Qantas has exclusivity in mind when it comes to its newest lounge. The Australian carrier is in the process of planning a new first-class lounge at Singapore Changi Airport called First Lounge. All other types of travelers won’t be allowed to enter. Are you going to be among the lucky few who get to check out the new lounge space? Take a look at what we know about Singapore’s First Lounge as of right now.
Qantas plans to put its newest lounge inside Changi’s Terminal 1. First Lounge will be located in the wing for the airport’s D gates. You may remember that Qantas currently has a business-class lounge located near the C gates inside Changi. That lounge will be staying right where it is. However, the new first-class lounge will help to eliminate congestion at this spot. Guests have been dealing with overcrowding issues at the business lounge ever since Qantas crowned Singapore as the hub for its London Airbus A380 flights. Qantas Club cardholders and some Gold-grade members have actually been turned away from this lounge during peak hours in recent months.
First Lounge will be built in an area that’s right next to the airport’s rooftop swimming pool. It will also be pretty close to the Aerotel transit hotel that’s already there. You might be thinking to yourself that the new lounge will be tucked away pretty far from the main foot-traffic areas inside the airport. You’re quite right. The lounge will actually be located at the very far end of Terminal 1. That means that you’ll need to pass through the passport checkpoint and immigration before taking a right turn and walking for a solid two minutes prior to arriving at the lounge. Luckily, Changi is providing an escalator that will bring passengers to the upper level of the terminal near D41.
Don’t bother trying to get a peek at the new Qantas lounge at Changi if you’ll be passing through Singapore during upcoming holiday travel. There’s nothing to see as of right now besides some bare walls and drab carpeting. That’s because work on the pricey project won’t officially begin until April of next year.
When will the new first-class Qantas lounge open in Singapore? The lounge is due to be open by some point before the end of 2019. That means that you could be sitting on a stool at the lounge’s impressive cocktail bar this time next year. The lounge will offer seating for 240 passengers at a time. In addition to a cocktail bar, it will also feature shower facilities and an open-concept kitchen. The menu at the lounge will be developed to represent the best of Singapore’s culture and cuisine. Qantas is also currently investing in plans to upgrade its lounges in Tokyo, Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane and other locations.
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