While it has been operating a couple of weeks, Qantas has now officially opened the Singapore First Lounge. The lounge spreads out over 1,000 square metres at Singapore’s Changi Airport.
The new First Lounge will operate in tandem with the existing International Business Lounge. This should help to reduce some of the crowding issues the business lounge has had recently.
The Singapore International First Lounge
The new lounge is designed with a capacity for 240 customers. It offers a bespoke experience for Qantas’ First Class passengers and top tier frequent flyers.
As with other Qantas Lounges, the lounge features a number of local influences. As is often the case, this is reflected in the look and feel of the lounge, and the food and beverage offering.
Dining and Bar
An open kitchen will serve up a Rockpool a la carte seasonal menu designed with Singapore’s vibrant dining culture in mind. Local delicacies like a signature tea smoked duck breast with pickled cabbage and Chinese mustard and a laksa with crayfish, bok choy, and fried shallots, along with customer favourites such as the salt and pepper squid with green chili sauce.
The lounge also features a cocktail bar with lounge seating, serving French champagne, seasonal spritzes, unique cocktails inspired by Singapore. For example, there is a Calamansi Mojito – made from the local Calamansi fruit. On top of that, there are Singaporean and Australian beers and a variety of Australian wine.
Non-alcoholic healthy beverages such as kefir and kombucha, barley water and a Rockpool ‘House Lemonade’ are available. In addition, there is an all-day barista service with Vittoria coffee and a selection of savoury bar snacks and fruit.
Wellness continues to be a major inspiration and the new Qantas First Lounge brings the outside in. Live greenery features throughout the lounge to soften the space and bolster the atmosphere. In addition, the use of natural materials and colour palettes is designed to help relax customers.
A unique faux ‘skylight’ in the shower suites and lounge area will replicate natural daylight and help adjust the body clock as customers transition through multiple time zones.
Business travellers have the choice to work in an open, communal setting or individual lounge chairs with high dividers. USB and charging ports are located throughout the lounge, with wireless printing, Wi-Fi and TV screens for customers to stay charged and connected.
The new premium space is Qantas’ fourth First Lounge across its global network, joining Sydney, Melbourne, and Los Angeles. The opening is part of the multi-million-dollar investment for customers on its Singapore services and complements the expanded Qantas International Business lounge at Changi, which combined now offers seating for more than 800 customers.
I am currently planning to visit the lounge within the next month. After that visit, I will provide a post about my visit to the lounge.