Singapore Airlines Business Class : SQ825 Shanghai to Singapore
In recent years Singapore Airlines has introduced a regional business class pod style angled lie flat seat. It debuted on the airlines new fleet of Airbus A330-300 aircraft and since then many Boeing 777-200 aircraft have been refitted with the new seat. They are used on the longer regional routes (4-6 hours) out of Singapore to places like China, Korea and India. I recently had the opportunity to try the product out of Shanghai on a red eye flight to Singapore.
So, after arriving from Seoul I cleared immigration as a transit without visa passenger and headed back upstairs to the check-in hall for flight SQ825 to Singapore.
|Shanghai Pudong Check-in Hall
|Singapore Airlines Check-in
Once through passport control it was onward to the Shanghai Airlines lounge which I had been given an invitation to during check-in. This was formerly a Star Alliance lounge but Shanghai Airlines recently defected to Skyteam to match up with it's parent company China Eastern. In the absence of any other Star lounge Singapore Airlines still uses this lounge as it's contract lounge in Shanghai. I wanted a shower so was handed a key to one of the shower rooms as I arrived.
|The Shower Room at the Shanghai Airlines lounge
|Which VIP lounge to visit?
|My bird for tonight - as seen from the lounge
|9V-SQM is our aircraft tonight
Boarding was via door 1 and door 2, with door 1 being business class only. With only about a dozen or so business passengers boarding was quick. It was mid December so you will notice some Christmas decorations in the cabin which is something Singapore Airlines do every year.
|Business Class Cabin
|Business Class Cabin
options and quite large screens to watch.
|Seated in Business
|Big screen inflight entertainment and storage facilities
|Seat controls are under the armrest
|Pudong At night
|The beef option
|The lamb option
|Cheese and Fruit
The rest of the flight was in total darkness as we all slept through the night (only about 3 or 3.5 hours by the time supper was over). I found the bed perfectly comfortable and it seemed more flat than other angled lie flats I've tried on Thai and Asiana. I managed a decent sleep anyway. Although amenity kits were not on offer you could still get eye-shades and socks and there was plenty of bathroom amenities in the lavatories.
We landed in Singapore in darkness before 6am and it was time to go find some breakfast before heading out to the city and Universal Studios! The entire flight was perfect in every way, the service is just that little bit more polished than you get on Thai Airways, and the food was significantly better than Thai and much more nicely presented.