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“Explore Singapore Airlines’ First Class – with SIA Super Fan, BK Tan”

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Traveling in Style, Onboard the World’s Best

If flying is your thing, you owe it to yourself to do it in style. Fly with the world’s best and get that all high and happy feeling, even before indulging in the delightful onboard service!

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Singapore Airlines’ Super Fan , BK Tan (“BK”) recently flew First Class this April 9th, 2016 to Houston via Moscow from Singapore. Changi airport, home base of Singapore Airlines is the world’s best airport, well complimenting the carrier’s brand image

Flight Details:

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Carrier: Singapore Airlines (SQ)
Flight Number: SQ62
Route: SIN-DME-IAH
Duration: 10 Hours 40 Minutes (SIN-DME); 11 Hours 25 Minutes (DME-IAH)
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER
Registration: 9V-SWT
Cabin Class: First Class
Seat Number: 02F (Dining) 01F (Resting)
Date: 09/04/16

Exclusive and personalized, the experience kicks-off with a private check-in at the airline’s First Class Lounge. Porters greet his and her “Royal Majesties” (“HRM”) upon arrival at curb-side drop-off, readily assisting with luggage whilst HRMs are personally escorted to available counters for check-in.

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Once check-in formalities are completed, travelers on First Class and Suites clear immigration out-of-public-sight.

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“Elites” flying out from Singapore onboard Singapore Airlines’ First Class and Suites, get invitations to The Private Room accessible by a quick escorted sprint past the “First Class” lounge.

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Once inside The Private Room, to the left, past the sofas and televisions is a classy dining area, where a host of culinary delights await

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Having had an abundance of time before the boarding call, I sampled the Poached Lobster Provençale and US Prime Beef Burger with Foie Gras, Rocket Leaf and Fried Quail Egg, washing it down with a glass of Piper-Heidsieck champagne. Well, how else do the Dukes and Duchesses of Beverly Hills do it?

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After savoring two mains and some champagne, I decided to check out The Private Room’s shower facilities. A heavenly indulgence, considering I had nearly a day and a quarter of travel ahead of me. Besides, regardless of my class of travel, my personal standard is to be well-groomed on every flight.

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Time check: 02:00am. Singapore Airlines’ Boeing 777-300ER (Tail: 9V-SWT / April 9th, 2016) was ready for boarding. Ecstatic about the 24 hour ride, I took wide brisk strides till the end of the “rainbow” where the aerobridge linked itself to “door two left”. “Good morning Mr. Tan”. I was escorted to my throne, 02F.

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On Singapore Airlines, passengers traveling First Class (available only on selected Boeing 777 fleet) or Suites (available only on the Airbus A380 fleet) are offered a selection of either Krug or Dom Pérignon, versus that of Taittinger on Business Class.

Krug was my choice of pre-departure drinks, my taste buds remaining consistent from when I last flew First Class in November 2015 (Seoul-Incheon to Singapore / SQ15 aboard 9V-SWH), after having tasted Dom Pérignon in Suites previously in October 2014 (New Delhi to Singapore / SQ403 onboard 9V-SKJ). Personally, I find that Krug is smoother, less bubbly, more refined and exquisite in taste than Dom Pérignon. Well, am no Wine Sommelier but that’s my amateurish take on the difference between the two.

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This First Class seat would be my “home away from home” where I’ll unwind and relax for the next 24 hours. With seven decades of “inflight service that even other airlines talk about”, a deep strong faith resides within me, confident that “finding something for everyone to love”; by “understanding your (my) needs, bringing you (me) a taste of the familiar”; and creating new levels of comfort” all comes naturally to my host, and the Singapore girl, for “it’s just one of the lengths we (Singapore Airlines) go (goes) to, to make you (me) feel at home”. (2013 Brand Campaign: http://youtu.be/jeiZ48BAr8A)

Momentarily lost in my own self, with a glass of Krug in hand, I was presented with a set of inflight amenities: Salvatore Ferragamo branded Male Kit; and Singapore Airlines house branded pajamas, eyeshades, sockets and cabin slippers. In the words of Smeagal from “Lord of the Rings”, these amenity kits were essentially “My Precious”.

