Qantas is pushing back the opening of new lounges in Singapore and Hong Kong airports to sometime next year, with Los Angeles not due for completion until 2014.
Although both lounges were previously slated to lay down the welcome mat by the end of this year, a Qantas spokeswoman confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that "We will be opening new lounges in Singapore and Hong Kong in 2013."
The airline declined to share any further details, citing the ongoing work on its “Asia strategy given the announcement of the intended Emirates partnership (subject to regulatory approval)”.
Qantas has previously stated that the Singapore, Hong Kong and LAX 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, although no word if this will include table service for meals or remain as a DIY dining with a plate-around service for selected dishes.
Hong Kong was expected to see a new Qantas First class lounge, although as first reported by Australian Business Traveller, the Singapore’s twin first class and business class lounges are due to be replaced by a single enhanced business lounge.
As for its LAX lounges, Qantas tells Australian Business Traveller these will open in two stages across the next two years: “the first phase of the new Business Lounge in Los Angeles in late 2013, followed by the opening of the new First Lounge in Los Angeles in 2014.”
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