit

Pyjamas and Amenity Kit

As you settle in the crew come around and offer a pre departure beverage and selection of nuts.

Coke and Nuts

Coke and Nuts

Seat 1K

Seat 1K

The seat sadly doesn’t have too many storage options however, this is apparently just the 777 with the lack of seat storage. However, the coat hanger built into the seat is a fantastic feature especially if you have clothes that you don’t want wrinkled.

Coat/Clothes Storage

Coat/Clothes Storage

Another cool feature of the British Airways first is the electronic window blind. I’m a big fan of the blue mood lighting.

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The flight took off on time and was smooth but very different to another takeoff I’ve had. On rotation we hit birds which I only found out after having a chat with him in the cockpit. Luckily the birds hit the nose cone and didn’t cause too much damage but that a first for me.

We levelled out at 34,000 feet and the meal service began. Sadly I didn’t get the menu for photos.

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Bread Roll

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Beef With Vegetables and Potato

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Strawberry Mouse

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Chocolate Lave Cake With Compote

I’ve had some great meals on flights and these were brilliant. The meat was nice and juicy and tender and the desserts were brilliant hence I had two of them.

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The IFE controls are located near the small lamp on the side of the seat. The IFE is a little on the slow side but perfectly usable.

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Below that is the window shade, lights and seating controls.

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After just 7 hours we commended out decent into Singapore Changi airport.

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British Airways 777 First Class

British Airways 777 First Class

Bottom Line

Overall my British Airways flight exceeded my expectations. The crew were absolutely brilliant and really made the flight feel welcoming and enjoyable. Is it Etihad apartments? No but for 7 hours this is perfectly acceptable.

Coming Up – Singapore Airlines A350 Business Class, British Airways First

The past few weeks haven’t been extremely exciting just various domestic flights for requalifying for elite status however next week I’ve got some International travel planned and I’m very excited about it.

I’m headed over to Singapore for a day and a night to review 2 products I’ve wanted to try for a while now but I’ll also be reviewing the lounges and transit hotel so stay tuned for those.

To get to Singapore I’ll be flying on Singapore Airlines with their A350 from Melbourne. I’am extremely excited to fly on the A350 again and to fly on Singapore Airlines is always a very pleasant experience.

This ticket was a paid fare and will make my Dad platinum with Virgin Australia as I have over qualified for my status this year.

Singapore Airlines A350 Business Class (Image: thedesignair.net)

Singapore Airlines A350 Business Class (Image: thedesignair.net)

Going home from Singapore I will be flying on whats known as the ‘’worlds best business class’’ — British Airways first class. I’ve wanted to see just how good/bad it is and I’m happy to finally be able to review it

This ticket was a redemption through AAdvantage for 40,000 miles. Not a bad redemption as the cost of the ticket can be very high.

British Airways 777 First Class (image: theme.co.uk)

British Airways 777 First Class (image: theme.co.uk)

The other reviews I’ll be doing are Singapore Airlines Melbourne lounge, Aerotel Changi airport and the newly renovated Concorde room in Singapore.

Summary

I’m extremely excited for this trip and I’m sure I’ll enjoy all of it and know for sure I’ll be tired 😉