17 hours on an aircraft may daunt even the most seasoned of travellers, especially those in economy. But Qantas is doing all it can to re-assure passengers that they are trying to make the Kangaroo route as comfortable as possible. While Perth might not be as direct-a-route as flying via Dubai, they are making Perth the most obvious stop-over point by investing in a new lounge designed as a respite from one of the longest treks in aviation.
Opening prior to the inaugural LHR-PER-MEL flight, the lounge will be available to frequent travellers and business class passengers. Situated in T3/T4, the new lounge will feature outdoor space – a refreshing idea for those who have experienced the best part of a day in an air-conditioned environment.
It’s not just those in business class that will enjoy customer-friendly improvements. A new duty-free area as well as expedited immigration and customs areas will help streamline the QF9/10 flights. It’s not just London travellers, Melbourne, Singapore and Auckland will also have access to the new business class lounge.
The International Transit Lounge has been designed as a collaboration between leading firm SUMU Design and award-winning Australian industrial designer David Caon who is also the lead designer for the interiors of the Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The redesign of the T3/T4 precinct was created by architecture firm Noxon Giffen
The transit lounge will offer more than a dozen shower suites, space to refresh and a wellness facility. The outdoor patio provides fresh air and natural light, with a barbeque grill and Neil Perry designed Australian-style BBQ menu.