Qantas today announced it is starting construction on its new Brisbane lounge in a few weeks in a bid to “redefine the travel experience.” It follows hot on the heels of the airline’s development of their award-winning Hong Kong and Singapore Lounges. The airline has opted to combine the two current lounges (First and Business) into a single International Premium Lounge, which will welcome its first customers in October.
Not only will the airline combine the two lounges, but also offer passengers 25% more space to ‘work, relax and dine.’ Like usual, dining is important to Qantas and the lounge will offer seasonal menus by Qantas Chef Neil Perry, a fully staffed bar serving Rockpool-designed cocktails and also all-day barista coffee by Vittoria. The design follows Qantas signature style, with light finishes, reflective surfaces, residential lighting and natural woods mixed with designer furniture.
Brisbane was tipped to get the next lounge refurb, as its a growing market for the carrier. “Brisbane and broader Queensland is one of our most important markets. We started direct daily services to Tokyo last year [and] increased seasonal services to New Zealand.” stated Qantas Head of Customer Product and Service Development Philip Capps.
This is the start of a comprehensive redevelopment of the Brisbane Lounge experience, with the domestic terminal lounges also set for a complete redesign in coming months. Qantas will build a new lounge precinct with a new Business Lounge and refreshed Qantas Club, including a new Valet experience, with a staggered opening planned from early 2017.
The International First and Business Lounges will be closed from 29 June and the new International Premium Lounge will open in October. During the refurbishment, eligible Qantas customers and their guests will be offered complimentary access to the Plaza Premium Lounge or vouchers to redeem at food outlets in the terminal.