First look: Air New Zealand's Perth Airport Star Alliance lounge

First look: Air New Zealand's Perth Airport Star Alliance lounge

With Air New Zealand's Perth Airport business class lounge now open for travellers, what's in store behind that frosted glass door?

In short: an impressive pre-flight experience for the Kiwi carrier's business class passengers, top-tier frequent flyers and Koru Club members – and their equivalents on other Star Alliance airlines – before their six hour trek to Auckland.

The lounge is located past Perth Airport's duty-free retail zone, just before you head down the escalators towards the recently refurbished and extended part of the airport, with windows overlooking an internal atrium.

A variety of seating provides room for some 110 travellers across the lounge's 441m² footprint, which is divided into well-defined areas such as the dining space...

... open lounge areas...

... and many quieter nooks.

However, a lot of the single couches seemed to me to be a little close to one another.

There are no surprises in the design: black, grey, white and purple punctuate the lounge, leaning on Air New Zealand's own palette and taking cues from its cousins in SydneyMelbourneBrisbane and of course Auckland.

Special fixtures including a 'wave rock'-inspired lighting feature complement images of the New Zealand landscape.

A full buffet is available in the dining area, with an extensive selection that changes four times each day, from breakfast through to supper and menus cycled monthly throughout the year. The lounge also serves up Christchurch's home pride Hummingbird Coffee.

AC and USB power sockets are liberally sprinkled throughout the lounge...

... along with wireless charging points to top up the latest smartphones from Apple and Samsung, among others. This is a particularly tech-forward approach from an airline which regularly trumpets itself as an innovator.

Internet speeds blaze at around 14Mbps in both directions.

There's no dedicated room for members of Air New Zealand's by-invitation Elite Priority One tier, although the airline says it can make available a reserved area to keep VIPs at arm's length from the rest of the lounge crowd.

Need to freshen up before your flight? Head for the roomy shower suites, which boast Antipodes amenities.

Air New Zealand tells Australian Business Traveller that its Perth lounge will open at 4am – three hours before the 7am departure of flight NZ178 to Auckland – and close after the departure of the final flight for the day, which will nominally be 7pm for NZ176 to Auckland or 11.30pm for the seasonal NZ162 flight to Christchurch.

Alongside the SilverKris lounge of Singapore Airlines, this means there are now Perth international airport lounges for Star Alliance members to choose from.

This includes business class passengers on the Perth flights of Star Alliance members Singapore Airlines, South African Airways and Thai Airways, and Gold-grade frequent flyers travelling in any class on any Star Alliance airline.

Additional material by David Flynn

Matt Jelonek

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Matt Jelonek is an Australian-based photographer who enjoys travelling the world – he prefers long-haul international flights to short pesky domestic flights – and 'living life scenically'.
 

9 Comments

  • bmstbs

    bmstbs

    5 Dec, 2017 12:52 pm

    This looks a world above the existing, rather terrible SilverKris Perth lounge. Would love to have access to this one before heading off on SQ flights, but I imagine their opening hours would mean that won't be the case.
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  • aturnbull

    aturnbull

    5 Dec, 2017 02:24 pm

    As it mentions the menu changes 4 times a day, perhaps they will close the SQ lounge and guests will come here? Their schedules seem to align ok and a capacity of 110 should cover at least 2 simultaneous flights in a 2hr window
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  • Chris_PER

    Chris_PER

    5 Dec, 2017 04:30 pm

    Definitely not. SQ operate 4x daily.
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  • aturnbull

    aturnbull

    5 Dec, 2017 11:55 pm

    Definately not?
    We know TG and SA will likely move across as per a previous ausbt report, which does mention this as a new star alliance lounge (notably highlighting that SQ wont make the move) however, the current SQ lounge only has max capacity for 70 guests and if you look at the flight times

    NZ-AKL (0700, 1855)
    NZ-CHC (2325)
    TG-BKK (0925/1630 alternate days)
    SA-JNB (2345)

    SQ-SIN(0110, 0640, 1415, 1730)

    Seems to me that the flights are spaced apart just enough to make it work (lets say avg 50 pax per flight eligible, avg pax 2hrs prior)

    Even if you add in the odd scoot pax(not sure if eligible) they depart 1900-2100 on varied days

    It wouldnt be ideal, I know but it is possible. So I wouldnt be saying definately...
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  • devilish

    devilish

    5 Dec, 2017 06:18 pm

    Are Perth to Auckland/Christchurch considered trans-tasman flights? If so, is it safe to assume that velocity lounge members will be allowed into the lounge before travelling on the Auckland/Christchurch services?
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  • aviation

    aviation

    5 Dec, 2017 07:55 pm

    Yes it is and yes they will
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  • devilish

    devilish

    6 Dec, 2017 10:38 am

    Thankyou Aviation!
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  • Rod Harmer

    Rod H

    6 Dec, 2017 07:09 am

    Well !!, not before time. The old lounge was absolutely appalling . Small , dark and horrible food etc. Worst lounge in OZ but this certainly looks quite good. My family put Air NZ down the list of preferred Airlines because their lounge in Perth was so bad . This might change their minds .

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  • aviation

    aviation

    6 Dec, 2017 10:41 am

    This is Air NZ’s first lounge ever in Perth. They used the Qantas lounge previously so I wonder if that’s what your family might be referring to.
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  • Brian Kirkham

    Supertech

    6 Dec, 2017 03:52 pm

    Looks great, will be better than SQ for people who prefer non-Asian cuisine, and the facilities are impressive.
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  • Kevin Jackson

    Kevin Jackson

    6 Dec, 2017 08:36 pm

    Will look forward to using it in February.
    The Lounge in Auckland is fabulous.
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  • callan17

    callan17

    6 Dec, 2017 10:53 pm

    If you simply have a business class ticket on an SQ flight, will you be able to use this new lounge?
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  • David Flynn

    David

    6 Dec, 2017 11:14 pm

    Yes, business class on SQ and any other Star Alliance member gets you through the door of the AirNZ lounge.
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    callan17

  • Steve Adams

    Lurch

    6 Dec, 2017 11:38 pm

    Looking forward to having a look at it & Auckland in April 18.

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  • Rod Harmer

    Rod H

    7 Dec, 2017 06:47 am

    " aviation " . My apologies you are quite correct. It was SQ's lounge that I was thinking about. It was absolutely awful so maybe I did not want to think too hard about it. We have used the QF Lounge that Air NZ used prior to the new one and it was quite nice but did have fairly limited range of food and beverages. This new one is the go and I hope SQ takes note unless they already have a new lounge in Perth.
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19 Dec, 2017 09:31 am

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