As part of the on-going Tastes of JAPAN programme (read about the feature in June to August this year), ANA will be showcasing the quality produce and specialties from the Akita, Saitama and Shimane prefectures in-flight as well as at the various airport lounges from September to November 2016.
Revered as one of Japan's three tastiest local chicken brands, international Business Class flights will feature the Hinajjidori Chicken from the Akita Prefecture. It will also be served in the classic Akita specialty of kiritanpo nabe (skewered mashed rice hotpot). In October, customers at the “DINING h” restaurant inside the ANA SUITE LOUNGE at Haneda Airport can enjoy beef filet and foie gras sauté with “Fukura” French toast in blueberry sauce. Fukura refers to a spicy French toast version of cake made from Akita tofu, which pairs immaculately with the meat sauté and vegetable side.
This November, the “DINING h” restaurant at the ANA SUITE LOUNGE at Haneda Airport will offer “Musashi wheat-fed pork loin” from Saitama Prefecture, fried in onions and ginger. A delicacy of late fall, this pork is renowned for its delectable balance of rich red and sweet fatty meat. Also served at the ANA SUITE LOUNGE at Haneda and Narita Airports is gourmet onion bread made with “Hanamanten” brand wheat grown in Saitama – kneaded with onions, black pepper and coarse-grained green pepper, then baked to a scrumptious finish.
Served on International First Class flights, savour the light and tender texture of fried tilefish caught in Shimane Prefecture, paired with sautéed abalone and flavored with garland chrysanthemum puree and olive oil. In September, the “DINING h” restaurant inside the ANA SUITE LOUNGE at Haneda Airport will feature rockfish harvested from the waters of Shimane prefecture, prepared in a sauce of seaweed salt from the Hamada region. The rich fatty meat of the rockfish is fried to a mouth-watering finish in mellow salty sauce marketed under the Hamamori brand.
As part of the project, ANA customers can also sample Japanese sake and shochu, the 'Kokushu' or national spirits of Japan, at ANA airport lounges in Haneda, Narita and Kansai Airports.
I traveled to Beijing in China for the first time recently and was booked in a codeshare flight on Singapore Airlines (SQ802) from SIN to PEK in Business Class. Since it operated out of Terminal 3 of Changi Airport, I took the opportunity to pick-up a StarHub prepaid card (which is great for roaming overseas for cheap) before heading to the SilverKris Lounge for some breakfast and Champagne (even though it was 7:00AM in the morning). Check out my trip review of SQ802 from Singapore to Beijing in Business Class.
As Japan Airlines (JAL) continues to roll-out the impressive Sky Suite III across the B787-9 Dreamliners and 777-200ERs, there is only two more days left to take advantage of the 35% off Starpoints sale with an eligible Starwood Preferred Guest account.
Emirates will be operating daily flights between Dubai and Moscow on the airline's iconic Airbus A380 commencing 01 October 2017. The twice-daily flights will see an increase in seat capacity in order to meet the growing customer demand and it will also enable multiple connections to both leisure as well as business destinations like Bangkok, Singapore, Sydney, Auckland, Shanghai, Tokyo and Sao Paolo.
I do not travel on SilkAir often as the product is in no way comparable to the Singapore Airlines product (especially on Business - even on regional routes!). There are however some routes that are operated by MI-metal only and therefore it is impossible to take an SQ-metal alternative (e.g. HKT, DAD and REP). As of 01 January 2017, SilkAir operates 31 aircraft: 17 Boeing B737-800, 11 Airbus A320-200 and 3 Airbus A319-100 aircraft.
The Qantas Singapore Lounge was one of the first airport lounges that I have ever stepped foot into - I used to have access to it on all my Australian flights as I was once a Gold Frequent Flyer on the Qantas Frequent Flyer program. While I did a small review of this beautiful space back in 2014 when it first opened, I felt the need to revisit this lounge since I actually do prefer it over the famous SilverKris Lounge which more Singaporeans have seen and grown to love.
After a few impressive first experiences with the Plaza Premium Group (in terms of the beautiful Aerotel Singapore in Changi Airport as well as the Plaza Premium Lounge in Singapore), I was very curious to check out the Plaza Premium Lounge in Taipei Taoyuan International Airport - it is worth noting that at the time of writing, there are four different lounges that travellers may gain access to. Since I had an OCBC VOYAGE Card with me, I could bring a guest to enjoy unlimited access to all participating Plaza Premium Lounges around the world.
On my latest trip to Taipei in April 2017, I tried out the famous Royal Laurel Class on EVA Air - this is essentially the airline's signature business class cabin. Ever since the devaluation of KrisFlyer Miles in March 2017, redeeming KrisFlyer Miles for partner airlines seem to make more sense as it allows you to try a different product without any penalty (you used to be able to save 15% off required miles for redemption on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir metal). Since Singapore Airlines operate the A330-300 (with a 2-2-2 arrangement) from Singapore to Taipei, I have decided to redeem my KrisFlyer Miles on EVA Air's Royal Laurel Class (1-2-1 arrangement) instead (find out how ExpertFlyer can help you find award space effectively).
The SilverKris Lounge in Changi Airport is reserved for Star Alliance passengers travelling on Business and First Class (there are separate lounges within the lounge itself) as well as esteemed Solitaire PPS Club members. If you are a KrisFlyer Gold Elite (or Star Alliance Gold) member traveling in Economy or Premium Economy class, you will have to make your way down to the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge (which does not stock Champagne) instead. Check out my review of the SilverKris Lounge in Terminal 3 of the Singapore Changi Airport.
Following the strategic alliance between Virgin Australia and HNA Aviation, Virgin Australia has just announced plans to introduce its first flights to Hong Kong from Melbourne starting from 05 July 2017. The airline company will operate five flights per week on an Airbus A330-200 with 255 seats with a 2-4-2 configuration in Economy cabin.
There are no lack of flights out of Singapore to Bali but I wanted a short weekend getaway last minute and the fares were pretty astonishing for a 2.5 hours flight. Since the KrisFlyer miles devaluation is imminent, I have decided to fork out some miles to redeem for a flight from Singapore to Denpasar even though I generally do not like to use them on short-haul flights. Check out my experience on Singapore Airlines's Business Class on-board the A330-300 below!