Next week sees the doors open to Qantas‘ latest lounge in Brisbane, Australia. The domestic lounge is the latest addition to a multi-million pound upgrade at the airport. The upgrade began in October 2016 with the opening of a new International Lounge and will be completed in the coming months with an upgraded Qantas Club and new Chairmans Lounge at the domestic terminal.
The Domestic Business Lounge is now 30 percent larger than the previous facility with a luxurious design “inspired by the beauty of Queensland’s landscape.” It also boasts a number of tasty-looking dining features including a cantina serving fresh Mexican dishes, unique to the Brisbane Business Lounge.
The lounge follows the airline’s most recent design palette, offering seating for more than 350 people,.Woods Bagot designed the space using local materials and a colour palette inspired by “Moreton Bay at twilight,” which has resulted in a warm, wood-clad interior that offers a residential vide. Planting and natural light has been maximised to reflect the bright outdoor Queensland lifestyle. Qantas has also worked with artist Jenna Lee of Brisbane-based Indigenous design agency Gilimbaa who has created a contemporary light and glass artwork called Rhythm of Our Stories.
“Customers tell us that being able to enjoy a relaxing space with top quality food and wine prior to flying is high on their list when it comes to creating the ideal lounge experience,” said Qantas Head of Domestic Lounges Helen Gray.
As part of the top quality food offering, Qantas Creative Director of Food, Beverage & Service Neil Perry has designed seasonal menus and introduced a new dining feature, The Cantina, serving freshly made Mexican dishes including empanadas, soft corn tacos, roast sweetcorn and quesadillas.
The lounge will also feature regular Qantas service offerings in F&B including a full bar serving premium Australian wines, Rockpool Mixologist-designed cocktails and craft beer, and a wine bar open from midday. There will be all-day barista Vittoria coffee and a hydration station – Quench – a concept first introduced in the Brisbane International Lounge, focusing on hydration before flying by serving non-alcoholic beverages including a Rockpool signature tisane blend and infused water. A generous fresh hot and cold buffet will also be available. There is also a stylish new communal coffee bar within the lounge precinct.
Premium Lounge Entry will offer top tier Frequent Flyers an exclusive check-in area, bag drop, security screening and escalator with direct access to the new Lounge Precinct. Qantas will also shortly open a revamped Valet facility that offers direct terminal access. Eligible customers will be able to access Premium Lounge Entry directly from Valet.
Opening on March 14th, the Brisbane Domestic Business Lounge is open to Qantas customers travelling in Business, Platinum and Platinum One Frequent Flyers, eligible oneworld Emerald members and Emirates and China Eastern Platinum customers.