In that vein, Singapore Airlines has just announced some enhancements to its First Class soft product, which we’ll start to see from the end of this month.
Additional champagne option in First Class
From 27 October 2019, First Class passengers on selected flights will get to enjoy Taittinger Comtes de Champagne.
From the PR:
|Produced by the prestigious family-owned champagne house Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is produced only in the best years, composed exclusively of Chardonnay grown in five Grand Crus vineyards, and only first press wine (the ‘cuvée’) is used to give it an absolute guarantee of quality. With strict criteria governing its production and a long maturation period of eight to 10 years, the bottles are not produced in large volumes, making it a rare and celebrated wine.|
If you’re a fan of Dom Perignon and Krug Grand Cuvee, don’t despair. This champagne isn’t replacing them, it’s being added as a third option. Now you can do a blind tasting of three different exquisite champagnes at 37,000 feet, surely the best reason for collecting miles and points in the first place.
|Update: I’ve learned that there will be two champagne options in First Class, not three. Taittinger Comtes de Champagne will replace Krug Grand Cuvee and be served alongside Dom Perignon where available. Thanks @seeingtheworldinsteps for the screenshot below
The new champagne will first be served on flights to Auckland, Beijing, Delhi, Dubai, Melbourne, Mumbai, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney and Tokyo Haneda from 27 October 2019 to February 2020, before being rotated to other routes.
In the table below I’ve split Singapore Airlines’ current First Class routes into when they’ll receive the new champagne:
|27 October 2019- Feb 2020||After Feb 2020|
|Osaka may occasionally have First Class seats when the A380 is operated. According to reports, Jakarta operates a “reduced” First Class service with only a single champagne offering, so it may not receive the new one either.|
New amenity kits
From mid-November 2019, First Class passengers will receive special edition unisex amenity kits with a new series of crystal fishes from French crystalmaker Lalique.
You might remember that the Lalique amenities kits were launched back in 2017 along with the new Suites class.
I received one of these in 2018 when I reviewed the new A380 Suites, although mine was sadly lacking a crystal fish. Lalique may not be as well known for skincare products as Salvatore Ferragamo (SQ’s former choice), but they were good enough for me.
I’m booked on a Suites flight on 6 November, which I suspect will be too early to receive the new kit, but fingers crossed.
Enhanced caviar service
What’s First Class without caviar, right? From 2020, First Class passengers will enjoy an “enhanced caviar service that will be expanded to more flights”.
What might an enhanced caviar service entail? Well, Singapore Airlines’ current caviar setup does not incorporate the classic mother-of-pearl spoon, which purists will tell you is important to prevent caviar “berries” from obtaining a metallic, unpleasant taste. Perhaps they’ll be adding this, as it does seem an odd omission for an airline that professes to pay attention to the smallest detail.
It’s unclear from the press release whether the enhanced caviar service will be expanded to more flights, or whether caviar service will be expanded to more flights. Singapore Airlines currently does not offer caviar service on so called “sleeper service” flights, generally those which depart after 11 p.m. If you see a “supper” menu when you check your booking online, it means no caviar is coming your way. Therefore, I’m sure a lot of people would be happy if caviar were at least added as an option for the supper flights.
|Update (29/10): Thanks to reader Ivan, we now have a first glimpse at this new service. It appears SQ is now providing a mother-of-pearl spoon and white sturgeon caviar.|
Other First Class enhancements
Back in September 2018, Singapore Airlines announced that it was going to introduce B&O H9i headphones in Suites and First Class from October 2018.
Assuming they kept to that timeline, then the wired version of the headphones should already be available across the fleet.
What excites me even more however, is that there were plans to introduce the wireless version too, which I think may be a first for any airline. A wireless version would spell the end of tangled cables and toppled drinks, and would be objectively awesome (well, at least until some brain trust wears them into the loo).
If anyone has been on a First Class flight recently and can report as to the status of the wireless headphone rollout, I’d be interested to hear about it!
It’s good to see Singapore Airlines continually innovating in its First Class cabins, already one of the best in the world. There may be no walk up bar or fancy showers, but you still get a “classic” flying experience, and a very good one at that.