Wondering why Singapore Airlines is regularly named the world’s best airline? The 9 reasons below should make things clear – but, to find out properly for yourself, there’s no better way than to book that flight…
1) SINGAPORE STOPOVER HOLIDAYS
What can £36 buy you? A jumper, perhaps? Maybe a meal? Or… one night in Singapore? Yes, really! Book a Singapore Stopover Holiday with Singapore Airlines and you could spend your first stopover night in a three-star hotel in the Lion City – from as little as £36. The incredible Singapore Stopover Holiday deal includes a one-night hotel stay, a one-way transfer from the airport to your hotel, free access to more than 20 attractions, plus some delicious dining deals – all for less than £40.
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2) PREMIUM ECONOMY
In a snooze-inducingly comfy 2-4-2 cabin, Premium Economy Class seats feature a greater width (up to 19.5 inches); each leather seat has 38’ of legroom, calf and foot rests and an eight-inch recline. Then there’s the largest HD touchscreen monitor in its class – and added options when it comes to food and drink – (pre-order from the Premium Economy ‘Book the Cook’ menu.) Other generous extras include a 35kg baggage allowance, priority check-in and boarding, and active noise-cancelling headphones.
3) AMAZING CABIN CREW
No wonder Singapore Airlines is the world’s most awarded airline – impeccable customer service comes as standard. It’s no accident that Singapore Airlines’ cabin crew are outstanding: the airline operates a rigorous selection process, then trains, supports, motivates and rewards its crew, in order to guarantee sky-high service. In fact, Singapore Airlines schools its fresh recruits for twice as long as the industry average. Whatever you need on board, just ask – the attentive cabin team really are there to help.
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4) DELICIOUS DINING
If you’re the kind of person that likes to check a restaurant menu before you eat out, you’ll love Singapore Airlines’ Book the Cook service, which lets you pre-order your meals up to 24 hours before boarding the plane. Singapore Airlines was the first carrier to introduce the option of pre-ordering meals and has also trail-blazed when it comes to collaborations with world-famous chefs. Its International Culinary Panel (ICP) stars not one, but eight of the world’s finest chefs, including Michelin-star winners Carlo Cracco, Georges Blanc and Yoshihiro Murata.
5) AIR SOMMELIERS
Wine connoisseurs won’t be disappointed either, since three of the world’s leading wine experts – Oz Clarke, Michael Hill Smith and Jeannie Cho Lee – have selected an enviable and varied wine list for Singapore Airlines. Sit back and sip the finest wines courtesy of these stellar wine critics. All that grape knowledge has rubbed off on the cabin crew, some of who have trained as sommeliers, delivering you top-notch wine advice in the skies.
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6) COMFY CABINS
Singapore Airlines doesn’t hold back when it comes to comfort – whatever category you opt for. The airline’s new ergonomic Economy Class seats feature ample legroom and a headrest with six adjustments for optimal neck support. Each seat has a power outlet and USB port, alongside an 11-inch HD touchscreen. In Business Class, the hand-stitched leather seats recline fully flat at the touch of a button ; for First Class passengers, enjoy exclusivity in a cabin of just four seats that transform into a large and fully flat bed. Suites boast a standalone bed with a plush duvet and extra soft bedding, sliding doors, a separate seat upholstered in full-grain leather and warm, soothing tones and decor.
7) CHANGI AIRPORT
Changi has been named ‘Best Airport in the World’ 29 times in a row at the Business Traveller awards. This is hardly surprising, when you factor in its 360 retail outlets, free 24-hour cinemas, themed indoor and outdoor gardens, beauty and wellness offerings, kids’ playgrounds, food courts, art and sculptures, dizzying choice of bars, restaurants and cafés and other lures – spread across three impressive terminals. In mid-April, the spectacular new Jewel Changi Airport finally launched. Designed by Safdie Architects (of Marina Bay Sands fame), the $1.7-billion project includes a canopy bridge and glass walkway, shrouded in fog and suspended 23 metres in the air – for an amazing ‘walking in the clouds’ experience.
8) CHANGI TRANSIT VOUCHER
It isn’t often that someone gives you S$20, just as a ‘welcome to Singapore’ gesture. Singapore Airlines will do exactly that – with one condition: you’ll need to spend it in multi award-winning Changi Airport (that’s easy). The voucher, part of the Changi Transit Programme, is valid for use across almost all retailers, including the Ambassador Transit Lounge, food and drink outlets – and even duty-free.
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9) ACCESS TO THE CITY’S BEST ATTRACTIONS
We’re going to make a wild guess. While visiting Singapore, you’re probably going to want to tick off Chinatown, the Singapore Cable Car, Gardens by the Bay, Sentosa, Singapore Zoo, the Singapore Flyer, the National Gallery Singapore, the National Orchid Garden and the Singapore River Cruise – you know, the usual kind of thing. Here’s a tip: don’t pay per attraction – the cost will add up. Instead, enjoy access to more than 20 of Singapore’s best-loved lures for a lot less with a Singapore Airlines Explorer Pass. NB You’ll also get free access to these attractions with a Singapore Stopover Holiday, which also includes accommodation.