I arrived at Brisbane International Airport by train. There is an excellent Airtrain service from the city and metropolitan stations. No additional ticket is required if using your Translink card, as the $18 charge is debited to that. If you don’t hold one of these card you can buy tickets from stations or at the airport.
Singapore Airlines (SQ) has a dedicated business class check in desks and I only need to wait a few minutes before being served. For the first time on a business class flight I was asked to weigh my carry on bag. The check-in staff reminded me that there is a limit of 2 cabin bags ,each weighing up to 7kgs.
My small cabin bag, with several laptops, weighed in at 12 kgs and I was politely asked to perhaps carry my laptops separately to meet the guidelines. This rule is actually useful as a traveller because SQ’s A350 has very high overhead storage bins, and even with my neatly 6 foot height, I found them hard to reach and lift my bags into. Shorter people would definitely have to stand on the seat to do this.
After check-in I headed for security with my express pass in hand, only to find long queues in the express lane including many young families with strollers holding up proceedings. It took a good 30 minutes to get through and finally be on my way to the SilverKris Lounge.
Singapore Airlines operates different lounges for different groups of travellers. Business Class passengers get access to the SilverKris Lounge at Brisbane International Airport. Turn right after exiting the duty free area and the lounge is one floor up, just past the Air New Zealand and Plaza Premium lounges.
This renovated lounge opened in 2016 and is elegant in design, although not large. On entering there is a small separate lounge area which was empty. This might be my pick of areas as the lounge proper was very busy.
The main lounge, which runs along a short corridor, is made up of a variety of pleasant, comfortable seating areas. There are tables near the buffet area; couches with access to power; and stylish booths positioned along the back wall of the lounge.
This is where I settled in as there was plenty of space, as well as added privacy due to their corner design. Pair this with a reasonably sized workbench area, power outlets and additional lighting, and you have an excellent place to work or relax whilst awaiting a flight.
The buffet on offer was small for my 9.10am departure. I offered the usual breakfast fare with an added Singaporean touch with noodles available. I was able to get a good cappuccino, which was welcome at the early hour.
Even for this first of four daily departures from Brisbane to Singapore, a well stocked self-service bar was provided for lounge guests. Wine, spirits, a good range of beers, and Saint-Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux Brut champagne were available for anyone who needed a kickstart to the day.
The lounge is well designed and it’s light and airy. It has high ceilings and an awesome view out to the runway. Plane spotters heaven, right there!
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We’d snag a spot in the small lounge just after reception, which appears not to get much traffic. From there you can walk across to the buffet for your cappuccino or a small plate of food before boarding.
Worth a mention is that next door is the Wellness Spa – operated by Plaza Premium. Might be worth a stop if you have tired or sore muscles. Massages start from AUD$49 for 15 minutes.