Missing the delights of flying in Singapore Airlines' first class, especially its elegant and spacious Airbus A380 suites?
At least you can recreate some of that SQ First experience at home, with the airline now offering a wide range of first class accessories for sale – using either real-world currency or KrisFlyer miles – at its online KrisShop.
The Airline Exclusives collection includes those comfortable Lalique first class pyjamas – sorry, 'lounge wear' – for SGD45 or 5,625 KrisFlyer miles, plus the Lalique first class amenity kits (mens and womens, at SGD89 and SGD99 respectively) plus the 'lifestyle' edition with Lalique's Singapore Silk scented candle, Neroli scented soap and miniature toiletries (SGD79).
Also up for grabs by grounded flyers:
- first class duvet inserts and covers ("dust blue on one side, and a simple vertical strip design in neutral grey on the other")
- the linen used as part of the first class dining service – "specially designed with jacquard motif tone on tone, our linens are versatile and can function as tray cloths, place mats, napkins, bread basket linen and even folded to form a cutlery pocket."
- a set of 100 cotton face / hand towels
- the wooden board used to serve Singapore Airlines' first class cheese selection
- the glass bowl used to serve amuse bouche, starters or desserts in first class, along with Champagne flutes and shot glasses
Note that deliveries are available only to Singapore - but if you're company has an office in the Red Dot, or you've got friends or colleagues living there, problem solved!
Singapore Airlines was among the first carriers to cannily pivot from COVID calamity to innovative measures such as turning an A380 parked at Changi Airport into a restaurant, and offering business and first class dining packages at home, with destination-themed menus delivered to your door accompanied by wine or champagne from the SQ cellar.
This isn't just a meal for two, but a complete 'dining experience' including matching wine, tableware and an option to book a chef who will "reheat, plate and serve" your repast – along with the same tableware which would feature on the flight, plus amenity kits and pyjamas, and even "a specially curated playlist".
Singapore Airlines describes this as "the perfect gift for an anniversary or a special occasion, or a way to thank parents or grandparents by gifting a touch of true dining luxury."
Although all of Singapore Airlines' Airbus A380s remain grounded, the airline intends to see the superjumbo return – albeit in a downsized fleet of just 12, but all sporting the latest first class suites and business class seats.
Many of its Boeing 777s also feature a compact first class cabin, with an all-new first class design slated for the next-gen Boeing 777-9, which CEO Goh Choon Phong has previously promised "will again set industry standards."