Qatar Airways officially opened its new Premium Lounge at Singapore Changi Airport at Terminal 1, and wanted to show it some love, opening it on Valentines Day, this month.According to the airline, the new Singapore lounge “serves as the benchmark and blueprint for Qatar Airways’ future Premium Lounges worldwide,” however it features many of the familiar design touches found in it’s Paris and London lounges too.
The space, covering roughly 700 sq. metres features the carrier’s synonymous luxurious interior but now with enhanced offering. The new Premium Lounge pledges to narrow the gap between business and first class lounges, reflecting the carrier’s decision to opt for the QSuite, rather than traditional Business and First Class cabins.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “We are thrilled to have launched our latest international Premium Lounge at Singapore Changi Airport. The lounge design is inspired by modern-day Arabic architecture, reflecting Qatar Airways’ heritage.
“Singapore marks our fifth international Premium Lounge, and we are delighted to develop our portfolio worldwide, offering sophisticated, modern and spacious lounges to our passengers, who can expect to receive exceptional services like never before throughout their journey with Qatar Airways.”
The most impressive element will be the grand entrance which showcases Qatar Airways’ signature “Marhaba” engraved stand-stone wall with a luxurious display of fresh white orchids. New to the Qatar Airways lounge concept is a botanical patterned wall inspired by Singapore’s affinity to horticulture and greenery which has been added for a local touch.
Thoughtfully planned for different travellers’ needs, the lounge features seven different seating areas including the Principal Lounge, Quiet Pods, Garden Bistro, High Seating, Martini Bar, Brasserie and Private Lounge.
Catering to a premium culinary standard, the lounge is equipped with a full kitchen for freshly-prepared à la carte food orders on demand, on top of an existing buffet spread offering an international menu. A dedicated mixologist is also available at the centrepiece Martini Bar, offering mocktail and cocktail options to complete the five-star lounge experience.
Guests wishing to relax in a quiet environment can occupy one of the five Quiet Pods, which offer a cozy, semi-private space equipped with sound proofing, reading lights, a coat hanger and universal charging points.
Other unique features include custom furniture pieces that offer both style and comfort to each passenger. This includes a carefully designed sideboard, strategically placed next to the seats, and includes a lamp, universal plug point, wireless charger and a compartment suitable for storing handbags and personal belongings.
The lounge can host a little over 85 passengers at once, which will mean other Oneworld passengers flying from Singapore might find it a bit of a squeeze to get in, as naturally Qatar guests, flying on the airline’s A350-1000 aircraft from Singapore will take priority. The Premium Lounge matches Singapore’s wide array of departure times, and is open daily from 7:30am to 2:00am.