Qantas has officially opened its newest First Lounge, a luxury space spread over 1,000 sqm at Singapore’s Changi Airport.
The new First Lounge will operate in tandem alongside the airline’s existing International Business Lounge, providing capacity for 240 customers and a bespoke offering for Qantas’ First Class passengers and top tier frequent flyers.
The new build was designed by Australian designer David Caon in collaboration with Kelvin Ho of architecture and design firm Akin Atelie and features a number of Singaporean influences across the look and feel of the lounge as well as the food and beverage offering.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the opening of the new lounge is a reflection of the airline’s extensive premium investment in the region.
“Since our A380 flights have returned to Singapore, we’ve seen an increase in demand for premium travel which has also translated to an increase in the number of travellers enjoying our lounge hospitality.
“This is our fourth Qantas First Lounge, and each time we build an entire new lounge facility from scratch, we speak to our frequent flyers to get a better understanding of how customers like to spend their time in the lounge and tailor it accordingly. Our customers told us their key priorities when travelling through or from Singapore is space to relax and do some last-minute work, a quick shower, and a meal before departure so they can maximise their sleep onboard.”
An open kitchen will serve up a Rockpool a la carte seasonal menu designed with Singapore’s vibrant dining culture in mind.
The lounge also features a cocktail bar with lounge seating, serving French champagne, seasonal spritzes, unique cocktails inspired by Singapore, like a Calamansi Mojito – made from the local Calamansi fruit, Singaporean and Australian beer – and a variety of Australian wine. View Singapore First Lounge Menu here.
Non-alcoholic healthy beverages such as kefir and kombucha, barley water and a Rockpool ‘House Lemonade’ are available, along with all day barista service with Vittoria coffee and a selection of savoury bar snacks and fruit.
Wellness continues to be a major inspiration and the new Qantas First Lounge brings the outside in. Live greenery features throughout the lounge to soften the space and bolster the atmosphere, while the use of natural materials and colour palettes is designed to help relax customers.
A unique faux ‘skylight’ in the shower suites and lounge area will replicate natural daylight and help adjust the body clock as customers transition through multiple time zones.
Business travellers have the choice to work in an open, communal setting or individual lounge chairs with high dividers. USB and charging ports are located throughout the lounge, with wireless printing, Wi-Fi and TV screens for customers to stay charged and connected.
The new premium space is Qantas’ fourth First Lounge across its global network, joining Sydney, Melbourne, and Los Angeles. The opening is part of the multi-million-dollar investment for customers on its Singapore services and complements the expanded Qantas International Business lounge at Changi, which combined now offers seating for more than 800 customers.
Part of dnata and owned by the Emirates Group, Marhaba Lounge at Changi Airport Terminal 3 is available to all ticketed passengers in any class and on any airline for a small fee.
The 24-hour Marhaba Lounge can accommodate more than 130 passengers.
Established in 1991, the Marhaba brand is part of the Dubai National Air Transport Association (dnata), a major air services provider. It offers airport meet and greet services in Dubai and now operates 12 departure airport lounges in various airports around the world.
Whether you choose to relax in their dnata Lounge at Terminal 1 or to chill out in the brand new Marhaba Lounge in Terminal 3, you’ll find a quiet space to unwind before your flight.
Catch up on work using their business services, or simply enjoy a meal and a drink from their buffet and full service bar.
Join them in the lounge before you fly from Changi Airport to enjoy:
Open 24 hours daily
Large selection of international cuisine, including local favourites
Singapore is getting a new Qantas first class lounge!
Qantas has announced a multi-million dollar investment in a new First Lounge and an expansion of the airline’s existing Business Lounge at Singapore Changi Airport.
With development due to start in April 2019, the Singapore First Lounge will offer seating for 240 customers, a luxurious design and premium a la carte dining with Asian-inspired menus.
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.
Qantas will work with Chef Neil Perry and Industrial Designer David Caon in collaboration with Akin Atelier, to create a relaxing, high quality environment for passengers to either start their international journey or transit through Singapore. The design will embody a clear focus on sustainability with choices in materials, lighting interior, layouts and amenities all reflecting the highest local and international design techniques.
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 per cent 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.
An innovative and seamless travel experience, in addition to a spectacular and spacious lounge, is what Cathay Pacific customers can look forward to when using the brand new Changi Airport Terminal 4.
The opening of Terminal 4 in end-October also unveiled a dedicated Cathay Pacific Lounge, one of the airline’s largest lounges outside Hong Kong, with seating for more than 200 customers.
Terminal 4 takes innovation to the next level by offering Cathay Pacific customers an integrated suite of self-service options, reducing queueing time and speeding up the process right through to boarding.
Passengers will be able to check-in, drop off their bag, clear immigration and board using fully automated systems, thereby ensuring a seamless, stress-free passage and allowing them greater control over how they spend their time at the terminal.
Similar in style to Cathay Pacific’s award-winning lounges at The Pier in Hong Kong, the new Cathay Pacific Lounge at Terminal 4 provides a “living room” environment of understated luxury in which eligible passengers can relax, eat and work before their flight.
Designer furniture and lighting has been carefully selected for practicality, comfort and privacy, while the use of natural materials, plenty of greenery and artworks by local artists add to the lounge’s welcoming atmosphere.
There is also a strong focus on food and beverage services, with the dining area featuring Cathay Pacific’s iconic Noodle Bar, offering a selection of freshly prepared Asian dishes including its signature Dan Dan Noodles and local favourite, Singapore Laksa.
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DFS’ new wines and spirits flagship boutique in Changi Airport Terminal 3 has its very own Raffles Hotel Long Bar in its premises.
The famous bar is one of a few exclusive offerings inside the 11,400 sq ft store. The two-storey boutique was designed by Masamichi Katayama, the renowned Japanese interior designer who was behind the interiors of the Uniqlo branch in Ginza, Tokyo, and the Hyundai Card Travel Library in Seoul.
There are also tasting bars and a private lounge on the first level for hosting workshops on bartending and guided tastings. The second level boasts individual boutiques for nine spirits brands — Absolut, Dom Perignon, Glenfiddich, Hendrick’s, Hennessy, Johnnie Walker, The Macallan, Martell and Penfolds. You can expect visits from master blenders and distillers as well as product launches from these brands.
The former world champion, Jenson Button, became one of the first customers to use the new British Airways Lounge, which is located in Terminal 1 of Changi Airport. The new lounge features the airline’s first ever Concorde Bar – a new area exclusive to first class passengers.
The new lounge caters to customers who live life in the fast lane. It is specially-designed to be an oasis of calm and tasteful luxury, enabling travellers to work or unwind in a relaxing environment.
The main lounge offers buffet counters, free high-speed Wi-Fi, two desktop computers and a wireless printer, plus baggage storage facilities, TVs, bathrooms, baby changing facilities and showers. It is decorated with artwork from Singaporean and British artists.