The national carrier’s Sydney International Business Lounge will undergo a multimillion dollar rebuild, providing travellers with a completely new design, at least 30 per cent more seating and a new signature dining experience.
This latest in a series of lounge upgrades was announced along with several other investments including new interiors for the QantasLink regional aircraft at its half year results today.
The flagship Sydney International Business Lounge will introduce a new Neil Perry dining experience, with an interior design inspired by Sydney’s unique lifestyle and geography.
Creative concept of the lounge will be developed by David Caon in collaboration with Australian architecture firm Bates Smart. David Caon is the principal designer of the Qantas Dreamliner interior as well as the airline’s lounges in Singapore and Hong Kong, the Chairmans Lounge in Brisbane and the upcoming International Transit Lounge in Perth.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the lounge investment demonstrated the airline’s commitment to world class customer service and leading design.
“Our Business lounge in Sydney is one of the most visited on the international network, so we look forward to upgrading the space with a completely new design and a lot more capacity,” said Mr Joyce.
“Our customers have told us that ample space, privacy and ambience are what they value most in their lounge experience, so the overall design of the new lounge will be tailored with this in mind.”
Construction is scheduled to start in the third quarter of this calendar year and will be completed in stages to allow ongoing lounge access, targeting completion at the end of 2019.
Features will include:
- Neil Perry designed dining concept;
- Full-service bar;
- Generous business facilities and high speed Wi-Fi;
- Dedicated family zone;
- Service experience by Sofitel; and
- Luxury bathroom facilities.
Since 2014, Qantas has made significant improvements to more than 30 domestic and international lounges, including the recently opened Qantas London Lounge and Brisbane Chairmans Lounge. New lounges are currently under construction at Melbourne Domestic Airport as well as in Perth Airport in preparation of the inaugural direct Perth to London service beginning 24 March 2018.
The Sydney International Business Lounge is open to customers travelling in the Business cabin, Gold Qantas Frequent Flyers and above, Qantas Club members, Emirates Gold Skyward Members and above and those with equivalent oneworld tier benefits.
Qantas operates 175 flights to more than 20 international destinations from Sydney every week.