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Singapore Airlines’ branded amenities are offered to passengers traveling First Class and Suites for:

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  1. a) Day flights between 0600hrs and 1800hrs, for flight durations in excess of 7 hours. Flights SQ12(SIN-NRT) and SQ634 (SIN-HND) are eligible
    b) Evening flights between 1800hrs and 0600hrs, for flight durations in excess of 3.5 hours and which arrivals are after 0030hrs.

*On two sector flights with no break in journey, only one amenity kit will be distributed from point of embarkation. 

“Ladies and Gentlemen, your Captain from the flight deck, wishing all a warm welcome aboard Singapore Airlines, SQ 62 to Moscow and Houston…..”

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“Bringing you a taste of the familiar”

My Book The Cook (“BTC”) supper choice of Boston Lobster Thermidor would be served as breakfast; as I had decided to offer my breakfast selection of Nasi Lemak to the wonderful crew who had to forgo uninterrupted rest and attend to me on this red eye flight out of Singapore.

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Available on selected sectors when flying in premium cabins of Singapore Airlines, passengers may choose their preferred culinary option, available up to 24 hours prior to departure, allowing the chefs time to whip up that storm for you. Healthier options,  better referred to as “Wholesome Meals” were recently introduced by Singapore Airlines. No doubt, an awesome treat whilst flying over land and sea.

In any event, one can indulge in endless culinary pleasures when traveling in premium cabins. Pictured here are just some of the treats I savored during the 10 hours 40 minutes flight from Singapore to Moscow; and 11 hours 25 minutes flight from Moscow to Houston. Regretfully, no “Wholesome Meals” here. Bon appètit!

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“Creating new levels of comfort”

Regardless of the class of travel, Singapore Airlines never fails to deliver, but it is a whole new world on the front end of the cabin. The word “pampered” takes on a whole new meaning, for what’s better than waking up to a glass of champagne in bed at 40,000 ft in the sky, whilst soaring through fluffy clouds in blue skies at 500mph?

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Reality, momentarily tossed out of the windows could be a lifestyle change, but a fantasy and dream I could get accustomed to, twenty-four-seven. As chorused by Eurythmics in their 1983 Top Chart Hits of “Sweet Dreams”: “Sweet (“Suites”) dreams are made of this, who am I to disagree?”

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“Finding something for everyone to love”

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Inflight entertainment on Krisworld gets better with Bose noise cancelling headsets for the “Duke” in-question. With hundreds of entertainment selections in a variety of genres and languages to choose from, Singapore Airlines has indeed kept to its commitment in finding “something for everyone to love”.

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10:51am: 9V-SWT arrives in Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport. After a short transit of an hour and 30 minutes, doors were closed and the warm fuzzy feeling was relived, yet again, on the 11 hour 25 minute flight to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The angels from heaven called out as we flew in bright warm sunlight for the entire journey to the USA!

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13:44hrs: “Welcome to Houston, Ladies and Gentlemen. The local time is 1.44pm on Saturday the 9th of April and the temperature is 23 degrees C / 73 degrees F. Please note that Houston is 8 hours behind Moscow and 13 hours behind Singapore….. It has been our pleasure serving you on this flight. Thank you for flying with Singapore Airlines, a member of Star Alliance.”

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So, what really makes Singapore Airlines, now more than ever, a great way to fly? Thoughtfully scripted by TBWA in 2013, these words become a reality, on my flight to Houston, making the experience a branding success of unforgettable proportions.

