SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo – Singapore

SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore

SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo – Singapore

SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo to Singapore

Flight number: SQ 633
Flight hour: 6 hours 55 minutes
Aircraft type: A350 (redemption time shows 777-300ER, subsequently change to A350)
Seat: 11K
Date: 3 July 2017
Cost: 34000 miles (40000 miles – 15% online discount) + JPY5,070 taxes
Redemption date: 5 August 2016

Redemption for this ticket was done before the devaluation which was why I gotten the 15% online discount. Taxes for Japan have been low even back then. At the time of this writing, I did a quick check; the same flight will now cost 43000 miles and taxes JPY2,570. This flight seems to be the prime flight as the timing is considered the best for the return flight to Singapore. I tried redemptions for various dates and realized that the saver awards are all not available (not even a chance to be on waitlist) for this particular flight.

SQ 633 A350 Business Class Check In
Check In Counter

Check In Counter, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo – Singapore

There were a few passengers in the queue when I arrived at the check in counter around 3 hours before my flight. All the check in officers would stand in front of the counters and bow before they start their work. Within a few minutes I have my luggage checked in and boarding pass issued.

Checking in luggage

Checking in luggage, Haneda Airport

Many years ago, Singapore Airlines only fly to Narita Airport and not Haneda. I was an Elite Gold member then and had the chance to use the lounge in Narita airport. What I could remember was that SQ has a very huge lounge there and I really like the made to order noodle counter.

ANA Lounge, Haneda Airport
View from ANA Lounge, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore

View from ANA Lounge, Haneda Airport

Compared to Narita, Haneda airport is not as large. It was my first time using Haneda Airport lounge. Singapore Airlines operates its lounge using partner ANA Lounge for Business Class passengers and Elite Gold passengers. This ANA lounge is big with lot of seats. It was rather empty when I arrived. Perhaps it was early (230pm).

  • Counter kind of seats in ANA Lounge, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Counter kind of seats in ANA Lounge
  • More seats for dining in ANA Lounge, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    More seats for dining in ANA Lounge
  • Inner and quieter section in ANA Lounge, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Inner and quieter section in ANA Lounge
  • Plenty of cosy seats to relax in ANA Lounge, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Plenty of cosy seats to relax in ANA Lounge
  • Selection of newspapers in ANA Lounge, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Selection of newspapers in ANA Lounge
  • Flight Information, Ana Lounge, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Flight Information, Ana Lounge


If you prefer a quieter place, there is an inner section which serve the same kind of food and drinks (except the made to order noodle counter). Personally, I feel that this section is less crowded as compared to the section which is nearer to the noodle counter. There is also flight information displayed in the lounge

Dining in ANA Lounge
Dining in ANA Lounge, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore

Dining in ANA Lounge

Haneda Airport has a similar made to order noodle counter like Narita Airport lounge. I was very happy that I could try the hot soup noodle again. There are 9 types of different noodles for you to choose from:

Made to Order Noodle Bar Menu, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore

Made to Order Noodle Bar Menu

The must try in this menu has to be No. 9. They are served in a small bowl so you can have second or third orders if you like. I had two bowls of No. 9 during my stay in the lounge.

Made to Order Noodle No.9, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore

Made to Order Noodle No.9

There were very decent hot foods in the buffet bar as well. Examples include sushi, rice balls stir fry noodle, deep fried chicken, wedges, miso soup, ANA original chicken curry.

