On the Ground: A uniformed Singapore Airlines bellman greeted me as I arrived at the first-class curbside drop-off at Changi Airport. He whisked my bags away while a Singapore Airlines hostess escorted me to the first-class check-in lounge. The entire process was quite efficient. I was completely relaxed. I received my boarding pass and proceeded to do a bit of duty-free shopping before retiring to the first-class lounge to await departure. The lounge offered an array of conveniences including Internet-wired computer stations. Singapore Airlines does not make boarding announcements in the lounge, so I headed for the gate about 40 minutes prior to scheduled departure. 18/20
Onboard: I chose this particular flight to check out Singapore Airline’s new Raffles-class Space Beds. The cabin had a total of five rows in a two and two and two seat configuration. While the lie-flat seats were designed to offer the ultimate comfort for long-haul travelers, my first impression of the SpaceBed was that it seemed a bit confining. Flight attendants welcomed us with a choice of water or orange juice, followed by newspapers and a hot towel. We enjoyed a quick meal service-choice of sandwich or salad-during the 40-minute flight. Flight attendants were extremely courteous and gracious. 35/40
The Experience: Departure was slightly behind schedule, but we arrived at the beautiful Kuala Lumpur International Airport five minutes early. A tram transported passengers to the main terminal where I proceeded to the Premier Lane to pass through Immigration. I headed for the baggage carousel, picked up my priority-tagged luggage and cleared customs. Although Singapore has a reputation for being the best, I thought the quantity of food served for the lunch/snack was less than adequate. The airline’s first-class lounge is practical, but could use a facelift and a few more computer stations. 35/40
The Last Word: Overall, a very smooth shuttle flight experience.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
I imagine that when writer Hans Christian Andersen mused, “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale,” he was standing at the edge of Copenhagen’s historic Tivoli Gardens, one of his favorite haunts, enlivened by the swirl of human happiness that surrounded him: children laughing; carousels spinning; games of chance played for prizes; lovers holding hands; hungry people whispering over sweets, hot drinks, beer and towering, open-faced smørrebrød, Denmark’s quintessential sandwich. That fairy tale lives on today at the second-oldest amusement park in the world, a spectacle of folly architecture, bakeries, gardens, rides, restaurants, puppet shows and joy ... and which also happens to be one of the city’s most storied places to convene for business.
The restored Park Hyatt Toronto reopened its doors, bringing luxury, sophistication and glamour alongside a nod to the hotel’s Canadian heritage. Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge collaborated on the hotel’s refresh, drawing inspiration from Canada’s seasons and natural landscapes.
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I recently dined at Irwin’s in Philadelphia. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Bok Building, a former school turned collective of small businesses, non-profits, artist workshops, a bar and restaurant. I previously visited Bok for the bar and yoga classes, and I was excited to experience the restaurant.
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Cathay Pacific reaffirms its commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 with a pledge to use Sustainable Aviation Fuel for 10 percent of its total fuel consumption by 2030. The airline has made pioneering efforts in supporting SAF development for more than 10 years.