At the HKG gate, the plane looked fairly ordinary. It wasn’t until I got to SFO and taxiing and then seeing a diminutive UAL plane at its gate (too bad I didn’t take a photo). This impression could have represented the downfall of either USA might or corporate dominance globally and the emergence of Asians– (particularly the Sg’ians as the island state has surpassed the USA in many measureents).
Going onto the plane, the passengers entered the most excellent Sg Air business class! Though lugging my carry-ons, noted the aisle was less wide.
On the top floor, there was only one economy cabin. The seating arrangement was 2-4-2 on the upper level and 3-4-3 on the lower level. Unfortunately, the seats were not even as wide as Cathay Pacific [3-3-3], but seemed to have an ordinary tilt which the CX don’t that make those uncomfortable.
I sat in a comfortable aisle seat with only one extremely polite Asian kid next to me in the window seat, which also had a small counter for those to place stuff on.
The only things of note, the stewardess looked 25 or so, too young to flirt with. And the plane seemed heavy as it took off (a drag), I wonder how it felt on the bottom level, especially on the landing which seemed like a thud. The seat neighbor said: bad pilot.
I noticed that the food and the service were particularly excellent, even better than my last (HKG-SFO) roundtrip a year ago! And better than Cathay Pacific, which accordingly all other airlines I have taken over the past 20 years are far worse (for over 5 hour flights, which include United, Delta, Air Canada, Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Korean Airlines, China Airlines). Also in the one cabin that I was on the upper deck was totally full, unlike a year ago (I worry how the best cross-Pacific Airlines’ economy class aren’t earning money, namely Singapore Air and Cathay Pacific).
When it was time for breakfast there was a noticeably strong healthy smell of roasted coffee beans, some smell I don’t even encounter at Peet’s nor McDonalds (don’t frequent Starbucks).
After getting off the airplane on the way to the luggage carousel did I realize more. I only watched one and a half movies, so that meant the airplane flight was far less noisy than any other smaller plane. I also noticed that my industrial quality ear protecters to increase the headphone noise by muffling cabin and engine noise was not needed, principally because the engine was so silent.
That also meant that I had almost no jet lag. Typically getting off a transpacific flight. I am so exhausted that I can’t wait to sleep.
But in this case, I didn’t got to sleep until over 8 hours after touchdown. Though I slept from 5:15-14:30 the first time, The next day, I slept from 3:45-8:30. So it seems the engine noise and rumbling contributes greatly to jet lag (typically for the last few years, it takes 2 weeks to redevelop a normal sleep schedule)!
The other notes was the bathroom was more luxurious and spacious than Cathay or older Sg Air planes. A lady who sat in Business Class mentioned of poor upkeep of the plane that she had to change seats. I thought: how old are these planes, at most over 1 year. She said that these Airbuses were in flight for 4 years, and paying so much, one would demand the best (my travel agent told me $6000 for a business class seat, as opposed to the $950 cost for economy)!
The whole time as I was waiting for my baggage at the economy carousal (there was also the business and 1st class carousal and then the other fragile and irregular items drop off), I was thinking: At the HKG check-in, this fellow traveler said Sg and CX were 1st checked-in, first out FIFO; and I check in early! Also I had been suspicious that the US customs may have delayed my baggage. After an hour since touch down my bags came tumbling off the carousal.
Today, the second day after arrival, I asked my travel agent how he felt about it– absolutely marvelous (he also sat on the upper deck in economy class)!