After being won over by Beijing when I visited it back in July, I planned a return visit for November this year and as I was going through the motion to Book the Cook for my flight (find out the differences in Suites/First Class versus Business in terms of BTC options!) from Singapore to Beijing, I noticed that the inflight menu is now being made available for my upcoming flight. While this is not a revolutionary new feature for the aviation industry, Singapore Airlines has been known to keep things like these (amongst other things like the new A380 products) safely guarded.
Since I flew from Singapore to Beijing on Business Class the last time, I have decided to fly Suites once again (after being blown away by my Auckland flights on Suites) for this upcoming trip - more importantly, I felt that it was necessary to at least fly on the old Suites product one last time before the new A380 products are unveiled next week. Upon clicking on the "View Inflight Menu" link, the following menu pops up and since it is a brunch service for my upcoming flight, the food items seem pretty ordinary (always good to BTC!).
Even though Fish Congee does sound like something I would enjoy in the morning, I do decide to drop by The Private Room in Terminal 3 prior to the flight. Therefore, I have decided to opt for the Kyo Kaiseki breakfast once again after savouring it on my flight from Singapore to Auckland in Suites. Armed with curiosity, I decided to check out whether my other flights had the option to "View Inflight Menu" or is this just a Suites thing. Upon further investigation, it appears that my other Business Class flights that are booked for November also had the same option but the Business Class flights in January 2018 do not have it yet - it will probably show up as the date draws nearer.
As I have mentioned, being able to see the inflight menu is not a new aspect in the aviation industry - ANA and JAL for instance do an amazing job at publishing food and drink menus (in a beautiful PDF file) online for all their flights two months ahead. With that being said, it is definitely a much-welcome change for Singapore Airlines since travellers who are booked into a premium cabin class like Business and First Class may choose to either roll the dice with the inflight menu (which we previously had zero visibility over) or with the huge selection of Book the Cook options. I am not too sure if this is possible in Economy Class as well and would appreciate if someone leaves me a message or a comment below so I can update this article accordingly.
made my way back to the Beijing Capital International Airport for my flight back to Singapore. Since my experience at the Air China Business Class Lounge (which I checked out in July 2017) previously has been fairly lacklustre, I have decided to try the Air China First Class Lounge instead - review of this lounge soon to come! It is definitely worth nothing that while the Air China First Class Lounge is reserved to passengers traveling on Air China and Star Alliance partners in First Class only, it is also a Priority Pass Lounge - this means to say that you will be able to access this 'esteemed' lounge if you have a valid Priority Pass membership (there is no reason why you do not have one if you hold any one of these eligible credit cards which give you free lounge access).
Changi Airport's largest restaurant, SORA, is now open in Terminal 2. The 7,760 sqft (approx. 721 sqm) space is home to a Japanese Gourmet Food Hall and it houses six Japanese restaurant brands with a seating capacity of about 300 diners. SORA, which translates into 'sky' in Japanese, marks the first time that ANA Trading - the trading arm of Japanese airline company, All Nippon Airways – is operating a food hall outside of Japan.
I flew from Singapore to Auckland (and back) on Singapore Airlines' Suites last year and have recently relived some of those happy moments from Singapore to Beijing where I enjoyed over a bottle of vintage Krug 2004 all to myself. Since I was booked a Premium Economy flight from Singapore to Auckland, I have waitlisted an upgrade from Premium Economy to Business Class for 35,000 KrisFlyer Miles and it cleared prior to the date of travel.
Singapore Airlines will soon allow KrisFlyer members to redeem their KrisFlyer miles for award tickets on Star Alliance and other partners on singaporeair.com or via their mobile applicable from 07 December 2017. More importantly, there will be an increase in required KrisFlyer Miles for some Star Alliance Award Tickets (Business and First Class only) from the very same day.
A couple of months ago, I wrote about the opportunity to purchase United MileagePlus Miles with a 100% Bonus. In case you have missed out on that, United MileagePlus is currently offering up to 100% Bonus on purchased miles. Depending on your purchase and flight history with United Airlines, the bonus may be lower than 100%. While traveling on United Airlines may not be the most enticing way to travel for most people, using these United MileagePlus Miles are a great way to get from Singapore to Australia in a premium cabin.
When I flew back from Phuket to Singapore on SilkAir, I noticed that the terminal building was different from the one that I was in back in 2015 when I visited the Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort. Apparently, this relatively new terminal building at the Phuket International Airport was only completed back in 2016 - capacity is estimated to be at five million passengers per year. While looking for access to The Coral First Class Lounge, I realised that the The Coral Executive Lounge also provided a First Class VIP Departure Fast Track Service that I took the opportunity to check out during my visit.
It has been slightly under a year since my last flight on Singapore Airlines' famous Suites and having seen the new A380 Suites (which will be debuting on 18 December 2017), I wanted to make sure that I had at least one more experience in the current Suites (which I personally prefer, in terms of the way it looks) before the existing A380s get retrofitted with the new cabin products by the end of 2020. I arranged for the limousine to drop me off at the First Class Check-in Reception of Terminal 3 where I was quickly greeted by a porter (who proceeded to take my luggage) before being ushered to the check-in desk where my boarding passes were printed and handed over to me alongside the famous golden ticket (an invitation to The Private Room). There is no reason to stay any longer at the First Class Check-in Reception and so I went through a private immigration area to quickly find myself near the SilverKris Lounge in Terminal 3.
In an partnership with PressReader, passengers traveling on Cathay Pacific (including Cathay Dragon) will now be able to gain full access to PressReader's wealth of publications 48 hours prior to departure. In doing so, travellers will be able to download full issues of their favourite magazines or newspapers to their smartphones or tablets for free - PressReader features a 7,000-strong library and it includes same-day titles like The Washington Post, The Guardian and Los Angeles Times.
Exactly one week ago, Singapore Airlines confirmed Sydney as the very first route that it will debut the brand new A380 cabin products. The first of the new A380 from Singapore Airlines will operate on 18 December 2017 from Changi Airport's Terminal 3 to Sydney. While there have been alleged leaks of the new Suites and even a seat map two days prior to the official event, it is now apparent that these leaks were indeed accurate and representative of the actual product. This is an exclusive first look at the brand new A380 cabin products (Suites, Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy) on Singapore Airlines.
Terminal 4 of Changi Airport will officially commence operations on 31 October 2017 and the first airline to operate (currently operating from Terminal 1) from the newest addition to the world's best airport is Cathay Pacific. Apart from the 300-seat Japan-theme food court that is expected to become the airport's largest restaurant, travellers who are departing from Terminal 4 can also look forward to a spacious new signature lounge by Cathay Pacific. Find out about a Life Well Travelled with Cathay Pacific HERE!