Qantas opens new international business lounge at Brisbane Airport

A new lounge at Brisbane International Airport is the first of several new facilities Qantas aim to open in the coming months.

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The new multi-million dollar upgrade gives travellers a stylish and modern place to relax before their overseas flight, Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said.

“It reflects the natural beauty of the Queensland landscape through natural light, furniture and design, offering a new standard in premium travel from Queensland’s capital”.

The lounge interior, 30 per cent more spacious than the previous layout, will also feature a special glass-and-light installation created by Brisbane artist Jenna Lee, which represents Queensland as viewed from above, brought to life through glass, watercolour and lights.

Based on the award-winning concepts of Hong Kong and Singapore, menus will also be inspired by the local region. Neil Perry will be working with local food producers to design seasonal menus.

New concepts include a breakfast buffet window from which chefs will serve Rockpool-designed dishes, including healthy breakfast bowls, bircher muesli and French toast.

Rehydration spot ‘Quench’ will serve a range of non-alcoholic beverages including syrups from Bickfords and Buderim Ginger as well as a signature tisane blend designed by Rockpool. A bar will serve craft beer and premium wine, and all-day barista coffee by Vittoria.

The lounge also features a business centre, Wi-Fi, TVs with Foxtel, shower suites with ASPAR by Aurora skincare products and a Sofitel service experience.

Queensland is an important hub for Qantas, with 60 direct international flights departing Brisbane per week.

A new domestic lounge, Business lounge and refreshed Qantas club – including a new Valet experience – is slated for early next year.

The latest improvement to Brisbane Airport comes after rival Virgin Australia, with Sir Richard Branson, opened a new domestic lounge there last year.

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