While we were originally going to fly home in Aeroflot business class, a change in our schedule meant that wouldn’t work anymore, so we instead flew home in Singapore Airlines first class (but worry not, I’m planning a separate trip on Aeroflot).
Singapore KrisFlyer miles are one of my favorite mileage currencies, and also one of the easiest to accrue, given that they’re transfer partners with all four major transferrable points currencies. Moscow to Houston is the Singapore route to the US with the most premium cabin award availability, which doesn’t come as a surprise, given the economy in Moscow at the moment (and that would also explain why this route is likely being cut next year). So our tickets cost just 57,375 KrisFlyer miles plus some mild carrier imposed surcharges.
I’ll begin publishing the full trip report from our journey within the next 24 hours, but first I’ll do one of the usual “10 pictures” posts that I do after flights, with my brief initial thoughts.
This flight was operated by Singapore’s oldest 777-300ER first class product, featuring eight seats. The seats aren’t my favorite hard product, though they’re perfectly comfortable…
…especially when you have the entire cabin to yourself, as we did. Over the course of my flying I’ve had maybe a dozen flights where there was no one else in first class, and boy are they special.
We had two fantastic flight attendants taking care of us, so suffice to say the service was out-of-this-world good.
In terms of the food & drinks, the highlight was definitely the satay and champagne selection. One of the best parts of flying Singapore is doing a side-by-side Dom and Krug tasting. While I’ve done it before, Ford hadn’t. He had tried Dom and Krug separately, but never side-by-side. After trying Dom 2006 (which is a very nice vintage for Dom) and Krug side-by-side, he agreed Krug was the winner.
Other than that the catering was fine, though not great. Singapore typically alternates between serving satay and caviar as the starter in first class. The flight operates from Singapore to Moscow to Houston, so I find it a bit ironic that they serve caviar from Singapore to Moscow, and then satay from Moscow to Houston. 😉
Singapore’s first class beds are extremely spacious, though the padding isn’t great. Still, for a daytime flight I got a few hours of sleep, which is more than enough.
Given how far north this flight operates, we had amazing views of Greenland about halfway through our journey.
The one thing I regret about the flight is not pre-ordering this ridiculously cute Singapore Girl Hello Kitty stuffed animal, as they sold out before I had the chance to buy it. Grrr!
Overall this was an incredible flight, as you’d expect, especially since we had the cabin to ourselves. While this is Singapore’s oldest generation of first class, it’s still extremely comfortable. The service on this flight was incredible, not just in terms of attentiveness (given the 1:1 passenger:crew ratio), but also in terms of friendliness.
Singapore Airlines, you continue to be a great way to fly!