The new Qantas Club on the Gold Coast is now open at Coolangatta airport.
And thanks to pictures flowing in from Australian Business Travellers readers, we've got a sneak peek for you before AusBT editor David Flynn flies up to the Gold Coast for tomorrow's official opening.
The Gold Coast Qantas Club is a made-over version of the airport's former Jetstar lounge.
To save you from asking about that odd-looking character covered in baggage stickers, it's a delightfully cheeky bit of lounge art from Qantas!
The main artery of the lounge is the food area.
You'll find some food-time seating there, which is already being repurposed for laptops by travellers.
"It's small," AusBT reader Shaun Ewing says of the lounge, adding that he's "not sure how it'll go during peak time".
And if the lighting feels artificial to your eyes, you're not wrong: the lounge is unfortunately windowless.
The work zone in the lounge for passengers who've brought laptops with them is a long rectangular table with pod-style seating for ten.
(What's wrong with actual chairs, frequent flyers' spinal alignment might ask...)
The long has what reader Kai Koenig observes is a "stylishly embedded power plug," but he warns: "Mac users be aware that your white bricks won't fit."
We predict most business travellers will prefer the laptop-on-knees option, especially with power points next to the couch seating.
A separate work area contains a handful of iMac computers and a printer.
The food options are decent enough for a small lounge.
Barista coffee is also on offer, with a selection of wine in the chillers beyond.
Top marks for a separate area for kids travelling from the Gold Coast -- although we could wish that it were soundproofed somehow.
And Qantas has sensibly kept it to fruit snacks in the kids' corner -- so the rugrats won't be hyped up on sugar during your flight. Excellent move, Red Roo.
The lounge's hours cater to Qantas flights, with nearly a two-hour shutdown between 1pm and 3.40 in the afternoon, and going home time well before 6pm.
Business travellers who have to fly Jetstar -- still the majority of the Qantas Group's Gold Coast flights -- may be out of luck.
But how does it measure up to Virgin Australia's six-month-old Gold Coast Lounge? Share your thoughts in a comment below.
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