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In this trip report I review my flight on Singapore Airlines (SQ) A330 in Business Class from Singapore Changi International Airport to Ho Chi Minh City, which I flew in April 2017.

For the first leg of my journey (Düsseldorf to Singapore), I travelled on and reviewed Singapore Airlines brand new A350 plane.

Singapore Airlines A330 aircraft features their regional Business Class product. Unlike SQ’s flagship A350, A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft which feature fully-flat bed Business Class seats with direct aisle access from every seat, the SQ A330 Business Class cabin features a 2-2-2 layout, with angled flat seats rather than fully-flat beds. The experience was excellent and the flight was only 1 hour and 40 minutes (beats British Airways Club Europe by miles!).

Singapore Airlines features in my best 10 best airlines for longhaul Business Class.

A one-way ticket from Düsseldorf to Ho Chi Minh via Singapore was 240 euros + 65,000 Miles&More miles. Miles and More is the frequent flyer program of Singapore Airline’s Star Alliance partner Lufthansa.

Pre-flight I experienced the Silverkris Lounge at Changi airport which I review separately.

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class Cabin

The SQ A330-300 aircraft features one Business Class cabin with 30 angle-flat seats (with 172 degrees recline), and 2 Economy Class cabins with 255 seats.

The Business Class seats are arranged in five rows with a standard 2-2-2 configuration. All seats face forward and offer aisle access, except for the window seats. The layout and seats are not as good as the Business Class seats on the Singapore Airlines Boeing 777, A380 and A350 planes, which have fully-flat bed Business Class seats all with direct aisle access.

Business Class Seat Review

The leather seat has a width of 24.5 inch (62 cm) and a pitch of 152 cm (60 inch). This is not as wide as the Business Class seats of SQ’s A380-800 and the 777-300ER planes, are some of the widest Business Class seats available.

There are various trays, storage holes along with a power socket and usb ports and a large TV screen. A privacy divider can be arranged between two adjoining seats for extra privacy.

The seat converts into an angled bed with a 172-degree recline. This is not a flat-bed, but it is comfortable with 188 cm (74 inches) of length (when the footrest is fully extended). One slight problem is that it is slightly slippy and you do tend to slide down the seat when you try and sleep.

What are the best Business Class seats on Singapore Airlines A330?

All seats in the cabin, except for the first and last row, are quiet good, especially for couples. See the seatmap.

Single travellers should go for the center seats, which have direct aisle access and no one will climb over you.

The worst seats are the window duo of seats. The window seat has no aisle access so you can’t get out without climbing over your neighbour. The Aisle seat is in the way of the window seat and you are likely to be climbed over if your neighbout wants to get out. Of course if you are travelling as a couple and like a window, then this is not a problem, but for those travelling alone, the central seats are much more appealing.

Singapore Airlines doesn’t offer amenity kits in Business Class on any flights which is a real shame as I have come to enjoy these. You can read my review of the best Business Class Amenity kits in the sky.

Noise canceling headphones were provided – although you can not take them home with you – in addition to a blanket and pillow.

Meals Review On Singapore Airlines

Brunch was offered on this mid-morning flight which was good but not noteworthy. The menu offered included:

Freshly squeezed or chilled juices (with a choice of apple, tomato or orange juice)
Next there was a choice between:
Singapore fried carrot cake, a hearty traditional dish of fried savoury radish-rice flour cake with prawns and pickled turnip,
Braised Udon noodles with sliced beef, served with Asian greens and black mushrooms
Or cheese omelette, with pan-fried sausage, roma tomato, sautéed mushrooms and roesti potato

A selection of sliced fresh fruits
Assorted bread rolls and croissants, served with butter and fruits preserves
Dessert: ice jelly, with fresh fruits and aloe vera

Singapore Airlines In-Flight Entertainment

The 15,4 inch (39 cm) TV screen in front of each Business Class is not touchscreen so you need to use a handset. The KrisWorld in-flight entertainment system provides over 1,000 individual options spanning movies, TV shows, audio tracks and games.

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While still great, the entertainment selection is not as extensive as on Singapore Airline’s A350 planes, which provide WiFi access as well as a companion app.

The Singapore Airlines A330 does not offer a walk-up bar, but you can order snacks from the menu throughout the flight.

I have previously reviewed the Singapore Airlines First Class Suite on their A380 and Business Class on Singapore Airlines A350 in 2016.

This review was written by our friends at TheLuxuryTravelExpert.