I’m a super big fan of Formula 1 and every year I travel down to Melbourne to catch the Australian Grand Prix, and we usually give ourselves a treat and fly on miles in business. This year round we decided to give ourselves an upgrade and fly First. We booked the morning Singapore Airlines flight from Singapore to Melbourne on the 777-300ER in Old First.
Check-In For Our Flight
We were flying out of Terminal 3 and so we used the dedicated First Class check-in area that Singapore Airlines provides. There’s not a massive difference just that it’s a quicker route through immigration and then to the lounge afterwards, but it’s definitely nice to be pampered!
The check-in was pretty efficient and we proceeded through and went to the Private Room, you can check out the review of that here:
When our flight was called we went down to the gate and there she was:
Once boarding had completed we could see the reason why we were able to book First Class for the flight – we were the only ones in First! Amusingly, the cabin crew even suggested that we could use different seats for either a bed, a desk, and for dining if we wished. We didn’t but I was kind of tempted!
Cabin Configuration on the Singapore Airlines 777-300ER Old First
The First Class cabin is located right at the front of the 777-300ER and features a layout of 1-2-1 the same as you’ll find in business class. On the aircraft we flew the configuration featured a total of 8 First Class seats, but on Singapore Airlines is reducing some of its 777-300ERs down to just 4 First Class seats. That is going to make this kind of redemption much harder in the future.
We chose the back row with the two seats in the middle (2C and 2D), although as I said we could have chosen anything!
The Old First Class Seat
For some reason I didn’t seem to take that many pictures of the seat and its features, I’m going to blame that on the early morning! However considering the seat is a little older it does feel very spacious and comfortable as you’d expect. The controls are pretty basic but functional.
As with business class the seat doesn’t recline flat but instead flips over to form a bed. I didn’t bother as this was a daytime flight to Melbourne, but as with business I’d suggest asking for the turndown service as the crew are well trained and they do make it well.
There’s generous space for your small cabin baggage just in front of you – note my very glamorous bag!
The in-flight entertainment in First Class is great, it really is a large screen (23inch LCD) and unlike in Business Class it’s not be scratched by passengers and their things (I talked about this in my A380 Business Class Review recently).
The other great perk of First Class is that you’ll get a set of Bose noise cancelling headphones, I rarely use the headphones provided on flights as they usually don’t stack up to the ones I have myself (Bose QC15s). Personally I’d advise anyone who travels regularly in long-haul to pick up a great pair of noise cancelling headphones as It really makes a difference.
I decided to watch a few movies and started off with the new Star Wars, a great way to spend the first part of the flight – although I wish the actual movie had been better (sorry Star Wars fans!).
Food and Drink on Singapore Airlines First Class
Prior to take-off we were offered a choice of drinks and I opted for Krug Champagne
For the rest of the meal I opted for the Chilled Malossol Caviar, the Celeriac and Pear Cream Soup, the Salad with the Vinegar dressing and then for dessert the Belgium Chocolate mouse cake. I also opted for the cheese course and the coffee at the end. Here’s the full menu:
My wife went for the Double Boiled Chicken soup instead and said it was excellent, so I obviously made the wrong choice! The crew offered if I wanted the other soup but to be honest there was a lot still to come.
After that the main meal was served which arrived extremely well presented. The beef was very tender and overall the meal was good, but I really couldn’t finish the whole thing. Throughout I was getting some top-ups of champagne.
Obviously I chose the angus beef from Book the Cook, but I’m curious to know what everyone chooses as their own options?
After desert I decided to skip the cheese course as I was so full I don’t think that I could have managed anything else. The food is so good on-board that it’s worth thinking about where and when you eat during your whole experience as you have the Private Room and/or lounge to think about too.
As this was a 7 hour flight there was also a smaller meal served which was for me Warm Ciabatta Bread with Smoked Turkey and Cheese, again served with a nice crisp salad garnish. The quality was very good and an excellent snack prior to landing.
Overall my flight was excellent and the crew were fantastic. As I mentioned we were the only ones in First Class so I think we got more attention than usual with all of the staff helping us exclusively.
This was a flight on their old First Class seats, which are still good but not as good as the new First Class seats that we got to fly a week later on our return leg. The review of that will be up shortly.
I’d love to know what your experiences of Singapore Airlines, and what you choose for Book the Cook!