UPDATE | According to Qantas, these realistic images are not the shape of the new Qantas First Lounge at Hong Kong.
"They are not the (HK First Lounge) designs, they are incorrect" a spokesperson tells Australian Business Traveller. A bit of a shame, as we think they're rather cool!
The source for these images is the website of interior designer Leslie Miguel, who lists Qantas as one of his clients and the Qantas "first class lounge" at Hong Kong airport as one of his projects.
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The trendy travel advice site FlymeFunky stumbled across these computer-generated renderings of what’s said to be the new Qantas First Lounge at Hong Kong.
That lounge, like its Singapore sibling, is being given a Marc Newson makeover and will re-open by December this year.
And if these images are accurate, travellers will see a very different look compared to the familiar Qantas First Lounges at Sydney and Melbourne.
The dusky tones, chocolate and cream chairs and lime green highlights in this rendering clearly take their cues from the elite Qantas Chairman’s Lounge, as does the massive black-and-white Qantas logo on the wall.
It's all a few notches above today's HK First lounge, as seen below.
The layout shows eight small tables towards the middle of the lounge, and even if these images are legit it doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll see at-table dining – the current Hong Kong lounge has an informal dining area located near the self-serve buffet.
The floorplan appears to include two small meetings rooms and one larger room which could be a welcome ‘quiet zone’.
If these images prove correct we wouldn’t be surprised to see this style echoed at Singapore’s Qantas First Lounge and even Los Angeles, which in 2013 will receive all-new First and Business lounges with a footprint some three times larger than the Red Roo’s LAX lounges currently occupy.
Again, let's sound the caveat that these are not official supplied-by-Qantas images – they're from an anonymous source contributed to FlymeFunky. But there's no denying that they appear to be the real deal.
Update: as noted above, Qantas says they're not the lounge we will see when it re-opens.
Either way, an end-of-year opening for the Qantas First Lounge will give Hong Kong-bound travellers a double serving of choice, as this is also when oneworld pater Cathay Pacific will re-open The Wing First Class lounge, which is expected to sport the same contemporary style as The Wing's refurbished Business Lounge.
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David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.