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Singapore Airlines will upgrade its flagship SilverKris lounges at Changi Airport Terminal 3 from August 2019 to mid-2021.
The Private Room, The First Class and Business Class lounges and the underwhelming KrisFlyer Gold lounge are all in line for extensive and expensive (SGD50 million) make-over and modernisation.
It's a complex project, especially given how the SilverKris lounges are nested one within the other, so the work will be carried out over four phases, during which the lounges will be progressively renovated in sections.
First will be the Business Class lounge, followed by the First Class lounge and then The Private Room, with the KrisFlyer Gold lounge going under the knife in early 2021.
The redevelopment project will see an overall 30% increase in space and customer capacity across the lounges, with "more generous open spaces, upgraded facilities and a wide array of food and beverage selections," Singapore Airlines promises.
Hospitality designers Hirsch Bedner Associates will oversee the revamp, giving each lounge "a fresh look and feel that is modern yet homely, while inspiring a sense of timeless elegance."
Here's what travellers can look forward to.
The First Class lounge will continue to feature a flagship bar, with The Private Room retaining its full-service fine dining section. "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 says.
The Business Class lounge will be expanded and 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 stations that will offer signature local delights
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.
Productivity pods will offer privacy while you get down to work, while a rest area with chaise lounges will be provided for customers to catch some shut-eye before their flight.
The KrisFlyer Gold Lounge – home to economy and premium economy travellers with Star Alliance Gold status – will double in capacity and include dedicated working spaces, as well as larger al fresco seating and dining areas – and, finally, it will gain restrooms and showers.
Singapore Airlines' temporary KrisFlyer Gold lounge
It appears that Singapore Airlines will use the space of the KrisFlyer Gold lounge to accommodate business and first class passengers as those lounges are renovated, with lounge-worthy KrisFlyer Gold passengers being redirected to a temporary lounge as of July 31, 2019.
This will be located further along the 'lounge level' 3, adjacent to the Singapore Food Street food court – and, pleasingly, it will have its own restrooms and showers.