Singapore has always been in our to-go list but its distance to Dubai discourages us to pay a visit. We’d rather be home than spend a few days in a country nearby the Philippines. Besides, we are cooking a Southeast Asia trip in the future so we figured to just include Singapore in our itinerary there. But then, December 2015, a flight to Manila happened via Singapore Airlines with an 18-hour layover. I guess we didn’t have to wait for a long time to get a glimpse of The Garden City after all.
Before booking plane tickets home, we always check fares with the airlines we wanted to try. Singapore Airlines is one of them but we always end up booking something else because it’s way over our budget. And then guess what, we found out that this airline offers the cheapest rate on our preferred date! 1890 AED, all-in, on a December trip – why the hell not?!
Singapore Airlines’ evening flights to Manila usually leave early at 6pm or 8pm. We always fly on the eve of our holiday so that means we had to get out of our offices early to make it on time. Flying time from Dubai to Singapore takes 7 hours, and from Singapore to Manila, another 3 and a half. Layovers last from 2 hours up to +/- 30. Earliest landing time in NAIA Terminal 3 just a little after lunch.
We were both amazed and “culture shocked” with Singapore Airlines’ punctuality. Imagine a boarding time that’s an hour early before the departure. The plane leaves on the dot, if not a few minutes early. That being said, we had lots of buzzer beater moments – hearing the final call for passengers while being faaaar from the boarding gate. Yikes!
As we walked on the aisle searching for our seats, we passed by the business class with awesome huge leather seats. Economy class passengers are treated with a bit smaller one but still, quite spacious. And I love how I can freely move my legs!
Everyone was provided with a blanket, pillow and a small kit with dental stuff and socks.
Right after the flight took off, the attendants distributed the menu. Food was not as fantastic as I have imagined but it was pretty fine to satisfy the hunger. Or maybe, I just expected too much. On Dubai-Singapore (and vice versa) flights, we were served Magnum ice cream for dessert. Both I hesitated to take since I was nursing a cold.
With an excellent in-flight magazine, a good selection of movies, TV shows and music to check out, we never ran out of things to do to entertain ourselves during the long flight. Two thumbs up!
Singapore Airlines’ crew our friendly and helpful. They may not give what you asked for right away, like another glass of water in our case, but they still do attend to your needs without the need to remind them to.
We love Singapore Airlines! We hope to catch more of its promo fares so we can get to fly with them again. Oh yes, before I forget – we, transit passengers received a 20S$-worth of voucher to be used in Changi Airport while on layover. What’s not to love?