On Board Singapore Airlines’ Inaugural Flight To Their Newest Destination– Dusseldorf, Germany!

Honored to represent the Philippines on Singapore Airlines' inaugural flight from Singapore to Dusseldorf-- on their newest aircraft, the Airbus A350-900.

Last Thursday, July 21, Singapore Airlines launched the maiden flight to their third destination in Germany– Dusseldorf! It was an honor for me (and this blog!!!) to have been invited to represent the Philippines on such a monumental occasion– and on board their newest aircraft, too, the Airbus A350-900.

That morning, we (myself and fellow journalists from Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Singapore) were invited to visit the Singapore Airlines Training Center, which gave us a peek into what goes on behind the scenes and and into the making of the Singapore Airlines brand.

All cabin crew members must undergo 15 weeks of overall training (double the time of other airlines)– which includes safety, evacuation, grooming and etiquette. Out of this, three weeks is for training on safety alone. Watch the slideshow below for more information (captions are below every photo.)

 

We had some free time before our flight at 11:30 PM, so I zipped to the first-ever Michelin Gala and Awards Ceremony in  Singapore at Resorts World in Sentosa, before zipping back to the other end of town to Changi Airport where right after check-in, we were invited to the Singapore Airlines First Class Lounge–yay! (Can I just say that kueh pie tie was INCREDIBLE!)

Singapore Airlines First Class- Changi Airport- Singapore- Piper Heidsieck 2002 Rare- Kueh Pie Tie with Turnip and Shrimp Filling
It was my first time in Singapore Airlines’ First Class.. and I enjoyed the kueh pie tie alot. I couldn’ve eaten more if it wasn’t time to board yet.

Since it was an inaugural flight, the boarding gate had a buffet spread of German and Singaporean dishes for all the guests before the flight. I thought that was a really nice, welcoming touch!

Singapore Airlines' Inaugural Flight to Dusseldorf Germany, Changi Airport, Singapore
At the boarding gate, lot of passengers went to have their photo taken with these gorgeous Singapore Girls.. and of course to commemorate this inaugural flight.
Buffet Station at Changi Airport Gate for the Inaugural Flight of Singapore Airlines
A special buffet of German and Singapore specialties was set up by the boarding gate for all passengers on the inaugural flight.

Now, it’s time for that much-awaited flight on board Singapore Airlines’ newest aircraft, the Airbus A350!  This aircraft was built with higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body, seats that unfold into a fully flat bed (it doesn’t just recline backwards; it’s folded out properly almost like a sofa bed),  and lighting designed to reduce jetlag. I loved how I could store both my bag– AND laptop bag with me under my seat, a luxury that other business class aircrafts don’t necessary afford you, even during takeoff and landing. (You’ll see in the succeeding photos below.)

Also, Singapore Airlines has developed the Companion App (which can be downloaded for free on any mobile phone) which allows travelers to preview and select which KrisWorld movies, shows and music they would like to watch or listen to on air– before they even get on their flight! It makes it so much easier to plan what you want to do on the 12 hours that you have on the plane. Plus, there’s Wifi access, too!

Cheryl Tiu- Singapore Airlines Inaugural Flight to Dusseldorf, Germany- Airbus A350-900- Business Class
Hello from the brand-new Airbus A350-900 business class!
Singapore Airlines Airbus A350 Business Class Seats
See how spacious it is, I just stuffed my laptop and my big Longchamp travel bag underneath the seat and never had to put it up on the overhead compartment even during takeoff and landing, that is luxury!
Charles Heidsick Brut Champagne- Business Class- Singapore Airlines
I love Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve! I think it’s one of the more underrated great non-vintage champers out there. I always love inhaling the toasty, biscuity notes before taking a big sip.. gorgeous creamy notes of apple, apricot and red berries, and toasted brioche. Yummm.
Cederberg Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Promotion Onboard Singapore Airlines Business Class- Singapore to Dusseldorf- Wifi Available- Airbus A350
Singapore Airlines has a panel of wine experts– Michael Hill Smith, Jeannie Cho Lee and Oz Clarke– who personally select some of the wines that they serve onboard– as our palates tend to change with the altitude on air. On this particular flight, there was a wine promotion with the 2013 Cederberg Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa– which I thoroughly enjoyed– full-bodied and velvety with a lingering finish.

As I’m really into food, my personal favorite is the Book The Cook program. Singapore Airlines allows passengers to enjoy fine dining at 30,000 feet— with dishes created by their International Culinary Panel. While it’s fun to browse the menus and choose what you like, Book The Cook assures you of the dish you want (I’ve been on flights where they ran out of what I wanted to eat– and being a big foodie, it was quite the disappointment.) Just make sure you book your dish of choice up to before 24 hours of your flight! Since I didn’t get to try any local fare while in Singapore, I ordered the Singapore Chicken Rice– and was very happy about it! (For my breakfast, I went for the regular menu and decided on the Fried Carrot Cake– another hawker favorite of mine- done so refined here on air, and it was delicious! My next mission is the Prawn Laksa on my next flight!) The good news is the Book The Cook service is available on flights from Premium Economy, Business Class, First Class and Suites– just check which destinations and dishes here.

Chicken Rice- Book The Cook- Singapore Airlines Business Class
I Book-ed The Cook for the Singapore Chicken Rice- which I topped with all three ginger sauce, chili sauce and sweet soy sauce. It’s so great that Singapore Airlines allows you to continue your experience of Singapore even on air. And yep, that’s airplane food! How gorgeous, right?!
Sinagpore Airlines Business Class Airbus A350 Mirror Compartment
Aha, found a secret mirror compartment. Just in case you need to touch up right before landing- before you have to face the rest of the world. Clever!
Singapore Fried Carrot Cake (Radish Rice Flour Cake with Prawns and Picked Turnip) on Singapore Airlines' Business Class
For breakfast, I decided to browse through the menu and went for another Singapore specialty– the fried carrot cake topped with fried egg, shrimps and turnips- and look how generous they are with the shrimps. Have this if you see this on the menu, I highly recommend.

Welcome to Dusseldorf, Singapore Airlines!!!

Singapore Airlines in Dusseldorf, Germany
Guten morgen, Deutschland! The Singapore Airlines flight SQ338 arrives at Dusseldorf at 6:30AM local time
Singapore Airlines Inaugural Flight To Dusseldorf, Germany- July 21, 2016
Each and every one of us on this flight was given this “certificate.” A precious memorabilia to commemorate this inaugural flight! Thank you Singapore Airlines!

Singapore Airlines flies to Dusseldorf three times a week on SQ338, departing Singapore on Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 11:30 PM, and arriving at Dusseldorf at 6:30 AM the following day.

Singapore Airlines flies from Dusseldorf to Singapore three times a week on SQ337, departing on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 11:30 AM and arriving at 6:10 AM the following day.

Best news, SQ has a promo til August 7, 2016: all-in fares to ANYWHERE in Europe from the Philippines at US$850 for economy; US$1,900 for premium economy; US$3,000 for business. Visit singaporeair.com and key in promo code 476810803 or call Reservations at 7568888 or email ph_feedback@singaporeair.com.sg. Travel period is up to March 2017.

Check out my post on what to do in Dusseldorf! Some off-the-beaten path suggestions you won’t read about when you Google “What To Do in Dusseldorf” :)