Australian Business Traveller understands that passengers booked into first class on the Qantas superjumbos which will fly to Sydney and Melbourne from March 2018 will receive the same perks as Platinum One frequent flyers (and Chairman's Lounge members), which amounts to
- real champagne (usually Veuve Clicquot)
- priority access to showers
- shirt pressing, and
- shoe shine service
This is part of what Qantas calls its "tailored host experience" provided by the lounge's Sofitel staff.
It's not known if any additional services will be provided to first class passengers.
However, a Qantas spokesperson confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that "at this stage there are no plans to build a First Lounge in Singapore."
"We have an award-winning lounge in Singapore that our customers love," the spokesperson said. "It has been designed with future growth in mind and will be able to support the extra customers using the space as a result of the network change."
The Singapore lounge was the first of Qantas' new-look 'premium' lounges intended for business class passengers, Gold and Platinum-grade frequent flyers and Qantas Club members - rather than operating seperate lounges for business class and first class.
The introduction of daily Airbus A380s from Sydney and Melbourne to Singapore will not only add first class into the lounge's mix but significantly boost the number of passengers with access to the lounge.
Total capacity on the Sydney-Singapore leg will increase by 39% when the double-daily Airbus A330 flights become an A330 and A380, from 542 seats per day to 755 seats per day, with the number of premium cabin passengers – those travelling in business and first class – almost doubling from 56 seats to 106 seats.
Melbourne will also see its current allocation of ten A330 flights per week become a daily A380 and A330, with many of the superjumbo passengers arriving at 6pm expected to connect to the Singapore-London QF1 flight departing at midnight.