Gourmet meat pies will be on the menu at the Qantas Club this month, with the airline kicking off a series of ‘pop-up dining experiences’ at its domestic airport lounges.
Sydney travellers will be the first to take part in the trial, which will see Qantas partnering with Merivale for in-lounge tasting of Bert’s Pies, ‘the ultimate meat pie’ created by Alex Woolley, head chef at Merivale’s three-hatted restaurant est.
The pies will be served from a pie cart in the Sydney Qantas Club on September 12 from 3pm to 6pm.
Other pop-ups will follow at other Qantas Clubs including Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, with the airline looking to work with local “food innovators” in each city, although Qantas says that resident superchef Neil Perry will also be taking part.
“We’re looking for something in bit special with our pop-up meals” says Helen Gray, Head of Domestic Product & Service.
Each meal will be matched with a wine from the Qantas Club’s selection, although Gray agreed with Australian Business Traveller that a cold beer could be the best match for the pies.
In other news from the Qantas lounge front, hospitality chain Accor – parent company for the Sofitel, Pullman and Novotel brands – will take over management of all Qantas Business Lounges and Qantas Clubs later this year.
Melbourne’s two lounges will come under Accor’s wing from November, with Sydney and Brisbane to follow in the December-January period.
Accor already runs Qantas’ Sydney and Melbourne first and business lounges, along the the recently-opened Qantas Singapore Lounge.
Gray told Australian Business Traveller the move reflects Qantas’ increased focus on customer service.
“Accor has a very similar philosophy about customers to Qantas” Gray said. “We’ve been working with them from the very start of the Qantas First lounges and they’re the best at what they do.”
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