Qantas has pushed back the opening of its new Los Angeles first class lounge to "early 2015".
The airline confirmed the revised date at today's official opening of the Qantas Los Angeles Business Lounge, having previously set its sights on a ribbon-cutting for the Qantas Los Angeles First Lounge by the end of 2014.
The new 200-seat Qantas First Lounge at LAX is expected to open in January 2015 and is being modelled on Qantas' outstanding Sydney and Melbourne first class lounges, including restaurant-grade food from Neil Perry's Rockpool Group.
It will also be home to first class passenger on Oneworld partners British Airways and Cathay Pacific, along with travellers holding a Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum card or its Oneworld Emerald equivalent.
The Flying Kangaroo is keeping its cards close to its chest on specific features of the Qantas Los Angeles First Lounge, except to boast that it will be "world class."
For example, there's been no word if the lounge will include a day spa similar to that of the airline's first class lounges at Sydney and Melbourne.
The opening of the new Qantas First Lounge at LAX will be accompanied by an extension to the new business lounge, adding some 200 seats to the business lounge – which is jointly owned by BA and Cathay Pacific – along with a dedicated dining room, a wider range of food, seven extra shower suites and a family zone.
The total footprint for the combined business and first class lounges will sprawl across Level 5 of the newly renovated Los Angeles International Terminal, with capacity for over 800 travellers.
Qantas reportedly passed on the terminal's lounge space now used by Star Alliance – which has room for around 400 passengers and a total footprint of 1,675 square metres (18,000 square feet) – because the area was simply too small.
Qantas, British Airways and Cathay Pacific together run nine flights each day from LAX, with four of those being on passenger-packing Airbus A380 superjumbos.
Australian Business Traveller is attending the opening of the Qantas Los Angeles Business Lounge as a guest of Qantas.
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