Flight Review: Singapore Airlines, Long Haul Economy Class Product
SQ877 Taipei to Singapore
A330 (Mid-Haul Fleet)
Across the fleet in Singapore Airlines, there are 4 different types of economy class product. It was a surprise to find out that their Airbus A330 are also fitted with the same long haul economy class product as their A380 and B777-300ER. Many other airlines usually have a lousier product on their A330, which operates on short to mid haul flights.
Therefore, the next time when you fly with SQ on regional route, you can safely pick the A330 flight to seek for greater comfort on-board.
Taipei Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) to Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)
Dep: TPE 14:25
Arr: SIN 18:50
Total Duration: 4Hr 25Mins
Aircraft type: Airbus A330 (Mid-Haul Fleet)
Seat: 46C (Long Haul Economy Class Product)
Checking-in at Taoyuan International Airport was pretty interesting. Screening of checked-in baggage is at the end of the row, where they will remind passengers to leave only when their baggage successfully leave into the maze. Singapore Airlines operates its flights at Terminal 2, the newer terminal. Ironically, I prefer their newly renovated Terminal 1, which is a lot brighter and more spacious.
Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge
SQ used to operate more flights to Taipei. Currently, the station has become smaller with only 2 daily flights. However, they still have their own SQ Silverkris lounge at the airport.
Although the lounge did not look very appealing with the old fashion furniture, it still has a rewarding tarmac view. There were also a decent spread of good food and drinks, which was good enough for a short wait to the flight. The shower stall is attached with the toilet. Hence, you better pray for yourself, hoping that the person inside is taking a quick shower if you really have an urgent natural call .
Airbus A330 Economy Class Seat Product
The economy class seat product on SQ Airbus A330 is exactly the same as most of the SQ Boeing 777-300ER & A380, which mainly operate on long haul routes. This makes the SQ A330 fleet a better option to fly on regional routes, since the B777-300 & B777-200 (mainly operated on regional routes) are fitted with older seat product.
Singapore Airlines A330 Economy Class Configuration: 2-4-2
Although the A380, most of the B777-300ER and the A330 have the same economy class seat product, the leg room on the A330 is lesser than the other 2 fleets. Larger aircraft type has a larger leg room space.
The in-flight entertainment system feature a 10.6 Inch touch screen display with the newest movies dated back to 3-4 months. Comparing to other airlines, I personally think that they have one of the best and widest selection. There is also an interesting function such as the seat-to-seat call, though I doubt anyone would need it.
Besides the coat hook and the cup holder, the best features I love the most are the personal mirror and the personal reading light.
Don't you hate it when some shameless people use their overhead light for reading during the night flight? With the personal reading light located under the screen, passengers can enjoy their moment with Mr Grey or Miss Steele without disturbing the rest who are trying hard to sleep in an awkward siting position. Fifty Shades Darker is beyond awesome!
During The Departure
This is the first daily flight operating out of Taipei, with its scheduled departure at 1425. Upon completion of general boarding, the crew swiftly commenced with their hot towel service, even in economy class. This is not a typical service that most airlines would want to spend on.
When the flight joined the long line at the end of the taxiway, the runway was quite heavily occupied with a continuous chain of take-off and landing.
Once the flight reached the cruising level, the crew first started off with the pre meal service while the lunch was being prepared. In case you may not know, they offer a wide selection of drinks even for economy class. And I mean it for real. Just the tea selection alone, there are already 6 different choices. Which other airlines even bother offering something else other than the boring black tea?
The pre-meal service were shortly followed by the main lunch service. The choices were either the international selection or the oriental selection. Unlike other flights, this lunch was a little special. Whenever the crew asked for your choice, did you notice that the changes was only the main portion instead of everything? On this flight, different sides were offered to fit along with the meal selection.
Oriental Selection- Wok Fried Chicken with Oriental Black Bean Sauce, Chinese Vegetables and Fried Rice. Lemon Fish with Citrus Sesame Vegetable Salad
After the meal service, I spent most of the time just watching movie. While the economy class is definitely not the best place to be in, I was lucky to have the last empty seat beside me. Moreover, the economy class in SQ is one of the best economy class to be in. Besides having a good seat product and service, the pillows and blankets were Givenchy labelled. Even thought it was a short flight, the lavatory were well stocked with the full amenities, including dental kit, hair comb and etc.
The landing was probably one of the best part of the flight where the scenery had a dramatic change. The plane was landing along one of the best flight path into Singapore during the sunset. As the plane came in from the west, I got to see the bustling sea port and the CBD skyscrapers when the sky and the city changed its colours. The video below is a 30sec time-laspe video which I managed to capture during the landing.
This version of SQ long haul economy class product are available onboard the A380, A330 and most of the B773ER. As the Airbus A330 is smaller as compared to the other 2, it has a smaller legroom. Singapore Airlines A330 usually operates on short and mid haul routes to Asia, South Asia and Middle East, which are also served by the B777-200 and B777-300 aircraft (fitted with old products)
Taking Singapore-Hong Kong route as an example, this route is operated by a wide spectrum of aircraft type. My top choice will be A380/B777-300ER, followed by A330-300 and lastly the Boeing 777-200 (fitted with old product)
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