Singapore Airlines is readying plans for a massive makeover of its decade-old SilverKris lounges at Singapore’s Changi Airport Terminal 3 – but the all-new lounges are unlike to open their doors before 2020.
Everything from the sprawling business class lounge to the first class lounge and The Private Room will be recast along the same lines as the new 'home away from home' residential design which debuted in Sydney in 2013 and has since been rolled out to Brisbane, London, Hong Kong and Bangkok.
“We are expecting to look at what we what to do with our lounges in T3 starting this year,” says Singapore Airlines CEO Mr Goh Choon Phong, "but the lounge is a huge project in T3 so it would probably take a few years.”
One challenge of the revamp would be the unique 'nested' layout of the SilverKris lounge complex which sees each of the T3 lounges wrapping around one another, compared to more traditional layout where each lounge has its own footprint and entry.
When the work is done, however, expect Singapore Airlines' Changi T3 business class lounge to look a little like this...
... and include these private working areas.
... while the Changi T3 first class lounge would be closer to the airline's modern first class lounges with more space and refinement...
... and an upgraded dining area.
Speaking to Australian Business Traveller at Boeing's South Carolina facility, ahead of the delivery flight of the airline's first Boeing 787-10, Goh suggested the lag in upgrading its flagship lounges “was in some sense deliberate.”
“We had this new concept for the lounge and we think it’s good, but we wanted to experiment and learn from lounges overseas so that all of this learning could then be incorporated when we re-do our flagship lounges.”
David Flynn travelled to South Carolina as a guest of Singapore Airlines