Singapore Airlines is planning to open not one but two first class lounges at its Changi Terminal 3 hub in 2022.
It's the final stage of a SGD50 million makeover for T3's SilverKris lounge precinct, which will also embrace the Business Class lounge – which has its own ribbon-cutting slated for the end of 2021 – and a vastly better KrisFlyer Gold lounge for Gold-grade frequent flyers booked into premium economy or economy.
So what can the primo passengers of Singapore Airlines and its Star Alliance siblings expect from the new lounges?
To begin: when we say "two first class lounges" we are of course talking about the SilverKris First Class lounge and The Private Room.
The SilverKris First Class lounge is the go-to for first class passengers on all Star Alliance partner airline departing from Changi, along with PPS Solitaire members of Singapore Airlines' KrisFlyer loyalty program.
(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 exclusively for travellers in Singapore Airlines' own first class cabins, including the Airbus A380 Suites.
Renderings by global hospitality designer specialists Hirsch Bedner Associates – the largest firm of its kind in the world – show HBA has drawn heavily from Singapore Airlines' foundations as an Asian luxury brand.
There's an undeniable look of rich elegance, although more subdued than ostentatious: the dining room would not be out of place in one of Singapore's best Michelin-starred restaurants, perhaps perched atop a six-star hotel.
It's all a world away from the current SilverKris First Class lounge, for example.
Singapore Airlines and HBA are keeping their powder dry on details, although we know that hallmarks of both spaces – such as the First Class lounge's bar, and The Private Room's fine dining room, will continue as drawcards.
Executive Traveller also understands that the lounges will 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.
The lounges are likely to close for renovations in early 2022.
Both lounges are nested one within the other: every premium traveller enters the SilverKris lounge precinct on the upper level of T3, but the First Class lounge sits at the end of a hallway which cuts through the Business Class lounge, and the entrance to The Private Room is again tucked away in a corner of the First Class Lounge.
It's not known if Singapore Airlines' extensive renovation of the SilverKris lounge precinct is going to streamline this Matryoshka Doll-like arrangement.