Singapore Airlines to open new first class lounges this month

First class flyers of Singapore Airlines and Star Alliance won’t have to wait much longer for their new luxe lounges.

By David Flynn, May 19 2022
Singapore Airlines to open new first class lounges this month

Singapore Airlines will open its all-new flagship First Class lounge and The Private Room at Changi Terminal 3 this month, capping an extensive SGD$50m makeover for the airline’s SilverKris lounge hub.

Executive Traveller can confirm the long-awaited First Class SilverKris Lounge and The Private Room will both roll out the red carpet at the end of May.

The move will be a welcome one for the most premium passengers of Singapore Airlines and its Star Alliance siblings, given these two first class lounges were originally slated to open by mid-2021 and then early 2022 – timelines since bent out of shape by the ongoing impact of the pandemic.

Although the SilverKris First lounge and The Private Room are both reserved for first class flyers, they have different access requirement.

  • the SilverKris First lounge is for passengers booked into first class on Star Alliance airlines departing from Changi, along with member of Singapore Airlines’ elite Solitaire PPS Club regardless of their travel class (Solitaire is the top tier of PPS, which in turn crowns the KrisFlyer ladder and is based on your spend on first class and business class airfares, but not premium economy or – shudder – economy)
  • The Private Room, on the other hand, is an exclusive haven for high flyers in Singapore Airlines’ own first class cabins, including the Airbus A380 Suites
Singapore Airlines' all-new SilverKris Business Lounge at Changi T3.
Singapore Airlines' all-new SilverKris Business Lounge at Changi T3.

Until the ribbon-cutting takes place – likely amid a noisy swirl of colourful Lion Dancers accompanied by drums, gongs and cymbals – all first class flyers and Solitaire PPS Club members will continue to find a temporary home in the SilverKris Business lounge (above), which opened in late November 2021.

And as for the fresh KrisFlyer Gold lounge, which is the go-to for Gold-grade frequent flyers booked into premium economy or economy: this has finally opened as of Friday May 20, reducing pressure on the overcrowded business class lounge which for the past has been the short-term home of Golds for almost six months.

What to expect from Singapore Airlines’ new first class lounges

While the previous SilverKris complex saw these premium lounges nested inside the main business lounge – with the First lounge at the end of a hallway which cut through the business class lounge, and the entrance to The Private Room again tucked away in a corner of the First lounge – these two lounges will now have their own entrance.

“We’ve redesigned the whole entry” Timothy Chua, Singapore Airlines’ vice-president of airport operations, tells Executive Traveller.

“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.”

There’s also been a novel swap of the footprints of each lounge, with the new SilverKris business lounge sitting in space previously used by the SilverKris First lounge and The Private Room, while those two lounges are largely located where the old SilverKris Business lounge used to be.

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 tells Executive Traveller, 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."

Concept image of a dining room at one of Singapore Airlines' new first class lounges.. Hirsch Bedner Associates
Concept image of a dining room at one of Singapore Airlines' new first class lounges.
Hirsch Bedner Associates

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 lounge, which has been shuttered since the first wave of Covid hit in April 2020.

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.

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 when everything is fully opened… with passenger capacity about 800+ up to a thousand.”

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

14 Oct 2016

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Can't come soon enough. We flew to Zurich from Oz last week and both ways the Krisflyer lounge was an absolute zoo. On the way there we ended up sitting in the terminal as it was more comfortable than the lounge which was standing room only.

We flew SING-SYD last week and at 9pm, there was a queue outside the lounge and it was 100% capacity for seating. Had to sit on the floor for 15 mins to wait for a seat , shameful. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Mar 2018

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I'm a regular SIA A380 Suites flyer and SIA has seriously miscalculated by not having natural light in the new Private Room and First Lounge. I hope this replacement is worthy.

American Airlines - AAdvantage

15 Feb 2013

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I really hope they do something about the dimming lighting in the first lounge. It's like a football stadium.  Not pleasant waiting for a flight at 2 in the morning under those conditions.

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