AVIATION TRIP REPORTS
This page contains a collection of aviation reports that pertain to flights and airport lounges.
Flight Reports and Reviews
On my recent trip back to Singapore from Sydney, I managed to try out J Class (Business Class) on board the Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER (Three Class). While the airlines have won multiple awards over the years for being one of the best airlines in the world, I have been told that the business cabins are truly a league above the rest. Together with James Park Associates, Singapore Airlines has introduced brand new Business Class seats on board their 777-300ERs with a more contemporary design and the use of metallic colours (for all Apple fans, think Rose Gold).
Previously known as the Bayan Lepas International Airport, Penang International Airport is located approximately 30 minutes away from Georgetown. I stayed at the beautiful Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa (review soon to come!) when I visited last month and if you are coming from there, the ride should take you about an hour. Since I was flying on SilkAir and my Star Alliance Gold status was not with Singapore Airlines, I did not have lounge access on my flight back from PEN to SIN as such, I looked at my options and found the Plaza Premium Lounge at the Penang International Airport instead.
I checked out the previous Emirates Lounge at the Melbourne Tullamarine Airport back in 2014 when I visited the city for a friend's wedding. While the lounge had a great selection of food and drinks, the overall decor was tired and in need of a refresh. When I visited Melbourne city again this April (2016), I have had the pleasure of visiting the Emirates Lounge once again (without knowing it was refurbished) and I was pleasantly surprised by the changes.
Like most Singaporeans, I travel to Bangkok quite a fair number of times a year (mainly the weekends) and since I have Star Alliance Gold, I tend to spend most of my time in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport in either the Thai Airways Lounge or the SilverKris Lounge. Since I had some time to kill during my latest trip from Bangkok to Singapore, I decided to check out the newest Star Alliance Lounge in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport - the EVA Air Lounge - which is the best airport lounge Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport has seen so far!
During my last trip to Taipei, I stayed at the beautiful Grand Hyatt Taipei (which is rumoured to be Taipei's most haunted hotel) and the amazingly opulent Mandarin Oriental, Taipei. On my way back to Singapore, I checked out the China Airlines Dynasty Business Class Lounge Taipei and was immediately blown away by how beautiful it is. As part of the benefits for holding an ANZ Travel Visa Signature Card, I have unlimited access to Veloce Lounges around the world and this lounge used to be part of that list - it is sadly now being removed.
The Emirates Business Class Lounge at the Melbourne Tullamarine Airport is a great airport lounge to hangout at if you have a flight on Qantas or Emirates. Enjoy unlimited Moët & Chandon and/or Veuve Clicquot champagne in this business class lounge. Read on to find out more!
The Emirates Lounge is located in Terminal 1 of Singapore Changi Airport on level 3 in the Departure Transit Lounge. The lounge accepts passengers from Emirates First / Business Class and EK Gold Skywards members. Find out more about this lounge and the delicious food offerings it has.
The Qantas Singapore Lounge located in Terminal One of Singapore Changi Airport, offers a new standard of luxury for travellers. If you are travelling on Business or First Class on Qantas (or a OneWorld flight in similar class), be sure to check out The Qantas Singapore Lounge. The Qantas Singapore Lounge is open from 230pm to 11pm daily so make sure your flight is around those timings otherwise you might miss the opportunity to check it out.
Located in the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (Concourse G), the Louis' Tavern CIP First Class Lounge is free for holders of the ANZ Travel Visa Signature card. Despite being called a First Class lounge, there is nothing First Class about this place at all. Unless of course, you consider it to be first in its class to be bad. While it would have passed off as an indie and grunge looking bar or cafe, the lounge was almost dreadful to be in.
I visited the SATS Premier Lounge at Terminal 2 which is located in the Departure Transit Hall on Level 3. As I had a morning flight to catch, I arrived at the lounge around 645am and it was almost empty. For those on a longer layover, there's ample reading materials in the lounge - magazines, newspapers and even the computers if you're travelling (extremely) light. Overall a pretty decent lounge with a comfortable environment and the right facilities. It was not extremely fancy but definitely had everything you required for a lengthy layover in Singapore.
Located on level seven in Terminal One, the new Qantas Hong Long lounge boasts an extensive range of (alcoholic) drinks and food while offering ample space for the business traveler to rest and relax. There were communal tables as well as comfy leather seats scattered around the lounge. It was generally quiet and it boasted a pretty impressive view of the terminal while being conveniently located near the boarding gates.