The gorgeous terminal at Singapore Changi Airport – Photograph: Blaine Nickeson | AirlineReporter
I just lately wanted to journey between Singapore and Hong Kong whereas on trip. There are a variety of choices for airways and tools for that four-hour flight. I had executed the alternative route on the best way there in Cathay Pacific enterprise class on an A330. Since I’d by no means had the chance to fly Singapore Airways (SQ), regardless of the rave opinions, I made a decision to switch factors from my Chase account to my SQ KrisFlyer account to redeem for firstclass. I figured the flight, whereas not long-haul, was lengthy sufficient to get to expertise the airline.
This text will concentrate on the bottom expertise on the glorious Singapore Changi Airport, which many take into account to be the perfect airport on the earth. I can see why.
Entrance to the non-public check-in space
Contained in the non-public First Class check-in space – Pictures: Blaine Nickeson | AirlineReporter
Devoted immigration line for First Class passengers
We arrived on the terminal through the MRT prepare. Given the possibility once more, I’d have simply caught a cab or an Uber, because it was nowhere as handy and well timed as, say, the Hong Kong airport categorical prepare. Additionally, while you arrive through automobile, you will be dropped off within the driveway of the non-public First Class check-in space. As an alternative, we needed to wander by the terminal to seek out it – fortunately my spouse has turn into extra affected person with most of these adventures.
Trying out an A380 whereas having butterflies throughout you – Photograph: Blaine Nickeson | AirlineReporter
We’ve written about Changi Airport in the past; it’s a reasonably exceptional place. It has a film theatre, playgrounds, and a butterfly pavilion, amongst many different issues.
All kinds of butterflies
Very lush foliage; a pleasant retreat from the airport
These facilities are all out there free-of-charge, and are an effective way to assist move a protracted layover. A warning, although; the airport is big. It may be a protracted stroll to get to all of the totally different options. Once more, not an issue when you’ve got a protracted layover, however it should take a while.
Terminal procuring choices; be aware the stroll occasions – Photograph: Blaine Nickeson | AirlineReporter
THE LOUNGE, WITHIN A LOUNGE, WITHIN A LOUNGE
Golden ticket to the Non-public Room
A really heat welcome to the Non-public Room – Photograph: Blaine Nickeson | AirlineReporter
Major entrance to the SilverKris Lounge
The Non-public Room is a smaller, extra unique lounge throughout the First Class lounge, which itself is a smaller, extra unique lounge inside the principle SilverKris Lounge (for enterprise class, elite members, and so on). Consider it like a Russian nesting doll. Once we went to the principle entrance, our “golden tickets” for the Non-public Room have been recognized and we have been whisked by the a number of lounges to the nearly-empty Non-public Room.
View from our seating space. Notice the completely huge TV display to the left.
Partial view of the eating space of the Non-public Room
It’s experiences like this that all the time make me respect airline miles and rewards factors. There is no such thing as a means I’d find yourself experiencing issues like this with out them.
View down the size of the Non-public Room
Small non-public work/rest rooms – Pictures: Blaine Nickeson | AirlineReporter
As a dad, I all the time respect seeing a household room
Whereas we loved the Non-public Room, it was utterly abandoned whereas we have been there (about 4:00pm on a Monday afternoon). And it was quiet. Like, actually actually quiet. I virtually felt like I needed to whisper to my spouse. I normally desire a lounge with a bit extra exercise, particularly since they’d non-public rooms (throughout the Non-public Room…) the place you might work or calm down in peace.
Implausible satay, which is a speciality in Singapore – Photograph: Blaine Nickeson | AirlineReporter
We had a pleasant dinner (we didn’t need to eat an excessive amount of as a result of we had “Booked the Cook” on our flight), and so they supplied all kinds of choices. That stated, as soon as we left the eating room desk and went again to our seats, we had actually weak service. We requested for a refill of the wine we have been ingesting, and it by no means got here. It’s not like staffing was a problem – there have been most likely eight visitors within the lounge, and at the very least 4 employees that I had seen milling about.
The “common” firstclass lounge – Photograph: Blaine Nickeson | AirlineReporter
At that time, we determined to “downgrade” ourselves to the First Class lounge. It was way more lively, with a walk-up bar that was slinging inventive drinks and quantity of chatter, whereas nonetheless being an extremely good lounge.
We’ve had the fortunate alternative to make the most of the Lufthansa First Class Lounges in Munich, and the First Class Terminal in Frankfurt. I don’t consider Singapore’s high lounge was nearly as good as both of these, however we’re actually simply splitting hairs at this degree.
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