Singapore Airlines' new Changi T3 business lounge opens end of 2021

SQ's swish new flagship business class lounge will be followed by two new lounges for first class flyers.

By David Flynn, April 8 2021
Singapore Airlines' new Changi T3 business lounge opens end of 2021
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Singapore Airlines plans to cut the ribbon its elegant new business class lounge at Changi Terminal 3 by the end of 2021 as international travel steadily returns in the wake of COVID-19.

The pandemic set back progress on the SGD50 million rebuild for its T3 hub, first announced in June 2019 with an expected completion date of mid-2021 for all four of the airline's flagship lounges.

A spokesperson for Singapore Airlines tells Executive Traveller the revised timeline should now see the new SilverKris Business Class lounge unveilled by year's end, along with the nearby KrisFlyer Gold lounge used by Gold-grade frequent flyers travelling in premium economy and economy class.

Multi-million dollar makeovers for the SilverKris First Class lounge and The Private Room will now follow in 2022.

The rolling upgrades are being carried out "in phases as part of Singapore Airlines' commitment to constantly enhance our customers' experience," the spokesperson said, with the SilverKris Business Class lounge now fully closed as its own metamorphosis takes place.

"To facilitate the redevelopment works, the SilverKris Lounge has been temporarily relocated from 31 March 2021 to the end of 2021."

The temporary SilverKris Business Class lounge is located further along T3's upstairs lounge precinct, and will become the new KrisFlyer Gold lounge – bigger, brighter and with its own toilets and showers – once the new business lounge emerges from its chrysalis.

Read: Your first look at Singapore Airlines' new Changi T3 KrisFlyer Gold lounge

With buffets still closed, the temporary lounge used Q-codes to provide a touchless dining service.

"The SilverKris Lounge's e-Menu is a contactless, self-service web application that allows customers to manage their own dining experiences," the spokesperson said.

"Customers can order food by scanning a QR code in the lounge, or from the lounge Wi-Fi post-login page. They will receive a notification once their food is ready for collection."

"We look forward to introducing the e-Menu to more customers when opportunities to travel become more readily available."

A range of light bites and snacks are also displayed and available upon request.

When the hoardings around the original SilverKris Business Class lounge come down and the red carpet is rolled out, travellers will be treated to a Cinderella-like transformation.

With an expanded footprint, Singapore Airlines' new SilverKris Business Class lounge will feature four distinct zones, each catering to travellers with different needs.

Customers with a short transit can have a light snack in a relaxed café setting, while those with more time to spend can sample a full selection of Asian and international cuisines in the dining hall, including live cooking stations preparing signature local delights such as laksa and chicken rice. 

A highlight of the new Business Class lounge will be a full service bar which doubles as a self-service breakfast station in the mornings.

There'll also be a rest area with chaise lounges for travellers who need to catch some shut-eye before their flight – something we're sure will prove welcome for late-night and early-morning departures and transits.

There'll also be 'productivity pods' for privacy while you get down to work. In mid-2020, Singapore Airlines asked visitors to the business class lounge to try out proposed new seating intended for the renovated lounge, and offer opinions and feedback using tablets mounted on stands nearby.

The first of those – shown below left – was a replacement for the older-style sofa chairs, with an extended table for drinks, snacks or a laptop, and what appear to be easily accessible AC/USB sockets located on the table rather than being tucked away out of sight.

Next to this – shown above right – was an evolved version of the 'productivity pods' introduced with the rollout of Singapore Airlines' new-look lounges from 2013 (as seen below), but with a more conventionally-shaped seat plus a taller wrap-around partition and noise-reducing padding inside the pod.

2022 will see the neighbouring SilverKris First Class lounge and The Private Room go under the knife and emerge from the construction cocoon "with carefully designed luxurious and intimate seating spaces suitable for both work and rest," Singapore Airlines has promised.

Hospitality designers Hirsch Bedner Associates have been charged with giving each of the flagship lounges "a fresh look and feel that is modern yet homely, while inspiring a sense of timeless elegance."

The First Class lounge will continue to feature a flagship bar, with The Private Room retaining its full-service fine dining section "for the ultimate bespoke lounge experience."

"Customers can look forward to an enhanced epicurean journey with fresh and seasonally curated dining offerings, on top of the perennial local favourites," Singapore Airlines promises.

Also read: Flight of fancy? Here are Singapore Airlines' Airbus A380 first class concepts

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

02 Dec 2016

Total posts 43

Looks amazing ! Can't wait to fly SQ again once the international borders re open !

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

10 Nov 2011

Total posts 134

Good news - looks fantastic. I never minded the gold lounge in T2 but that's probably becuse it was usually quieter. The T3 lounge was not pleasant at all.

There's also a new SQ business lounge being built at T2 while T2 is closed. Don't think it will be near as fancy as this but probably will look more like the Sydney, Hong Kong or London Heathrow business lounges.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Nov 2014

Total posts 367

Hope the Singapore travel bubble will follow soon and we can all enjoy these lounges. 

I miss travel.....

Just adding some more info on the new SQ business lounge, I believe the 'workstation' area behind the front desk is being scrapped to free up more useful space. Maybe they are also expanding to take over what used to be the old Gold lounge too. Should be a very impressive lounge when it's all done.

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

31 Aug 2017

Total posts 6

i visited the T3's si;ver kris lounge on th 39 march and then the dtrata lounge a few metrs from the zq lounge but bothwere very adequate but the room temperatures were quite a concern and wuite cold the food service was good and the self help bar was adequate i eas going sin - akl sq281 and into a 2 week Quarantine upon arriving into auckland.will wait and see the workings of the new lounge when i pass thetogh sg next time but praying for a good outcome re the situation in myanmar eher my other hlf resides currently


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