Qantas travellers into Dallas could be enjoying a new first class lounge if Dallas/Fort Worth Airport moves ahead with plans to build a premium lounge for international travellers.
DFW chief executive officer and former Virgin Australia exec Sean Donohue previously talked of setting up "a world-class international lounge" during a visit to Sydney in April this year.
Donohue is now a step closer to his goal, reports the Dallas Star-Telegram, with a consultancy firm set to "study other international customer lounge offerings at global airports and evaluate possible partners to run a premium lounge at DFW".
The lounge would be located at DFW's Terminal D and run independent of any airline. Airlines would then pay a per-passenger fee for their first class and top-tier frequent flyers to use the lounge.
"One of the things that comes through very clearly from the foreign flag carriers is while our current lounge offering is competitive from a domestic standpoint, it is absolutely not competitive from an international and global perspective,” Donohue said. “We really absolutely have to step up our game.”
Qantas will shift its daily Sydney-Dallas flights to a flagship Airbus A380 on September 29, with Emirates following suit on October 1.
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