Singapore Airlines Business Class: NRT-SIN A380
Singapore Airlines introduced their new Business Class seats on their A380 at the end of 2017 and I was lucky to be able to fly it earlier this year before all A380’s were grounded due to COVID-19. I redeemed 95,000 Singapore Airlines miles plus SGD 50 in taxes for Business Class from LAX-NRT then NRT-SIN then SIN-DPS. With a 15hr overnight layover in Tokyo and a 23 hour overnight layover in Singapore it allowed me to try 3 different aircrafts (777-300ER, A380 & 787-10) plus grab some food in these amazing cities.
After arriving Tokyo from LAX, I took the train to Shinjuku and made it there in record time (<2hr from arrival to the gate) although it required a bit of running through the train stations on the Skyliner and Yamanote lines. Tokyo was preparing for the 2020 Olympics with plenty of signage around the city as well as taxi’s branded for it. I stayed at the Hyatt Regency Tokyo as it’s walkable from Shinjuku station as well as an excellent redemption of the annual free night with Hyatt’s credit card. The 6AM sunrise was beautiful from the room looking south towards the Park Hyatt Tokyo. I was able to snag a quick breakfast at Sushi Tokyo Ten just above the Narita Express tracks at Shinjuku station. The Chirashi bowl with green tea was excellent and a great way to start my day in Tokyo. I boarded the NEX (Narita Express) and decided to book Green Class (First Class) for the ride. It was empty until reaching Tokyo station and we picked up a few more passengers. It was so nice to have plenty of space and a quiet cabin at 7:30AM. Paying for Green Class isn’t for everyone, but spoil yourself every so often.
I arrived NRT and proceeded to do a bit of shopping for gifts to bring home although they were in for a long journey via Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and finally the USA. The ANA Business Class Lounge is accessible by Singapore Airlines Business Class passengers so I stopped in for a snack at the noodle bar as I can’t pass it up. Just as tasty as it always has been.
Boarding for the flight began around 30 minutes prior to departure and I boarded to the upper deck of the A380. This was my first time on their newly retrofitted A380 plane and the first time flying Business Class on their A380. The last time I was on the upper deck with Singapore Airlines was flying Economy Class at the back of the plane in 2013. I booked seat 97D which was the last row of the plane in the center. The flight wasn’t too full so seat 97F was available next to me so I was able to make a double bed out of the 2 seats 🙂 This was an amazing way to spend the 8 hour flight to Singapore. The flight attendant offered a glass of champagne and water prior to takeoff. It was 5 o’clock somewhere. The new seats were advanced with large TV’s, touchscreen remotes, power and plenty of USB charging ports. They even had a RFID reader for future use to personalize your experience.
After takeoff, lunch service was offered. It started with satay and a shrimp salad. My main course was booked prior to the flight using the Book The Cook service. Flying from Tokyo, I selected a fish dish and went with Grilled tuna w/ vinegared white miso. For dessert, I enjoyed chocolate ice cream along with a Singapore Sling drink. The entire meal service was excellent! I’m still impressed with Singapore Airlines quality and top notch service.
WiFi was included for Business Class passengers using your seat # and last name. They included 100MB of data which was enough for iMessage, WhatsApp and email. The speeds were plenty fast at 8Mbps down and 2Mbps up.
After my lunch settled, it was time to sleep and take advantage of the double bed. The partition lowers enough where you can stuff some blankets down to make it a flat surface. I slept all the way to Singapore with just 30 minutes left prior to landing. It was amazing! Singapore Airlines didn’t disappoint.
We landed in Singapore and I took the tram to check out the new waterfall inside The Jewel, while waiting for my friend to land from SFO. Wow! I wish I could’ve spent more time in the new mall/terminal.
Conclusion: This is the best Business Class flight I’ve had hands down! The double bed in the center is well worth it if you can snag a light load flight. The hospitality onboard by the lovely flight attendants make the experience top notch. I look forward to flying Qatar QSuites and ANA The Room to compare. If you have AMEX or Chase points, transfer them to Singapore Airlines for an amazing experience once the A380’s are flying again post-COVID.