Passengers onboard Singapore Airlines’ four daily flights out of Perth can now look forward to relaxing in a shiny, brand-new SilverKris Lounge. With the former space clocking up an impressive 17 years of operation, the incoming SilverKris Lounge promises a raft of improvements, including double the footprint, a live cooking station and a fully tended bar.

Mr Louis Arul, SIA Regional VP South-West Pacific, notes that the lounge is a ‘significant investment’ to ensure the Perth ground experience matches the premium experience in the air.

The opening of the new SilverKris Lounge at Perth International Airport, together with the resumption of our four daily flights from Perth to Singapore, is a significant milestone in our almost 60-year history in Perth.

– Mr Louis Arul, SIA Regional Vice President South West Pacific, 26 February 2024

Ahead of its official opening to the public today, Point Hacks was invited to a media preview last week. And there’s a lot to look forward to.

Inside the new Perth SilverKris Lounge

Located opposite Gate 52, Singapore Airlines’ new Perth lounge occupies the space of the former Qantas International Business Lounge. If you’ve passed through that space many moons ago, you’ll struggle to recognise it now.

DP Architects applies Singapore Airlines’ latest ‘Home Away from Home’ concept, so the space is unmistakenly a SilverKris lounge. In fact, the Perth lounge could seamlessly fit in as a new wing to the airline’s flagship SilverKris Business Class lounge over at Changi Terminal 3.

After checking in at reception, the lounge opens to a kitchen and bathrooms to the left. Over to the right is a variety of lounge seating. There’s room for around 135 passengers, which is roughly double the previous lounge.

Those looking for a private enclave should venture to one of the private working pods, now updated in Singapore Airlines’ latest styling. But the lounge also features open working areas, casual lounge seating and a dining room.

Over to the left, a tended bar offers barista coffee and made-to-order cocktails – both major improvements over the previous lounge. A passage leads to the bathrooms, which retain the shower rooms from the Qantas lounge. Australian-made Salus products and colourful native flower arrangements add a local touch to the lounge.

Most seats can easily access to AC power points (Australian plugs only) and USB-A ports. Unfortunately, USB-C or wireless charging doesn’t make an appearance (USB-C will be introduced soon, though).

The Wi-Fi wasn’t configured yet during the media visit, but a spokesperson tells us that they are targeting a link of 250 Mbps.

Enjoy access to this lounge before any SQ flight (even in Economy) with Star Alliance Gold status.

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Singapore Airlines’ updated dining concept

Passengers hungry for a taste of Singapore can tuck into local-inspired delights before stepping foot on the flight with the launch of live cooking stations. Menus are rotated every two months and, at launch, made-to-order items include:

  • Hainanese chicken rice with green mustard soup
  • Spicy tomato and capsicum pasta
  • Singaporean-style radish cake – white (savoury) and black (sweet) versions
  • Dumpling selection
  • Pork bao buns

If that’s not enough, Singapore Airlines also offers a respectable hot buffet with a delectable spread of Asian and Western dishes. For the first two months, expect dishes such as:

  • Shepherd’s pie
  • Chimichurri chicken
  • Chargrilled summer squash
  • Ginger shallot barramundi
  • Oriental stir-fry
  • Prawn and shiitake fried rice
  • Spiced pumpkin soup

Over at the bar, Piper-Heidsieck Champagne flows freely. And in another nod to Perth, the lounge stocks gin from a local Swan Valley distillery, Old Young’s, which you can enjoy in a signature lounge cocktail called the SilverKris Sling Perth (paired with Cointreau, orange and pineapple juice).

Unsurprisingly, Margaret River region wines lead the sommelier’s selection, including varieties from Cape Mentelle, Rocky Road and Vasse Felix. An impressive five beers and a cider hail from Beer Farm, located in WA’s famous South West region.

Our thoughts

It’s not just empty words – Singapore Airlines’ significant investment into this brand-new lounge really shows. Despite not having any windows due to its interior location, the modern LED lighting and design touches all work to create a warm and inviting space for its four daily flights to The Red Dot.

The huge spread of food and beverage isn’t a media-only affair either – Singapore Airlines assures us that the elevated experience is what any eligible passenger departing from Perth can expect. Speaking of which, the access requirements remain the same as before.

Who can enter this lounge:

  • By Business Class ticket:
      • Passengers of Singapore Airlines. This also applies to passengers on Star Alliance partners if the lounge is already open for an SQ flight.

  • By airline frequent flyer status:
      • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold members prior to Singapore Airlines and Star Alliance flights (+1 guest).

      • Other Star Alliance Gold frequent flyers prior to Singapore Airlines and Star Alliance flights (+1 guest).

      • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Gold members departing on Singapore Airlines flights only (+1 guest).

  • By paid lounge membership:
      • Air Canada Maple Leaf Club (Worldwide) and United Club members departing on a Star Alliance flight (+1 guest).

It’s safe to say that the SilverKris Lounge in Perth is a strong contender for the title of the best international Business Class lounge in Perth, and indeed, in the wider Singapore Airlines Australian network.

Want to see more of the lounge? Take a look at our short tour in the video below.

Photography by guest contributor Jamie, who attended the lounge opening on behalf of Point Hacks as a guest of Singapore Airlines.

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First Look: Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge, Perth International was last modified: February 26th, 2024 by Brandon Loo