After a quick visit to the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge in Terminal 2, my friends and I left the very disappointing lounge and made our way to gate E3 where our bird was waiting. Heading to the gate early is not something we normally do but at Singapore Changi Airport, security is handled at the individual gates and not at a centralized location. Because of that, we wanted to take our time and not fight the crowds by arriving late to the gate. Luckily, the security check was quick and orderly and we were ready to board within a few minutes.
Aircraft: Airbus A330-300
Singapore to Bali
Depart: 9:25 AM on Thursday (9:23 AM actual)
Arrive: 11:45 AM same day (12:15 AM actual)
Duration: 2hr 52mn
Seat: 34H Economy Class
This Singapore Airlines flight was operated with an Airbus A330-300. Singapore Airlines operates these regionally configured aircraft for their short intra-Asia and medium-haul flights under 8 hours (including flights to Australia). On their Airbus A330 fleet, Singapore Airlines Economy Class is configured with 255 standard economy class seats in a 2-4-2 layout. The seats measure 19 inches wide and provide 32 inches of pitch and 6 inches of recline.
No amenities were provided at our seats but headphones and blankets were provided upon request. On this segment, my friend David and I were seated in seats 34H and K, on the right side of the aircraft. Quick tip: If you love a good window seat view… don’t pick these seats. Here are the seats behind us.
And the seats in front of us.
But our seats. . .
Each economy class seat is configured with an adjustable headrest, personal in-flight entertainment system, USB charger, universal electrical outlet (1 per every 2 seats), personal reading lamp, coat hook and vanity mirror.
For storage, your larger carry-on items can be secured in the overhead bins and your smaller personal items can be stored underneath the seat in front of you. Additionally, each seat is equipped with multiple storage pockets to secure all your small electronic devices and personal items. There’s also a small storage pocket behind the beverage cup holder but I’m not exactly sure what that is intended for.
Each economy class seat is equipped with a personal in-flight entertainment system with a robust collection of new Hollywood movies, TV shows, games and audio entertainment. The monitor itself is a little dated (and not touchscreen) but it got the job done.
Pre-departure warm towels were offered to all passengers.
Once all the passengers were boarded, the Captain came on the PA to make his welcome announcements. He provided us with our expected flight time and path and advised us of some expected turbulence along the way. We then taxied to the runway as the flight attendants made their final preparations and departed for our short 2 hour and 31 min flight to Bali.
As we reached our cruising altitude, the seatbelt signs were turned off and the flight attendants prepared for our main meal service. On this quick hop to Bali, there was only one meal service provided and no menus were offered to economy class passengers. As the flight attendants came down the alley, they just asked us if we preferred scrambled eggs with sausage or vegetarian noodles. I went with the scrambled eggs.
All the items were provided on a single tray. The scrambled eggs were served with a side of breakfast potatoes and a sausage link along with a fruit cup and a bread roll.
After our trays were taken away, the flight attendants then came around with a mini Magnum ice cream bar for dessert. Who doesn’t love ice cream for breakfast?
Overall, the breakfast service was very efficient. I appreciated how quickly the service started and how quickly the flight attendants cleared our trays. This was a hard-working and friendly crew and it allowed the passengers to rest a bit before arriving on the island. I tried to rack out immediately after breakfast but unfortunately, I was only able to nap for about 30 minutes before we started our descent into Bali.
And in case you were wondering, we were on the same aircraft for our return flight back to Singapore a week later. The seats and service were exactly the same. For our one meal service, we were served a dinner option of chicken and rice or stir fried noodles. My chicken and rice meal was served with a cold noodle salad, bread roll and a chocolate cake dessert. It didn’t photograph well but the chicken and rice dish was actually tasty.
Singapore Airlines Airbus A330 Economy Class overall thoughts
Singapore Airlines is one of my favorite airlines as they consistently provide a quality flying experience. It doesn’t matter if you’re flying Suites Class on a brand new Airbus A380 or economy class on an older Airbus A330, you will have a pleasant experience regardless. These Airbus A330s will eventually be replaced by the brand new Boeing 787s but in the meantime, they aren’t bad for these short hops around Asia. Going to Australia will be a little more disappointing, especially in business class, but for short hops in economy class, you won’t notice a difference.
What are your thoughts on Singapore Airlines’ regional flights around Asia? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below. Thanks for reading!
The other trip reports in this series include:
- Korean Air Lounge LAX, a Priority Pass Lounge
- Star Alliance Lounge LAX
- Singapore Airlines Economy Class, Los Angeles to Singapore
- Singapore Airlines Economy Class, Singapore to Bali
- Korean Air Lounge Concourse A Seoul, a Priority Pass Lounge
- SATS Premier Lounge Singapore, a Priority Pass Lounge
- The Stones Hotel, Bali
- Hilton Bali, Nusa Dua
- Singapore Airlines Economy Class, Singapore to Los Angeles