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Review: Singapore Airlines First Class From Jakarta To Singapore On A 777-300ER On Christmas Day

Intro


Grab the popcorn, it's a Christmas Day review! Where to even begin? Even with a brutally early departure from Jakarta, this was an unbelievable flight. Some aspects could have been improved but overall, this is the best short-haul flight I have ever taken in my (short) life of 22 years.


Route- Jakarta- Singapore

Seat- 1A

Flight Number- SQ951

Date- December 25th

Flight Time: 1 Hour 25 Mins

Price Paid- 58K Singapore Miles+34$


I left the hotel at around 2:30 am for my 5:20 departure. Even though it was Christmas Day, my Toyota Alphard was waiting outside!


Thanks for a fabulous stay and dinner! See you soon!

The lobby was empty at this time of morning 😂, some might call me crazy, but I can't think of a better way to start Christmas Day!


Looks abandoned

The drive to the airport this morning was record-breaking, clocking in at 23 minutes. My previous record was 26 minutes.


How I Booked This Ticket


Quite frankly, this is single-handedly the best redemption opportunity through Singapore Airlines. I booked an itinerary including two legs, both in First Class for a total of 58K points and 34$. The first leg consisted of this hop, Jakarta to Singapore, while the second leg was 6 hours in Suites to Delhi from Singapore. Yes, you heard that right, over 8 hours in Singapore First Class for 58K points, including 8 hours in the private room!


Unreal

This is without doubt the most value for your money within the Singapore Airlines rewards system for First Class. With the Singapore-Delhi costing the same amount of points, I practically got this leg for free.


Check-In


Upon arrival at Jakarta airport, I made my way inside Terminal 3, which is where Singapore Airlines operates its flights.


Apocalypse?

Check-in was easy to find and I made my way to the First Class counter. There was no line for First Class, seeing as I was quite early. I presented my visa for India and received my two red boarding passes which would later be turned into gold. No, not a magic trick, I would have my second boarding pass turned into the golden ticket!


YESSS

A nice surprise was that someone escorted me through to security, but only to security. It would have been nice to have an escort through immigration if I was flying at a different hour but thankfully, this wasn't needed as it was empty.


After no wait in security and immigration, I made my way to the First Class section of the Plaza Premium Lounge. I made a separate post about it which you can read here (https://www.jettoajet.com/post/review-singapore-airlines-first-class-lounge-jakarta-plaza-premium). In conclusion, a much better offering than what I expected!


Boarding


Boarding was originally supposed to commence at 4:55 am. However, I headed to gate 8 around 4:45, just so I could be first on the plane, excitement filling my mind.


Next Stop Singapore

First Class customers board through door 1L, which I did. I was greeted by the flight attendant and pointed to my seat. 1A is not hard to find, it is the first row on the plane, portside. My first thought was, this is one giant seat for a small man like me!


A huge seat

I settled into my seat and was offered a pre-departure beverage. During this festive holiday season, Singapore Airlines serves rose krug which is a fantastic champagne (Alexandra might be better). It retails at around 280$ a bottle. While I awaited my 5am champagne, I stored my bags underneath the ottoman.


I have size 11 feet..

The only storage for these seats is underneath the ottoman, there are no overhead bins. As someone who only uses carry-ons, I'm not sure if I would like this on a longer flight like Frankfurt. However, for a flight just over an hour, it was completely okay. It also allows the cabin to feel more spacious as there are no overhead bins.


Hugeeee

Spacious cabin.



After a few minutes, my Krug Rose was delivered to my seat. Interestingly, there were only two 375ml bottles stocked for this flight. I was also asked what I wanted to eat. I responded with two bottles of Krug, please!


What a way to start Christmas

At around 5:20, boarding was complete and the cabin doors were shut.


The captain came on to announce our departure shortly and our flight time over to Singapore of 1 hour and 20 minutes.


Best views in the world

Departure


After polishing off my second glass of Rose Krug we pushed back at approximately 5:30 am from Gate 8.



The legroom was over the top for a flight of this length...


I think a baby could fit under the TV😂

Pushback was approved and we were on our way to the runway, an extremely short taxi.


We don't want the planes to get sick, thankfully this A330 was wearing a mask. Do you think it has the booster as well?


A really cool livery

The mornings are so beautiful.


What a day to be alive

We trudged along to the runway.


Bye Bye CGK

Where we lined up on 25R bound for Singapore Changi departing southwest.



The climb-out was smooth and I was treated to some gorgeous views this morning, much like with some other flights I have been on recently.



When people ask if I get bored of flying, I send them pictures like this.


Boring? You must be insane

It just gets better and better.





The Seat/Cabin


Singapore Airlines First Class on the 777-300ER consists of four seats across a single row. This makes for a very intimate cabin as at most, there are three other passengers. Even though there are no doors, there is a privacy divider around the seats so even when leaning forward I couldn't see any other passengers.



If you are riding solo like Jason Derulo, I recommend 1A or 1F. However, if you are flying with someone else I recommend the middle seats of 1C and 1D.



As you can see above there is an ottoman that is large enough to accommodate any shoe size (looking at you Shaq). Similarly to the business class cabin, someone has to make the bed for you. However, I chose just to lounge on this flight so I put the seat into that mode.