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“We search for what’s special;
For what lives an experience to another level;
And that unspoken feeling doesn’t happen by chance;
So no matter what changes, this commitment holds true;
We will find what truly matters, to make you feel at home.” – TBWA, 2013 Singapore Airlines Branding Content

If you have not enrolled in Singapore Airlines’ mileage rewards program, it may be interesting to note that a host of salutations are offered. With the exception of “Emperor”; “Empresses”; and “Dowager”, you’d find something suitable that rings a jingle to your ears. Here’s what I occasionally go by…. So next time you see me onboard, do drop by and chat with the “Lord”.☺

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Contributed by:
Beng Keat TAN (“BK”) writing freelance. BKScreen Shot 2016-05-05 at 11.25.08 AM
may be contacted at bkeatan@gmail.com


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He is an aviation journalist and the founder of Jetline Marvel. Dawal gained a comprehensive understanding of the commercial aviation industry.  He has worked in a range of roles for more than 9 years in the aviation and aerospace industry. He has written more than 1700 articles in the aerospace industry. When he was 19 years old, he received a national award for his general innovations and holds the patent. He completed two postgraduate degrees simultaneously, one in Aerospace and the other in Management. Additionally, he authored nearly six textbooks on aviation and aerospace tailored for students in various educational institutions. jetlinem4(at)gmail.com

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Can Airline Seat Cushions Be Used As Life Jackets?

Can Airline Seat Cushions Be Used As Life Jackets?

In the event of an aircraft ditching into water, there’s a common question: Can aircraft seats serve as an alternative to life jackets for flotation? The answer lies in understanding their respective functions.

While seat cushions can provide some buoyancy in water, they are not intended nor certified to function as life jackets. Their primary purpose is to offer cushioning for passengers during flight. On the other hand, life jackets are meticulously engineered to keep individuals afloat in water, equipped with buoyancy materials, secure straps, and reflective elements for visibility. They offer numerous advantages over mere cushions.

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While a seat cushion might offer temporary assistance in staying afloat, it’s not a dependable substitute for a proper life jacket during an emergency. It’s crucial to utilize approved safety equipment when near bodies of water. A life jacket, designed to keep a person buoyant for extended periods, offers the rigidity needed for prolonged flotation and allows for easy movement of the arms to navigate effectively.

What fabric is used in aircraft seats?


Seats are meticulously designed to fulfill multiple purposes, ensuring passenger comfort, safety, and protection from unforeseen circumstances like fires and accidents. A typical design incorporates an aluminum frame with blocks of polyurethane foam affixed to it. Additionally, a layer of fire-resistant fabric, such as Kevlar or Nomex, is often applied over this framework, topped with a layer of cloth or leather.

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Leather seats, while luxurious, are more expensive compared to traditional cloth seats. The majority of fabrics used in seat upholstery contain at least 90% wool fiber, with the remainder typically consisting of polyamide (nylon). Wool stands out as the primary fiber chosen for commercial airline seating fabric due to its desirable properties and suitability for such applications.

What is the lightest economy seat?

In recent times, airlines have been downsizing seat dimensions to accommodate more passengers, resulting in reduced cushion length and leg space. This contrasts with earlier times when airlines offered more generously cushioned seats and ample amenities.

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According to Recaro Seats Company, their SL3710 model represents the lightest economy class seat available, weighing in at a mere 8 kg (17.6 lb.), setting a new standard in aircraft seating.

For individuals weighing more than 350 pounds, fitting into a standard economy-class seat can be a challenge due to the narrower dimensions. Economy seats, also referred to as “coach,” “standard,” or “main cabin” seats, typically range from about 40 to 48 centimeters in width, further emphasizing the need for more accommodating seating options.

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Does airline food have more salt? Here is the answer.

Does airline food have more salt? Here is the answer.
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Whenever you fly with an airline, you often notice that the taste of the food is different from what you’re accustomed to on the ground. While passengers sometimes prioritize the food experience, have you ever wondered why airline food tends to be saltier? Let’s delve into this in the video.

