Flight check: Mumbai to Singapore on Singapore Airlines

By Graham Reid

Graham Reid flies SQ425 from India to Singapore.
We rolled down the runway 10 minutes after scheduled departure, but made up the time en route. Photo / NZPA
We rolled down the runway 10 minutes after scheduled departure, but made up the time en route. Photo / NZPA

The plane: The spacious and aesthetically pleasing 777-200R

Class: Promisingly was checked in at the Business desk (but only because I had one bag). It was economy thereafter.

Price: Someone else was paying so ...

On time? Rolled down the runway 10 minutes after scheduled departure, made up the difference en route.

My seat: 39H. I had asked for an aisle seat because it was a night flight and there was nothing to see. There was a spare seat between me and the Singaporean man who feel asleep during the safety announcement.

Fellow passengers: Mixed.

How full? Almost.

Entertainment: About 80 movies including Les Miserables, Jack Reacher, The Hobbit, various Indian, European and Chinese films, kids' channels, TV programmes (125), radio, music and apps.

The service: Typically professional, attentive and unhurried.

Food and drink: All of that, and very good options (to reflect the cosmopolitan travelers).

The toilets: Clean and sufficient.

Luggage: One in the hold, small carry-on.

The airport experience: I'd been warned Mumbai was slow and it was true. Many passengers had an unnatural amount of baggage (a family of three with three large trunks and nine pieces of carry-on). Security check was slow, but it's better to get it right.

Would I fly this again? Some might say yes, just to get out of 40 degrees and noisy Mumbai. But yes, because it was a comfortable flight ... albeit with a bumpy landing.

- NZ Herald

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