Qantas has unveiled plans to open a new First
Lounge and expand its existing Business Lounge at Singapore Changi
With development due to start in April 2019, the
Singapore First Lounge will offer seating for 240 customers.
The existing Business Lounge, which opened in
2013, will also be expanded. Combined, the First and Business
Lounges will offer seating for more than 800 customers, an
increase of 60% on what is available today.
Qantas Group’s CEO, Alan Joyce, said,
“With the return of our 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
Set to open towards the end of 2019, the new First Lounge will be
designed to suit the specific needs of transit travellers, with
shower facilities, a cocktail bar, open kitchen and menu offerings
reflecting the best of Singapore’s vibrant dining culture. It will join Sydney, Melbourne and Los Angeles as Qantas ports with a
dedicated First Lounge.
Singapore is Qantas’ largest hub
outside of Australia, carrying more than 20% of the
airline’s wide body fleet. Qantas operates over 50 return services
in to and out of Changi Airport each week, making it one of the
largest foreign airlines to operate out of the Singapore airport.
From Singapore, Jetstar Group operates 298 weekly return flights
to 26 destinations.
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 regional Australia. A new Melbourne Domestic lounge precinct is
due to open at the end of October.
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