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.
Selecting a flight without checking the aircraft type can be a costly mistake - especially in Business Class and First Class - since it typically depicts what kind of seats you are going to get. For example, Singapore to Shanghai is served by both the A380 as well as the 777-300ER and the latter aircraft that is used in this route has been retrofitted with a newer Business Class product.
The seat selection page also looks different now and while it takes some getting used to, the 'blue' seats are now depicting the ones that are available and the greyed out ones are simply unavailable. If you have a particular seat in mind and you wish to be notified the moment it becomes available, using Seat Alerts on ExpertFlyer is an excellent way to do so.
In celebration of Scoot's direct Singapore-Lao flights, you can now enjoy flights from Singapore to Luang Prabang and Vientiane from just S$88 one-way (all-in fare) when you book before the end of 22 January 2019. The three-times-weekly flights operated with Scoot’s A320 aircraft are slated to commence on 1 April 2019.
Following the slight devaluation announcement this morning, KrisFlyer will be rolling out new changes in the days ahead. Unlike what has happened earlier today, all the changes in this article are largely positive and it will make the whole award redemption process a little less daunting (at least for beginners). Starting with the revisions to Singapore Airlines and SilkAir Award and Upgrade Charts, these changes will begin rolling out from 24 January 2019.
Back in March 2017, changes were made in regards to the number of miles required for redemption tickets as well as redemption upgrade bookings. Today, KrisFlyer has just published a brand new award chart that will go live on 24 January 2019 - these upcoming changes are negative (as you would expect) for consumers and they will hit Saver redemption tickets the most. Interestingly enough, the number of miles required for an award flight in Economy will not be changing but you will be expected to fork out 1,500 to 7,000 more KrisFlyer Miles (6.0 to 12.3% increase) each way in Business and First Class.
Having been to the Air New Zealand Auckland International Lounge (which is probably my favourite lounge in AKL) and the Strata Lounge (a Priority Pass lounge), I was curious to check out the Qantas International Business Lounge when I was traveling from Auckland to Melbourne last month. The Qantas Lounge here in Auckland Airport is located airside on level 2 and it opens from 4:00AM until the departure of the last Qantas or Emirates Service so you do not have to worry about accessing it if you are traveling on QF/EK First and Business Class.
Singapore Airlines started making in-flight menus available online sometime late last year and this really helps you decide whether you would like to Book the Cook (if available) or not. Today, Singapore Airlines has launched a new service that enables all customers traveling in Suites, First Class and Business Class from anything in the airline's global network to pre-order their main courses from their flights' menus - this means that you are now able to confirm your meal choice up to 24 hours before the flight's scheduled departure time.
The first Airbus A350-900 medium haul aircraft from Singapore Airlines has just landed in Adelaide this morning at 8:15AM after its inaugural flight from Singapore. The aircraft entered into service as SQ279 and it will depart Adelaide for Singapore today at 10:45AM as SQ278. The A350-900 medium haul aircraft features the new regional Business Class and Economy Class cabin products that were recently launched on the airline's Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner fleet (check out the delivery flight of the first aircraft HERE!). This is also the first aircraft in the Singapore Airlines fleet to feature a Thales AVANT In-flight Entertainment System.
Having checked out the American Express Lounge and the Qantas International Business Lounge on my flight out to Auckland, I decided to head over to the relatively-new Plaza Premium Lounge here in the Melbourne Airport before my flight. While I did not expect to be won over by this lounge, it is now my favourite airport lounge in this airport - the space is beautiful, the food is decent and the quality of coffee is surprisingly good. Even though my previous flight on Qantas’ A380 in Business Class was rather unimpressive, I was really looking forward to this MEL-SIN flight on their flagship Business Class product.
The regional wing of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, will be increasing flight frequency to Cairns, Australia from 02 June 2019. Two additional flights with the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft will be operated on Tuesdays and Sundays each week - this aircraft is fitted with 12 Business Class and 144 Economy Class seats.
To celebrate the end of yet another great year, Emirates is offering great fares in Business Class to a range of destinations. From now until 26 December 2018, book all-inclusive Business Class fares from Singapore for travel between 19 December 2018 to 31 July 2019 from just S$2,879.
My flight from Shanghai to Singapore was on a relatively new plane (9V-SKU) and as you would imagine, the Business Class cabin features the new cabin products. The Business Class seats have 55" of seat pitch and 30" of seat width - this is fairly similar to what the previous Business Class product on the A380-800 offers but strangely enough, I know a handful of people who actually prefer the previous product for sleeping. Read more about my Business Class experience now!