With over 19 years of working history, Qantas and internationally-renowned Australia Chef Neil Perry and the Rockpool Group will bring a refreshed winter menu (01 June to 31 August 2016) to feature fresh and in-season ingredients. The Rockpool team designs both in-flight menus for the premium cabins as well as the International First, Premium and Business lounges.
With an ever-changing seasonal menu for summer, autumn, winter and spring, Qantas will also pair the new menu with wines and create monthly cocktails together with the Rockpool Group that travellers in the premium cabins (or those with status) can take advantage of!
In the First Class cabin, Qantas offers a 7-course tasting menu on A380 flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Dubai, London, Los Angeles and Dallas or Fort Worth. Notable new dishes include the following:
- Seared blue eye with shaved fennel, snow peas, lemon and olive oil
- Duck a l’orange with spaetzli and grilled broccolini
- Rockpool Bar & Grill style Noalan scotch fillet with celeriac and potato gratin
In the Business cabin, Qantas offers a 'mix and match' menu that allows travellers to pick from a menu of small and large plates. This is an alternative to the usual in-flight menu which is still available on-board as well. Notable new dishes between Singapore and Australia include:
- Baked gnocchi alla Romana with tomato and basil sugo, braised silverbeet and olives
- Lamb biryani with dhal masala and cashews
- Green curry of ling with eggplant, beans, Thai basil, fried eschalots and steamed rice
Singapore Airlines will be extending the Book the Cook service for all eligible flights exiting Brisbane and Perth on or after 01 October 2017 - orders can be made online from 25 September 2017. While passengers traveling in premium cabins from Sydney and Melbourne in Australia have already been able to take advantage of this service since a while ago, it is definitely interesting to see how Singapore Airlines is starting to develop the BNE and PER routes with more premium offerings - it will also be operating flights on the Airbus A350-900 to and from Brisbane in coming months.
You can now fly from Singapore to Australia and New Zealand on Qantas for less when you book an eligible fare between 7 September 2017 and 24 September 2017. The price of these sale tickets start from S$459 and S$2,135 for Economy and Business class respectively.
The brand new Terminal 4 of Changi Airport will officially commence operations on 31 October 2017 (Tuesday) and the first arrival and departing flights here will be operated by Cathay Pacific to and from Hong Kong (CX650 and CX659 respectively). Changi Airport Group (CAG) has begun collaborating with airport partners since October 2016 to ensure smooth operation in Singapore's latest airport terminal. Find out which airlines will operate from T4 here!
If you intend to travel between between Australia or New Zealand and London (via Singapore, Dubai or Perth) or Europe (via Dubai), Singapore or Dubai over the next year, it may be a good idea to book between now and 08 September 2017 to benefit from double Qantas Points. My account has also be targeted with a double Status Credits on all eligible Qantas operated domestic and international flights (make sure you check your email!).
Not afraid of the cold and want to head to winter wonderland this year? Scoot will be flying directly from Singapore to Sapporo (in Japan) and Harbin (in China) from November and December respectively. The service will be operated by the airline's 787 Dreamliners on a seasonal basis until 11 February 2018 to help Singaporeans get there faster during the peak winter season.
According to the latest report by the Australian Business Traveller, Singapore Airlines will be unveiling the brand new Suites and Business Class product (which is expected to be retrofitted to most of Singapore Airlines' existing A380 fleet) on 02 November 2017. These products are due for a refresh after being in operation for over 10 years and it will be exciting to see how it contrasts with the existing Suites and Business Class seats.
Everyone knows that Alaska Airlines' frequent flyer program (FFP) is one of my favourites at the moment since it allows you to travel on Business Class for cheap. There is currently an opportunity to purchase Mileage Plan miles and get up to 50% more miles. If your account is targeted with the maximum 50% bonus (most new accounts get 35% which is still an amazing deal), you can essentially redeem the miles for two Business Class flights on Japan Airlines for under S$700. Singapore Airlines and Alaska Airlines have just announced a brand new partnership which will allow for reciprocal mileage earning from 27 September 2017 - redemption will soon follow.
The latest schedule update from SilkAir sees an earlier entry date of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 which will start from 05 October 2017 (previous filing was for 29 October 2017). As I have mentioned before, SilkAir is currently in the midst of transitioning from the Airbus A320s to Boeing 737-800s and 737 MAX 8s (which has a smaller seat pitch).
A brand new codeshare agreement between Singapore Airlines and the Latin-America carrier Avianca that is set to go live in September 2017 will see wider connections to Bogotá, Colombia, Avianca ́s major hub location.
When Singapore Airlines first unveiled the 70th Anniversary Amenity Kit back in May 2017 (but only started handing them out from July 2017), it took frequent flyers by surprise - known for providing amenity kits only in First Class and Suites Class, Singapore Airlines announced that it will be giving out limited edition amenity kits for all Business, First Class and Suites Class flights exiting Singapore (with the exception of Kuala Lumpur). Passengers in First Class and Suites Class who are eligible for the far more impressive Salvatore Ferragamo amenity kits will receive both the Salvatore Ferragamo branded one as well as the special anniversary amenity kit.