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 offered Business Class, First Class and Suites passengers the option to get confirmed meal choices (that are not part of Book the Cook) up to 24 hours prior to the flight's scheduled time of departure. Today, the flag carrier airline of Singapore has announced at the World Gourmet Forum that it will be the first airline to enable Premium Economy Class passengers to pre-order main courses from its in-flight menu from anywhere in the airline's global network from 01 May 2019.
Singapore Airlines and wellness brand COMO Shambhala (which forms part of the COMO Group) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on a wide-ranging partnership aimed at enhancing the customer experience for travellers. This partnership will see the award-winning wellness cuisine to be introduced on selected Singapore Airlines flights in the second half of this year.
The first ever YOTELAIR property in Asia will finally open in Singapore in the brand new Jewel Changi Airport on 12 April 2019. The YOTELAIR Singapore Changi Airport will be accessible from all four terminals of Singapore Changi Airport and it will feature 130 smartly-designed cabins that are bookable by the hour (minimum stay of four hours) which makes it perfect for travellers who wish to freshen up (or catch up on some sleep) while transiting in Singapore.
After departing from the InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72, I arrived at the Noi Bai International Airport ahead of time and had access to the Vietnam Airlines Lotus Lounge as a Business Class passenger of Singapore Airlines. Unfortunately, that lounge was not exactly ideal to spend time in since the food options were unattractive and the drinks could seriously do with some finesse (or ice for a start). As such, I made my way to the Song Hong Business Lounge next door (access via Priority Pass membership - there are various credit cards in Singapore that will give you free airport lounge access) and was pleasantly impressed by the space here.
Singapore Airlines is celebrating the official launch of KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes for travels in March 2019 with a shocking 50% redemption discount off Economy Saver award rates and Business Class redemption at Economy Saver rates on selected routes. This offer is valid for redemption flights to selected destinations across the Singapore Airlines and SilkAir network, for travel from 1 to 31 March 2019 inclusive. Online redemption has to be done before the end of 28 February 2019. For non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles between 01 March 2019 and 30 April 2019, Premium Economy Class seats can be redeemed at Economy Class Saver rates.
Last year, Qantas announced that it will be opening a second lounge in Singapore Changi Airport for First Class passengers - the brand new lounge (set to open at the end of 2019) will feature a luxurious setting for 240 customers and it will come complete with shower facilities, a la carte dining options with an open kitchen, a cocktail bar as well as plenty of device charging stations. Today, Qantas has finally unveiled the visual concept of the upcoming First Class Lounge and it has been designed by David Caon in collaboration with Akin Atelier.
Japan Airlines (JAL) has just announced that they will be changing the reservation start date for international flights from 330 days to 360 days prior to departure).
Back in May 2018, SilkAir announced that it will receive cabin product upgrades before being merged into Singapore Airlines eventually. Today, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, has announced that Thompson Aero Seating has been selected for the upgrade of Business Class seats on its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet.
When I flew out of Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) on Singapore Airlines in Business Class, I had access to Vietnam Airlines Lotus Lounge (sometimes referred to as NASCO Lounge) before departure. Even though Vietnam Airlines is not part of Star Alliance (it is actually part of the SkyTeam Alliance), most of the star alliance partner airlines use this lounge for their premium cabin passengers. Located in the International Departures Terminal above Gate 28, the Vietnam Airlines Lotus Lounge is open from 6:00AM to 2:00AM daily.
To get from Singapore to Hanoi earlier this month, I decided to travel on Vietnam Airlines’ Business Class product for a number of reasons - it departs from Terminal 4 of Singapore Changi Airport (where the Blossom – SATS & Plaza Premium Lounge is) and more importantly, I have not actually flown on Vietnam Airlines before. Additionally, I wanted to make full use of a stopover on a Singapore Airlines redemption (before the new redemption rates kicked in) so I needed to position myself in Zone 3 first. Check out my review of Vietnam Airlines’ Business Class product.