Luxurious new lounges at the world's best airport have been unveiled after a $ 50 million upgrade

Luxurious new lounges at the world’s best airport have been unveiled after a $ 50 million upgrade

Take a look at the upgraded Singapore Airlines lounges in the photo gallery above.

Most airlines have their own distinctive look, which is evident from their livery aircraft, their flight attendant uniforms and their marketing, but how many of them offer their own odor?

Guests at the refurbished Singapore Airlines Lounges at Changi Airport can experience a feast for all the senses, including the sense of smell, after a three-year upgrade of $ 50 million ($ 51 million) that has just been completed.

Passengers arriving at the SilverKris Lounge at Terminal 3 Changi will encounter a giant 12-meter 8K Sony screen with a moving display of airline motifs, while the carrier’s distinctive “Batik Flora” fills the air and the relaxing sounds of Rohan De Livery instrumental songs ( also heard on board when boarding and alighting).

SilverKris Lounge is divided into three sections: business class, first class and the new “Private Room” – the latter new, exclusive space limited to those flying first class or in private airline suites on superjumbo Airbus A380 (larger in the lounge first solataire PPS club members also have access, regardless of the class in which they fly).

The entrance hall of the Private Room is equipped with a light dome with 107 crystal flowers designed by the French glassmaker Laliqu, which provides access to the decadance that is hidden inside. Inside, passengers can enjoy a glass of Taittinger Comtes De Champagne (which costs you about $ 400 a bottle in Australia) and a la carte dining while relaxing in seats designed for privacy, peace and quiet.

In the first-class lounge, guests can relax on the sofa or work in “productive pockets” – comfortable cabins with reading lamps and chargers. For those looking for a real break, there are day rooms with an armchair or a full bed for those who want to take a nap before the next flight.

In the meantime, the business class lounge and the Krisflyer Gold lounge have been expanded, increasing the total space in all lounges by 30 percent, with room for 1,150 passengers.

The menu of food and drinks has also been expanded, with all the favorites you would expect from lounges in one of the most food-obsessed cities on the planet. Nasi goreng, dumplings, soups and various other international dishes are available in the lounges.

While COVID-19 and the accompanying decline in air traffic provided an opportunity to close the lounges for renovation, while few passengers traveled, renovation plans were in place before the pandemic broke out.

“After the lounges opened in 2008, we said it was time to not only renovate them, but also expand them to meet our growth plans as our network grew,” said Marvin Tan. Senior Vice President Customer service and operations.

“Having this lounge ready and open as soon as travel picks up, especially before (northern) summer, is a very suitable thing for us.”

During the pandemic, we were not sure how the recovery would turn out, but in the last few months we have seen that it has rebounded very strongly. “

In April, Singapore eased its entry requirements and waived pre-departure testing for COVID-19. Veils are still required in the interior.

Changi Airport is regularly rated as the best in the world, receiving the World’s Best Airport award from Skytrax for eight consecutive years, although last year it dropped to third place, mainly due to the effects of COVID-19, behind Hamad International in Doha and Tokyo. Haneda. Changi still won the best airport in the category of 10-15 million passengers and the best airport staff in the world. This year’s awards will be announced later this month.

The writer traveled as a guest of Singapore Airlines.

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