Imagine having a gourmet meal served on the finest bone china, with the most luxurious silver cutlery and crystal glassware, and paired with the finest selection of wine, on a crisp linen-covered tabletop, in your own private suite. And all this at 30,000ft (9,144m) above ground!
Does that sound like a dream? For passengers flying Singapore Airlines’ new A380, it’s not a dream but a reality.
Whether you’re travelling in the (First Class) Suites, Business, Premium Economy, or Economy Class, wining and dining can be quite a gourmet adventure on the world’s largest passenger aircraft.
During the launch of the new A380 in Singapore recently, members of the media were given a preview of what’s offered on board the plane. At the different product galleries, we learnt more about the inflight cuisine, entertainment, and premium items offered to passengers.
Whoever said airplane food was bland or boring would be eating their words because, meals on board the A380 are definitely not. They have been specially crafted by an International Culinary Panel which features award-winning chefs from the food capitals of the world: the United States, Italy, France, Australia, India, Japan, and China.
These international chefs work closely with Singapore Airlines’ local chefs to create special dishes for passengers. In addition, the airline’s panel of renowned wine consultants from Australia, Britain and Hong Kong handpick a selection of fine wines and Champagne to complement each meal.
For those who don’t drink alcohol, there are premium coffee selections including illycaffe’s single origin products, and also an extensive range of tea blends, as well as other beverages.
You can even use Singapore Airlines’ “Book the cook” service, and select your preferred meal from a wide array of dishes.
From Western-style meals and healthy low-fat options to popular Asian and exclusive creations by the International Culinary Panel, this service is available on selected flights in the (First Class) Suites, Business, or Premium Economy Class.
Besides being high on taste, the inflight meals are also a visual feast. It’s like dining in a five-star restaurant. In the Suites, meals are served on specially-designed Wedgwood fine china, and Lalique crystal glassware.
Meals from Japan, Korea, India, China and Singapore are served on specially-crafted serviceware that complement the dishes.
Business Class meals are served on specially-designed Narumi bone china.
If you feel a little peckish between meals, both savoury and sweet snacks like biscuits, noodles, assorted nuts and cheese, fresh fruit and gourmet bread are available on long-haul flights in the Suites and Business Class.
Champagne and snacks such as sandwiches, biscuits, potato chips and chocolate are also available for Premium Economy Class passengers.
What if you forget to pack your vanity kit? That’s not a problem if you’re travelling on board the A380 because you’ll receive an exquisitely crafted toiletries set. Suites passengers will receive a specially designed toiletries set by Lalique.
Not only are these vanity sets handy, but they also make beautiful collector’s items. The designs are changed regularly, so you can try and collect all of them.
There are two lavishly furnished washrooms where you can touch up before touching down. A special citrus-scented facial mist, body lotion and fragrance by Lalique are provided.
Business Class travellers are not left out. You’ll enjoy wonderful products by British brand Penhaligon. If you’re travelling on Premium Economy Class, you’ll receive a special A380 commemorative toiletries set which includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, and anti-slip socks.
Passengers on Economy Class will also receive a convenience kit.
If you’re travelling with young children, they will receive special Disney-themed items such as toys and fun games, in all the cabin classes. Starting with the ever-popular Star Wars, the themes for these items are changed regularly.
For those wondering what to do on those long haul flights, there are over 1,000 movies, television programmes, music, and games on the inflight entertainment service.
You can personalise your preferences on myKrisWorld, the new inflight entertainment feature.
Singapore Airlines’ A380 is one of the first in the industry to offer this feature which includes recommendations based on your preferences and viewing history, as well as a bookmarking feature to customise and save your preferences for subsequent flights.
Passengers who need to stay connected will benefit from the high-speed inflight broadband WiFi as the new A380 is the world’s first GX-connectivity enabled A380 aircraft. You’ll be able to surf the Internet, send and receive email and more.