If you have been following me closely on Instagram, you would have known that I am part of the media team who travelled to Charleston, South Carolina for the delivery of the world's first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner to Singapore Airlines. The delivery ceremony which took place this evening in South Carolina marks the airlines' first 787-10 Dreamliner model - Singapore Airlines Group is the first in the world to operate all three Dreamliner models.
Singapore Airlines has 68 additional Boeing widebody jets on order, including 48 additional 787-10s, and 20 of the new 777-9s. These brand new 787-10s have a longer fuselage which allows it to carry more passengers and it is fitted with 337 seats in a two class cabin - 36 seats in Business and 301 seats in Economy Class.
About 3,000 people marked the milestone at Boeing's facility in North Charleston, South Carolina where the latest 787 model is manufactured. Like the other 787 Dreamliners, the 787-10 is designed with strong, lightweight composites, the most advanced systems, and comfortable cabin features. With the additional capacity, the 787-10 provides airlines the lowest operating cost per seat of any widebody airplane in service today.
I will be flying the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner home to Singapore from Charleston (via Osaka for a quick tech-stop) so watch out for those exclusive cabin pictures very soon!
As part of the merger into Singapore Airlines, SilkAir will be transferring a number of routes into Scoot over the next two years. These planned changes are expected to take place from April 2019 and they are scheduled to complete by the second half of 2020. As part of the whole realignment, Scoot will also be transferring some of its services to existing destinations served by Singapore Airlines and SilkAir.
I recently traveled on flight SQ828 to Shanghai from Singapore and it was operated on a 777-300ER. The Business Class cabin has been retrofitted with the 2013 J products and the flight was wonderful!
Since I had a five hour layover in Melbourne Airport, I decided to check out the American Express Lounge at the Melbourne Airport. There are not too many American Express Lounges in this part of the world so I was fairly excited to check it out (this was my first visit!) after convincing myself to get The Platinum Card a couple of months ago. If you hold a Centurion or Platinum Charge Card from any country, you will be able to access this lounge alongside two guests. Otherwise, please refer to American Express to see which cards are eligible for access.
Even though I have visited the Qantas International Business Lounge on multiple occasions over the years, I have not actually spent much time in it until today. As I am booked on a flight to Auckland via Melbourne, I have a ridiculously long layover in the airport and amongst all the airports lounges that I have access to, the Qantas International Business Lounge is the only one with shower facilities. Therefore, I decided to stop by for a quick shower before checking out some of the other lounges.
When I flew back from Bangkok last weekend, I took the opportunity to check out the the SilverKris Lounge at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). The Singapore Airlines lounge which opened back in May 2017 is one of the most highly-rated SQ airport lounges in the region so I was actually pretty excited to check it out personally. There is a lack of signage in my opinion so if you are having trouble locating the lounge, it is actually located near to Gate D7.
Qantas to set to open a second lounge in Singapore Changi Airport - a brand new First Lounge that will offer seating for 240 customers as well as premium a la carte dining options with Asian-inspired menus. In addition to that, the airline will also be expanding the existing Business Lounge at Singapore Changi Airport. The development of the First Lounge is due to start in April 2019 and Qantas will be the only foreign airline (apart from Singapore Airlines) to open a First Lounge at Singapore Changi Airport.
If you have been following me on Instagram, it is no secret that Bali is one of my personal favourite getaways. In fact, I have already been to Bali five times this year and there is no saying what may happen in coming months. In my opinion, the best flights from Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) to Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) are operated by Singapore Airlines and KLM - both of these airlines use the Premier Lounge and Garuda Indonesia Lounge respectively for Business Class passengers. I think it is safe to say that the Premier Lounge is perhaps one of the most unimpressive and uninspiring airport lounges that I have ever been to. As such, I was really surprised to find out that the T/G Lounge (which I have been three times now this year) is so much nicer even though it looks fairly uninteresting from the outside.
Escape the tropical heat in Singapore this winter season with Emirates’ seasonal fare to the USA and Europe. All-inclusive Economy Class and Business Class fares to the aforementioned destinations from Singapore start from S$1,169 and S$5,869 respectively. Bookings have to be made between now and 28 October for travel between 19 October 2018 and 31 May 2019.
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).