Selection of food, ANA Lounge

  • Cold sandwiches and Pasta, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Cold sandwiches and Pasta
  • Bread, ANA Lounge, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Bread, ANA Lounge
  • Rice Balls and Sushi, ANA Lounge, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Rice Balls and Sushi, ANA Lounge
  • Signature ANA Curry Rice, ANA Lounge, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience
    Signature ANA Curry Rice
  • Biscuit and Chocolate
    Biscuit and Chocolate
  • Hot food selection, ANA Lounge, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Hot food selection, ANA Lounge
  • Miso Soup, ANA Lounge, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Miso Soup, ANA Lounge
  • Fried Chicken and Wedges, ANA Lounge, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Fried Chicken and Wedges, ANA Lounge

Selection of Drinks, ANA Lounge

  • Beer Machine, ANA Lounge, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Beer Machine, ANA Lounge
  • Coffee and Tea, ANA Lounge, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Coffee and Tea, ANA Lounge
  • Other cold drink selections, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Other cold drink selections
  • I love the Ice Coffee Machine, ANA Lounge, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    I love the Ice Coffee Machine, ANA Lounge
  • Alcoholic Drinks, ANA Lounge, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Alcoholic Drinks, ANA Lounge

Lounge Amenities
Shower facilities, ANA Lounge, Haneda Airport, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore

Shower facilities, ANA Lounge, Haneda Airport

After eating my bowl of noodle and some hot foods, I decided to take a shower in the lounge as I was out since morning and have been walking under the hot sun the whole day; Tokyo was as hot as Singapore. You need to exchange your boarding pass for shower room key and once you returned your shower key, you would get back your boarding pass.

Decent toiletries in shower room, ANA Lounge, Haneda Airport, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore

Decent toiletries in shower room, ANA Lounge, Haneda Airport

There are altogether 7 well equipped shower rooms which are not only very well maintained and but also come with decent toiletries. In addition, the environment is really nice. You can enjoy your shower, blow your hair dry, make up etc. In fact, it’s so nice that you may lose track of time in there. Thus, they have to limit usage to maximum 20 minutes.

  • 7 well equipped shower rooms, ANA Lounge, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    7 well equipped shower rooms, ANA Lounge
  • Overview of shower room, ANA Lounge, Haneda Airport
    Overview of shower room, ANA Lounge, Haneda Airport
  • Dyson fan in shower room, ANA Lounge, Haneda Airport, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Dyson fan in shower room, ANA Lounge, Haneda Airport
  • Gentle reminder for usage of shower room, ANA Lounge, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Gentle reminder for usage of shower room, ANA Lounge


After relaxing in the lounge, I did a little shopping in Haneda airport. You can always do your last minute shopping to top up your Royce, Kit Kat, Potato Chips, Sake, Banana cakes etc). They are tax free in the airport. This save you the trouble of meeting the minimum amount in town to qualify for tax refund, plus you can free up your check in luggage space for your other shopping items.

On board SQ 633 A350 Business Class
Seat Map, SQ 633 A350 Business Class

Seat Map, SQ 633 A350 Business Class

This flight operated on a 3 class configurations, ie Business, Premium Economy and Economy. I have always wanted to try the 700-300ER business class but my redemptions have been changed from the original 300ER plane to A350 plane twice. I love the purplish color of the plane and the absence of the overhead compartment in the middle section of the plane in Business Class.

No overhead compartment in middle section, SQ 633 A350 Business Class

No overhead compartment in middle section, SQ 633 A350 Business Class

At the time of redemption, I was able to select the bulkhead seat, which is in row 11. If you look closely, the difference is really the front feet area where you get bigger foot resting area. On the TV screen side, there is less storage though as compared to the rest of the seats but I think it doesn’t matter since there are many storage spaces around your seat.

Storage around ur seat, SQ 633 A350 Business Class

Storage around ur seat, SQ 633 A350 Business Class

Seats in SQ 633 A350 Business Class

I read online that the best seats are 11D, 11F, 19D and 19F, followed by 11A, 11K, 19A and 19K. I was fortunate to get 11k.

Full leg stretch, Seat 11K, SQ 633 A350 Business Class

Lots of legroom for me, Seat 11K, SQ 633 A350 Business Class

11D, 11F, 19D, 19F would be good if you travel with a companion as it is in the middle section where you get to talk to your partner by removing the partition in between. However, since I was travelling solo, I have selected the window seat instead to enjoy my view. I knew that the plane would fly pass Mt. Fuji and I wanted to catch a glimpse of it.

