Qantas is set to splurge on its lacklustre Sydney international business class lounge with a multimillion dollar upgrade taking the crowded space from drab to fab.
Staged construction work will begin in the third quarter of this year and stretch through to the end of 2019, resulting in "a completely new design" offering more than 30% extra seating and what the airline promises will be "a new signature dining experience" from resident chef Neil Perry.
The new-look lounge itself will developed by David Caon – whose recent work for Qantas has included its Boeing 787 Dreamliner cabins, lounges Singapore and Hong Kong, the Brisbane Chairmans Lounge and the upcoming International Transit Lounge in Perth – in collaboration with Australian architecture firm Bates Smart.
“Our Business lounge in Sydney is one of the most visited on the international network, so we look forward to upgrading the space with a completely new design and a lot more capacity,” said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce in announcing the project.
“Our customers have told us that ample space, privacy and ambience are what they value most in their lounge experience, so the overall design of the new lounge will be tailored with this in mind.”
This will obviously leave Melbourne's international business lounge as the odd one out, with travellers no doubt hoping the dungeon follows Sydney in receiving its own makeover ahead of the Flying Kangaroo's 100th anniversary in 2020.
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