Singapore Airlines’ new First Class, Private Room lounges open 2022

What’s in store for the first class flyers of Singapore Airlines and its Star Alliance partners?

By David Flynn, November 23 2021
Singapore Airlines’ new First Class, Private Room lounges open 2022
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Singapore Airlines expects to open its all-new SilverKris First and The Private Room lounges at Changi Terminal 3 in February 2022, as the final stage in a sweeping SGD$50m makeover of its flagship lounges.

Timothy Chua, Singapore Airlines’ vice-president of airport operations, confirmed the February target in an exclusive interview with Executive Traveller, and says that the revised layout of the SilverKris lounge complex will no longer see these premium lounges nested inside the main business lounge.

Under the previous layout, the first class lounge sat at the end of a hallway which cut through the business class lounge, while the entrance to The Private Room was again tucked away in a corner of the first class lounge.

"We've redesigned the whole entry... once you come up the old escalators from before, you'll be welcomed by a new experience" which will see individual entries for the first and business lounge areas.

As part of the extensive overhaul, the new SilverKris business lounge annexes space previously used by the SilverKris First Lounge and The Private Room, while those two lounges are now being built in the footprint of the old SilverKris Business Lounge.

A concept image of Singapore Airlines' new SilverKris First Lounge.. Hirsch Bedner Associates
A concept image of Singapore Airlines' new SilverKris First Lounge.
Hirsch Bedner Associates

However, moving both lounges further into the SilverKris complex means they won't have natural light or runway views.

"There will not be natural lighting," Chua confirms, although he feels the intelligent use of lighting as part of the design by hospitality specialists Hirsch Bedner Associates will give the lounges a unique ambience.

In addition, Chua feels that first class travellers appreciate "a more private experience."

"The whole concept of the SilverKris development is about making it personal... different groups of passengers have different needs, and so we have designed the lounges to meet the needs of that group of passengers."

Early renderings by Hirsch Bedner Associates show a design which draws heavily from Singapore Airlines' foundations as an Asian luxury brand – and  a world away from the previous SilverKris First Class lounge, which has been shuttered since the first wave of Covid hit in April 2020.

Singapore Airlines' previous SilverKris First Lounge.
Singapore Airlines' previous SilverKris First Lounge.

HBA's concepts hint at an undeniable look of rich elegance, although more subdued than ostentatious: the dining room of The Private Room would not be out of place in one of Singapore's best Michelin-starred restaurants, perhaps perched atop a six-star hotel.

A concept image of Singapore Airlines' new The Private Room.. Hirsch Bedner Associates
A concept image of Singapore Airlines' new The Private Room.
Hirsch Bedner Associates

Executive Traveller understands the lounges will also feature some eye-catching crystal light installations crafted by French luxury brand Lalique, which in 2017 entered into a strategic partnership with Singapore Airlines and already provides branded amenities for first class flyers.

Along with the expanded KrisFlyer Gold Lounge, Chua says "the total lounge increase is about 30%, so what was about 4½ thousand square feet before would become six thousand everything is fully opened in February next year... with passenger capacity about 800+ up to a thousand, depending very much on the social distancing, which is a challenge."

Also read: First look – Singapore Airlines’ new Changi T3 business class lounge

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 252

Desperately needed  -The Private Room  upgrade  -I compare it to QR Al Safwa, LX First A, E LH F Lounges/F Terminal and even CX Frist The Pier, even The Bridge and it just doesnt compare, even with TG F at BKK - many times Ive had to leave the Private Room for SQ F pax becasue it closes, to enter the old F Lounge for *A F pax) (T3) and slept overnight by putting 2 chairs together - Aerotel and other hoteldd full - is there even a slumber room/bedroom here at their home base SIN (compare this to QR F  Al Safwa, TG BKK, CX HKG, LX ZRH E Gates F, LH MUC FRA, FRA First Terminal) Even UA have those terrible slumber rooms in the Polaris Lounge SFO for Polaris C pax ! But still no slumber room for F pax on SQ? Better sleep on the A380 not!

Maybe try using fewer airline and aviation codes? Not everybody on this site is an 'avgeek' and understands airline codes plus references like '*A' instead of Star Alliance.

So both of those images in the article look like they could be The Private Room, the first one is like the first section of The Private Room when you walk in and are looking back towards the entrance. The second one is definitely the dining room.

The Private Room has always been very old school, and very underwhelming for what should be SQ's very best lounge, the SilverKris First Lounge was also well past its prime in terms of design. Really hoping for good things this time for both lounges.

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 252

Old school    like Swiss First E Gates voted best F lounge Skytraxx 2019? or the american diner side?  Old school like Lufthansa  First A + B Lounges at Frankfurt or First Terminal?   Old school or more modern like American Airlines Flagship First Dining rooms JFK and LAX?  Or refectory style like CX Pier First Dining Room at HKG   Or the intimate restaurant feel at Abu Dhabi with Etihad First?   Or the lofty Qatar Al Safwa First dining area  or side dining areas in Doha? Still doesn't make up for the fact there are no slumber rooms for F passengers Old school is a subjective term Which is why SQ didn't get my business unless absolutely necessary pre Covid and unlikely it will in the future if things return to "Normal" , whatever that is.


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