The first of a wave of new facilities for Qantas passengers travelling from Brisbane, Australia will now open October 20th 2016. The striking new lounge is another well-crafted designer space that follows the updated airside aesthetic that has been rolled out across Qantas’ network of lounges globally over the past couple of years.
The lounge has been increased in size, and being split across two levels, offers nearly 30 per cent more space than the previous lounges, with interiors reflecting the “Queensland landscape”.
The furniture is inspired by a relaxed approach to living in the tropical north with timber café seating and low slung lounges, and inset rugs bring colour and texture reminiscent of the reef, sandbars and waterways of Queensland’s coast and inlets.
While the lounge offers a long serviced bar, the space also features a new concept for the carrier – Quench – that will focus on “hydrating customers before they fly and serve a range of non-alcoholic beverages including syrups from Bickfords and Buderim Ginger and a signature tisane blend designed by Rockpool.” The hydration-station will be rolled out across future Qantas lounge developments – most likely including the new London Heathrow lounge.
Following a rising trend in bringing art to the aviation experience, Qantas has commissioned a bespoke glass and light art installation called The Pulse of Our Ancient Land created by artist Jenna Lee from Indigenous design agency Gilimbaa, based in Brisbane. Inlaid into the glass is an abstract interpretation of the land of the QLD region as viewed from above, brought to life through glass, watercolour and lights.
The lounge also features a business centre, Wi-Fi, TVs with Foxtel, shower suites with ASPAR by Aurora skincare products and a Sofitel service experience.
The developments don’t stop here though. Following the unveil of the international lounge, Qantas will open a new domestic lounge precinct with a new Business Lounge and refreshed Qantas Club – including a new Valet experience – from early 2017.
The Qantas Brisbane International Lounge will open to Qantas customers travelling in Business, eligible Frequent Flyers and oneworld members.