Europe 2013: Singapore Airlines A380 Suite Class (Part 2)

(Continued from Part 1)

Apparently it’s not enough that you get a cushy armchair in Suite Class. Nope, they had to add a second seat in each suite, just in case you wanted to invite someone to join you for a cosy chat.

Left: the main seat.Right: the 2nd seat, across the suite from the main one.

Left: the main seat.
Right: the 2nd seat, across the suite from the main one.

All your hand-carried luggage is meant to go under the second seat, which was wide enough that I could fit a cabin bag, my handbag, and my shoes side-by-side with a few inches to spare.

Here’s a snap of a suite from the outside, just to provide a little perspective:

I really would have loved a camera with a wide-angle lens to get better pictures of the suites!

I really would have loved a camera with a wide-angle lens to get better pictures of the suites!

And there were some nice little perks provided just before and after takeoff, too:

Left: Bose noise cancelling headphones instead of the usual crappy in-flight headphones.Right: the contents of the amenity kit. I was a little surprised to find 4 types of lotion and no face wash ;)

Left: Bose noise cancelling headphones instead of the usual crappy in-flight headphones.
Right: the contents of the amenity kit. I was a little surprised to find 4 types of lotion and no face wash ;)

For our meals, James and I opted for the “Book The Cook” service. This lets you choose from different menu options besides the standard in-flight meal while you’re checking in online. I selected a dim sum breakfast:

First, a nice fruit platter to begin your breakfast...

First, a nice fruit platter to start. There was also an obscene selection of warm bread rolls to choose from, but a croissant is a croissant so I didn’t take a photo of mine.

It seems absolutely churlish

It seems absolutely churlish to complain about any part of this experience, but it has to be said: this was like no dim sum I’ve had before or will ever have again. Whatever it was, it was not dim sum – a bit of a hybrid with Japanese maki, perhaps.

I thought this was a bowl of congee. It was actually a kind of yam paste. I didn't have any - I was too full from my fruit, croissant and not-dim sum.

I thought this was a bowl of congee. It was actually a kind of yam paste. I didn’t have any – I was too full from my fruit, croissant and not-dim sum.

I meant to finish posting about the in-flight meals in this post, but this was the point in the flight where I decided to take a nap. Which brings me to something even more exciting than lunch: the part where the cabin crew transformed my armchair into a bed.

And just like that, the armchair vanished!

And just like that, the armchair vanished!

I just wish I’d been able to get a picture of how James’ bed and mine were made up almost seamlessly side-by-side, with the smallest gap in between. The effect was of two single suites transformed into a double suite containing a respectably-sized double bed.

And as you might imagine, what followed was the best damn sleep I’ve ever had on a plane.

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