Qantas has officially launched its newest First Lounge at Singapore’s Changi Airport and as expected, it is ultra-sleek. The new space, which spreads over 1,000 square metres, offers bespoke comfort for Qantas’ First Class passengers and top tier frequent flyers.
Designed by Australian designer David Caon in collaboration with Kelvin Ho, the new build has the capacity to seat 240 customers, including a 157-seat à la carte restaurant.
The space has been cleverly divided into zones dedicated dining, relaxing and working and features unique faux ‘skylights’ across the bathrooms and lounge area that replicate natural daylight. Flagship finishes of Carrara Marble and European Oak make up the decor, with interesting new textures and custom materials.
Extra Singapore influences can be seen in the use of greenery and with the restaurant’s culinary offering.
“The Singapore food scene is one of my favourites in the world. The iconic hawker markets and fine dining restaurants inspired us to design a menu that gives customers an authentic taste of Singapore without leaving the airport,” said Neil Perry, Qantas Creative Director of Food.
The menu will be seasonal and attempt to cater to passengers at different stages of their trip, whether they may be craving breakfast or dinner. There will also be a cocktail bar with lounge seating serving Singapore inspired cocktails and beers and a variety of Australian wine.
Singapore is currently Qantas’ largest hub outside of Australia, with over 50 return services running in and out of Changi Airport each week. So it’s only fitting that transit travellers with Qantas can now enjoy a little luxury at the busy airport.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce says that the new lounge is a reflection of the airline’s extensive premium investment in the region.
“Since our A380 flights have returned to Singapore, we’ve seen an increase in demand for premium travel which has also translated to an increase in the number of travellers enjoying our lounge hospitality.”
“Our customers told us their key priorities when travelling through or from Singapore is space to relax and do some last-minute work, a quick shower, and a meal before departure so they can maximise their sleep onboard,” Alan Joyce added as a nod to the design direction for Changi Airport.
The new build at Changi Airport is now the airlines fourth Qantas First Lounge, joining Sydney, Melbourne, and Los Angeles.