PREVIOUS | Qantas will unveil slick new lounges at Hong Kong and Los Angeles airports next year, and we've got full details and the first photos.
Well, okay, these are actually computer-generated artist's impressions – but they'll still give you a sneak peek at what's in store. And we like what we see.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge
Set to open in March 2014, the new Qantas Hong Kong Lounge is based on the same concept as the Qantas Singapore Lounge – which includes being a single integrated lounge for all business class and first class passengers (along with Qantas Gold and Platinum-grade frequent flyers and their oneworld card-holding equivalents).
This means there'll be no dedicated Qantas lounge for first class passengers – although Cathay Pacific's excellent The Wing First Class lounge is barely ten minutes' walk away.
However, as with the Qantas Singapore Lounge, there will be some form of 'service differentiation' for travellers booked into first class along with Platinum One and Chairman's Lounge members.
In Singapore that includes a valet service with shirt pressing and a shoe shine, although what's on offer for the Hong Kong lounge is yet to being finalised.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge will be crafted by Sydney-based architectural firm Sumu Design, which also created the airline's Singapore lounge.
And as with its Singapore sibling, it's the wining and dining in the Hong Kong lounge which will see the biggest upgrade.
The menu will be drawn from Neil Perry’s Rockpool and Spice Temple restaurants with regionally inspired Asian flavours and ingredients.
Yum cha trolleys serving dumplings will weave throughout the lounge, with a 'tray around' service and buffet similar to the Qantas' Sydney and Melbourne international business lounges.
The seating will include a communal dining area.
There'll also be a Spice Temple BBQ Bar with views across the airport where customers will be able to enjoy signature cocktails, wines, spirits and a full barista service.
The Qantas Los Angeles Business Lounge
April 2014 will see the staged opening of the new Los Angeles Business Lounge in the recently renovated Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX.
Located on level 5 of TBIT with room for almost 600 passengers it will be more than twice the size of the current lounge, and will be jointly owned by Qantas, Cathay Pacific and British Airways, with Qantas as the managing airline.
This will be followed by a new Qantas First Lounge in the second half of 2014.
Here's the layout for Qantas' new LAX lounges.
So what will they look like inside?
The standout feature will be a circular internal fireplace around which travellers can relax and socialise.
The menu will be inspired by a mix of local West Coast US and Asian flavours, with a view from the dining area into the kitchen.
There'll also be a wine bar offering signature cocktails and bar snacks plus seating surrounding a central glass atrium.
"This multi-million dollar investment in our international lounges delivers on our promise to continually invest in our customers and benchmark Qantas as the airline of choice for global travellers" says Simon Hickey, Qantas International Chief Executive Officer.
“Our customers consistently tell us that Qantas lounges are a key part of their journey. And the success of our new Singapore lounge reaffirms our strategy of investing in international lounges which are just as important for our customers."
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