Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

Singapore Airlines are widely regarded as one of the world’s best airlines. Today I was flying with them in business class from Mumbai, India to Singapore, onboard one of the oldest aircraft in the fleet – a Boeing 777-300.

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

Singapore Airlines operate the non-ER Boeing 777-300 on high density routes across the Indian subcontinent. I was looking forward to seeing what business class was like on this older aircraft.

I arrived at Mumbai’s international terminal after a stressful journey from the domestic terminal.

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

Mumbai has a dedicated business and first class check in area, which is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the main check in area.

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business ClassFlight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

Check in was pretty smooth, and I received my boarding pass and lounge pass before heading to the dedicated security lane.

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

After security, I headed for the passport control point where I was officially stamped out of India.

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

I headed for the GVK Lounge, which has the honour of being one of the most beautiful airport lounges I’ve ever visited.

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

I got a great view of the sunset as I waited for my flight.

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

The staff in the lounge really were incredible – running backwards and forwards bringing drinks, and even connecting my phone to the WiFi when I was having issues.

After a while, it was time to leave the oasis of the lounge, and head downstairs to the gate where our aircraft was getting ready for departure.

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

I received a typical Singapore welcome to the flight, and made my way through the lush first class cabin, to the slightly less lush business class cabin.

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

Business class seating on the 777-300 is in a 2-2-2 configuration, and nowhere near as private as the newer A350 and 777-300ERs that Singapore Airlines also operate. Still, it’s pretty comfortable for a 4-5 hour flight.

The seats felt very old and from another generation.

Before departure we were bought a pre-departure beverage.

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

Before long the jet bridge disconnected, and we took off into the sky above Mumbai.

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

Dinner was promptly served after takeoff. Singapore Airlines offer a ‘Book the Cook’ service, whereby it’s possible to pre order a wide range of food ahead of the flight. I’d opted for the Ruchi Thali which was a selection of Indian dishes.

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

The food was absolutely delicious, and a great way to say goodbye to India.

The inflight entertainment system on the Boeing 777-300s is very old – and exactly the same version of KrisWorld I had when I flew with them last in 2006! The system is really showing its age, especially compared to the system on the newer A350 and 787 aircraft that are replacing the 777.

I managed to get a few hours sleep and woke up as we commenced our descent into Singapore.

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

I’ve never flown into Singapore and not experienced a fantastic thunderstorm as we flew down the Strait of Malacca. Today was no exception; we were treated to a fantastic light display as we commenced our descent off the coast of Malaysia.

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

We touched down on schedule and taxied into the familiar terminal at Singapore’s Changi International.

Singapore Airlines fly from both Terminal 1 and 3 at Changi International, and today we had arrived into Terminal 3.

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300 Business Class

Singapore Airlines offer a fantastic soft product. The cabin crew are fantastic, and the meals second to none. However these old Boeing 777-300s are really showing their age. I’m really looking forward to seeing their new A350s and 787s on these routes once they retire the 777s.

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