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Singapore Airlines A380 Suites PEK-SIN SQ807 - A Journey Tracing Excellence

A review on my trip onboard Singapore Airlines' (old) Airbus A380 in Suites from PEK-SIN.

Background:

This trip is booked with a mere 35,000 Singapore Airlines Krisflyer miles transferred from American Express + 5.6$ in taxes! (See previous post for Krisflyer guide and how to get 100,000 miles from cards!)

After a brief stay in Beijing, I arrived at the check in area 3 hours prior the flight to find the Check-In line for Suites Class empty. Beijing has regularly scheduled one daily flight on A380 to Singapore, and the rest are on variations of 777 throughout the year. This afternoon flight is the only flight with Suites though - so be sure to check it out when you are looking to book! Side note: award availability is always very good on this flight - especially in Business Class and Suites!

When I arrived at the counter, a nice SQ ground agent helped me out with check in quickly, and I received boarding passes and a golden Private Room Invitation for my layover in Singapore while waiting for my onward flight. I was told that I was eligible to use the Air China First Class Lounge in Beijing and was informed that there would be a slight delay in departure due to late inbound aircraft. In Beijing, Singapore Airlines sometimes uses contracted Air China staff at some check in counters, but Suites/Business class counters are usually staffed by the SQ agents.

After passing through security and spending some time in the Air China First Class lounge, I arrived at the boarding gate E08 right on time for priority boarding. That's where I found that 9V-SKI is the whale that would bring me to Singapore! On an interesting note, 9V-SKI was originally painted in the "SG50" livery but returned to the regular livery in Jun 2017.

Boarding went in an extremely orderly fashion. Looked like a rather full flight to Singapore!

There were 3 jet-bridges connected to the A380, with one exclusively for Suites passenger. There was a ground agent strictly enforcing the "separation" at the entrance of the Suites jet-bridge, which I found quite interesting.

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After a name greeting followed by a nice welcome, I was escorted to my suite 3A. Just recently, Singapore Airlines has redone the upholstery in the suites cabin so the cabin did not feel old despite being around for 10 years. Best I could tell the product itself was more or less identical to the “old” one. The only difference was the finishes — the seat featured much darker leather. (still wowed by the fact that this suite design was introduced in 2007...) There are four rows of seats along the windows. Row two kind of looks at the stairs and closet, so it does feel quite private.I strongly recommend 3A/K though on the A380 as they are the only ones with THREE windows instead of two.

The load was light in Suites on the flight - only a 4/12, with each passenger occupying a window, leaving the middle suites empty. The seat was very comfortable and had a good amount of padding. I loved the color tone and the quilted leather, which are part of the Singapore Airlines branding now.

Meanwhile, during the boarding process, a welcome drink was offered. I asked for the classic Apple Cooler mocktail.

Since it was only a daytime 6 hour medium haul, pajamas and amenity kit were not offered (sadly). Therefore, the pajamas on the previous LAX-ICN leg came into handy!

I figured someone might be interested in the seat control itself. There were various control panels around the suite, including a remote (slightly outdated given the condition nowadays).

Charging ports were available for use after takeoff. (very impressed by all the connection options!)

After several minutes, the Chief Stewardess personally came to distribute the inflight menu. However, I would always recommend prebooking meals through the amazing Book the Cook program on SQ flights - which I did.

On flights to/from Chinese destinations (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing), there's also a ”食全食美“ menu to choose from - which alludes to "exquisite Chinese cuisine". I was quite tempted to choose the menu, but figured that I would stick to the book the cook selection.

International choices were available as well for sure.

We pushed back soon with a slight delay. However, we took off only with a short wait (which I consider pretty surprising given that this was Beijing International Airport where the takeoff queue can be really loooooooong often times!)

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