Flight Review: Singapore Airlines non-stop to Los Angeles

At nearly 17 hours, the non-stop Singapore Airlines flight to Los Angeles is the fifth longest in the world.

Singapore Airlines flight 38 departs Changi Airport just before 9pm and arrives around 9pm in Los Angeles on the same day. 

According to your watch, no time has passed, despite having just travelled over 14,000kms and being in the air more than twice as long as your average work day.

Singapore Airlines operates an Airbus A350-900 ULR (Ultra Long Range) on this daily route. It's specially configured with just premium and business class on-board for the long-haul, sans economy.

The Business Class Experience:
 

Okay, I'll own up to it. I was lucky enough to fly business class on this flight, so the service onboard wouldn't be the same if I had been in Singapore Airlines economy, even if it existed on this route.

Westbound flights will be a derriere-numbing 17 hours and 55 minutes.
Westbound flights will be a derriere-numbing 17 hours and 55 minutes. Photo credit: Getty Images/Newshub.

One way airlines distinguish their business class product from others is through food.

Once you've had your pre-take off glass of bubbles, it's not long before your first taste of business class food arrives. Oh how the other half live.

Singapore Airlines' menu is designed by French three-star Michelin chef, Georges Blanc.

The canapés and appetisers include chicken and lamb satay, dill marinated salmon and a navarin of Beef Cheek (that's beef stew to most of us) as just a few of the options.

The rest of the menu is filled with words like jus, glazed and seared. It really is classy dining in the sky.

The flight is even longer going from Los Angeles to Singapore at 17 hours.
The flight is even longer going from Los Angeles to Singapore at 17 hours. Photo credit: Newshub.

As someone with allergies, it's also worth sharing how the airline made an effort both during booking and onboard to make sure I was well-fed without having to eat something I shouldn't.

Passing the time:
 

Singapore Airlines in-flight entertainment service is known as KrisWorld. It has more than 1800 on-demand entertainment options, so as well as watching movies you can binge one of the many TV show box sets available while dining.

Then the awesome part happens.

Your 'handcrafted Scottish leather and diamond-stitched' seat transforms into a competely flat and suprisingly comfortable bed.

I don't know if it's the motion or the white noise of flying, but I had a lovely sleep for at least half a dozen hours.

I woke up not long before we began descending into California, just in time for the next meal service.

This is the one part that threw me: I'd had dinner and a long sleep, my body was ready for morning coffee and breakfast, but as it was approaching 9pm in Los Angeles, it was time for dinner.

So while I craved coffee, fruit and water, the meal was made up of scallops, chicken, dim sum and more alcohol options than your aunty's booze rack.

Singapore Airlines' menu is designed by French three-star Michelin chef, Georges Blanc.
Singapore Airlines' menu is designed by French three-star Michelin chef, Georges Blanc. Photo credit: Singapore Airlines.

It's worth pointing out that I was in the minority in terms of not being in the mood for a full meal - most others onboard appeared to be loving it.

After the meals were cleaned up and we had been treated to the refreshing tradition of a wet towel service, it was time to land.

The Airbus A350 glided into LAX and touched down a smidgen early, and the long journey had come to an end.

The pleasant farewells and well organised disembarkation was soon replaced by the chaos that is LAX. 

Very quickly, I was wishing I was back on that business class bed, peacefully sleeping high above the Pacific Ocean.

Newshub Travel flew as a guest of Singapore Airlines.

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