EXCLUSIVE | The Qantas Chairman’s Lounge is getting a fresh look, as shown in these ‘sneak peek’ snaps.
What you’re seeing is bespoke furniture for the all-new invitation-only Chairman’s Lounge which is taking shape at Brisbane Airport’s domestic terminal, in the footprint of the old Qantas business class lounge (which has of course expanded into a superb new space).
The photos were shared on social media by Gold Coast fit-out firm Scarchi & Boston, which is crafting furniture for the new-build lounge and also worked on Brisbane’s new Qantas Business lounge.
Slated to open in fourth quarter of this year, the new-look Chairman’s Lounge is clearly moving in a very different direction to the flagship Chairman’s Lounge in Sydney...
… while also a step away from the more colourful vibe of the airline’s Chairman’s Lounge at Melbourne Airport.
The look is lighter, cleaner, and more contemporary, and perhaps less ostensibly ‘look at me’ than the green leather furniture and refined old world gentleman’s club vibe of the ‘classic’ Chairman’s Lounges in Sydney, Canberra and Perth.
It’s not known if this new-look design will find its way to the older Chairman’s Lounges as part of Qantas’ rolling lounge upgrade program, which is expected to see a revamp of the Melbourne business class and Qantas Club lounges for mid-2018 followed by their Sydney counterparts in 2019.
Next on the Qantas lounge roadmap is the split-level London Heathrow lounge, previously due to open by March 2017 but now looking more like an October 2017 ribbon-cutting…
In a first for Qantas, the Perth lounge will include an outdoor terrace with a suitably Aussie-themed BBQ area 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 also worked on the Qantas Dreamliner's seats and cabins, along with the airline's Singapore and Hong Kong lounges.