The new lounge will feature a cocktail bar, an open kitchen with a la carte dining, as well as a Singapore-focused menu.
Development will start in April 2019, giving Qantas seating capacity for more than 800 customers across both lounges. The team behind the new First Lounge encompasses industrial designer David Caon and Akin Atelier, as well as chef Neil Perry, who has been behind a number of the airline’s recent culinary revamps.
Guests can expect the First Lounge to embody a focus on sustainability in its layouts, amenities, interior lighting, and materials used. On the F&B front, the lounge will feature a cocktail bar, an open kitchen with à la carte dining, as well as a Singapore-focused menu. While additional features have yet to be revealed, the airline has confirmed that the facility will come with showers.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said: “With the return of our [Airbus] A380 service to Singapore we’ve got more passengers transiting through our existing lounge and strong demand for travel in premium cabins.”
“Our top-tier Frequent Flyers tell us their pre-flight lounge ritual is one of their trip highlights and the Singapore First Lounge will be no exception. For people taking an onward flight it will be a place to refresh, dine, make calls and catch up on emails before continuing their journey.”
In addition to Qantas’ investment in Singapore, the airline recently announced it will upgrade its lounges in Tokyo, Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane, Hobart, and Tamworth in the Australian state of New South Wales. Meanwhile, a new Melbourne Domestic lounge precinct is due to open at the end of October.
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