Singapore Airlines operates seven weekly flights from Christchurch on the Airbus A350-900. We reviewed the Business Class service on-board Singapore Airlines to Singapore and beyond to Europe
Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-900
Singapore Airlines operates seven flights a week on the Airbus A350-900 from Christchurch to Singapore.
Singapore Airlines offers 42 seats in Business Class. Check-in is through Business Class check-in counter at the airport where you can enjoy priority handling and swift check-in. At boarding time, there is priority boarding for Business Class passengers where you’re welcomed graciously by the ‘Singapore Girl’ before kicking back in the comfy Business cabin up the front of the aircraft.
Singapore Airlines A350 Business Class
Business Class seating is configured in a 2-4-2 seating arrangement – ideal if you’re travelling as a couple.
The enhanced sense of spaciousness is readily apparent with greater seat width of 49.5 centimetres including a calf-rest and footrest, 96cms seat pitch and 20cms of sweet sleep-inducing recline.
It’s remarkable how just a little bit more space and recline can make such a difference. Individual in-seat power supply, two USB ports, personal in-seat reading light, cocktail table, and additional stowage space for personal items is standard across the class in a well thought out and designed seat. If you’re looking to indulge even more, Business Class on the A350-900 is a radiant affair. You have two seating positions—the Lazy Z, a cradling position that ensures your weight is centered and balanced when you’re sitting down, plus the Sundeck, a lounging position that extends the base and foot of your seat so you can stretch right out and rest your legs on the ottoman. The plush Business Class seats are handcrafted from Scottish leather and diamond-stitched, the seat transforms into a full flat bed, with a cushioned headboard, linen, duvet and pillows.
KrisWorld in-flight entertainment
The KrisWorld entertainment system brims with over 1000 movies, TV, music and gaming selections. Equipped with noise cancelling headphones, the high-definition touch screen monitors are supersized at 33cms, from which I devoured a feast of new-release movies, before nodding off over the Australian outback. On select flights where in-flight WiFi is available, one can keep in touch with family / colleagues on the ground through text and multimedia.
Singapore Airlines’ legendary in-flight dining service features a stirring menu, underpinned by signature dishes crafted by the Airline’s International Culinary Panel. All premium class guests can pre-select their main course up to 24 hours before their flight from the ‘Book the Cook’ menu, which features a wide selection of exquisite dishes.
My in-flight culinary experiences were consistently superb. A great breakfast option is the Singapore hawker dish, White Bee Hoon. This rice vermicelli dish is soaked in rich and thick broth, enriched with fresh squid, prawns, eggs and choy sum. Absolutely sublime.
Other indelible meal selections I plumped for, to and from Europe, included Stuffed Guinea Fowl with Alp Cheese and Tyrolean Ham; Seared Fillet of Barramundi in a lemongrass sauce; and Chicken Roulade with pretzel stuffing. It was dining in excelsis, complemented with fine wines.
The SilverKris Business Class lounge
Transiting en-route to Europe at Changi Airport, I savoured the opportunity to experience SIA’s flagship SilverKris and KrisFlyer Gold Lounges in Terminal 3. Opened just six months ago after a $50million makeover, the new-look lounges have elevated the on-ground guest experience. Collectively, the lounges can now accommodate around 1150 guests, translating to 30% more seats and space. These airside sanctuaries have been meticulously designed with comfort and convenience to the fore, embodying a design ethos of timeless elegance.
The highly-impressive Business Class section of the SilverKris Lounge is 20% larger since the refit, with four distinct seating sections. These include a quiet rest area to catch some shut-eye, a main dining hall with an extensive self-service buffet, a living room area with sofa seats and productivity pods, as well as an open concept courtyard-style area that offers light bites for the traveller on-the-go, plus a full-service bar.
The KrisFlyer Gold Lounge has an open and contemporary design with an expansive runway view to thrill plane-spotters like me. The lounge now includes an expanded dining area and open concept working spaces, as well as dedicated restrooms and shower facilities. There’s a lavish array of meal and drink options including crowd-favourites like the laksa, chwee kueh, and freshly steamed dim sum.
Singapore Airline’s longstanding commitment to New Zealand transcended the COVID-19 pandemic, through the continuation of limited passenger and cargo services. Key trade channels remained easily accessible to New Zealand producers and essential freight could be imported.
SIA operates services from Auckland and Christchurch with a current total of 21 flights a week to Singapore, including Auckland services to Singapore operated by alliance partner Air New Zealand. Singapore Airlines operates a total of 21 services from New Zealand (Auckland and Christchurch). Guests can connect to over 98 destinations on Singapore Airlines from New Zealand.
Mike Yardley travelled as a guest of Singapore Airlines.