I was pretty excited to try Cathay Pacific First Class for the first time. I got a teaser of the First Class seat on my inbound flight from SGN. I already knew the seat was wide and comfortable. I spent a few hours the The Pier which was a nice lounge.
On December 31, 2018 I was browsing my news feed when I saw all these deal alerts for Cathay Pacific First Class from Vietnam to the USA round trip. Some fares were right below 1,000 while others were a tad more expensive. By the time I hopped on this I wound up booking SGN to ORD for ~1,200 round trip. I was pretty excited to try Cathay Pacific First Class. To position to SGN I booked Korean Airlines First Class (previous flight and lounge reviews). Korean Airlines is actually scaling back their First Class which is sad to hear (but not surprising). While Korean Airlines First Class isn’t a leading product it was good and easily available via points.
I was pretty excited for this flight. It’s not everyday I get to fly on an A380. It’s a bit sad that Asiana will be ending First Class service all together later in 2019. The First Class lounge was small but quiet which is always a plus these days.
This. Is. It. The world’s longest scheduled commercial flight. Singapore to Newark clocks in at 9,534 miles. The flight block time depends on the direction and season. However, the flight takes between 17 and 18.5 hours. Today’s flight is blocked at 17 hours and 50 minutes. This ticket was purchased for 1,300 USD originating in Amedabad India.
The day has finally come to start the journey back to the US. We booked AND-SIN-EWR in business class one way for ~1300. If booking this flight just from SIN-EWR would it would of been ~6800. While this wasn’t the specific flight I was excited for, it was getting me one flight closer to taking the world’s longest commercial passenger flight.
I was pretty excited for this flight. After researching options for domestic flights in India it seems Vistara was the best. Their marketing materials advertise how they are more premium and upscale than their competitors. One of the things the marketing materials called out was better boarding music (it was more rock-n-roll-ish with some pop).
I wasn’t to excited for this flight. Air India isn’t know for being a great airline and is perpetually on the verge of collapse (but so is Jet Airways). We headed to the gate at 8:30 AM to clear security and boarded a few minutes after that.
We arrived in domestic terminal 1 from Phu Quoc and walked over to terminal 2. We were quickly checked in and issued our boarding pass and lounge pass. There is no SilverKris lounge in SGN or any Star Alliance airline lounge. However, we were provided passes to a contract lounge which had a nice look but the food wasn’t anything special. About 30 minutes prior to boarding we made our way to the gate.
I was pretty excited when I booked the old suites class from SYD-SIN, but also getting to experience the new suites class on SIN-HKG was a welcome surprise. I was originally booked on the old suites but due to an aircraft swap I was downgraded to business on an A350 (which I’ve flown on IAH-MAN). At the time I was put on the wait list for this flight but it didn’t seem promising. I called up and again explained the downgrade situation and the representative confirmed me in suites!
The day has finally come. I get to experience not just first class on Singapore Airlines but suites class! Additionally, this was my first time on an A380. This flight had the old/original suites class. However, this is still one of the best products in the sky.