Qantas will open new First Class lounges at Singapore and Hong Kong airport by December this year as part of a $15m investment in its premium services for top-paying travellers.
These will be followed in 2013 by all-new First and Business lounges at Los Angeles, with a footprint some three times larger than these lounges currently occupy.
"We are looking at the very end of this year for Hong Kong and Singapore", a Qantas spokesperson told Australian Business Traveller, "and we are still working on a (2013) timeframe for Los Angeles".
That will be welcome news for travellers to LAX who often face cramped quarters at both lounges before piling onto their Red Roo A380 or Boeing 747 for the flight home.
And while the Qantas First Lounge at Hong Kong (shown above) is in decent nick, there's no arguing that the tired lounge at Singapore's Changi airport shows plenty of wear and tear – and neither facilities come close to matching the superb Qantas First experience at Sydney or Melbourne airports.
All three new lounges will be modelled along the same lines as Qantas' highly-regarded First lounge in Sydney, and its smaller Melbourne sibling, with a contemporary design by Marc Newson and a Neil Perry menu.
Also on the list are 'concierge services' provided by Sofitel, although there's no word if the lounges will include table service for meals or remain as a DIY dining with a plate-around service for selected dishes.
The First lounges will be open to passengers travelling in First Class as well as Platinum-grade members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer programme and Emerald members of partner oneworld airlines such as British Airways (Executive Club Gold), Cathay Pacific (Marco Polo Club Diamond) and American Airlines (AAdvantage Executive Platinum).
Have you just hit Platinum status? Don't miss our guide to making the most of your visit to the Qantas First Lounge in Sydney or Melbourne.
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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.