Australia’s flag carrier has also signed a new deal with Accor to manage its global network of airport lounges for the next seven years.
A year after their closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic and sweeping travel restrictions, Qantas’ First lounges in Sydney and Melbourne and its International Lounge in Brisbane are now ready to welcome visitors when the trans-Tasman travel bubble with New Zealand launches on April 19.
Until the reopening of the airline’s international Business lounges, Qantas will be inviting business-class customers, Gold frequent flyers, and Qantas Club members to visit the First lounges, where travelers can enjoy an à la carte dining experience created by celebrity chef Neil Perry. Popular menu items include salt-and-pepper squid with green chili dipping sauce, bircher muesli, and the signature pavlova. As Qantas lounges in New Zealand remain closed, Platinum and Gold frequent flyers as well as Qantas Club members will be offered access to Air New Zealand lounges in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said in a statement, “If you’re making a comeback, you should do it in style. That’s why we’ve decided to open our First lounges ahead of our other lounges and give more of our customers the opportunity to experience them.”
The airline says it has reopened nearly all of its 35 Qantas Club and domestic Business Lounges across Australia, alongside its Chairman’s lounges. Qantas plans to open the remainder of its international lounges in the country and overseas when its international flights beyond New Zealand resume in late October.
Australia’s flag carrier has also announced that it has extended its 14-year partnership with Accor by another seven years, giving the French hospitality giant the right to continue managing its global network of domestic and international lounges.
In the same statement, Accor Pacific CEO Simon McGrath added, “Customers will continue to enjoy an unrivalled standard of service from our two much-loved brands. In Qantas we have an innovative tourism leader at our side; together we share a commitment to creating exceptional and memorable travel experiences on land and in the air.”
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