Qantas’ new Brisbane International Lounge officially opened to passengers on Thursday October 20, providing travellers flying from the Queensland capital with a brand new space to relax.
This is the first of a number of new facilities the Australian national carrier will be introducing to Brisbane Airport over the coming months as part of a multi-million-dollar upgrade.
The lounge has been modelled after the award-winning designs of the Hong Kong and Singapore lounges.
The split-level design offers approximately 30 per cent more space than the airline’s previous lounges and has been designed with elements that reflect the state’s natural landscape, from furniture resembling the tropical north to colourful rugs inspired by its reefs and waterways.
Meanwhile, a bespoke glass and light art installation designed by artist Jenna Lee of Brisbane-based agency Gilimbaa, offers an abstract aerial view of Queensland, inspired by indigenous Australian stories and culture.
A new concept called Quench, prioritises passenger hydration prior to flight with non-alcoholic beverages. These include syrups from beverage manufacturer Bickfords and Buderim Ginger, and a signature tisane herbal tea blend by Rockpool.
The food offering includes a hot and cold buffet, as well as a signature breakfast area on the mezzanine level, where chefs prepare dishes to order, from bircher muesli to French toast. Ingredients are sourced from local farmers with a focus on seasonal produce.
Gareth Evans, CEO of Qantas International, said: “This stylish and modern lounge is the perfect space for our customers to relax before their flight. This lounge marks our continued investment in the entire customer journey. We’ve almost finished the refurbishment of our A330 fleet at the Brisbane Maintenance Facility, added new services to Japan and New Zealand, and the domestic terminal lounges are set for a complete redesign in coming months.
“Queensland is one of our most important markets with almost 60 direct international flights departing Brisbane every week. Queensland is where it started for Qantas and we are proud to maintain such a strong presence after 95 years of flying.”
The new Brisbane lounge also offers a business centre, wifi, TV with provider Foxtel, shower suites and a Sofitel service experience, and will be available for travellers flying in Business, eligible Frequent Flyers and oneworld members.
Qantas will be unveiling a new domestic lounge precinct with a Business Lounge and a refurbished Qantas Club with valet service, starting early 2017.