The long-awaited reopening of Qantas’ Los Angeles first class lounge is set for Thursday August 11, as the airline ramps up Airbus A380 flights between Sydney and LAX.
The Qantas Los Angeles International First Lounge is a key part of the premium travel proposition for the airline’s A380 first class – although the lounge also welcomes Qantas’ Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers (and their Oneworld Emerald equivalents) along with elite Chairman’s Lounge members.
The door list also includes first class travellers and top-tier frequent flyers on other Oneworld airlines departing LAX, including American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia and Qatar Airways.
Visitors can once again look forward to a drink at the 48 foot-long Tuscan Carrara marble bar, an a la carte meal in the dining room or just relaxing on the Californian Knoll furniture before their international flight.
From August 11-14 the lounge will be operating on a reduced schedule of 5.30pm to midnight, after which the opening hours will stretch from 6.30am to midnight.
Qantas pulled down the shutters on both its LAX lounges in March 2020 as part of a worldwide closure in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic – and while the LAX business class lounge rolled out the welcome mat in December 2021, the frosted doors of the Los Angeles International First Lounge have remain locked.
Seeing them swing wide open again is “the last piece in the (first class lounge) puzzle,” Qantas Group Chief Customer Officer Stephanie Tully told Executive Traveller, following the reopening of its First Lounge siblings in Sydney, Melbourne and Singapore.
Tully cited recruitment as being one of the challenges for rebooting the international lounge network.
“It’s definitely tough. The world stood still for two years, so to get everything back humming again, to get everyone back working, it takes a bit of time.”