Qantas has opened the doors to its new lounge at Hong Kong International Airport.
The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge contains 300 seats, 12 showers, a family zone and a flexible working area.
It also offers a range of dining options – from the Spice Temple BBQ Bar to yum cha trolleys offering different types of traditional Chinese dim sum, as well as a buffet and locally influenced plate of the day.
The facility is open to first and business class passengers, as well as Qantas frequent flyer members (Gold, Platinum, Platinum One tiers), and Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald cardholders.
For Qantas, Hong Kong remains a key hub within the region and, along with the new lounge, the airline will also be upgrading the cabin products on its fleet of A330s, which it will use to serve Greater China from Melbourne and Brisbane (see news, November 27).
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Simon Hickey, CEO of Qantas International, said the multi-million dollar development is important due to the timing of the carrier's flights between Hong Kong and Australia.
He said: "All of our flights from Hong Kong to Australia are overnight, so we know customers will enjoy being able to dine in the lounge before they fly so they can maximise their sleep onboard.
"The Hong Kong Lounge is stylish and contemporary, designed to reflect the colour, vibrancy and luxury of Hong Kong. It’s the perfect environment for our customers to relax and work before their flight."
Building on the foundation set by the Qantas Singapore Lounge that launched last year (see news, April 2013), the company has once again teamed up with consulting chef Neil Perry to design menus based on his Rockpool and Spice Temple restaurants utilising regionally inspired flavours and ingredients.
Qantas has also partnered with French luxury hotel chain Sofitel to offer a series of services that includes a hosted experience, along with shirt pressing, shoe shining and priority access to shower facilities for first class passengers and platinum one-tier Qantas frequent flyers.
Hickey said: "The new Hong Kong Lounge is testament to our continued investment in the lounge and inflight experiences right across our network. Our customers continue to tell us that Qantas lounges are a key part of their journey and that our international lounges are just as important as our lounges in Australia."