A stylish new Singapore Airlines lounge is taking shape at Sydney Airport ahead of a November 2013 reveal for the new-look SilverKris lounge network.
Sydney is the first to receive the multi-million dollar make-over before it's rolled out to all SilverKris lounges worldwide.
The design is being crafted by Singapore-based architectural and interior design firm ONG&ONG, which interviewed frequent flyers about their experiences of airport lounges and travel in general before presenting their winning pitch for the new look.
“Apart from providing customers with an inviting and exclusive contemporary space, the next generation of SilverKris Lounges will meet the changing needs and expectations of both business and leisure travellers and better integrate the ground and air travel experience" said SIA’s Senior Vice President Product & Services, Mr Tan Pee Teck.
SQ's investment in its ground product accompanies the airline's next generation of first class, business class and economy class seating to be introduced on all new long-range Boeing 777-300ER jets along with the forthcoming Airbus A350s.
Temporary lounge access at Sydney
With Sydney Airport's SilverKris lounge now closed for renovations, all Singapore Airlines travellers are being redirected to Air New Zealand's Koru Lounge on Level 3 of Pier C.
This includes flyers booked into suites, first class and business class as well as PPS Club, KrisFlyer Elite Gold and eligible Star Alliance Gold members.
However, Singapore Airlines advises that Virgin Australia Velocity Platinum and Gold members travelling in economy class will find their own access is "subject to availability" based on the lounge's capacity, which we expect to be pretty crowded during peak times.
For this reason, Singapore Airlines' travellers will also not be allowed to "to bring a guest to the Air New Zealand Lounge".
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David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.