Mt. Fuji, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore

Mt. Fuji, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo – Singapore

Crew came to serve welcome drink and distribute magazine. From what I could see, the Business Class was probably just half filled. I wonder why SQ didn’t release more seats in Saver Awards for this flight.

  • Around half filled in SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Around half filled in SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
  • Welcome drink, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Welcome drink, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
  • Men's Health Magazine, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Men's Health Magazine, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore

Menu on board SQ 633 A350 Business Class

  • Front page menu, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Front page menu, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
  • Introduction page menu, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Introduction page menu, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
  • Panel of Chefs, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Panel of Chefs, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
  • Hanakoireki by Yoshihiro Murata, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Hanakoireki by Yoshihiro Murata, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
  • Dinner, Hanakoireki, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Dinner, Hanakoireki, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
  • Tokyo to Singapore Menu, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Tokyo to Singapore Menu, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
  • Tea Selection, Menu, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Tea Selection, Menu, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages 1, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    1. Non-Alcoholic Beverages, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages 2, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    2. Non-Alcoholic Beverages, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
  • Coffee Selection, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore
    Coffee Selection, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore

Dining on Board SQ 633 A350 Business Class Tokyo to Singapore

Dinner was served approximately 2 hours into the flight. First was the signature satay. The in-flight supervisor actually asked how many satays I would like to have, I asked him how many can I have? He said as many as I like. In the end, I asked for 2. I heard, they would serve 4 by default but since I said 2, they really served 2.

Singapore Chicken and Beef Satay, with onion, cucumber and spicy peanut sauce, SQ 633 A350 Business Class

Singapore Chicken and Beef Satay, with onion, cucumber and spicy peanut sauce, SQ 633 A350 Business Class

I did not use the Book the Cook option for this flight, as the Japanese menu will always be the best when the flight is ex-Japan. I have to say the meal was yummy, delicious, sumptuous, tasty, heavenly, inviting …. Whatever words you can use to describe the best meal. Take a look also at the presentation of the meal; it just looked so tempting! The meal ended with Azuki Bean Ice cream with Green Tea sauce.

Dining on Board SQ 633 A350 Business Class
First serve, Hanaroireki, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore

First serve, Hanaroireki, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo – Singapore

  • Tile Fish Sushi with Red Vinegared Rice, Pickled Red Cabbage
  • Blanched Tuna with Tosa Soy Sauce Jelly
  • Corn Terrine, Sauteed Baby Sardine with Okra
  • Somen Noodles with Red Daikon Radish and Dried Seaweed
Hanaroireki main dinner set, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore

Hanaroireki main dinner set, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo – Singapore

  • Grill Seabass with Sea Urchin, Baby Cucumber with Moromi Miso
  • Stuffed Winter Melon and Prawn with Starched Sauce Green Bean and Simmered Carrot
  • Chicken Thigh with Taro Stalk and Sesame Sauce, Cherry Tomato, Cabbage and Spring Onion
  • Steamed Rice with Unagi and Shredded Egg
  • Assorted Pickles
  • Miso Soup
Azuki Bean Ice Cream with Green Tea Sauce,

Dinner ended with Azuki Bean Ice Cream with Green Tea Sauce, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo – Singapore

In-flight entertainment

After the sumptuous meal, I made my own bed (learned from my previous my failed attempt in Amsterdam-Singapore flight) so I could lie flat, which was very easy to do once you mastered it. I have an enjoyable rest and kept myself entertain with the A350 in-flight entertainment system, which I honestly feel is one of the best; there were so many movies and TV series to watch.

SQ bears
SQ 70th Anniversary Bears, SQ 633 A350 Business Class Experience Tokyo - Singapore

SQ 70th Anniversary Bears

The SQ bear is something I wouldn’t miss as you can read from my previous flights with SQ. This time round, I got the Singapore Airlines’ 70th anniversary pair.

My personal take to conclude this review: Always opt for Japanese menu on board for Japan flights, you could never go wrong with this choice.

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