Qatar Airways is opening a new lounge at Singapore

Qatar Airways' new Singapore Premium Lounge will be another pre-flight pleaser for business and first class flyers.

By David Flynn, September 17 2019

Qatar Airways will open a new lounge at Singapore’s Changi Airport in early 2020, adding another option for business class and first class passengers of the Gulf airline and its Oneworld siblings. This will be the airline’s fifth Premium Lounge outside its bustling Doha hub, and its second in Asia after Bangkok.

Qatar Airways’ Singapore Premium Lounge will be located on the upper ‘lounge level’ of Terminal 1, adjacent to the Emirates and Plaza Premium lounges at the start of the C Gates wing, and is slated to open “in early 2020”, a person familiar with the matter told Executive Traveller.

The lounge is currently under construction in a previously open space and is surrounded by hoardings, but an examination of the T1 floorplan shows it will be approximately the same size as the Emirates lounge – albeit without the runway views, as Qatar’s lounge is located within the body of the terminal.

Qatar Airways Premium Lounge entry area.

Qatar Airways has been approached for comment, while Changi Airport Group spokesman Christopher Teo referred Executive Traveller to Qatar Airways.

This will see four lounges open to eligible travellers on the five Oneworld airlines – British Airways, Finnair, Japan Airlines, Qantas and Qatar Airways – which fly from Changi T1, as the Qatar Airways Premium Lounge will join the British Airways lounge, the Qantas Business lounge and from November 2019, the Qantas First lounge.

The Qatar Airways Singapore lounge experience

The design and facilities of Qatar Airways’ Singapore Premium Lounge will likely be along the same lines as its London, Paris and Bangkok counterparts, which means a refined space with a sense of seclusion.

Qatar Airways Premium Lounges combine Gulf and Mediterranean design influences.

Qatar Airways describes its Premium Lounges as being “more of a boutique hotel or private club than a lounge.” The decor typically embraces the airline’s Gulf routes with an Arabian water fountain and mosaic patterns, as well as a subtle Mediterranean influence.

Passengers should be able to look forward to an à la carte dining room, which is a rarity in any business class lounge and more typically the domain of an upmarket first class lounge.

Qatar Airways Premium Lounge dining room.

Also on the list: a ‘deli counter’ self-serve buffet with a selection of both hot and cold dishes, plus a tended bar with Champagne and made-to-order cocktails.

Qatar Airways Premium Lounge bar.

To freshen up ahead of the eight hour flight to Doha (or even British Airways’ longer 13-hour trek to London), expect several spacious and well-appointed shower suites.

Qatar Airways Premium Lounge shower suites.

Qatar Airways Singapore lounge access

Qatar Airways Premium Lounges are the exclusive domain of business class and first class travellers on the airline and fellow Oneworld airlines.

This means that frequent flyers booked into premium economy or economy  – even Platinum members of Qatar Airways’ own Privilege Club, along with their Oneworld Emerald equivalents (such as Qantas Platinum, British Airways Gold and the like) – won’t be allowed into Qatar Airways’ Singapore lounge. 

Qatar Airways Premium Lounges are generally restricted to first and business class passengers.

Instead, they can expect to be redirected to the nearby British Airways and Qantas lounges, where they’ll be allowed entry under the broader provisions of the Oneworld alliance.

Qatar Airways also enforces a strict ‘smart dress code’ at its lounges. For example, Qatar’s Bangkok lounge decrees that “tattered jeans, shorts, beach ware, vests or revealing clothing and flip-flops (thongs) are not permitted.”

Qatar Airways Singapore lounge opening hours

While Qatar Airways has yet to confirm the opening hours of its new Singapore lounge, its other Premium Lounges generally open three hours before each flight departs.

Qatar Airways currently has three daily flights between Singapore and Doha, each of which features the Airbus A350-100 with its exceptional Qsuites business class.

At the time of writing those flights depart at 2.15am, 10.45am and 9.25pm, which would see Qatar Airways’ Singapore lounge opening hours set approximately as follows:

  • 7.30am to 10.30 (ahead of QR843)
  • 6pm to 9pm  (ahead of QR947)
  • 11pm to 2am (ahead of QR945)

That said, it’s possible that the lounge might remain open all the way from 6pm through to 2am – which could make this a very appealing proposition for eligible travellers on the late night departures of British Airways, Finnair, JAL and Qantas.

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.

AlexTravAddict

AlexTravAddict

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 May 2015

Total posts 72

The photos don't look very enticing, and personally I find the design quite ugly (give me a Qantas lounge anyday). Nor am I seeing any 'Mediterranean' influence, it looks more like arab bling for people with more money than taste. As a Oneworld Emerald with Qantas I can't say I have much respect for Qatar when they treat frequent flyers with such disdain.

Karl

Karl

10 Apr 2016

Total posts 12

100% agree with the comment on how they treat other OneWorld FF

Joe

Joe

03 May 2013

Total posts 374

There is absoluelty zero bling in any Qatar Airways lounges. It is contemporary sophisticated with Arabian influenced touches. You really need to visit a few, namely the Al Safe first lounge in Doha amazing design concept - albeit a little lifeless.

AlexTravAddict

AlexTravAddict

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 May 2015

Total posts 72

Zero bling? The picture above shows a gold fabric chesterfield upholstered wall. That is bling by any definition.

AlexTravAddict

AlexTravAddict

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 May 2015

Total posts 72

Zero bling? The picture above shows a gold fabric chesterfield upholstered wall. That is bling by any definition.

Ross

Ross

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 May 2014

Total posts 91

Nice!

Joe

Joe

03 May 2013

Total posts 374

David you failed to include BEIRUT here with also has a dedicated exclusive Qatar Airways lounge....the same lines as its London, Paris and Bangkok counterparts, which means a refined space with a sense of seclusion.

Jackson

Jackson

25 Feb 2015

Total posts 16

Yep agree re the fact Qatar seem to be a total non-team player when it comes to OW lounge access. I wish OneWorld would step in a bit here (even if they are technically following bare minimum access rules)

Ian_from_HKG

Ian_from_HKG

CX

05 Jun 2012

Total posts 113

From the article: "Qatar Airways Premium Lounges are the exclusive domain of business class and first class travellers on the airline and fellow Oneworld airlines." However, while QR clearly do restrict oneworld status access to their Premium Lounges in Doha, London and Paris (click the "Airport Lounge Exclusions" tab), they do not do so for their Premium Lounge in Beirut (mentioned by Joe above), so that isn't entirely accurate..

Bizarrely, QR's website doesn't mention their new lounge in Bangkok and refers to the Miracle Lounge they used to use!

I have been to the QR lounge in London many times and it is fabulous. I still have the photograph I took of my first meal there - I am not one to photograph my food, normally, but I was so impressed I wanted to do so.

crosscourt

crosscourt

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer - Chairmans Lounge

01 Sep 2011

Total posts 349

And agree with Jackson above but 1W seem anxious to do anything as it would prompt Al Baker to threaten to walk as he painfully does so often.


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