This week we follow our member Danger UXB’s journey to Switzerland for a skiing holiday. In this trip report, the journey counts as much as the holiday as, thanks to a bit of advice from AFF, our member is flying in Singapore Airlines first class.
For our member, the trip to Geneva has become something of an annual expedition. But this will be their first time flying both directions in first class, thanks to some KrisFlyer miles. Despite booking just four months out, it seems availability wasn’t too difficult to come by.
After reading many TRs on AFF including Boomy’s excellent TR about his recent trip to Germany I have been inspired to type with my two typing fingers again. For those that need to know NOWAK = NO Wives And Kids It’s an annual boys trip I have undertaken to meet up with some very good friends from the UK at GVA and spend a week in the wonderful surroundings of the French Alps in late Jan.
As with all things AFF it has been a learning curve over the previous few years. In NOWAK 1 I thought all my Christmases had come at once when I purchased a SQ Star Alliance J redemption MEL-SIN-MUC-GVA return for 190K kris points. In NOWAK 2 I tasted suites on one leg…bad(read great) move. So booking time for NOWAK 3 arrives and for some unknown reason J seats seem rare (I will confess I’m booking this in Sept ’14 for a trip 4 months later). However, F is wide open.
The trip begins with a flight from Melbourne to Singapore, followed by a leg to Munich. Both flights are on board Singapore’s Boeing 777-300ER. The First cabin feels “huge”, however it would seem that the feeling of space has something to do with the distinct lack of overhead storage bins.
SQ first on 77W seats 8 in 2 rows of 1-2-1 and I was in 1A just because it looks good on the boarding pass. The seats are very similar to J, the J cabin behind is also 8 seats in 1-2-1 arrangement, probably just a bit more room in F and of course 26” TV. The 77W have a wide foot bench/ottoman under which you store your carryon which when you only have 1 carryon leaves plenty of foot space, with 2 carry-ons it’s a different matter. There’s also no overhead storage which does make to cabin feel huge but is a PITA if you need the extra storage like I did.
The food in first class doesn’t disappoint. One particular meal on the flight to Munich is the best our member has ever eaten on an airplane! Quite a claim, but a justifiable one it would seem.
My step father was a pig farmer and used to rave about Berkshire pork. Kurobuta pork is a special genetic strain of Berkshire pork reared slowly. It has a particularly porky flavour and is very tender if cooked well. I was not disappointed with this meal, despite the number of curries I have eaten on SQ all of which I have loved this was easily the best meal I have eaten on a plane by a country mile.
After a final short flight in “Euro J”, Danger UXB arrives in Geneva, ready to go skiing. What will the holiday have in store?
The return trip is set to include a leg on board Singapore’s A380 suite. Follow along HERE.