First look: Adelaide’s all-new Qantas lounges

The City of Churches is set to see three swish airport lounges.

By David Flynn, June 7 2024
First look: Adelaide’s all-new Qantas lounges

“Good things come to those who wait”, the saying goes – and by that standard, Adelaide’s new Qantas lounges should be very good indeed.

As previously reported by Executive Traveller, there’s a total make-over for the Qantas Club at Adelaide’s domestic airport, along with the ‘secret’ members-only Qantas Chairman’s Lounge, and an all-new Qantas Business Lounge is also on the way.

And yes, Qantas is behind the clock on all this. Adelaide’s lounge overhaul, first announced in August 2022, promised the redevelopment would “begin in the second half of 2023” with the new Qantas Business Lounge due to “open in stages from 2024.”

While necessary preparation’s been going on behind the scenes, the real work – the stuff passengers and the public can see – is getting underway this month.

The entry to the new Qantas Adelaide Lounge precinct.
The entry to the new Qantas Adelaide Lounge precinct.

What will eventually emerge will be a ‘Qantas Adelaide lounge precinct’, along the same lines as at Brisbane’s domestic terminal, with room for 570 travellers and guests across all three lounges.

Here’s the latest.

Adelaide Qantas Club

The first stage of the project includes a revamp of the Qantas Club, with construction finally set to begin this month, Qantas says.

Throughout the construction phase, the existing Qantas Club will remain open from one hour prior to the first Qantas-operated domestic flight out of Adelaide until the last departure.

However, travellers are certain to be impacted as lounge capacity is temporary reduced – so as one interim measure, Qantas will open a ‘Grab and Go’ station serving barista coffee and  ‘premium breakfast options’ during busy morning peak travel times if the lounges reach capacity.

The current timetable sees the Adelaide Qantas Club expected to fully re-open in mid-November 2024.

Lighter and brighter: a total transformation for Adelaide's Qantas Club.
Lighter and brighter: a total transformation for Adelaide's Qantas Club.

And while it will be physically smaller, due to space being shaved off to accommodate the new Qantas Business Lounge, the airline says “through the redesign of currently under-utilised spaces, the total seating capacity will increase by more than 10%.”

“We’re installing extra seating throughout the precinct to provide more space to work,” says Qantas Executive Manager for Product and Service, Phil Capps.

In addition, “around 80% of seats will have access to power stations and device ports so customers can easily charge up before their flight.”

Adelaide Qantas Business Lounge

Of course, what business class passengers and Qantas Platinum and Qantas Platinum One frequent flyers have been waiting for is the debut of the Qantas Business Lounge at Adelaide.

The lack of a business class lounge has made The City of Churches a noticeable exception in the Qantas domestic lounge network, as the mainland’s only state capital without a dedicated Qantas Business Lounge.

That’s set to change, as the Adelaide loungescape gains a brand new Qantas Business Lounge with a capacity of almost 200 travellers.

The all-new Qantas Adelaide Business Lounge.
The all-new Qantas Adelaide Business Lounge.

No surprise, however, that the arrival of this lounge has also been delayed: Qantas now says the Adelaide Qantas Business Lounge will “welcome its first customers in mid-2025.”

Those visitors can look forward to a design “which takes inspiration from Kangaroo Island’s Flinders Chase National Park.”

Concept images shared with Executive Traveller reveal a spacious open-plan footprint featuring an oversized near-circular bar flanked by high work benches on one side and a series of lounges on the other.

The all-new Qantas Adelaide Business Lounge.
The all-new Qantas Adelaide Business Lounge.

Qantas says the interiors of Adelaide’s new Qantas Club and Qantas Business Lounge “will be inspired by the beauty of South Australia, drawing from the state’s landscapes, culture and iconic food and flavours.”

Adding to the local touch which gives each set of Qantas lounges their distinct flavour and character, the furniture, lighting and natural materials will all be“South Australian-sourced.”

“Our local design philosophy means the new Adelaide Lounge Precinct will celebrate the best of South Australia,” Qantas exec Capps says.

