The first leg from New York to Frankfurt was great, but the long 12-hour leg from Frankfurt to Singapore onboard the Singapore Airlines A380 in Suites Class was simply sublime.
Singapore Suites A380: 12 Hours Of Bliss
After a 90-minute layover in Frankfurt (no first class lounge access, which is reserved for Lufthansa Group only, but I did enjoy a strong cappuccino and fresh orange juice in the Lufthansa Senator Lounge), it was time to continue SQ25 from Frankfurt to Singapore. The JFK-FRA flights was nice, but this was truly the flight I was looking forward to…12 hours is actually enough time to fully enjoy a product, even on a daytime service.
I entered from the upper deck again, but proceeded down the front staircase and had a peek downstairs. Returning upstairs, I marveled at the design of cabin…I do think this is the most beautiful first class cabin in the world.
The crew was superb on this flight…I will introduce them in more detail when I publish my full trip report, but just like on the first leg, I could not have asked for better service. The crew was the perfect blend of attentive without being overbearing and personable while maintaining the highest degree of professionalism.
We took off on time and were soon above the cloudy morning in Frankurt. I changed into pajamas and prepared for another feast. The cabin is quite spacious and private when the door is closed.
Lunch service began with satay, which tasted just like it does ex-Singapore.
Champagne was free-flowing.
The only problem was that I was still full from the previous flight…and now lunch was just beginning. Singapore offers a dine-on-demand concept in first class, but I chose to eat anyway in hopes of sleeping for 8-9 hours between meals, especially since I did not really sleep on the first leg.
The caviar was nicely presented and I loved the blinis.
The “Book The Cook” menu was actually quite limited, but I decided to try the filet mignon once again. This time it was served with a herb curst and cooked tomatoes, butternut squash, asparagus, and dauphinoise (potatoes au gratin).
This time, the beef came out a very nice medium:
I really should have stopped there, but had some cheese…
…followed by sweets.
At that point my plan was to let the food settle for a bit, and go to sleep. My bed was made and I got comfortable and cozy. Even with the mattress pad I found this bed on the hard side, but the bedding was excellent and I was very comfortable. Although there are not individual air vents, the cabin was also kept at a reasonably cool temperature.
One cool thing about the suite is that the tablet used to control the in-flight-entertainment screen is wireless, which made it easy to utilize while sitting in bed.
I ended up not sleeping nearly as long as I planned…more on that in a bit.
Prior to landing, I had breakfast…the 10 hours between meals did restore some hunger.
First, I had fruit salad, yogurt, and a freshly-baked croissant.
Next, baked eggs with sausage and mushroom.
I concluded the meal with an espresso macchiato. The illy coffee is good onboard, but not industry-leading.
We landed in Singapore before sunrise and I bid the crew goodbye. How wonderful they were.
There is so much more I have to share from this flight…and will do so in the days ahead when I publish a full review.
Flying SQ25 from New York to Singapore via Frankfurt fulfilled a years-long dream and despite the rather hard bed, the Singapore Airlines A380 in Suites Class is absolutely one of the best first class products in the world. In terms of privacy, it is only paralleled by Emirates’ new 777 first class and the Etihad A380 Apartments, and I found the service onboard to be at an even higher level.
Would I do this flight again? In a heartbeat. This is the height of flying commercial.
Later today, though, I want to share one amusing aspect of this flight…stay tuned for that.