Effective immediately, you will now be able to check-in to your next Emirates flight 48 hours (up from 24 hours) before departure via desktop or your mobile devices. Online check-in will close 90 minutes before flight departure but having that increased lead time means you will now have greater flexibility in choosing the seats you want (and more importantly, to beat that snaking queue at the airport)! Upon checking-in online and printing your boarding passes, passengers can proceed to drop their luggage at the online check-in counters (usually much shorter queues!) before heading down to immigration and security. If your Emirates flight does arrive and depart from the United States, boarding passes will only be issued 24 hours in advance (even though you can still check-in 48 hours prior to departure).
This extended check-in time will mean better availability of upgrades for Emirates Skywards members. Should there be any unexpected flight delays or disruptions, the 48 hour window will also allow these to be better communicated. Emirates has also introduced the "Hold My Fare" option which gives ticket-hunters the opportunity to lock in the fare for a nominal fee - this has now been extended to 72 hours!
Additionally, Emirates also operates car park check-in facilities around the clock at the famous Dubai hub. Flyers will have the option to check-in and drop off their luggage at the car park check-in facilities from 24 hours to 6 hours before departure. If you are traveling out of Dubai, you may also drop off your luggage at one of the 46 dedicated bag drop counters in Economy Class or separate counters in First Class and Business Class at Dubai International Airport from 6 hours to 90 minutes prior to departure.
Instead of offering just 30% off required miles to selected destinations in March 2018 via KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes, eligible KrisFlyer members can now enjoy 50% redemption discount on award flights to Bali - redemption must be completed by 28 February 2018 for flights from 1-31 March 2018. With this generous 50% discount, flying to Bali will only require 3,750 miles and 8,750 miles in Economy Class and Business Class respectively each way.
Following the announcement earlier this month where Singapore Airlines revealed that Osaka is set to become the first scheduled route for their brand new Boeing 787-10 flight, the airline has now announced that Perth will become the second scheduled destination to be served by the new fleet of Dreamliners.
Air New Zealand will begin operating non-stop flights between Auckland (AKL) and Taipei (TPE) from November 2018 on their Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner planes. The flag carrier of New Zealand will fly up to five times a week between AKL and TPE under flight number NZ77 and NZ78.
Sometime late last year, Singapore Airlines announced the changes (that are already in effect at the time of writing) to the mileage accrual rates, seat selection as well as baggage allowances. One of the things mentioned then was the upcoming changes to the fees pertaining to award tickets as well as redemption upgrades on Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and other partner airlines that will come into effect on 01 March 2018.
Now this is the second time that I am flying Japan Airlines' newest Business Class product (SKY SUITE III) and the last flight from Singapore to Haneda was fairly unimpressive - the product is good but it pales in comparison to Singapore Airlines in terms of food and service (or maybe I am just biased). Check out my review of Japan Airlines' Business Class flight from Haneda to Bangkok here!
It was announced last year that Singapore Airlines and SilkAir customers can access codeshare destinations with Scoot but it seems like Scoot will be taking over the existing service by SilkAir for the Singapore (SIN) to Langkawi (LGK) route. SilkAir currently operates this route three times a week and it is expected to be active until 8 April 2018. Following that, Scoot will increase overall frequency for three to six times a week from 11 April 2018.
As I was traveling from Haneda Airport (HND) to Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Japan Airlines' Business Class, I had access to the Sakura Lounge that is operated by JAL. However, since I missed out on the opportunity to check out the new Cathay Pacific lounge in Singapore Changi Airport's Terminal 4 which has just only opened last year, I decided to forgo the Sakura Lounge and check out the Cathay Pacific Lounge at Haneda Airport (HND) instead.
Singapore Airlines has started sending out emails to PPS Club members that complimentary in-flight WiFi is currently made available to all PPS Club members as well as eligible passengers traveling on Business Class, First Class and Suites when traveling on Airbus A350, A380 and Boeing 777-300ER. This brand new initiative by Singapore's flag carrier will allow passengers traveling in First Class and Suites to enjoy up to 100MB of complimentary data in the air regardless of the service provider (e.g. OnAir SBB/GX as well as Panasonic).
KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes is back for the month of March 2018 with 30% savings on required KrisFlyer miles on specific routes. Award flights start from just 5,250 and 19,250 KrisFlyer miles in Economy Class and Business Class respectively one-way.
The world's largest international airline, Emirates, has just signed a contract for 20 additional Airbus A380 aircraft as well as 16 options to firm up the MoU that was announced in January. Based on the latest list prices, the total value of this agreement is USD 16 Billion and deliveries are expected to start from 2020.