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TALKING POINT | This time next year, or probably a little closer towards Christmas, Qantas will open an all-new first class lounge at Singapore's Changi Airport.
Such a lounge has been in demand ever since the Red Roo resumed flying its Airbus A380s from Sydney and Melbourne to Singapore and then onto London, following a five-year flirtation with Dubai as its European hub under the Qantas/Emirates alliance.
Indeed, Qantas has arguably exceeded expectations by embarking on a new-build project rather than carving out an extension to its current already-overcrowded lounge.
That new lounge – which the airline tells us will be located at the other side of Changi Terminal 1, in the D Gates wing – is promised to have seating for 240 customers, including Platinum and Platinum One-grade frequent flyers alongside first class travellers.
Qantas designer David Caon is leading the project – which we rate as a plus, because we're generally fans of his clean, fresh and understated aesthetic (seen by some in Qantas' Brisbane Chairmans Lounge).
But as we enjoy Australia's largest readership of business travellers and frequent flyers – some 800,000+ per month, and counting – we figured it's appropriate to hear what you want from this all-new lounge.
Qantas' existing first class lounges at Sydney, Melbourne and Los Angeles will be obvious reference points in creating their Singaporean sibling, but they will also contain learnings for Caon and co when it comes to shaping this shiny new space.
Qantas has already indicated the Singapore First Lounge will include must-haves such as shower suites, a cocktail bar and à la carte dining "reflecting the best of Singapore’s vibrant dining culture."
But what else needs to be on the list, either by way of what the lounge should have or what it should not have? (We'd suggest 'blaring TVs' for the latter list).
Share your thoughts with other readers (and Qantas, too, because we know they're reading this!) in the comments area below...