Singapore Airlines Announce Singapore – Jakarta – Sydney Services

Singapore airlines has just announced that they will starting a Singapore – Jakarta – Sydney service from November 23rd.

Per Singapore Airlines.

Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President South West Pacific Tan Tiow Kor said the new route caters to strong passenger demand.

“Australia and Indonesia are two of Singapore Airlines’ most popular routes in our global network,” Mr Tan said.

“The new Singapore-Jakarta-Sydney service is another example of our longstanding commitment to Australia and the South West Pacific region.

“We are pleased to increase the choices our customers have when it comes to flying from Sydney to Singapore and now Sydney to Jakarta.”

The airline will be using their 777-200ER aircraft that feature’s their older business class seating.

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Flight schedule (all times local)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Departs Singapore at 2015, arrives in Jakarta at 2100

Then departs Jakarta at 2225, arrives in Sydney at 0930 the next day

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Departs Sydney at 1100, arrives in Jakarta at 1435

Then departs Jakarta at 1535, arrives in Singapore at 1810

Bottom Line

It’s nice to see Singapore add a new service through Jakarta which I’d say will be quite popular.

Review – Singapore Airlines A350 Business Class Singapore To Melbourne

I’m finally getting through these photos which were corrupted, but progress is finally being made in recovering them!

Anyway, I was headed home from Singapore, and the main reason for my visit was to fly on their new A350 which has been operating to Melbourne for the past few weeks.

I left the SilverKris business class lounge and headed to my gate. The aircraft just arrived, and passengers were still disembarking so I decided just to wait at the gate area as the lounge was a bit of a walk and I would have gotten there when boarding commenced.

Boarding 

Boarding was a bit chaotic, so I wasn’t the first onboard, but anyway, I snapped some photos as I made it to my seat 21A

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The seats are very comfortable and impressively broad, and the mood lighting is always a cool feature.

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Seat 21A

These are the new business class seats which are fitted on all A350’s and selected 777’s. They are similar to Singapore’s new first class.

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Front Of The Seat

Singapore Airlines have a brilliant IFE system loaded with an impressive amount of new and classic entertainment. I also loved the tab at the top which made the screen tilt down which is very useful when you’re lying flat.

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IFE Controller

The seat has quite a bit of storage in the seat which is always a positive.

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Tray Table and Storage

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Seat Storage

In seat power and a USB port.

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Side Seat Storage

Water and a headset.

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Seat Controls

Various lighting and seat controls.

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Seat Lights

More light controls on the top right side of the seat.

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The crew came through and introduced themselves and handed out slippers, an eye mask and socks.

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Footwell

The footwell is a little small but perfectly fine.

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The seatbelt and smoke signs are electronic, kind of cool hey?

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Such a lovely looking wing.

All the food and beverage menus are listed below:

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Cruise

I was impressed to find the 7-hour flight would have 3 courses, Breakfast, lunch and dinner. The flight departed at 8:00 in the morning.

First I had a continental breakfast with orange juice and a cappuccino.

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for my appetiser for lunch, I had the scallops which were absolutely perfect.

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And lastly I had the Punjabi Tandoori which also was brillaint. Well done SQ!

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The crew offered a cheesecake which wasn’t on the menu.

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Lastly, I had some cheese and crackers to finish off.

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One thing I heard about the A350 was the improved wifi. When I did their A380, my bill was very high as they didn’t have set plans. I learnt my lesson the hard way…

Well, I was pleased to see the wifi on the A350 had set plans, and they were quite reasonable.

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The best part? The speed was impressive, and I got a large amount of work done. It’s funny that the upload speed was faster onboard than my cable internet at home with Telstra.

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Sadly the flight was coming to an end, but I loved my second experience with SQ.

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Wing View

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Engine View

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Business Class Cabin

On approach, we passed a large storm cell which looked impressive from the air!

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As I couldn’t get photos during boarding, I had a look around when we arrived in rainy Melbourne.

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Singapore Airlines Premium Economy

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Singapore Airlines A350 Business Class

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Bottom Line

I was extremely impressed with both the soft and hard product onboard Singapore Airlines A350. I’ve now done 2 A350’s with a few more coming soon. They are definitely my favourite aircraft.

 

Review – Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Class Lounge Singapore

These review’s from my Singapore trip are overdue however I’m finally recovering photos from my hard drive that had a bit of a fall and doesn’t work 100%. Anyway..