“From the furnishing and artworks through to the premium food and beverages, we want to give our customers a taste of South Australia every time they fly with us.”

Adelaide Qantas Chairman’s Lounge

Then there’s the lounge which Qantas doesn’t like to talk about: the Qantas Chairman’s Lounge.

These lounges are discrete havens for member of this invitation-only program – including politicians and power-brokers, execs from the top end of town and big spenders on Qantas flights, along with assorted celebs.

Like the Qantas Club, the Adelaide Chairman’s Lounge has seen better days – it’s not scrappy by any stretch, of course, it’s just tired and dated, and certainly falls short of the standard set by the other capital city Chairman’s Lounges, especially the flagship at Brisbane designed by David Caon.

It’s not known if Caon will be lending his talents to the Adelaide Chairman’s Lounge, which was previously slated for a full upgrade for 2025.

08 Feb 2018

Total posts 160

In the scheme of things it’s not that much of a delay is it?

Etihad - Etihad Guest

19 Jun 2019

Total posts 22

Someone mentioned that while the lounges are having a makeover Platinum guests can use the chairman lounge. Does anyone know if this is true?

31 Mar 2014

Total posts 382

Highly unlikely

Jetstar Airways - Qantas Frequent Flyer

24 Aug 2018

Total posts 109

Nice suggestion buckburn, but the way the company currently operates, I very much doubt that. By the way, what constitutes a big spender to obtain an invitation to the secret Chairwoman's lounge?

Etihad - Etihad Guest

19 Jun 2019

Total posts 22

Some dreams are free

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 May 2014

Total posts 464

This has happened previously during a lounge redevelopment in Perth T4.  It was a while ago though.

QFF

12 Apr 2013

Total posts 1524

Actually all dreams are free :-)))

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Feb 2017

Total posts 14

Just a little mistake in the article. Adelaide isn't the only capital city without a business lounge. Hobart and Darwin also don't have one. I don't expect them to have one either. 

QFP

22 Jan 2013

Total posts 95

Any special food offerings, like noodle bar in Melbourne for the Business lounge?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Feb 2015

Total posts 386

Please upgrade food offerings to match the quality of the architecture.

JJ1
JJ1

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Sep 2015

Total posts 29

Looks impressive

01 Jul 2021

Total posts 38

Huh Qantas caring about Adelaide that's rare.

QFF

12 Apr 2013

Total posts 1524

Qantas still not flying anywhere overseas from Adelaide. Sydney and NSW Airline Service not even flying to Brisbane third populous place in Australia!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Feb 2015

Total posts 386

Not flying to Brisbane from where?

QFF

12 Apr 2013

Total posts 1524

AFAIK there is no QF service ADL-BNE

PK
PK

03 May 2012

Total posts 121

If the demand was there, they would fly it. Am as critical of QF as the next person when they fall short, but they are not operating a charity. They don’t run international flights that are 80% empty, and that will not attract premium fare paying passengers. There are many advantages to living in smaller cities, but you cannot have your cake and eat it too.  Even Qatar only runs a foreign government subsidised empty service to get landing rights to other cities in Australia. 

08 Jun 2024

Total posts 1

What a bunch of crap. There is absolutely demand. Qantas's Adelaide - Singapore route which they cancelled in 2013 was always full to the brim because I used to fly it. There was demand then, and there's demand now. Its just discrimination from qantas to Adelaide. 

Hopefully this new lounge means international flights are on their way back

QFF

12 Apr 2013

Total posts 1524

Lets say it politely - I am respectfully disagree. Somehow Air New Zealand, Fiji Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines plus few LC can find demand where QF cannot. Since deregulation and privatization QF became very greedy and they do not like operate any route where they cannot extract maximum profit from. IMHO they do not deserve to be called National Flag Carrier for few decades.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Nov 2018

Total posts 107

Doesn’t seem like much of delay to me. Just have a look at the multiple public works going on around the country that are delayed. Severely delayed.

We could do without the chairman lounge though. I don’t see why Qantas (its shareholders, and loyal, full fare paying customers) should fork out for politicians to have a private lounge.


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