Last month, Scoot announced that they will be operating four-times-weekly direct flights between Singapore and Berlin with the iconic Boeing 787 Dreamliners. This non-stop flight is scheduled to commence on 20 June 2018 and promotional tickets are now ready for purchase - S$299 and S$899 for one-way Economy FLY and ScootBiz respectively.
Promotional fares are subject to availability and they are available until 31 January 2018 for travel between 20 June 2018 and 26 October 2018. The aforementioned promotional fares are tax-inclusive fares and for an additional 10% off selected FLYBAG and FLYBAGEAT fares, key in the promo code ‘GOBERLIN’.
Scoot’s current route network comprises 63 destinations across 17 countries, with flights to Kuantan commencing in February 2018. Scoot operates a fleet of 16 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 24 Airbus A320 family aircraft, with four more Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 39 Airbus A320neo aircraft on order.
The Regional Business Class product of Singapore Airlines is one that is often talked about - the 1-2-1 cabin configuration offers direct aisle-access for every single seat and the lie-flat seats are definitely comfortable enough for a medium-haul flight. Even though I have experienced this previously on the delivery flight from Charleston to Singapore, I have not actually flown it for leisure. On my latest trip to Bali, I decided to book flight SQ942 which is operated by the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner.
Singapore Airlines has just announced Adelaide as the launch destination for their new Airbus A350-900 medium-haul aircraft. The aircraft will be fitted with 303 seats across two cabin class - 40 seats in Business Class and 263 seats in Economy Class - and it will be equipped with the recently launched regional Business Class and Economy Class cabin products. The new A350-900 will operate as SQ279 from Singapore to Adelaide and SQ278 from Adelaide back to Singapore from 17 December 2018 (subject to regulatory approval).
Emirates is my carrier of choice in 2018 and that is mainly due to the fact that their Business Class fares are a lot more affordable than say, Singapore Airlines and also because the product itself is quite good. I have only quite recently obtained MVP Gold status (which gives me 100% bonus miles on eligible flights) on the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan program by crediting all my business class flights on Emirates (and then some) towards it. This is the final segment for my flight from New York back to Singapore (via Dubai) and it may be long overdue but I thought it might be interesting to people who are curious about the 777-300ER product on Emirates.
Singapore Airlines is the first airline in Asia-Pacific to offer the added flexibility of saving mobile boarding passes on Google Pay - the digital wallet platform and online payment system developed by Google. Customers (with an Android mobile device) traveling on Singapore Airlines will be able to check-in on their computer or mobile device from 48 hours to 1.5 hours before their flight departs and they will be able to download the boarding pass to their mobile devices if they are departing from selected cities.
Customers departing on eligible Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights will soon be able to pre-order duty-free merchandise up to 60 minutes prior to the scheduled time of flight departure out of Singapore. Effective from 05 September 2018, customers departing Singapore on select SilkAir flights on weekdays between 10:00AM and 4:00PM will be amongst the first to enjoy such an offering.
Traveling on Japan Airlines over the new couple of months? Passengers traveling in Economy and Premium Economy will get to enjoy the famous AIR Yoshinoya Authentic Beef Bowl on long-haul international flights between 01 September 2018 and 30 November 2018. Additionally, with effect from 01 September 2018, a new menu will be rolled out as four new chefs from RED U-35 are introduced.
Getting from the Park Hyatt Siem Reap to Siem Reap International Airport (REP) took only 20 minutes on a car. However the Business Class check-in area for SilkAir is the same for passengers who have already completed internet check-in as well as KrisFlyer (and Star Alliance) Elite Gold. Therefore, you might be queueing in this 'premium line' for a bit. Anyhow, once you manage to get your bags checked-in, clearing immigration is a breeze. Read more about my Business Class experience on SilkAir!
Launching on 11 October 2018, the world's longest flight will be operated by Singapore Airlines between Singapore and New York (Newark) - the flight time is 18 hours and 45 minutes. Singapore Airlines and Canyon Ranch, the world’s premiere integrative wellness brand, have forged a partnership to re-invent ultra-long-haul travel with a focus on wellness cuisines, rest and relaxation, and general well-being on the world’s longest flights.
When I visited Tokyo back in May, I travelled back to Singapore on Japan Airlines - I have been flying JAL rather frequently (this was my fourth Business Class flight) this year since it costs a lot less to redeem my miles on it than on Singapore Airlines. More importantly, I have found the food served in Business Class on day flights to be comparatively better than Singapore Airlines (if you are picking the Japanese meal). Read about my Business Class experience on Japan Airlines from Tokyo back to Singapore!
With the first A350-900ULR due for delivery in September, Singapore Airlines has just officially announced the operation of non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles from November this year. The flag carrier airline of Singapore has already announced the recommencement of the world's longest flight from Singapore to New York two months ago and together with this newly-announced service, Singapore Airlines will link Singapore and the US with 27 weekly non-stop flights by the end of 2018.