Singapore Airlines (SIA) will be organising the SIA Charity Run 2017 which will be held on 08 October 2017 (Sunday) at The Float @ Marina Bay to raise funds for the Community Chest. The Charity Run will comprise of a 10km Competitive Run, 5km Fun Run as well as Corporate Challenge with teams of seven runners completing 10km each (a total of 70km altogether!). Winners of the competitive runs will be able to win attractive prizes like a free Business Class ticket to any destination operated by Singapore Airlines (1st Prize), SilkAir (2nd Prize) and Scoot (3rd Prize).
Participants as well as members of the public who are not participating in the run can also look forward to fringe activities on the day of the Charity Run, such as musical performances by SIA employees. Early Bird Rates apply for participants who register before 31 July 2017.
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 first scheduled destination for Singapore Airlines' new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner is Osaka (KIX) and services are expected to begin officially in May 2018. Singapore Airlines will become the world's first airline to operate the brand new 787-10 and the national flag carrier has 49 of these on firm order - the first aircraft is due for delivery from Boeing's North Charleston, South Carolina production facility in March 2018.
Singapore Airlines will be replacing the existing Canberra-Wellington service with Melbourne-Wellington from 03 May 2018. The four-times weekly flights between Singapore and Wellington via Melbourne will be operated under flight number SQ247 and SQ248. In addition to that, daily flights between Singapore and Canberra via Sydney are also planned from 01 May 2018.
As I was traveling on Singapore Airlines' Business Class cabin from Denpasar to Singapore, I was given access to the Premier Lounge at the Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). If you are traveling in coach or if you do not have lounge access, there are restaurants that you can choose from at the airport but the prices are actually quite high. There are three main airport lounges here at the airport - TG Lounge, Premier Lounge and the Garuda Indonesia Lounge (which is supposedly the best one here).
Bali is one of my favourite places to visit (especially for a short weekend trip) as the flights out of Singapore are typically quite affordable. More importantly, there are so many hotels to choose from (even though I always return to the same few properties in the end) and some of the most memorable ones include the legendary St. Regis Bali Resort as well as the Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort. Since my flight from Bali to Singapore was in Business Class, I went straight to the Business Class check-in counters and quickly found myself at the Premier Lounge of the airport not long after.
Following the official debut of the new A380 products on Singapore Airlines, Singapore's flag carrier has just announced that London and Hong Kong (from 16 February 2018 and 18 February 2018 respectively) will be the next two destinations that will be served by A380s featuring the new cabin products.
While checking out some of my upcoming flights on Singapore Airlines, I noticed that the way flights are displayed when you Manage Booking as well as select your seats are different. Even though the changes are not drastic, it is interesting to see how Singapore Airlines now make it easier for you to know exactly which type of aircraft will you be traveling on.
In a curious turn of events, it appears that Singapore Airlines will no longer be implementing that Credit Card Surcharge for flights departing Singapore after all. In less than 24 hours, the national airline of Singapore has decided not to charge the 1.30% credit card fee on Economy Lite tickets from 20 January 2018 following further review. Since its announcement, the decision to charge a service fee for the airline’s lowest priced tickets has come under heavy criticisms and while I personally find the fee insignificant (especially since you can avoid it with a debit card or simply paying PayPal), the airline has decided to take a step back with regards to this decision.
Singapore Airlines has just announced that they will be introducing a credit card fee from 20 January 2018 and in case you have already forgotten, this is also when the new fare types will be introduced. What a lot people do not realise already is that Singapore Airlines have been charging a credit card fee for flights departing from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom as well as Belgium Netherlands from as early as November 2016. What is even more important to realise is that this fee will only be applicable to passengers traveling in the cheapest fare class (Economy Lite) and there are multiple ways around it if you are hell-bent on avoiding this 1.30% fee.