Shanghai to Singapore.
THE LOYALTY SCHEME
KrisFlyer members can earn miles when they fly on Singapore Airlines, SilkAir or any of its airline partners, which include airlines in the Star Alliance network.
UP THE BACK OR POINTY END?
Business class, seat-bed 16F, in the middle of a 1-2-1 configuration. This flight preceded the introduction of Singapore Airlines' new business class, with its fleet of 777-300Rs to be the first to get the upgraded seating, complete with a new entertainment system, in the latter part of this year.
TIME IN THE AIR
Five hours and 15 minutes with the flight from Shanghai's Pudong Airport nearly 40 minutes late taking off.
Singapore Airlines operates five flights a day from Shanghai to Singapore and vice versa, with departure times spread conveniently throughout the day.
THE SEAT STUFF
The width of my business class seat-bed - billed as "the largest full flat seat-bed in the world" - is 30 inches (76.2 centimetres) with a pitch of 51 inches. It comes with bed sheets and a duvet, though I prefer to doze rather than sleep before a connecting overnight flight to Sydney. There's a generous distance between seats and the option of a pop-up privacy screen.
Business-class passengers are allowed 30 kilograms each (notably less than some competitor airlines) with two pieces of carry-on luggage allowance weighing seven kilograms each.
Is Singapore Airlines' business class on this sector looking a tad tired or is it because a new one is in the works? Whatever the case, it's hardly slumming it, with my seat-bed easily passing the comfort test.
A faulty sound socket on my entertainment system means I miss Russell Crowe's crooning in Les Miserables. Once operational with a change of socket, inflight entertainment system KrisWorld offers 239 movies, 348 television programs, 795 CDs, 22 radio channels and more than 80 games.
Impeccable, as ever. Is Singapore Airlines a rarity in being perhaps the world's least-criticised carrier in an age where travellers seem to take pleasure in disparaging them?
Dinner is the only meal served on this regional flight. There is a "prelude" of satay and a starter of antipasto featuring marinated king prawns with grilled vegetables and buffalo mozzarella. There are four main courses: steamed cod fillet in soya garlic with vegetables and fried rice; seared tournedos of beef; chicken and asparagus roulade; and a seafood glass noodle soup. Desserts are slightly less inspiring, with offerings such as Haagen-Dazs cookies and cream ice-cream, and cheese and fresh fruit. There's a selection of German, French and Australian reds and whites, a 10-year-old Portuguese tawny port and the mandatory champagne.
ONE MORE THING
If heaven were staffed by flight attendants, God would appoint Singapore Airlines cabin crew.
It's Singapore Airlines - what's there to complain about? Even SQ833's late departure is forgotten by the time I arrive at Changi, relaxed and with plenty of time to take my connecting flight to Sydney.
Tested by Anthony Dennis, who flew as a guest of Wendy Wu Tours and Singapore Airlines.