Freshly-cooked pancakes, a fruit salad and a Mimosa: if that sounds like a decent Hawaiian breakfast, then the reopened and refurbished Qantas Honolulu International Business is the place to be.
And let’s be honest and set some expectations here: this is just a refresh, not a sweeping million-dollar makeover.
What travellers jetting from Honolulu to Sydney will see from December 16 is a spruced-up space which reflects its islands locale in everything from decor – including Hawaiian art – to food and drinks.
In a nod to the 11am departure of Qantas flight QF104 to Sydney, the upgraded buffet sports a broader range of breakfast dishes including fruit, pastries and pancakes, with self-serve Bloody Mary and Mimosa stations alongside premium local beers and wines.
Qantas says its Honolulu lounge is open from three hours prior to the first Qantas departure – that is, around 8am – until the last Qantas flight pushes back.
Sadly, this doesn’t align with the 8.30am departure of Jetstar flights to Sydney and Melbourne.
And from December 20 to January 26, Qantas will boost its Sydney-Honolulu flights to a daily frequency “in response to strong demand over the holiday period.”
“We’ve seen really strong interest in our services to Hawai’I, especially over the holiday period, so it’s great that we’re now able to offer the full Qantas experience to our customers on the ground in Honolulu,” a Qantas spokesperson tells Executive Traveller.
As before, access to the Qantas Honolulu International Business Lounge includes passengers in business and first class on Qantas and Oneworld partner airlines, along with Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold, Platinum and Platinum One members, Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald frequent flyers and Qantas Club members.