British Airways B777-300 First Class Trip Report SIN-SYD

Flight Date: 09APR2013— On this leg of my Oneworld Global Explorer journey—SIN-SYD—British Airways was my only option. I’ve always had good experiences with BA in the past though and since I had never flown their B777-300, this worked out perfectly. Although Qantas still fly the SIN-SYD route, their new partnership with Emirates means they no longer fly their A380s to London via Singapore. So as it currently stands, British Airways is the only Oneworld member with a first class cabin flying direct between these two cities.

British Airways Lounge, Singapore Changi

British Airways Lounge, Singapore Changi

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British Airways Lounge Singapore Changi (scheduled to close for revnovations SEP2013)

Singapore’s Changi Airport deserves its reputation as the world’s best. I only had an hour and 15 minutes as I was connecting from Kuala Lumpur, but this is one of the few airports in the world where I actually enjoy spending time—easy to get around, shopping galore, restaurants, bars, gym etc. It’s all there at Changi.

I wanted to catch up on some e-mails though, so I headed for the British Airways Lounge. This is the lounge they used to share with Qantas. It’s seen better days, but British Airways have recently announced a full renovation and the current lounge will close in September.

Food Selection..A Little On The Skimpy Side

Food Selection..A Little On The Skimpy Side

British Airways Lounge Singapore

British Airways Lounge Singapore

Boarding was called for BA 015 to Sydney and I gathered up my stuff and headed over to Gate C24. This was the first time flying the newly introduced BA F-class cabin and it was stunning. Navy blue, grey, beige, and white blended perfectly with the unique window treatment and subdued cabin lighting– very posh, yet not over-the-top. Bravo! To the designer, you really hit the ball out of the park.

British Airways B777-300 First Class Cabin

British Airways B777-300 First Class Cabin

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Cool Blue Window Treatment in the BA B777-300 First Class Cabin

Like the old British Airways first class seat, the new ones are a tad narrow at the toe and you do feel a bit boxed-in. Controls on this new seat though were easy to use and a friendly Scottish flight attendant brought me a nice glass of Laurent-Perrier “Grand Siècle” Champagne and the tasteful amenity kit and dinner menu.

Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle

Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle

Take-off was smooth and I immediately switched on the in-flight map and noticed we were headed in the wrong direction…if only for a few minutes. The pilot made a hard right and we were on our way to Sydney after all.

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Sydney? Take a Left at the South China Sea

For dinner, I chose the lobster and salad for starters and the snapper as the main dish. Similar to my experience I had with Qantas a few days back, the in-flight catering on tonight’s flight left a lot to be desired. The service started with a roasted duck and mango chutney amuse bouche. (a little big for an amuse bouche?)

Duck with Mango Chutney Amuse Bouche

Duck with Mango Chutney Amuse Bouche

The lobster starter consisted of a few slices of cold lobster meat, mayonnaise and some lettuce.

Lobster with Lemon Mayonnaise

Lobster with Lemon Mayonnaise

The salad was fresh, but smothered in too much dressing. You can’t tell from the photo below, but it’s swimming in it! ewww.

Some Salad with your Dressing

Some Salad with your Dressing

The main dish of pan-fried snapper in ginger sauce was entirely edible, but far from delicious.

Pan=Fried Snapper

Pan=Fried Snapper

Dessert was vanilla panna cotta with mixed berries and again nothing to write home about.

Vanilla Panna Cotta

Vanilla Panna Cotta

The service was very good though and BA always has nice wines on-board; so with a glass of the Chateau Petit Village 2004, Bordeaux in hand, I settled in to catch up on some reading.

BA B777-300 First Class Seat

BA B777-300 First Class Seat

First Class Seat Guide

First Class Seat Guide

BA Pajamas

BA Pajamas

Something about planes always makes me sleepy and only halfway through the first Chapter of Kate Atkinson’s ‘Life after Life’, I started dozing off. I awoke right as the crew were serving breakfast, which I decided against for fear of waking up the fish from last night’s meal…

BA First Class Amenity Kit

BA First Class Amenity Kit

Final Thoughts—
With British Airways new first class offering, it’s all about the cabin. And a stunningly beautiful cabin it is. In hindsight, I would have preferred to have flown during the day to better enjoy the cabin itself. The seats are very comfortable in the seated position, but a little too narrow at the toe for taller passengers when fully reclined. British Airways have a very extensive in-flight entertainment line-up and the Anya Hindmarch designed amenity bag is cool and the amenities therein plentiful. The pajamas provided on-board fit perfectly and were of high-quality fabric as well. In-flight crew were attentive, friendly and understated. Only gripe was the food which is not up to first class standards such as the likes of Cathay, JAL, Malaysia, SQ or Lufthansa. Can’t wait to try the new British Airways A380 service later in the year and hopefully they will beef-up their in-flight catering in the meantime.

For more information on British Airways First Class

British Airways B777-300 First Class Photo Gallery


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