Singapore Airways switches to the British Airways lounge in Newark

SIA Enterprise Class passengers, PPS Membership and KrisFlyer Elite Gold members touring on the world’s longest flight now have a distinct lounge to expertise earlier than departure from Newark.

When you’ve ever hopped on board SQ21 – one of many world’s longest continuous flights from Newark to Singapore – you are most likely acquainted with the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse on the New Jersey airport, the place the pre-departure expertise for these in begins Enterprise Class or for passengers holding lounge-worthy frequent flyer standing.

Singapore Airways has now introduced that this association has modified, with a distinct facility at Newark now taking good care of prospects previous to the epic 19 hour 5 minute journey.

SIA passengers now use the British Airways lounge

Singapore Airways is now directing its Enterprise Class passengers, and people in Premium Economic system who’re PPS Membership or KrisFlyer Elite Gold members, to the British Airways Galleries lounge at Newark Airport.

So far as we all know, that is the solely British Airways lounge Singapore Airways makes use of globally, and one in all solely two Oneworld lounges the airline contracts for its passengers, the opposite being the JAL Sakura Lounge in Osaka.

On the overwhelming majority of airports the place SIA doesn’t have its personal lounge, the service depends on Star Alliance companions or different third-party suppliers to supply entry to eligible passengers, fairly than these of a competing alliance.

Star Alliance carriers Lufthansa and SAS do each have their very own lounges in Terminal B at Newark, however these are closed within the morning and so don’t assist SIA clear up its SQ21 difficulty – given the 9am departure time.

Concerning the British Airways lounge

Ought to Singapore Airways passengers be excited a couple of shift to the British Airways lounge in Newark? Most likely not, with One Mile at a Time concluding in his current evaluation of the power that it was higher than anticipated, however “do not get too excited”.

One main good thing about the BA lounge is its unbelievable runway views, a stark distinction to the windowless Virgin Clubhouse, which has no pure gentle.

Loads of pure gentle and plane views on the British Airways Newark lounge. (Picture: One Mile at a Time)

The lounge is positioned adjoining to the Virgin Clubhouse SIA was beforehand utilizing, at Newarks’ Terminal B after safety, close to gate 51.

Opening hours are from 5am ​​to 8am every morning, supporting BA’s personal morning departure to London Heathrow at 7.55am every day, however presumably SIA passengers departing at 9am on SQ21 will not be kicked out till it is time to board.

The lounge can be open from 3pm to 10.45pm every day for afternoon and night BA flights to London, though this doesn’t coincide with any SIA departures from Newark.

Amenities embody:

  • Snacks and Scorching Meals
  • Specialty Espresso
  • Waiter Service
  • Alcoholic Drinks, together with Champagne
  • Restrooms and Showers with Elemis toiletries
  • free wifi
  • Studying Supplies
  • enterprise heart
  • runway views

British Airways nonetheless has an ordering system in its lounges, which appears a bit pointless within the post-COVID period, however it does imply you possibly can merely discover a seat, scan the QR code then order meals and drinks to be introduced throughout to you by the waiter.

Champagne within the lounge is Duval Leroy, which scores equally to the Nicolas Feuillatte poured over on the Virgin Clubhouse.

There may be additionally a buffet out there when you want to self-serve.

Buffet on the British Airways Galleries lounge in Newark. (Picture: British Airways)

À la carte eating can be provided within the First Eating part, however that is solely out there to these departing in First Class on a British Airways flight, with no entry for SIA passengers.

The First Eating part on the British Airways Galleries lounge in Newark. (Picture: British Airways)

It is a disgrace the airline did not do a deal for PPS Membership members or Solitaires to learn right here, for the reason that wine record additionally goes ‘up a notch’ within the First Eating part, together with the very respectable Vollereaux Champagne JAL was pouring final time I took a Enterprise Class flight with them.

The BA lounge at Newark was just lately permitting Precedence Move members to entry in between BA flight departures from 8am to 2pm, with a slimmed-down F&B providing, however the lounge left this system on 1st June 2023.

What’s it changing?

As talked about above, previous to this variation eligible passengers touring on SQ21 from Newark continuous to Singapore had been invited to the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse on the airport, which is subsequent door to the BA lounge.

The Virgin Clubhouse at Newark, beforehand utilized by SIA as a contract lounge, not welcomes SIA passengers. (Picture: Virgin Atlantic)

The primary downside talked about by most of our readers who had visited this one was its lack of pure gentle, and that at the very least is now resolved with a transfer to the BA facility.

What in regards to the United Polaris lounge?

When you’re flying in Enterprise Class on SQ21, you may as well entry the much-superior United Polaris lounge at Newark, however there is a large draw back.

That facility is in Terminal Cwhich implies fairly a convoluted (however not unattainable) course of to make use of the lounge earlier than your SIA flight, which departs from the Terminal B ‘B2’ pier.

After checking in, you will have to take the AirTrain from Terminal B to Terminal C and clear safety there to entry the Polaris lounge.

The Polaris lounge at Newark is accessible by SIA Enterprise Class passengers, however its location will not be preferrred. (Picture: United Airways)

After utilizing the lounge, you will then should exit the Terminal C airside space, return to Terminal B on the AirTrain and clear safety once more there on the B2 part, earlier than continuing to the departure gate (through a cease on the BA lounge, when you nonetheless have time).

That considerably limits how lengthy you possibly can spend over on the Polaris lounge, which opens at 5am, however bear in mind SIA’s check-in for SQ21 solely opens at 6am (three hours earlier than departure).

Realistically, I would be wanting to depart the Polaris lounge by 7.30am to permit time for the method of attending to the gate, however with an à la carte breakfast served within the Eating Room and Piper Heidsieck Champagne it might be value it.

The Polaris lounge can be stated to be quiet within the mornings.

Here is a evaluationtogether with the Eating Room breakfast, that will help you determine whether or not to detour or not.

À la carte breakfast with a view is feasible earlier than SQ21 within the United Polaris lounge. (Picture: United Airways)

KrisFlyer Elite Gold and PPS Membership members flying in Premium Economic system on this route need not fear about trying this – the United Polaris lounge doesn’t provide entry except you might be really touring in First Class or Enterprise Class with United Airways or a Star Alliance service.

What about JFK?

Singapore Airways at present use three lounges at New York JFK airport:

  • Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse
    For First Class and Solitaire PPS Membership members
  • Air India Maharaja Lounge & Prime Class Lounge
    For Enterprise Class, PPS Membership and KrisFlyer Elite Gold members

Sadly for these in Enterprise Class previous to the night SQ23 or SQ25 departures from JFK, meaning no pre-flight bathe possibility is accessible, since solely the Virgin Clubhouse has these.

When you’re on this boat, think about selecting the continuous from Newark fairly than JFK, the place showers await within the BA lounge or the United Polaris lounge.

Singapore Airways is now utilizing the British Airways lounge at Newark Airport, a uncommon contract with a Oneworld facility for its eligible passengers previous to its longest continuous flight every morning.

This one at the very least advantages from oodles of pure gentle, a stark distinction to the windowless Virgin Clubhouse it’s changing, although as a current evaluation talked about it is nonetheless nothing to get too enthusiastic about.

There’s additionally the choice for SIA’s Enterprise Class passengers on SQ21 to go throughout to the United Polaris lounge in Terminal C after check-in, for a far superior lounge expertise there together with à la carte eating.

Sadly that is a barely convoluted course of to get again to the proper departure terminal in good time for boarding, which sadly limits the profit.

(Cowl Picture: British Airways)

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