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)
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
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.
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
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).
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
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:
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.
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
Selection of Drinks, ANA Lounge
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Menu on board SQ 633 A350 Business Class
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.
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
- 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
- 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
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.
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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