Qantas will open a dedicated first class lounge at Singapore’s Changi Airport in early December 2019. Our Executive Traveller guide aims to answer high flyers’ questions about the long-awaited Qantas Singapore First Lounge.
Does Qantas have a first class lounge at Singapore?
Not at the time of writing, but it's not far away: the Qantas Singapore First Lounge (to use its proper name) will be officially opened by Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce on Monday December 2, 2019, just in time for the busy December travel season.
This will be only the fourth Qantas First Lounge in the airline’s network, alongside Sydney, Melbourne and Los Angeles (we can't seriously include the Auckland first class lounge in that set.)
It's not known at this stage whether Qantas will offer paid access to the lounge outside of its peak period, as it currently does for the LAX first class lounge at A$215 per visit.
Where will the Qantas Singapore First Lounge be located?
The Qantas first class lounge will be located at the opposite end of Singapore’s Changi Airport Terminal 1 to the Qantas business class lounge (although to walk between the lounges will take less than five minutes), close to the T1 Aerotel hotel and swimming pool. This puts the Qantas Singapore First Lounge closer to the terminal’s D gates, which are often used for Airbus A380 flights.
What will be the main features of the Qantas Singapore First Lounge?
With room for 240 guests, expect plenty of seating – especially in the dining area, which will see an influx of passengers during the evening ahead of Qantas’ wave of flights from Singapore to Australia as well as during the stopovers of QF1 and QF2.
The Qantas Singapore first class lounge will feature an à la carte dining menu, along the same lines as its Sydney, Melbourne and Los Angeles siblings, and an open kitchen where guests can watch their meals prepared to order. Expect to see favourites from the Qantas first class lounge network, including the iconic salt and pepper squid, along with some local Singaporean favourites.
In addition to the main marble-clad bar at the dining room there’ll be a smaller second cocktail bar closer to the lounge’s entrance, to which passengers can adjourn after their pre-flight dinner or supper.
Travellers will also find plenty of combined AC and USB power sockets plus a variety of seating, from plush armchairs to shared sofas, banquettes and raised laptop-friendly benches.
At the opposite end to the dining room is a slightly more private area with U-shaped banquette seating and a ‘virtual skylight’ overhead, which has been designated as a nominal VIP zone, “that we might set aside for some Chairman’s Lounge members (and) VIP passengers if necessary,” suggests David Caon, who is designing the lounge for Qantas.
The perforated panelling – made from sheets of the same European oak as the other Qantas First lounges – "is a design element that sort of flowed across from the Brisbane Chairman's Lounge, where I started to experiment with a lot of first class architectural finishes,” Caon tells Executive Traveller.
“It’s also very interesting for me from a regional aspect, I think it looks a bit like a screen, which gives a bit of a sense of Singapore.”
Also evident are the plants and more hints of a lounge’s tonal palette. “We're trying to create a sort of a lighter palette that’s sort of softer and blends in with the greenery, which is very Singapore and important for wellness as well as that regional aspect of the design,” explains Caon.
“But it’s also having a sort of tonal difference. A lot of what we're also trying to focus on is texture, so rather than having a lot of contrast and a lot of different colours we're trying to bring a really nice texture to everything, so that everything is quite tactile and beautiful.”
Will the Qantas Singapore First Lounge have a spa?
Unlike Qantas’ Sydney and Melbourne first class lounges, the Singapore First Lounge won’t have a spa. Qantas says the lounge “is being designed to suit transit travellers” rather than those who have several hours to spend before a flight.
Instead, there will be spacious well-appointed shower suites with include blue LED lighting panels to help travellers reset their body clock when hopping between timezones.
Who can use the Qantas Singapore First Lounge?
The Qantas Singapore First Lounge will be open to first class passengers on Qantas’ Airbus A380 flights from Sydney, Melbourne and London. This will include the Singapore transit stopovers of the flagship QF1/QF2 Sydney-London flight.
First class passengers on other Oneworld airlines departing from Singapore will also enjoy access to Qantas’ Singapore first class lounge – this includes British Airways flight BA12 (Singapore to London) and BA15/BA16 (between London and Sydney, via Singapore).
Frequent flyer access to the Qantas Singapore First Lounge
Access to the Qantas Singapore First Lounge will also be extended to Platinum and Platinum One members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program and members of the invitation-only Qantas Chairman’s Lounge, as well as travellers holding a complimentary Qantas First Lounge invitation. This covers not only Qantas flights but travel on Jetstar Asia.
Top-tier members of other Oneworld airlines whose status is equivalent to Oneworld Emerald will also be able to visit the Qantas Singapore First Lounge as long as they’re travelling on a Oneworld airline.
What will be the Qantas Singapore First Lounge’s opening hours?
Qantas’ Singapore first class lounge will adopt the same opening hours as the business class lounge, from mid-afternoon to when the QF1 flight to London departs close to midnight.