It has been a long time since I last flew Singapore Airlines Business Class. My last flight with Singapore Airlines was in fact a flight in their new Suites, which was a fabulous experience by the way, but now it was time for a night flight with Singapore Airlines in business class from Frankfurt to Singapore, a rather long flight with a scheduled flight time of 12 hours and 20 minutes and an actual flight time of 11 hours and 15 minutes.
What I really enjoy about these late evening flights from Europe is that is is fairly easy to sleep onboard. The flight departs around 10 pm, you have a late dinner after departure and then around midnight it is time to get some sleep, at a time when you would normally go to sleep at home. And with a flight time of over 11 hours, even when choosing to have a full dinner after departure and breakfast before landing, you still get over seven hours of proper sleep.
The flight from Frankfurt was operated using a Boeing 777-300ER with the latest Singapore Airlines business class product. And is is quite a brilliant one, naturally in a 1-2-1 configuration. The seats as such actually have a rather small seat pitch, just 55 inches, which you can see on the photo below, but instead they are very wide. So when you eat and sleep you actually face the window (or the other centre seat, if you sit in the middle).
Singapore Airlines actually have names for these two seating positions, described like this on the Singapore Airlines webpage:
“Our new Business Class seats offer two new seating positions—the Lazy Z, a cradling position that ensures your weight is centered and balanced when you’re sitting down, and the Sundeck, a lounging position that extends the base and foot of your seat so you can stretch and rest your legs on the ottoman.”
On the Boeing 777-300ER there are two business class cabins. A smaller one right behind first class with three rows and a larger one behind door 2 and the business class galley with nine rows. This makes the number of seats 48 in total. I had selected seat 14K, on the last row of the smaller cabin, which turned out to be an excellent choice.
I was not really sure how to turn the seat into a bed so I asked one of the flight attendants for assistance. Apparently you do not recline the seat but rather fold it. So the back of the seat is actually the bed. And at the back there were also a mattress, a duvet and an extra pillow waiting, on top of the cushion that was available upon boarding.
When folded you get a bed of 78 inches, or 198 cm. To make best use of the limited space you actually sleep with your feet facing the wall, i.e. at an angle, but this actually works quite well.
And this is what the seat looks like turned into a bed. I found it extremely comfortable, especially with the mattress, and I literally slept like a baby with six hours of solid sleep, which I rarely do on airplanes. I have rarely arrived anywhere in the world after a long overnight flight being in such a good mood.
Another favourite business class seat for sleeping for me, which I have written about in the past, is the British Airways Club World seat. Although I am not a big fan of the seat as such it is wonderful for sleeping. Read more about it here: Probably the best business class bed in the sky