Airline food has 15% more salt

One of the main challenges for chefs crafting meals served on airplanes is ensuring they are flavorful for passengers. To achieve this, chefs typically add more salt and seasoning, roughly 15% more salt is used, given that our taste buds are less sensitive by about 30% when we’re airborne.

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The Role of Sodium: Sodium is a key ingredient used to enhance flavor, especially in the air where our senses can be dulled. On average, airline meals contain over 800mg of sodium, exceeding 40% of the daily limit recommended by the World Health Organization.

Altitude Alters Perception

Flavors are perceived differently at higher altitudes due to the dry cabin air and low humidity levels, which can diminish our ability to taste and smell. To compensate, airline chefs amp up the salt and seasoning to elevate the food’s taste.

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Airline’s food Preservation:

Airline meals are prepared in advance and stored, necessitating longer preservation times. Salt serves as a natural preservative, ensuring the food maintains its quality and safety during storage and transportation.

However, excessive salt intake can pose health risks such as high blood pressure and dehydration, particularly problematic during air travel. Therefore, it’s crucial for airlines to strike a balance between flavor enhancement and maintaining a healthy sodium level in their meals.

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An Indian content creator and food analyst discovered that the Indian-based carrier, IndiGo Airlines, incorporates higher levels of salt into its meals compared to standard food practices. According to him, “Many of us are aware that Maggi is high in sodium! What most don’t realize is that IndiGo’s Magic Upma contains 50% more sodium than Maggi, IndiGo’s Poha boasts approximately 83% more sodium than Maggi, and even Daal Chawal matches Maggi’s sodium content.”

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Why Don’t Airplanes Fly Over the Pacific Ocean?

Why don't flights fly over the Pacific Ocean?

Flights do indeed fly over the Pacific Ocean, but the routes they take are often determined by factors such as airline policies, air traffic control decisions, and weather conditions. The Pacific Ocean is one of the largest bodies of water on Earth, and it’s regularly crossed by numerous flights traveling between North America, Asia, Australia, and other destinations.

However, some specific routes might avoid flying directly over certain parts of the Pacific Ocean for various reasons. For example:

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  1. Safety and emergency considerations: While modern aircraft are equipped with advanced safety features, airlines, and pilots may prefer routes that keep them closer to potential diversion airports or within range of search and rescue facilities in case of emergencies.
  2. Air traffic control restrictions: Airspace management authorities may impose certain restrictions or preferred routes for managing air traffic efficiently. These restrictions could be based on factors such as military operations, airspace congestion, or diplomatic considerations.
  3. Weather conditions: Pilots and airlines consider weather patterns when planning routes. While the Pacific Ocean generally experiences fewer weather-related disruptions compared to other regions, factors like turbulence, thunderstorms, or tropical cyclones can influence route selection.
  1. Managing Cost Factors: In route planning, airlines have to take fuel prices, maintenance costs, crew charges, and other operating costs into account. Direct routes over the Pacific Ocean may be more cost-effective for shorter distances, but they may also necessitate extra safety precautions, including carrying more fuel for longer overwater operations.
  2. Remote Locations and Navigational Challenges: The Pacific Ocean’s vastness poses navigational issues, particularly for aircraft operating over isolated regions with few ground-based navigational aids. For precise positioning and route direction, pilots must mostly rely on satellite-based technology and onboard navigation systems, which may necessitate additional training and equipment purchases.
  3. Lack of Suitable Landing Options in the Pacific Ocean: Unlike regions with dense air traffic and numerous airports, the Pacific Ocean has vast stretches of open water with few suitable landing options in case of emergencies. While long-range aircraft are equipped with safety features like life rafts and emergency locator transmitters, the lack of nearby airports can increase the time it takes for rescue and recovery operations to reach distressed aircraft, posing additional risks to passengers and crew. Therefore, flight routes may be planned to ensure proximity to potential diversion airports or alternate landing sites in case of unforeseen circumstances.
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