With a long list of rich heritage and accolades, Singapore Airlines is one that need no further introduction to the aviation world.
Instead of my usual ride and due to a sudden increase of ticket price, I had the chance to fly with them from Kuala Lumpur to Cape Town and back towards the end of 2015.
Definitely not the cheapest compared to other airlines flying a similar sector. Ironically their cheapest deal at that time, for the return trip I had to cough up MYR4371.
TWO: FLIGHT TIME
Flying with Singapore Airlines from Kuala Lumpur to Cape Town would mean that you will have two transits. First in Singapore itself and then another one in Johannesburg.
The transit time in Changi International Airport is at least 2 hours and beyond, depending on the flight you were on earlier. While transiting in the island, feel free to take advantage of the Changi Transit Programme and reward yourself with the Changi Dollar Voucher.
From Singapore to Johannesburg, expect to be in the air for about 10 hours. And since the transit in O.R. Tambo International Airport typically lasts for an hour or so, passengers continuing their final 2 hours of flight time to Cape Town are not required to disembark from the aircraft.
THREE: AIRCRAFT TYPES
For the first leg of my journey from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore Airlines used their Rolls-Royce Trent 700 powered A330-300 with a typical seating arrangement of 2-4-2. Following their recent fleet expansion, this same sector is now served with their brand new A350.
My onward flight to Cape Town on the other hand saw the airline’s refitted B777-300ER did the job. With a 3-3-3 layout in the economy class, it certainly looked less cramped compared to Emirates’ triple seven’s seating configuration.
Rolls-Royce Trent 700 powered A330-300
FOUR: IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
Although having a rather wide selection of movies and music, the KrisWorld IFE has nothing much to shout about compared to the ones available on Emirates’. Nonetheless, it’s pretty decent and up to standard. To fully immerse yourself in the entertainment throughout the journey, complimentary noise cancellation earphones are given.
Of all the other good things I look forward to when flying with Singapore Airlines, besides their excellent service, has got to be their in-flight meals.
For the shorter flight from Kuala Lumpur, only beverages were served. But since I was being really nice to the crew while we were boarding, I was later kindly offered a pack of a delicious sandwich, plus some other freebies, I believe was served to the passengers in the business class.
I did not manage to capture anything memorable from the redeye flight from Singapore to Cape Town. However, on the return leg, the impressive menu looks something like the following:
SIX: AMENITY KIT
In conjunction with their nation’s 50 years of independence, the national flag carrier’s show of patriotism was clearly reflected on the special edition amenity kit they produced. Stuffed in the pouch are the usuals – a pair of soft, comfy socks and a dental kit.
For the long haul flight, nothing is more comforting than to have a nice fluffy pillow – bigger than what’s available in most airlines, and a thick blanket that will keep you warm for hours.
If the price is not a decisive factor for you, then at 18 hours and 15 minutes and even much lesser on the return leg, Singapore Airlines is definitely the carrier that will get you from Kuala Lumpur to Cape Town in the shortest total travel time.
With the kind of warm hospitality shown by the iconic Singapore Girl, it is no surprise to see why this Asian aviation giant has won numerous awards over the years and how they remained to be one of the top airline choices for most avid travelers.