Qantas will upgrade its Auckland airport lounge to what CEO Alan Joyce hopes will be "the best lounge in New Zealand" – even when measured against Air New Zealand's impressive flagship lounge.
The new Qantas Auckland Lounge lounge will follow in the footsteps of the airline's other stylish international lounges at Singapore, Hong Kong and Los Angeles (below), and be available to Oneworld partners including American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines and LATAM.
Auckland is Qantas’ most popular international destination due to high trans-Tasman traffic, however the current lounge is generally regarded by travellers as among the worst in Qantas' international network.
But it'll be a matter of good things coming to those who wait, with the new lounge unlikely to open before the end of 2016 – and certainly not before American Airlines begins its daily Auckland-Los Angeles Boeing 787 service in June 2016.
"We have Auckland on the plan, it's a question of when we'll do it" Joyce told Australian Business Traveller during a press conference to announce the extension of the Qantas/American Airlines joint venture to Auckland-LAX.
"We'll be talking to (Auckland Airport) about how that's going to work to refurbish that lounge, and make that like the other (international) lounges."
"We'd like to have the best lounge in NZ, but these things take time," Joyce added.
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