Singapore Airlines business class review: 787-10 Guangzhou to Singapore

Singapore Airlines 787-10 regional business class seat

I’ve never told anyone this, but I’ve got a very detailed / top secret wishlist of airline reviews that I haven’t done yet. Some of what is on this list (such as this Singapore Airlines business class review) makes total sense, and I can imagine you nodding your head in agreement with me as I tell you it’s one that I’ve been dying to write.

Some of the others would likely make you think less of me (more than you already do), and therefore, the list is going to remain secret for the foreseeable future. Sorry. Normally I don’t care what others think of me but it’s kind of awkward seeing people snicker and laugh at me whenever I walk into an airport.

Anyway, I finally got the opportunity to try Singapore Airlines 787 business class in January, and, well…it was everything I hoped it would be.

SQ851
Guangzhou, China (CAN) – Singapore (SIN)
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Aircraft: 787-10
Registration: 9V-SCH
Duration: 3 hours 38 minutes
Seat: 19A (business class)

Singapore Airlines 787-10 side view
Singapore Airlines 787-10 side view illustration by Norebbo.com
Singapore Airlines 787-10 seat map
Seat map of this Singapore Airlines 787-10 (courtesy of seatguru.com) showing my seat (19A) for this flight to SIN.
sq851 flight track
Our route from CAN to SIN this afternoon SQ851

My Singapore Airlines business class review video

I know. I’m starting to fall out of sync again when it comes to posting my videos and corresponding written reviews here on the blog at the same time. I’d be thrilled if I could manage to do it on the same day – but considering how long both the videos and blog posts take to put together, it’s a miracle that I can get them posted within 4 weeks of each other.

Anyway, I posted the video for this Singapore Airlines business class review almost three weeks ago, and it was honestly the most fun I’ve had making a video in a while. Not only was I getting the opportunity to fly Singapore Airlines for the first time, but doing it in business class was the icing on the cake. Singapore Airlines regional business class is quite good!

All music for this video (as well as all my other videos) was sourced from Epidemic Sound. Not only do they have one of the largest YouTube-friendly collections of music anywhere, there’s lots of new stuff added every week. It wasn’t difficult finding just the right music for every section of this video.

Please note: some of the links in this article may be affiliate links. This means that I will get paid a commission if you buy something or take an action after clicking one of them.

How much did I pay for this flight to Singapore?

The total price I paid for this ticket was $830.34, which I consider to be an absolute steal considering how good Singapore Arlines 787 business class is.

Unlike how I cashed in a load of Delta SkyMiles for my China Eastern and China Southern flights several days prior, I decided to go big and pay for this Singapore Airlines 787 business class experience out of my own pocket. No, I’m not rich or anything, but I had two things going for me as I was making this reservation:

    1. The video I would be making for this flight was going to be sponsored by Surfshark. Not only does having a sponsor help to drive down the costs associated with booking airline tickets, I wanted to give them the most bang for the buck by producing the most interesting video possible. In general, business class review videos tend to get more views than economy class reviews.
    2. Business class fares between Guangzhou and Singapore are not all that expensive actually. It didn’t take much effort at all to stumble all over a handful of really attractive premium one-way fares on several different airlines.

To sweeten the deal, I used my American Express Platinum card to make the purchase, which always gives me 5X points on all airline ticket purchases. Combined with the 1,639 miles I earned for the flight itself (which I applied to my United Airlines Mileage Plus account), I earned an extra 4,150 miles thanks to my Amex card. Total points earned for this segment: 5,789.

Pros and cons of Singapore Airlines 787 business class

I’m a actually giggling slightly as I type this, because…well…come on. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to come up with a list of cons about Singapore Airlines business class? No, it wasn’t a perfect experience, but I have no shame in saying that it was probably one of the best flights of my life. And that says something considering that I basically fly around the world for a living.

Still, this is a Singapore Airlines business class review, and I must do what I can to tell you both the good and the bad of what it’s like to be wined and dined on their 787-10.

Pros

  • For a regional business class product, the seats on the Singapore Airlines 787-10 are remarkably comfortable. They are large, decently private, and cozy enough to be considered a competitive long haul seat.
  • The food was nothing short of spectacular. I actually enjoyed the appetizer more than I did the main dish, but everything I was served was perfectly prepared and quite satisfying.
  • Although somewhat cold (see below), the entire cabin crew was extremely professional and I felt as if I was in a fancy hotel or restaurant the entire time. I was greeted by name, and they were very proactive and attentive throughout the entire flight.

Cons

  • There was no snack service. For a 3 and a half hour flight, I would have expected to be served a light snack with a drink before they initiated the lunch service. They started right with the meal shortly after takeoff, and it caught me off guard slightly.
  • Not unlike a handful of other Singapore Airlines business class reviews I’ve read recently, the cabin crew seemed somewhat cold and disinterested on this flight.
  • I found the movie and TV catalog to be somewhat lacking. I’m a simple guy with adolescent tastes though, so take that for what it’s worth.

Full transcript of my video review of this Singapore Airlines 787 regional business class experience

Guangzhou taxi
In a taxi and on the way to the airport. Oh – and did you really think that I’d travel all the way to China without having Surfshark installed on my phone? I would have done it even if they weren’t sponsoring this video…which they are, by the way, and I’m super glad to be partnering up with them once again.
Guangzhou airport departures level
Hey everyone, it’s Scott from sanspotter.com again, and as much as I loved the city of Guangzhou, I’m happy as all heck to be getting out of China today.
Guangzhou airport terminal
It’s January 25th, the coronavirus is spreading like crazy, and – I’m outa here.
CAN airport terminal interior
My escape this morning will be via a Singapore airlines 787-10 – in business class, which (quite frankly) is a pretty sweet way to flee a deadly virus.
Guangzhou airport lunar new year decorations
On a slightly more somber note, today is the first day of the lunar New Year holiday here in China, and unfortunately there’s not a lot of celebrating going on.
Singapore Airlines business class check in Guangzhou airport
See? I do listen to you guys. Singapore Airlines Business class was one of my most requested videos last year, coming in a very close second to the WestJet 787. Which, I’m definitely going to do by the way…
SANspotter selfie Guangzhou airport
I’m super excited to be flying Singapore Airlines for the very first time today!

Lounge access for Singapore Airlines passengers at Guangzhou airport

Plaza premium lounge Guangzhou airport
All Singapore Airlines business class passengers get full access to the appropriately named Premium Lounge here in Guangzhou. Well, technically, it’s a Plaza Premium Lounge, and one that all Priority Pass members have access to as well.
Plaza premium lounge CAN airport food
Technicalities aside…my god. It’s a good thing I arrived hungry!
SANspotter selfie plaza premium lounge Guangzhou
Scanning the room for deadly viruses before digging in.

But first: a brief word from my sponsor…

This is a business trip after all, and I do need to get some work done. However, there were potentially two problems with that this morning: WiFi security and censorship of western internet content by the Chinese government.

I say “potentially”, because thanks to Surfshark, these are non-issues. If you don’t know already, Surfshark is an award winning VPN which encrypts all the data to and from your devices through a secure tunnel – preventing anyone from having access to your private data. How do I really know that someone here in the lounge isn’t trying to hack the SANspotter empire?

Sketchy WiFi aside, this is China…and I’d be completely lost without things like YouTube, Netflix, and instagram. You can’t access any of that here without a VPN, but Surfshark makes it extremely easy to bypass these restrictions.

It’s super simple. Simply download the app, launch it, and then press quick connect. That’s all it takes to virtually change your location and bypass Chinese censorship laws.

Note that you can also choose a wide variety of servers from all over the world, which I took advantage of while here in China. By virtually changing my location to the US, I was able to access YouTube exactly just the way I do back home.

Anyway, Surfshark and I have teamed up to offer the SANspotter audience an incredibly good deal. Simply sign up using this link, (using the promo code SCOTT), and you’re gonna get 83% off your entire subscription.

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What is the Guangzhou airport terminal like?

Gate A147 Guangzhou airport
Gate A147. And yeah, I know. Boarding doesn’t begin for another 45 minutes, and I’m doing this all wrong. Shouldn’t I still be up in the lounge relaxing like a normal human being?
SANspotter selfie Guangzhou airport terminal
Turns out that someone sneezed within close vicinity of me up there and I freaked out and – now I’m down here.
CAN airport terminal interior
Even without lounge access, there’s lots to do down here in the main terminal. This is a very nice (and big) airport.
advertisements Guangzhou airport
I can’t read Chinese very well, but I think that sign says “You can’t get the Coronavirus if you’re ****-faced drunk!”

The boarding process

Boarding for this 4 and a half hour flight down to Singapore started about 10 minutes early, which totally caught me off guard because nearly half the plane was already onboard by the time I arrived back at the gate. I guess I’m not the only one feeling just a little bit anxious to flee the country today.

boarding Singapore Airlines 787-10
I could definitely sense a twinge of paranoia in the air as we boarded this plane. For example: how exactly do I know the guy in front of me hasn’t been exposed to the coronavirus?
Singapore Airlines 787-10 boarding door
And you know what? I’m nearly 100% confident the person on my heels was looking at me with a raised eyebrow thinking the same exact same thing. Oh, and check out the flight attendant recoiling in fear upon first sight of me. The typical female response to a SANspotter sighting, and something I’m very used to by now.

Singapore Airlines regional business class: first impressions

Singapore Airlines 787-10 business class cabin
Here you have it: Singapore Airlines 787-10 business class. Not bad at all, though little did I know that this pales in comparison to what is on their A350s.
Singapore Airlines 787-10 regional business class seat
Singapore Airlines 787-10 regional business class seat.
Singapore Airlines 787-10 regional business class seat review
These seats are very cocoon-like. Which…I like.
Singapore Airlines 787 business class seat details
Singapore Airlines 787 business class seat details.
Singapore Airlines 787 business class seat controls
The control center, built into the side of the console. That black bar above the handheld remote is a touch-screen interface for the seat controls. It took every bit of maturity I had in me not to run my hand across it back and forth just to see what would happen.
Singapore Airlines 787 business class seat controls
Close up pic of said control panel. Which button would you press first?
Singapore Airlines regional business class cabin
Not bad for a regional business class product, eh?
Singapore Airlines 787 regional business class cabin
As you can see, privacy in these seats is decent thanks to being so cocoon-like. Which…I like.
Singapore Airlines 787 business class seat review
Don’t worry. Those wings are plenty big enough to prevent anyone from seeing you laughing during cheesy Adam Sandler movies.
SANspotter selfie Singapore Airlines 787 business class
It’s funny when I edit all this footage sometimes, because I naturally expect to hear a clear and satisfying “aahhhh!” whenever I sit down like this…
Singapore Airlines 787 business class leg room and foot space
Imagine the shock and horror I felt when (right away) I realized that there was something about these business class seats that I didn’t like. These foot wells are tiny.
Singapore Airlines regional business class menu
Wanna know what makes up for tiny foot wells? Good food of course, and Singapore airlines comes in clutch every time with culinary options designed to distract you from sore feet. This menu does look really good! (click on it to see it larger)
Singapore Airlines business class pre departure drink
Pre departure drinks were offered just as I was sitting here contemplating my thoughts on this Singapore Airlines business class product so far, and they were pleasant thoughts indeed. So far.
SANspotter Singapore Airlines business class review
*cough* *cough* …give me a second… (clears throat)….what do you suppose my chances are of being allowed back in the US after this?

But seriously – even though I’m making jokes about the Coronavirus, you need to know that this entire situation breaks my heart and I’m just using humor as a coping mechanism. Sometimes humor is the best medicine, and it’s something we all have inside of us if we choose to tap into it.

Noise cancelling headphones Singapore Airlines business class
Noise cancelling headphones too (but of course).
Singapore Airlines 787-10 safety card
Singapore Airlines 787-10 safety card. Completely unnecessary since there has never once been a crash of a 787-10. Yet.

The departure sequence

Guangzhou airport jet bridge
You know that awkward time between pushing off the gate and takeoff? I like to fill it with shoutouts to my amazing patrons. Michael Siv is the man in the spotlight today, not only for his excellent taste in footwear, but also for his generosity of becoming a SANspotter First Class patron as well. Thanks man!

sanspotter patreon shoutout

787-8 engine and wing
Punching through the cloud layer. If you want hear what this sounds like, do be sure to check out the video above!

Singapore Airlines regional business class service

How is it possible that I’ve been doing airline reviews since 2013 and that this is the very first time that I’ve flown Singapore Airlines? I’m actually so late to the game that I’m not even sure the world *needs* another Singapore Airlines business class review.

Singapore Airlines business class slippers
Of course, needs and wants are two completely separate things, and I’m filled with a lot of want this morning. Now excuse me while I strap these babies on…
787 engine and wing
Since I don’t really need to be here, what is it that I want to show you? I’m not sure. But I’m gonna figure it out, so please give me a moment to gather my thoughts and process what it’s like to be spoiled rotten in Singapore Airlines 787 business class.
Singapore Airlines business class appetizer
The appetizer: eel and salted egg roll with spicy asparagus mushroom salad.

You ever get so excited that you shake uncontrollably and you nearly pee your pants? Actually, we were going through a bit of chop just as the appetizer was served, and it was little tough to hold the camera steady enough to convey the notion that I can indeed control my nerves when excited. (Note: you need to see the video for that to make any sense lol).

Singapore Airlines business class meal
Hmm. I’m starting to get the sense that chicken and water is my default airplane food. Yeah, there were other choices available, but somehow I naturally gravitated towards this grilled chicken breast in mustard sauce. It was excellent, of course.
Singapore Airlines business class dessert
For desert, they served up a fresh slice of pumpkin mousse cake, which (to my unsophisticated palette) tasted exactly like a really good piece of chocolate cake. Aren’t you glad I don’t do food reviews for a living?

So there you have it. My first ever dining experience in Singapore Airlines business class, and it was honestly everything I hoped it would be. Now – if I can just cure myself of the crippling addiction to chicken and water!

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The arrival into Singapore

boeing 787 hand sensor toilet flush
Well, my plan was to kick off the final section of the video with me flushing the toilet Obi-Wan Kenobe style. A simple wave of my hand, and…come on! Flush dammit!
Singapore Airlines 787 regional business class review
If it wasn’t completely obvious by now, these business class seats on the 787-10 are very comfortable, and absolutely perfect for a 3 and a half hour flight such as this.
Singapore Airlines business class blanket
Sometimes I wonder if I chose the wrong path in life. I mean, I essentially film myself folding blankets on airplanes for a living, while my buddy and fellow Patron Pilot Wright is going through flight school and is well on his way to doing something meaningful for society.
Changi airport approach
Is the approach into Changi airport in Singapore not one of the best and most scenic in all the world? Really. No matter the weather or time of day, my nose was glued to the window just like the last time I did this (on a Thai Airways As50-900).
787 dreamliner wing and engine
Welcome to Singapore! And let me tell you: I’m feeling a huge sense of relief for putting some distance between me and the coronavirus. Oh, and yeah. Singapore airlines 787-10 business is quite good, though nowhere near as good as the A350 business class product. That mind-melting experience is the subject of my next video

Also, I just wanna to say that the support I’m getting from my Patrons has been phenomenal (and very much appreciated). I really couldn’t do what I do without them, and to Joshua Bedel and everyone else: you guys and gals rock. Maybe one day if my channel gets big enough, we can charter a Singapore Airlines 787 just like this and go places together. With Pilot Wright at the controls of course.

787 window
Waiting for the jet bridge to be attached. Pro tip: you’ll look a lot less impatent if you keep busy taking artsy-fartsy pics on the engine through the window.
SANspotter carry on bag
Still waiting, so here’s a pic of my carry on backpack. Did you read the article I wrote about what’s inside of it?
Singapore Airlines crew
I promised her that I’d write a good review on my way out. Betcha anything that’s not the first time she’s heard that line before.

Thanks so much for watching, and do prepare yourselves for my next video, which is likely to contain a lot of idiomatic expressions.

You know – things such as “Holy crap”, “Holy mother God”, and maybe even a “Holy ****” or two. Until then, that’s for watching, and I’ll catch you in the next one.