I left the ambassador transit hotel at around 3’oclock and made my way to the Singapore SilverKris lounges. This is where the business and first class lounges are located as well as the private room for suites class passengers.

Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounges

Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounges

Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounges

Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounges

Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounges

Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounges

Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounges

Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounges

Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Class Lounge

Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Class Lounge

These photo’s had to get a lot of exposure added to them as the light was absolutely shocking. There is no natural light which wasn’t a problem, but the lights were just so dull.

Seating Area

Seating Area

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Seating Area

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Seating In The Dining Area

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Library Seating Area

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Buffet Area

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Buffet Area

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Large Seating Area

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Seating Area

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Coffee And Tea Facilities

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Bar With Various Alcohol

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Self Serve Wine

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Champagne On Ice

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Water, Juices and Soda

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Water And Ice

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Dining Seating

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PC Area

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Telephone Booths

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Reception Desks

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Meeting Rooms

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Bathrooms

Bottom Line

I have previously only visited the private room, and it was great however the lounges are getting quite aged. The only fault with the lounge that annoyed me was the lack of light.

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 😉

Singapore’s Gold Medal Winner Gets a Nice Present From Singapore Airlines

It’s no doubt Singapore has been extremely happy with their Gold medal they won in this year’s Olympic games. So there was definitely going to be some celebration in the country.

As well as winning a Gold medal Joseph Schooling got a very nice present from Singapore’s home carrier ‘Singapore Airlines’. They gave the olympic swimmer Krisflyer Gold status as well as 1 million Krisflyer miles, that’s a lot of suites redemptions!

Here is the Facebook post:

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Here is the picture of Joseph receiving his card. Courtesy of Singapore Airlines Facebook page.

I think the idea from the airline is genius! Well done to Joseph for the gold medal, I just hope he doesn’t buy toasters with those miles 😉

My Next Trip: Singapore The Very Long Way!

Since I started using miles and points for flights there has always been several airlines/products I have wanted to try, so I’ve constructed a trip that will allow me to finally review them.

  1. Lufthansa First Class

Since I first read about what Lufthansa first class offered I was very interested in trying it. The separate first class terminal and being driven to the plane is very appealing. The dinning also looks brilliant both in the lounge and onboard, also those rubber ducks are brilliant ;). Jokes aside I am very excited to be finally trying this product and being able to review it

Another reason for trying Lufthansa is to finally fly on a 747-8. I have flown the -400 birds many times now but am very excited to try the aircraft.

The route I will be taking is FRA-LAX.

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Lufthansa First Class (Image: Pinterest)

 

Lufthansa First Class Terminal

Lufthansa First Class Terminal (Image: Wikipedia)

2.   Cathay Pacific First Class 

I’ve done Cathay business class before which I am yet to review and quite enjoyed it but slept just about the whole flight. I am not sure what makes me want to try it so bad but I really am interested in trying it. I have heard some great things about the product.

The route I will be taking is LAX-HKG. So I will be able to access the Qantas first class lounge in Los Angeles which is very nice.

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Cathay Pacific First Class (Image: Cathay Pacific)

The whole trip is quite last-minute due to Cathay Pacific, Etihad and Lufthansa opening first reward seats quite late.

The routing is as follows:

  • SYD-BKK (Thai First)
  • BKK-AUH (Etihad First)
  • AUH-LHR( Etihad First)
  • LHR-FRA (Lufthansa Business)
  • FRA-LAX (Lufthansa First)
  • LAX-HKG (Cathay First)
  • HKG-SIN (Cathay Business)
  • SIN-SYD (Singapore Business)

There will also be a number of lounges I will be able to review.

  • Singapore Airline Lounge Sydney
  • Thai Royal First Lounge Bangkok
  • Lufthansa First Class Terminal Frankfurt
  • Qantas First Class Lounge Los Angeles
  • SilverKris Business Class Lounge Singapore

As I have already reviewed the Etihad first class lounge in Abu Dhabi and the Pier and Wing in Hong Kong I won’t be reviewing them again.

All of the legs will be a mixture of Alaskan miles, Avianca Lifemiles, AAdvantage miles and American Express membership rewards transferred to Etihad Guest and Krisflyer.

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This will be one crazy, exciting and tiring trip, Am I crazy or is this normal?