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Old Dec 31, 17, 3:43 am
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Originally Posted by Edgerfly View Post
Since they’re shutting down these routes in March, what are the lounges that are available to go into for a trip at the end of January. I’ve heard the Melbourne lounge is closed?
AKL will continue to have nonstop flights to DXB so I assume the EK lounge will remain open. In any case for January 2018 there are still 3 EK flights daily.

MEL EK lounge was open last time I was there. MEL has several flights, and the one to AKL will continue to operate as DXB-MEL (i.e. just without AKL tag leg).
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Old Dec 31, 17, 3:59 am
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Indeed, MEL still has a number of EK flights to DXB, so no plans to close the lounge there. Are you getting confused with the QF flights which no longer go via DXB?

I suspect AKL will see further flights again at some point, so I doubt they'd close that lounge either.
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I have never been to either city, ever. But I googled “Emirates lounge Melbourne” and it said permenantely closed. And with all the reshuffling of routes there I assumed it could be closed as a possibility. I will be flying between Melbourne and Aucklan at the end of January in F. So I am interested in the lounges. From what I’m reading the best lounges are Emirates, and to stay away from the qF lounges?
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Old Dec 31, 17, 4:22 am
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Originally Posted by Edgerfly View Post
I have never been to either city, ever. But I googled “Emirates lounge Melbourne” and it said permenantely closed. And with all the reshuffling of routes there I assumed it could be closed as a possibility. I will be flying between Melbourne and Aucklan at the end of January in F. So I am interested in the lounges. From what I’m reading the best lounges are Emirates, and to stay away from the qF lounges?
At AKL EK lounge is nicer than QF. At MEL QF F lounge is nicer than EK.
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Old Dec 31, 17, 4:25 am
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Originally Posted by Kiwi Flyer View Post
At AKL EK lounge is nicer than QF. At MEL QF F lounge is nicer than EK.
Thanks for the heads up. I’ll be doing a lot of travel in and out of Melbourne. I will visit both in Melbourne. Are they close to each other?
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Old Dec 31, 17, 4:36 am
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Originally Posted by Edgerfly View Post


Thanks for the heads up. I’ll be doing a lot of travel in and out of Melbourne. I will visit both in Melbourne. Are they close to each other?
Reasonably close. They used to be adjacent but the newish EK lounge is now a couple of gates over from the QF F lounge. Both are one level above departures and well signposted.
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Old Dec 31, 17, 11:34 pm
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I'm almost certain MEL is getting the first refurbished EK outstation lounge in 2018, with a colour scheme to match the new A380 bar.
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Originally Posted by sydtogla View Post
I'm almost certain MEL is getting the first refurbished EK outstation lounge in 2018, with a colour scheme to match the new A380 bar.
Even before JFK?
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Old Jan 1, 18, 1:31 pm
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Even before JFK?
It's the flagship route, no?
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Old Jan 2, 18, 12:27 am
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Originally Posted by Kiwi Flyer View Post
At AKL EK lounge is nicer than QF. At MEL QF F lounge is nicer than EK.
I assume the QF First Class Lounge admits Emirates F pax, and not make them use the J lounge?
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Originally Posted by Edgerfly View Post
I assume the QF First Class Lounge admits Emirates F pax, and not make them use the J lounge?
You should have no problem accessing the QF F lounge (I've done this myself on several occasions). There may be a late EK departure from MEL when the QF lounge is closed (I've not checked recently) but that is not an issue for the MEL-AKL flight.
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Old Jan 3, 18, 4:39 pm
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The MEL lounge is open in the evenings for the ~6pm EK405 to SIN/DXB and the ~10pm EK407 to DXB.

Note EK407 is currently operating AXL-xMEL-DXB.

Tomorrow, the following flights are scheduled:

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Flight Timetables Search: Search From MEL on 05/01/18 
Flight         Stops   Depart            Arrive            Aircraft     Duration         Frequency        Effective        Ending

EK 409         0       MEL 6:00 AM       DXB 1:05 PM       77W          14 hrs 5 mins    Daily            22/12/17         24/03/18
EK 406         0       MEL 8:10 AM       AKL 1:55 PM       388          3 hrs 45 mins    Daily            22/12/17         24/03/18
EK 405         0       MEL 6:45 PM       SIN 11:35 PM      388          7 hrs 50 mins    Daily            22/12/17         24/03/18
EK 407         0       MEL 10:30 PM      DXB 5:40 AM +1    388          14 hrs 10 mins   Daily            22/12/17         24/03/18
Looking ahead to April 27th (After the changes and Daylight savings ends, I see the following in the schedules:

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Flight Timetables Search:  Search From MEL on 27/04/18 
Flight         Stops   Depart            Arrive            Aircraft     Duration         Frequency        Effective        Ending
EK 409         0       MEL 5:00 AM       DXB 1:00 PM       388          14 hrs 0 mins    Daily            01/04/18         06/10/18
EK 405         0       MEL 6:00 PM       SIN 11:50 PM      388          7 hrs 50 mins    Daily            01/04/18         06/10/18
EK 407         0       MEL 9:25 PM       DXB 5:30 AM +1    388          14 hrs 5 mins    Daily            01/04/18         06/10/18
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JFK Lounge

Any updates ref the reopening of the lounge, when is early 2018?
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Qantas F Lounge Sydney - Access Changes

I have always been able to access the Qantas F Lounge when I was transiting Sydney arriving in First on EK and departing in Business on QF to New Zealand (No First on Trans Tasman).

On Friday I was informed that the access rules had changed and I could no longer use the First Lounge as access was now based on the departing flight.
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Old Jan 13, 18, 10:38 pm
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Generally lounge access has been based on the departing flight.

Sometime there is a rule relating to itinerary such as that of oneworld where it is documented that connecting oneworld travel on a 'long haul (over five hours) flight' in First in conjunction with a short haul flight would provide such access. I am aware of no such rule with the QF/EK partnership.

To be honest I am not sure any rule has changed, rather it's that there is no more EK First TransTaman in/out of SYD.

If you had been Skywards Platinum you would have been able to use the Qantas First lounge.
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