Air New Zealand opens new Perth Airport business class lounge

Air New Zealand opens new Perth Airport business class lounge

Air New Zealand opens its all-new Perth Airport lounge this week, adding a fourth classy lounge to its Australian network.

The lounge will share a similar design to its east coast siblings in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, which in turn draw from the contemporary look of the Kiwi carrier's flagship lounge in Auckland.

With room for over 110 travellers, the 441m²  lounge offers a self-service buffet and drinks station and a café as well as business, lounge and quiet areas, with windows overlooking an internal atrium.

In addition to serving as pre-flight digs for Air New Zealand's daily Boeing 787-9 flights to Auckland and a seasonal service to Christchurch, the lounge will also be open to eligible travellers on Star Alliance airlines out of Perth, such as South African Airways and Thai Airways. Fellow Star Alliance member Singapore Airlines will retain its own SilverKris lounge at Perth Airport.

The Air New Zealand lounge will open to the public on Tuesday December 5, following a media preview and ribbon-cutting on the Monday afternoon prior.

Perth Airport will see a second shiny new lounge open in March 2018 at the 'international wing' of Qantas' Perth domestic terminal for the airline's non-stop Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights to London, as well as more pedestrian trips to Singapore and Auckland.

Qantas will also retain its recently-refreshed lounge at Perth's international Terminal 1 for travellers on partner airlines including Oneworld members Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways.

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9 Comments

  • Yanni

    Yanni

    4 Dec, 2017 11:20 am

    Do you think SQ passengers be allowed entry, or will they be sent back to the (small & underwhelming) SilverKris lounge?
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  • David Flynn

    David

    4 Dec, 2017 12:03 pm

    Eligible passengers on Star Alliance flights – such as business class travellers and those with Star Alliance Gold-grade status – are entitled to use the business class lounge of any Star Alliance airline, so there should be no reason why Singapore Airlines loungers will not be able to visit the Air New Zealand lounge.
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    resreal

  • cavemanzk

    cavemanzk

    4 Dec, 2017 04:26 pm

    Subject to the NZ lounge being open at times SQ flights depart e.g. SQ214 departs at 1730 and SQ226 at 1415, while NZ176 departs ay 1855.

    Typically NZ lounges in smaller ports are open 2.5hours before an NZ flight or contracted flight.
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  • Steve987

    Steve987

    4 Dec, 2017 12:16 pm

    I still don’t understand why Airlines, rather than alliances, have lounges in situations like this. Surely Star Alliance passengers of all carriers would be benefited by a collaborative approach?
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  • tlukec

    tlukec

    5 Dec, 2017 06:56 am

    Steve987, I think it has a lot to do with promoting a carrier’s own brand. A much better “look” to have a passenger surrounded by your own identity than that of a competitor, even if in the same alliance.
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  • Steve987

    Steve987

    5 Dec, 2017 08:58 pm

    Yeah, I get that re say SQ now going to the NZ lounge. Might query is more why they don’t just have a general Star Alliance branded lounge and coinvest in it. It seems logical to me to share the cost of running a lounge in non-home ports like Perth.
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  • Michael Reade

    MikeAir

    4 Dec, 2017 03:03 pm

    Sounds like prep for PER-LHR-PER direct flights on 789
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    cavemanzk

  • Chris Fox

    foxc1

    4 Dec, 2017 03:17 pm

    the new QF lounge is in T3
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  • gravity

    gravity

    4 Dec, 2017 07:00 pm

    Any idea if the following works
    Flying AirNZ but ticketed through SQ (Econ) however I hold Platinum status with VA???
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  • aviation

    aviation

    4 Dec, 2017 08:00 pm

    I could be wrong, but I didn't think lounge access depended on who you booked/ticketed with. So in your case, as a VA platinum flying NZ you should be fine.
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  • Kevin Jackson

    Kevin Jackson

    4 Dec, 2017 08:28 pm

    This is great news. Air N.Z have a great deal of class and taste. They are " proper" lounges.
    No longer must we use the boring QF lounge
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  • grov

    grov

    4 Dec, 2017 09:26 pm

    One less user of the T1 QF lounge. Now wondering if the others (two?) will be sufficient to keep the QF lounge open.
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  • Damien  Greene

    Fatherdamo

    4 Dec, 2017 10:59 pm

    I wonder if etihad will start using this lounge given their partnership with air nz?
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  • Morgan Judd

    Mjudd

    5 Dec, 2017 11:37 am

    Has anyone heard any more about the potential of ANZ starting direct Perth - Europe flights?
    Seems an overkill to open a lounge for only one flight a day (most of the year). Then again Qantas have a lounge that they won't even use shortly.
    I suppose Perth is currently a hub for passengers wanting to get to South Africa, and SAA will be using the lounge.

    Very nice lounge all the same.
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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    5 Dec, 2017 12:05 pm

    This rumour was (incorrectly) started by 6PR in Perth a few months back where the station broadcasted that AirNZ would be launching Perth-London flights to compete with Qantas. I contacted AirNZ at the time and the official response was "Hi Chris, we have no current plans to operate direct flights from Perth to London."
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