You can sort of see the age of this seat here as you have to flip a partition 180 degrees to not have a gap. It's a small detail which I don't mind too much, but could be bothersome for some.


To the right of you lies the headphone jack, as well as the reading lights.


Leather🥰

Following that I found the seat controls as well as the TV remote. I loved the fact that you were able to close the hatch covering the remote. That light can bother me since I sleep better in complete darkness.


Convenient

The Do Not Disturb sign could be a helpful addition on a long-haul flight.


My life is on DND

I also found a place to store headphones, with a sign!



This seat is like an easter egg hunt, trying to find all of the features.


Next to the ottoman lay a cubby.


Just a push

Which contained a bottle of Evian and B & O noise-canceling headphones.


To find greatness

To the left of the seat, I found the charging ports which are the best-located charging ports I have found on an aircraft.


How many times have you been on planes and your big Macbook charger doesn't fit? I love that I had no issues with these ports.



Continuing on I found a side table to the left, or what I like to call my champoffee table. Get it? Champagne+coffee table. Okay, I'll stop with the dad jokes.



Finally, a little more to the left lay a place to store some bits and bobs.



In front of you lies the ottoman which I spoke about earlier. It could definitely fit two pairs of feet. Almost think that this seat was designed for two people.



Amenities/IFE


Amenities-wise, this flight was stocked with all the bells and whistles for such a short flight. Upon arrival, I found a bottle of Evian and headphones in that push cabinet on the right-hand side.


Perfect!

As well as a comfy blanket that awaited me. The business class blanket is nice, but the first class one was even cozier!


I was too excited to be tired

A chic little pillow that matched the undertones of the cabin as well.



While I chose not to sleep, I know that some people on this route do ask for turndown service and Singapore Airlines does stock most of the bedding. I could never see the point in why someone would have SQ set up the bed since you would be lying down for about 30 minutes...


The IFE was practically the same as my business class experience (https://www.jettoajet.com/post/review-singapore-airlines-business-class-on-the-777-300er-from-singapore-jakarta), I didn't watch anything so nothing to report. The WIFI was free for KF members.


Meal Service


Before my flight (about 30 days prior), I took a look at the book and the cook menu. There were a few options offered but all breakfast related 🤨. I ended up not choosing anything for this segment. However, I did snap some shots of the menu that awaited at my seat.



Some impressive awards...



Not a half-bad selection for champagne 😉



As well as a few other drinks.



A whole tea menu? I love it 🥰 even if I didn't partake.



I later found the food menu which consisted of one side for dinner and the other for breakfast. A completely decent offering for a flight of this length.



Some juices, mocktails, and other drinks.



A coffee menu that is larger than some restaurants on the ground... I personally love Illy.



However, I chose to go with a champacino. Cappuccinos and champagne would be the only meal this morning after some hearty pancakes in the lounge.


My coffee and Rose Krug came out 15 minutes after takeoff.



As well as round 2 a little bit later.



The coffee was excellent for a plane. Some of the best coffee I've had at 35000 feet.



For review sakes, I had to make sure the second bottle of Krug was as good as the first 😀.



Considering I had a long layover at the Private Room, I believe I made the right decision with not eating. The menu seemed great, for those who like breakfast, but the standout was the Rose Krug.


The washrooms were almost identical to what I found the day before flying the business class product on the same plane. So if you want to read about it, feel free to check my business class review at the bottom of the page.


Overall Service


The service was right up there with SQ standards. While I didn't find the staff over the top like on the previous flight, they were friendly and flew with smiles. I do have to note that I was looked at a little weirdly when I showed up in Christmas PJs but then when I changed into my white outfit for pictures I wasn't looked at like I was insane anymore 😂.

I asked them to take a couple of pictures since I need that iconic 1A picture 😅.



Other than that, the drinks service came out quickly which I appreciated on this short flight.


The crew seemed fun towards the end of the flight, offering to let me finish the bottle since no one else was drinking champagne at this ungodly hour.


There were no notable interactions like I found the day before or I would find later on SQ suites but still, the overall service was good


Arrival Into Singapore Changi


Shortly before arrival the captain came on and anticipated a slightly early arrival into Changi this morning. The view upon descent into Changi was lovely this time of morning.


Always so many cargo ships

Flaps down.



Smooth touchdown into Singapore.



We landed ahead of schedule in Terminal 3.



The crew bid me farewell on my next flight to Suites and I proceeded off the plane first to locate the Private Room.


I love see-through jetbridges.



I managed to locate the private room after a long transit around Changi, more on that when the lounge review is posted.


Comtes Never dissapoints

Final Thoughts


Nothing to fault anyone on anything here. From the Four Seasons in Jakarta to my arrival in Singapore, everything was flawless. The service was SQ standard, the Rose Krug was an added benefit, the seat was massive, the menu extensive and most importantly, this was a terrific value of points. I would actively seek out flying First Class on the route again and with Singapore Airlines on any route.


JETTOAJET SCALE


Onboard Catering

9.5/10

Seat (1A)

9.5/10

Amenities/IFE

10/10

Lounge (Plaza)

8/10

Service

9/10

Total

46/50



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