Six flight hacks to help you take off

It's not all about the flight times and cost of your ticket, there are other important considerations to take into account when choosing the right airline for you. From in-flight entertainment to legroom, here's what you need to bear in mind

By Singapore Airlines
Published 8 Apr 2019, 23:41 BST
Singapore Airlines Premium Economy

Singapore Airlines Premium Economy

Photograph by Singapore Airlines

1. Feeling peckish?
In recent years, airlines have raised the bar significantly to please the palates of discerning passengers. Singapore Airlines prides itself on sourcing seasonal local produce and employing skilled sommeliers to select the finest vintages. In fact, the carrier goes the extra mile to guarantee dining is en pointe. Its International Culinary Panel — a team of eight celebrated chefs from around the world, including Australia's Matt Moran — harnesses their combined creativity to devise a constantly evolving array of delicious dishes, inspired by different cultures and food traditions. What's more, the airline provides passengers with an extensive drinks service, which includes cocktails such as the world famous Singapore Sling.

2. Are you sitting comfortably?
Relaxation is crucial to an enjoyable flight — especially on longer journeys. From the elegant finishing, sleek sleeping surfaces and judicious use of space in its Premium cabins, to the 34-inch seat width (the world's largest) in Business Class, and more comfortable seats in Premium Economy and Economy Classes, Singapore Airlines understands just how important it is to feel at ease. It's not always easy to stay fresh on a flight — most notably on a long-haul route. Thankfully, Singapore Airlines has thought about this and introduced its own brand of on-board amenities, including individual toothbrush, toothpaste and knitted sock packs, while offering mouthwash, skin moisturiser, cologne and aftershave lotions in the lavatories.

3. Excess baggage?
When flying long haul, the chances are you won't be travelling light, not to mention the souvenirs you're probably going to come home with. Therefore, it's important to guard against having to pay extra for additional baggage. Singapore Airlines is aware that the little things add up, so it has increased its free checked-in baggage allowance by 10kg across all classes, ranging from a generous 30kg in Economy to 50kg in First Class.

4. Let me entertain you
There's nothing like kicking back on a flight and settling down to watch a great movie or TV show, or listen to some music. Singapore Airlines' KrisWorld in-flight entertainment system offers up to 285 movies, over 470 TV programmes and in excess of 450 albums each month. The airline is also lifting the experience to a higher level with the introduction of a new 'companion app' that will allow passengers to use their personal electronic device as a second screen on the aircraft. It also lets passengers preview in-flight entertainment content, create favourites and even control their seat-back monitors.

5. Service
When it comes to having a pleasurable flight, friendly service can make all the difference, especially on long-haul trips where passengers and cabin crew are bound together for a significant period of time. Singapore Airlines has become known for its hospitality excellence over the years, winning numerous awards for its attentive and friendly staff. Crew are trained to offer support to passengers, whether that be helping a parent out by entertaining their child so they can get some sleep or offering some additional on-board amenities to ensure passengers have everything they need.

6. Connections
Flying long haul often means at least one connection. So, it's important the experience is as pleasant as possible. Direct flights from London to Singapore with Singapore Airlines mean passengers can get the majority of their travel done in one easy step. What's more, connecting to a flight at Singapore's acclaimed Changi Airport is easy and enjoyable with ultra-efficient service and world-class facilities such as restaurants, shops and leisure options for children. Passengers flying on Singapore Airlines earn a voucher worth $20 each, which can be used for retail, food and service outlets, as well as to purchase duty free goods.

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