The new-look space is part of a A$100 million investment into the Australian carrier’s global lounge network.
Qantas frequent flyers with longer layovers in Hong Kong can look forward to some R&R in the newly reopened airside facilities at Terminal 1. Six years after making its debut in 2014, the Qantas Hong Kong International Lounge was closed during the pandemic before undergoing a recent touch-up.
Qantas Chief Customer Officer Markus Svensson said in a statement, “Since we resumed flights to Hong Kong in January, we’ve seen really strong demand. This reopening is part of our increased investment in customer experience across our network, to ensure Qantas customers continue to enjoy the high level of hospitality they have come to enjoy and expect from Qantas.”
With a seating capacity of 290 people, the updated 2,000-square-meter lounge features a warmer color palette and new furnishings by Australian designer David Caon. While the lounge has largely retained its original design, recently added finishes such as tiling and screens have been used to create different zones and a sense of privacy. Passengers will get to soak up views of the apron and the months-old Sky Bridge connecting Terminal 1 with its satellite concourse.
Celebrity chef and longtime Qantas creative director of F&B Neil Perry has designed a new menu of local dishes inspired by regional flavors and ingredients, but he is also bringing back the dim sum trolley and char siu pork, which was a firm favorite among pre-pandemic customers. The lounge’s bar area serves up a wide selection of premium Australian wines, beer, and spirits, along with Neil Perry mixologist–designed cocktails such as the Chi Chi, which blends dark rum with pineapple, lime, and vanilla. Wellness-minded flyers will get their fill of healthy hot and cold drinks at Qantas’ Quench hydration station.
Customers can tuck into a meal inside a formal dining area (featuring a round communal table) or the more relaxed lounge seating area. Corporate travelers will get to catch up on emails in the business zone, which comes fitted with power and data outlets as well as high speed Wi-Fi. Lounge users also have the chance to freshen up before their flight in 12 private shower suites stocked with Li’Tya amenities.
Qantas currently operates a daily return flight between Sydney and Hong Kong on a mix of A380 and A330 aircraft featuring Business Suites with lie-flat beds. In June, Qantas will reinstate Melbourne–Hong Kong flights. These will initially operate three days per week before increasing to four weekly services from mid-July.