【Flight Review】Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class ★Singapore to Auckland

SQ285 SIN-AKL Business Class

Singapore to Auckland (Direct)

Currently (as of Feb 2018), there are the only 2 airlines that fly direct from Singapore to Auckland :

  • Singapore Airlines
  • Air New Zealand

We travelled to Auckland via Singapore Airlines Suites and Business Class2 years ago which was fantastic. 9/10

We also flew Air New Zealand Business Class to Auckland a few years back. It was cheaper than Singapore Airlines but the seat was also slightly smaller and overall experience just couldn’t compete with Singapore Airlines.

Since we have some Krisflyer miles to use, we took SQ business class to Auckland and use the remaining miles on economy class on the way back.

Singapore to Auckland SQ 285 business class
Singapore – Auckland SQ 285 direct flight

1. Flight details (SQ285) SIN-AKL

Flight number: SQ 285

Aircraft type: Airbus A380-800

Flight duration: 8.50pm-11.45am (next day)

Flight time: 9 hours 55 min

2. Cost / Miles Spent

If we book directly through SQ it should cost approximately $7,200 both way or $5,000 one-way. 

This trip (SIN-AKL) we used up our accumulated Krisfler miles that cost us 58,000 KrisFlyer miles per person + $69.40 tax per person!

3. Check-in

Check-in was easy. All passengers can check in online 48 hours before the flight departs.

For SQ 285 Business Class check-in at:

  • Changi Airport Terminal 3
  • taxi dropped off at Door 5
  • proceed to row 6 to print the ticket and drop off luggage
Self-check in at Singapore Changi Airport

 3. SilverKris Lounge Access

Silver Kris Lounge in Terminal 3 is located near gate A. It’s well equipped with everything you need before a flight. Good selections of warm food (not super tasty though😕), bar with selections of wine, hard liquor and cocktails, free wifi, shower room, TV, magazine/ newspaper reading area.

The business class lounge was quite crowded but the layout was well-designed. There’s a place for everyone to relax with some privacy.
business class lounge wine selections
Wine selections in the lounge – 1 Champagne, 2 whites (Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay), 2 reds (Bordeaux and Chianti Riserva)
wine tasting at silverkris lounge singapore airlines
Tasting Silver Kris Lounge wines before the flight.

Lounge experience: 4.8/5

4. Cabin and Seats

Singapore Airlines A380 business class cabin is located on the upper deck of the aircraft.

All forward-facing 1-2-1 cabin layout is still my favourite. As there’s no weird corner and all seats are spacious! 1-2-1 layout SQ A380 business class

A380 business class SQ 285
34-inch wide leather seat that’s enough to sit 2 adults.
Fully-flat bed.
business class seat A380 singapore airlines SQ285
Big screen, big seat, lots of leg rooms

Cabin cleanliness: 5/5

Seat condition: 5/5

Seat comfort: 5/5

Overall cabin experience: 5/5

5. Amenities

Amenities available on business class are:

  • Inflight slippers
  • socks
  • menu
  • noise-cancelling headphones
  • duvet and pillows
  • eye shades and ear plugs (on request)
  • toothbrush and hairbrush (in the toilet drawers)
  • pen, writing pads (on request)
  • playing cards (on request)

What’s missing?

  • Toiletries bag
  • Pyjamas

(Singapore Airlines only provide these to First Class or Suites passengers).

SQ business class amenities inflight slippers

6. Food and Drinks

Singapore Airlines business class has a very good selection of food and drinks.


2 meals were served onboard Singapore to Auckland flight. Dinner after take-off, and Breakfast before landing.

Champagne welcome drink before take-off

In between meals, there was snacks and drinks service as well. You’ll never go hungry on Singapore Airlines, let’s put it this way.



We normally pre-book our main course before the flight through BOOK-THE-COOK. It has a wide selection of meals including creations inspired by Singapore Airlines International Culinary Panel Chefs and can be ordered up to 24 hours before the flight.

Seared Lamb Loin Lamb loin with salsa verde, Lyonnaise onion and bacon. Designed by Singapore Airlines International Culinary Panel Chef Matthew Moran

Our all-time favourite is Classic Lobster Thermidor and Malay Style Beef Rendang.To see the full list of Book-The-Cook meal selections (departing from Singapore), you can find it here.

Anniversary Cake

We requested for an anniversary cake few weeks before the flight to celebrate our wedding anniversary onboard. The crew presented the cake with a pair of cute teddy bears with a nice card. It was a very kind gesture from the crew and we wrote a nice feedback to Singapore Airlines to compliment the crew!


As of February 2018, Business Class passengers / PPS Club members could enjoy free wifi onboard up to 30 MB only.

How much is 30 MB? Not much! Probably 5-10 minutes on the social media and checking a few emails that’s all.

8. Overall

5/5 rating for Singapore Airlines A380 business class SIN-AKL.

Good service, entertainment system, food and drinks and cabin comfort are all up to high standard. 


Still a great way to fly.





【Flight Review】Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class ★Singapore to Auckland
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