Travellers on Qantas' non-stop Perth-London Boeing 787 flights – as well as more pedestrian trips to Singapore and Auckland – will soon be starting their trip from a swish new international lounge with an outdoor terrace and a suitably Aussie-themed BBQ area.
The lounge's patio and barbecue grill will be complemented by a Neil Perry-designed barbecue menu.
"Without leaving the airport we can get a little bit of nature back into our customers," explains designer David Caon, who worked on the Dreamliner's seats and cabins for Qantas, along with the airline's Singapore and Hong Kong lounges.
There'll also be more than a dozen shower suites (especially welcome after the 17½ flight from London and, tipped for late 2018, Paris) and a "wellness facility".
The lounge will open in early 2018 ahead of the March 24 launch of the daily Perth-London flights and cater for business class travellers and eligible frequent flyers – including Qantas Platinum and Gold card-holders (and their Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire equivalents) along with Qantas Club members.
It will be the centrepiece of a new international wing, reportedly at the southern end of Qantas' Perth T4 domestic terminal, which will serve as the hub for Qantas' direct flights to London "and potentially other European destinations in the future," says Qantas group CEO Alan Joyce.
The airline promises "a streamlined immigration and customs area" so that passengers can quickly move between domestic and international flights, along with food and beverage outlets for those without lounge access, and a duty-free store.
Touted as an "integrated domestic and international passenger hub", the combined T3/T4 precinct will be home to all of Qantas' domestic and international flights into and out of Perth.
Qantas will retain its lounge at Perth's international Terminal 1, which has recently been refreshed, for eligible travellers on partner airlines including Oneworld members Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways.