Singapore Airlines First to Moscow: Lobster, Krug, Givenchy, Prada

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The Singapore Airlines 777 First Class Review is part of The Quest Around The Globe Trip Report which covers the following places:

Here is the Picture Preview, the Excel Spreadsheet of all the points redemptions, and my CNN International Business Traveller segment which was filmed in Vegas.


I begin this review with the sad news that SQ no longer flies from Houston to Moscow, Russia. The new routing is Houston to Manchester, England. That’s the only negative you will find in this report as everything else was basically perfect.

Check-in
Check-in
First, not suite but so what
First, not suite but so what
777 from the right
777 from the right
777 from the left
777 from the left

The Empty Cabin 

There was only one other person besides myself and Ms TPOL going to Moscow on this day. The rest of the cabin was just the two of us, free to do whatever we wanted up a mile high.

Window seat
Window seat
SQ pillow
SQ pillow
Front row
Front row
TPOLWorld
TPOLWorld
First class cabin
First class cabin
The cabin
The cabin
Hello Heisman
Hello Heisman
Might as well represent The Leaders and Best
Might as well represent The Leaders and Best

Champagne 

Someone please tell me why, the good bubbly is reserved for when we are airborne. On Emirates, the Dom didn’t come out till the captain turned off the fasten seat-belt sign. On SQ, we traded our Dom for Krug Grand Cuvee once it was safe to move about the cabin.

The best guy
The best guy
My turn
My turn
Dom on the tarmac
Dom on the tarmac
Keep it classy folks #goblue
Keep it classy folks #goblue

As an impostor first-class passenger, I always ask for Krug because that’s what the blogs say to do. This time, we had a blind taste test to determine 1) if I could tell the difference 2) if Krug was indeed superior.

The results please…

Both of us picked out the Krug and agreed that the Chardonnay after taste made Dom the inferior brut.

The good stuff
The good stuff
Careful not to spill
Careful not to spill

Book The Cook

Who has the best food in the sky? I think I have to give the slight edge to Singapore over Emirates. “She’ll have the lobster,” I said to the SQ agent over the phone. I tried to ‘book the cook’ online but forgot that it has to be done 24 hours before departure. Luckily the agent said he would take care of it. On board, I asked for biryani but still had my share of lobster for breakfast.

Lobster
Appetizing 
Class, first
Class, first
Tomato soup
Tomato soup
Salad
Salad
Lobster dinner
Lobster dinner
Lobster dinner
Lobster dinner
Lobster and saffron
Lobster and saffron
Biryani
Biryani
Dessert
Dessert
Dessert option #2
Dessert option #2
Krug for dessert
Krug for dessert
Lobster breakfast
Lobster breakfast

Bed for 2? 

Unlike in SQ Suite Class, the 777 does not have a suite with a mattress big enough for two. Like the Emirates A380, the 777 has two fully lie-flat beds next to each other which is close enough to reach out and touch someone but that’s about it.

The bed is made
The bed is made

No Shower? 

SQ doesn’t have a shower like Emirates and Etihad but that novelty is not necessary.

What? No shower?
What? No shower?

The Amenities Kit 

The amenities kit included the best pajamas on the planet which are not available for purchase at Givenchy stores and Ferragamo products which I sent to a loyal TPOL reader.

Spellcheck this, Clifford
Spellcheck this, Clifford

The Temperamental IFE

Poor Ms TPOL, on JAL business from NRT-DFW, her IFE didn’t work. On SQ, it kept having to be reset. It eventually worked and all was as it should be.

Put your feet up and relax, the TV will be back on shortly
Put your feet up and relax, the TV will be back on shortly

The Parting Gifts 

Unexpectedly before landing, the purser came bearing gifts. In one hand, he had a voucher, in the other he had the duty-free magazine. The voucher was for 400 Singapore dollars or 280 USD. He apologized for the IFE issue and said to pick something out that would forever remind us of the ‘our crappy’ SQ experience. With only one hour to go before landing and with a magazine full of trinkets, the pressure was on to purchase something worthwhile. Each time we thought we had found something we liked, we were told that it was not available. It became an ongoing joke between us and the crew to find something before our arrival to Moscow.

Approaching Moscow
Approaching Moscow

Finally, we ended up with enough stuff to use up the voucher. I picked out a bottle of Prada cologne and a portable travel mouse. Ms TPOL went for the Clinique lip gloss and Miu Miu perfume.

Prada, Miu Mium, and a mouse
Prada, Miu Mium, and a mouse

Overall 

The food and drink made this flight fun. The service made it special. I wish I could do it all over again. Manchester anyone?

This is what makes SQ #1
This is what makes SQ #1

20 COMMENTS

  1. The champagne restriction is because they have to pay taxes on whatever they open on the ground here. How far in advance did you book the 2 seats? I’m trying to plan a big birthday trip for next year. Also, was there caviar on the flight?

    • No and i just remembered you asked about this earlier. This flight was wide open but I’m with you, routes to Asia are very hard. Expert flyer or one of those programs may me more efficient. I’m too ocd so i click click click away. Thanks for the champagne explanation

  2. So that’s what I look like when I wear casual sports attire on an international first class. LOL. Jokes aside, great post keep it up! I cant wait to get back on track with my vacation awards

  3. nice work brah! someday i’ll fly first class and get to experience for real what i now only experience via photos…until then, i’m middle seat economy. sigh….

  4. Sadly they no longer have the Givenchy pajamas. When I flew SQ First SFO-SIN they gave us these low quality SQ pajamas that I threw away after one wash. Poor design, and bottom of the line material.

    • when was that? this flight was this last september. i think i went all of last winter wearing my givenchy ones–to the store, office, gym. comfortable time in my life

      • I flew SFO-SIN round trip in April 2016 and I got the same low quality SQ pajamas on both flights. I had heard previously about the Givenchy pajamas and was looking forward to it. I thought that maybe to save costs they stopped the Givenchy ones, or may be they ran out of them – who knows. I also read on other bloggers trip reports that they also got the same SQ pajamas that I did.

  5. Awesome…I did that flight in First from Moscow to Houston in August and had an amazing experience. The only downfall was there was no book the cook option out of Moscow. But the food was still great. I will be doing the flight from Houston to Manchester on the 30th and back on January 8th in business currently but on the waitlist for first and am hoping I get it. I loved every minute of my Singapore experience.

  6. As a previous comment mentioned, in many countries including the USA, it’s because of the tax levied on anything popped on the ground but it is worth noting that EK does serve Dom on the ground in DXB. Love that you’re repping Michigan in F! Forever, GO BLUE!

  7. Actually, Salon champagne is made of Chardonnay grapes only and several times the cost of Krug. Such a comfort you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

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