Qantas Clubs move to Apple: Windows PCs ditched for new iMacs

By David Flynn, October 26 2010

Qantas is removing all Windows PCs from its Qantas Club lounges and replacing them with an all-Apple fleet.

Under a deal struck between Qantas and Apple Australia, the Australia-wide setup will include all-new iMac desktops plus charging dock stations for iPhones and iPods.

Qantas spokeswoman Sophia Connelly confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that all current Windows-based PCs will be banished from domestic and international Qantas Clubs, although the iMac desktops will be configured for dual-boot so that users can choose to run the Windows or Mac operating system.

Sydney's lounges are the first to make the move to Mac, starting this week. The lounges at Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth will be upgraded in November and Alice Springs, Cairns, Darwin, Hobart and Townsville during December.

While the current scheme doesn't detail plans for the iPad to join the all-Apple rollout it's hard to imagine the touchscreen tablet won't make an appearance at select Qantas lounges for visitors to borrow while they wait for their flight.

Several lounges have already introduced an iPad loan program, most notably Cathay Pacific's newly-opened The Cabin lounge in Hong Kong.


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.

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