Singapore Airlines 787-10 frequently asked questions

As you saw in the pictures and transcript above, the Singapore Airlines 787 business class experience is quite good. This is the regional business class product that all other airlines strive to offer, and up until the day of this flight I hadn’t yet I experienced another airline that could do it better. However, I just flew Starlux business class a few days ago and, well, Singapore Airlines has got some competition on their hands. More on that later…

Here are a list of all the questions I’ve personally received from my audience in regards to my Singapore Airlines regional business class experience on the 787-10. Note that this only applies to the 787. Some of the answers to the questions below do not apply to other aircraft in the Singapore Airlines fleet such as the 777, A380, and A350.

Is Singapore Airlines business class good?

You bet it is. Even though I wasn’t expecting much on a short regional route from Guangzhou to Singapore, both the hard product (seats) and soft product (food + interactions with the cabin crew) were excellent. For comparisons sake, I’ve had the opportunity to fly regional business class on EVA Air, Asiana, Starlux, and AirAsia X around Asia so far. Only Starlux was better, but they set the standard so high that even second place is very (very good).

As you saw above, I paid $830 for this flight, and I believe it was worth every penny. There’s no better way of summing it up than that IMHO.

What do you get in Singapore Airlines business class?

If you’re the kind of person who enjoys business class amenity kits, you might be disappointed with Singapore Airlines regional business class. There are no amenity kits distributed, which did come as a shock to me at first. However, you will still get slippers and noise cancelling headphones. There are also very thick blankets and large pillows provided, along with hot towel service (both before the meal and after).

A full menu (with several options to choose from) and free alcohol round out the service. To be honest, I didn’t mind the lack of a formal amenity kit since I was still provided with everything needed to have a really comfortable flight.

Are Singapore Airlines regional business class seats comfortable?

Yes! Again, I’m speaking only in regards to their 787-10 product, but I found the seats to be feature-rich and comfortable enough for long haul. These are completely lie-flat seats, with huge video screens and a nice assortment of nooks and crannies for storage.

The individual seat controls are intuitive, and it didn’t take me long to find a seating position I liked. This is especially important after gorging yourself on a huge meal and you need to position your body in a way that won’t hinder digestion. After all – depending on the flight length, there might be more food coming later and it’s in your best interest to make room for it. Ha!

Is the movie selection good?

I’m not a connoisseur of fine film or anything, but I found the movie and TV catalog on this regional business class product to be somewhat disappointing. As a matter of fact, this is probably my biggest complaint in this entire Singapore Airlines business class review.

I usually work (and sleep) on flights, and I was planning on doing both on this particular day – but for some reason or another I had a bad hankerin’ to catch up on some movies I’ve been wanting to see and there wasn’t much to satisfy me. What I found was mostly independent and Asian titles, which are fine – but not what I was in the mood for.

Don’t worry – the long haul movie catalog is much better.

Is Singapore Arlines business class food good?

Instead of just saying “you bet it is”, let me just say this: I’ve flown over 1.2 million miles so far, many of those in business class. The food on this flight from Guangzhou to Singapore was some of the best food that I’ve ever had on an airplane. If I had to rank it, I’d say that it’s the 5th best business class meal I’ve ever had. How’s that for being specific?

The only other business class airplane food that I’ve had that was better (up until now) was on Starlux, Qatar Airways, Asiana, and JAL.

Note that their meal services changes all the time, so do be sure to check out their latest in flight dining menus before your flight.

What is the best thing about Singapore Airlines regional business class?

Wow. What a question! And when it comes right down to it, it’s the perfect one to end this Singapore Airlines business class review.

For me, it’s the entire package. From the way the cabin crew greeted me by name, to wiggling my rear end down in that extremely comfortable seat for the first time, to eating what ended up being one of my top 5 business class meals ever – it was quite the experience.

There was nothing about Singapore Airlines regional business class that would make me stop and think about doing it again. If the price is right, you better believe you’re gonna see me up in the pointy end of an SQ 787 whenever I need to get around Asia. Well, Starlux might be slightly more tempting if they fly the same route, but…you just can’t go wrong with Singapore Airlines.

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