Flight test: Singapore Airlines economy class

Aircraft Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER.

Route Melbourne to Singapore.

Class Economy, seat 38B.

Seat pitch and width 32 inches of legroom, 18.6 inches wide.

Seat configuration 3-3-3 for a total of 228 economy-class seats.

Luggage allowance One item of checked luggage up to 20 kilograms, one item of carry-on luggage up to seven kilograms.

Scheduled flight time Seven hours, 55 minutes.

On-time performance Favourable winds see us arrive 45 minutes early.

Lounge access SilverKris lounge at Melbourne Airport available to KrisFlyer Elite Gold members.


Aircraft condition Singapore Airlines is gradually refitting the interiors of its fleet and this plane has new seats.

Comfort The new seats are designed to slide forward as they recline, preventing the back of the seat cramping the person behind you. But I find the footrest digs into my shins when folded up. I end up putting the footrest down and manoeuvring my legs around it to put them under the seat in front. The older seat design seems more comfortable on my connecting flight.

Console/entertainment The upgraded seats feature a larger, clearer seat-back screen with a good range of new and recent movies (in several languages) and TV shows. All seats have power points for mobile devices and laptops, plus USB ports.

Service The airline's reputation remains intact; cabin crew are a class act. By the time I reach my seat, I've been welcomed five times. While not particularly affable, the attendants are polite and highly efficient. A crew member arrives within 30 seconds after I hit the call button to get my tea cup.

Food and beverage About as good as you can get in economy class. An after-midnight departure time means a lighter evening meal is served, the chicken and leek pie is tasty. For breakfast I choose egg noodles with seafood and Asian greens.

Amenities Small kit contains socks, toothbrush and toothpaste. Pillow and blanket provided during flight.

Flight frequency Three times daily between Melbourne and Singapore; four times daily between Sydney and Singapore.

Online singaporeair.com.

Tested by Craig Platt