Air New Zealand will upgrade its Auckland and Sydney Koru Club airport lounges with an all-new design borrowing elements from the airline's impressive Star Alliance lounge at LAX.
"We are developing flagship international lounges in both Auckland and Sydney which will be completed to a standard similar to the recently opened Star Alliance lounge at LAX" Air New Zealand general manager Carrie Hurihanganui told Australian Business Traveller.
Hurihanganui says she expects both of the upgraded lounges to be opened "over the next 7-9 months."
Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon is more effusive, telling AFR Weekend “hopefully soon we will have a pretty swish lounge in Sydney, which will be great.”
Air New Zealand manages the Star Alliance lounges at Los Angeles' Tom Bradley International Terminal, which has enjoyed steady praise from passengers and is often cited as one of the world's best airport business lounges.
It's believed the airline considered a scaled-down refresh for its Koru Club lounge at Sydney airport last year but shelved this plan in favour of the ambitious make-over.
The new plan is likely to see the current workstation area with desktop PCs abandoned to free up much-needed space.
The moves will be welcomed not only by Air New Zealand's own passengers but those of partner Virgin Australia, as well as other airlines which share Sydney's oft-criticised Koru Club lounge.
Air NZ's spruiced-up Sydney lounge will join a raft of other new lounges at Sydney including those of Star Alliance partner Singapore Airlines and the newly-opened Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge, along with the forthcoming SkyTeam alliance lounge and two paid-access lounges from the Plaza Premium group.
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