British Airways first and business class passengers, as well as elite Oneworld frequent flyers, are in for a treat on their next visit to Changi’s orchid-lined halls, with the shutters at last raised on the airline’s premium lounge in Terminal 1.
The reopening of the high-flying sanctuary, which had remained closed throughout the pandemic, marks an end to the temporary arrangement whereby guests used the independent Marhaba Lounge.
Last refurbished in 2015, the lounge – located on level 3, alongside those of Qantas, SATS and Thai Airways – features a ‘residential vibe’ with multiple zones including a lobby bar, brasserie dining area, and office space with workstations and power outlets.
Guests can order a variety of food and drinks from their seat by scanning a QR code to access the digital ‘Your Menu’ app. Those after a quick bite can choose lighter fare from the buffet.
There's also ‘The Bar’, an exclusive area for First passengers and eligible guests.
Formerly known as The Concorde Room, it’s a striking space with black timber, Nero marble and champagne metal finishes, together with “digital panoramic windows” that offer views of the Singapore skyline throughout the day, similar to a rotation restaurant.
The British Airways Singapore Lounge is open daily from 4pm-10pm, closing just over 30 minutes prior to BA16 flight to London.
Oneworld partner Qantas will also be dusting off its luxe Singapore First Lounge on June 18, in readiness for the return of the Sydney-Singapore-London ‘Kangaroo Route’ from June 19.
Noella Ferns, British Airways’ Head of Sales for Asia Pacificm says: “As entry restrictions continue to ease in Singapore and the UK we know that greater numbers of customers are now expected to travel. Hence, we feel it is the right time to open our flagship lounge in Singapore.”
“We want to ensure that our customers have the best experience while travelling with British Airways both on ground and in the air. Our teams continue to innovate to provide an enhanced flying experience to all travellers. I do hope that they will enjoy the comfort of relaxing in our lounge before they travel.”
British Airways currently flies daily between London and Singapore aboard its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which is equipped with eight suites in first class and 42 flat bed seats in Club World.
BA15 takes off from Heathrow at 9:15pm, arriving into Changi at 5:45pm the following day. On the return leg, BA16 sees wheels up at 10:35pm, touching down in London at 5:30am the day after.
In pre-pandemic times, Singapore's Changi Airport T1 hosted four British Airways flights per day: the London-Singapore BA11/BA12 service featured an Airbus A380 with 469 seats, while the BA15/BA16 'Kangaroo Route' was flown by a 299-seat Boeing 777-300.
Additional reporting by Chris Ashton