Sin­ga­pore Air 777-300ER Busi­ness Class San Fran­cisco – Hong Kong NH Col­lec­tion Royal Tele­port Ho­tel, Bo­gota, Colom­bia

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CHECK-IN AND BOARD­ING Sin­ga­pore Air­lines’ latest it­er­a­tion of the Busi­ness Class prod­uct is a fur­ther re­fine­ment of its pop­u­lar long-haul of­fer­ing. The in­vest­ment in up­grad­ing the ex­ist­ing fleet is ex­pected to be com­plete by next year.

My do­mes­tic con­nec­tion ar­rived at San Fran­cisco hours be­fore the early morn­ing de­par­ture of SQ01 for Hong Kong. Since the Sil­verKris Loudge would not be open for sev­eral hours, I made my way to another air­line’s lounge to get some work done. How­ever know­ing the Sil­verKris rep­u­ta­tion for food, I re­frained from eat­ing. My wait was not in vain; Sil­verKris opened with a gen­er­ous spread of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of de­li­cious choices.

The de­par­ture gate was not far from the lounge, so a few min­utes be­fore gen­eral board­ing, I got a gen­tle re­minder to make my way there.

THE SEAT Once at the gate, I was in­vited to by­pass gen­eral board­ing and go through the des­ig­nated Busi­ness Class board­ing lane. In the Busi­ness Class cabin I was im­me­di­ately struck by the color choices. The soft coral light­ing com­pli­mented the seat fit­tings, right down to the thin cop­per ac­cent strip around the top of the seat. A smile from the cabin at­ten­dant and a de­light­ful glass of Tat­tinger Brut Mil­lésimé 2007 helped me set­tle in.

The en­tire pod is well de­signed and spa­cious, with plenty of nooks and cran­nies for stow­ing per­sonal items. Con­ve­niently, the USB/AC power ports were be­hind a small door at eye level in the seat back in front of me, so I could see ex­actly what I was plug­ging into. The seat it­self was firm but cushy to make the long ride com­fort­able.

Now for the in­flight en­ter­tain­ment. The 18-inch screen pro­duced a gor­geous high def­i­ni­tion pic­ture. With the touch pad re­mote and noise-can­cel­ing head­phones, the ef­fect was vir­tu­ally im­mer­sive. The en­ter­tain­ment of­fered Hol­ly­wood re­leases, tele­vi­sion se­ries and pro­duc­tions from around the world, in­clud­ing se­lec­tions from Sin­ga­pore.

THE FLIGHT We took off on time at 1:15 AM PT, and de­spite the late­ness of the hour, the meal ser­vice be­gan shortly af­ter. The un­flinch­ingly cour­te­ous crew al­ways smiled, spoke softly and never failed to ad­dress me by name.

Among the supper choices, I picked the French curry spiced chicken breast, which for­tu­nately was not too laden down with curry. Af­ter the ser­vice was cleared, I toyed with the idea of a movie, but it was just too late.

Un­like many other busi­ness class lie-flat seats, these do not merely stretch out to some lumpy sem­blance of flat; no, here, the seat-back folds for­ward to cre­ate a truly flat ser­vice to sleep on. I had the flight at­ten­dant show me, and I’m glad I did be­cause there’s a trick to it. The back of the seat is padded, and in front of you there’s a cubby on one side for your feet, so there’s plenty of room to stretch out. It’s the same con­fig­u­ra­tion as Sin­ga­pore’s old busi­ness class seats, but they man­aged to avoid that un­com­fort­able seam that I found on the ear­lier ver­sion. I thought the re­tractable seat belt might be too re­stric­tive, but I soon learned how to ma­neu­ver that, and en­joyed sev­eral hours of rest­ful sleep.

Some­where over the Pa­cific I awoke to a break­fast of peach pan­cakes with sausage. Then I set­tled in for an early morn­ing movie. Here I dis­cov­ered my IFE re­mote had failed; the touch pad didn’t work. For­tu­nately the old-fash­ioned but­tons still did the job, so I was able to nav­i­gate the en­ter­tain­ment op­tions with­out a prob­lem.

AR­RIVAL We ar­rived at Hong Kong In­ter­na­tional Air­port 10 min­utes early. Since it was early Satur­day morn­ing, the immigration lines were short, bag­gage claim was speedy and I was soon on my way to my ho­tel. VER­DICT The new Sin­ga­pore Busi­ness Class is class all the way. Beau­ti­ful in­te­ri­ors, tasty food and of course, Sin­ga­pore’s leg­endary im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice. With the ex­cep­tion of that re­mote, this was a nearly flaw­less ex­pe­ri­ence.

TESTED BY Dan Booth

PLANE TYPE 777-300ER

SEAT CON­FIG­U­RA­TION 1-2-1

SEAT LENGTH 51 inches/129.5cm

SEAT WIDTH 30 inches/76.2cm

SEAT RE­CLINE 180 de­grees

PRICE In­ter­net rates for a round trip Busi­ness Class ticket be­tween San Fran­cisco and Hong Kong in Septem­ber started at $5,634.

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