Air New Zealand opens new Perth Airport business class lounge

By David Flynn, December 4 2017
Air New Zealand opens new Perth Airport business class lounge

Air New Zealand opens its all-new Perth Airport lounge this week, adding a fourth classy lounge to its Australian network.

The lounge will share a similar design to its east coast siblings in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, which in turn draw from the contemporary look of the Kiwi carrier's flagship lounge in Auckland.

With room for over 110 travellers, the 441m²  lounge offers a self-service buffet and drinks station and a café as well as business, lounge and quiet areas, with windows overlooking an internal atrium.

In addition to serving as pre-flight digs for Air New Zealand's daily Boeing 787-9 flights to Auckland and a seasonal service to Christchurch, the lounge will also be open to eligible travellers on Star Alliance airlines out of Perth, such as South African Airways and Thai Airways. Fellow Star Alliance member Singapore Airlines will retain its own SilverKris lounge at Perth Airport.

The Air New Zealand lounge will open to the public on Tuesday December 5, following a media preview and ribbon-cutting on the Monday afternoon prior.

Perth Airport will see a second shiny new lounge open in March 2018 at the 'international wing' of Qantas' Perth domestic terminal for the airline's non-stop Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights to London, as well as more pedestrian trips to Singapore and Auckland.

Qantas will also retain its recently-refreshed lounge at Perth's international Terminal 1 for travellers on partner airlines including Oneworld members Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways.

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Aegean Airlines - Miles & Bonus

15 Jun 2016

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Do you think SQ passengers be allowed entry, or will they be sent back to the (small & underwhelming) SilverKris lounge?

24 Oct 2010

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Eligible passengers on Star Alliance flights – such as business class travellers and those with Star Alliance Gold-grade status – are entitled to use the business class lounge of any Star Alliance airline, so there should be no reason why Singapore Airlines loungers will not be able to visit the Air New Zealand lounge.

NZ

13 Aug 2016

Total posts 46

Subject to the NZ lounge being open at times SQ flights depart e.g. SQ214 departs at 1730 and SQ226 at 1415, while NZ176 departs ay 1855.


Typically NZ lounges in smaller ports are open 2.5hours before an NZ flight or contracted flight.

23 Feb 2015

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I still don’t understand why Airlines, rather than alliances, have lounges in situations like this. Surely Star Alliance passengers of all carriers would be benefited by a collaborative approach?

13 May 2015

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Steve987, I think it has a lot to do with promoting a carrier’s own brand. A much better “look” to have a passenger surrounded by your own identity than that of a competitor, even if in the same alliance.

23 Feb 2015

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Yeah, I get that re say SQ now going to the NZ lounge. Might query is more why they don’t just have a general Star Alliance branded lounge and coinvest in it. It seems logical to me to share the cost of running a lounge in non-home ports like Perth.

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

14 Jul 2017

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Sounds like prep for PER-LHR-PER direct flights on 789

Qantas

08 May 2014

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the new QF lounge is in T3

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Jul 2014

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Any idea if the following works
Flying AirNZ but ticketed through SQ (Econ) however I hold Platinum status with VA???

18 Mar 2014

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I could be wrong, but I didn't think lounge access depended on who you booked/ticketed with. So in your case, as a VA platinum flying NZ you should be fine.

This is great news. Air N.Z have a great deal of class and taste. They are " proper" lounges.

No longer must we use the boring QF lounge

QFF

19 Sep 2013

Total posts 157

One less user of the T1 QF lounge. Now wondering if the others (two?) will be sufficient to keep the QF lounge open.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Feb 2017

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I wonder if etihad will start using this lounge given their partnership with air nz?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Dec 2016

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Has anyone heard any more about the potential of ANZ starting direct Perth - Europe flights?

Seems an overkill to open a lounge for only one flight a day (most of the year). Then again Qantas have a lounge that they won't even use shortly.
I suppose Perth is currently a hub for passengers wanting to get to South Africa, and SAA will be using the lounge.

Very nice lounge all the same.

This rumour was (incorrectly) started by 6PR in Perth a few months back where the station broadcasted that AirNZ would be launching Perth-London flights to compete with Qantas. I contacted AirNZ at the time and the official response was "Hi Chris, we have no current plans to operate direct flights from Perth to London."


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