Qantas has opened a new multi-million dollar lounge at Hong Kong International Airport that features a shirt pressing service and yum cha trolleys offering Chinese tea and dim sum dishes to travellers.
The shirt pressing service, available to First and Platinum One Qantas Frequent Flyers, is part of a new range of services offered by Qantas in partnership with French luxury hotel chain Sofitel, including shoe shining and priority access to showers.
The Hong Kong Lounge also features menus with regionally inspired flavours and ingredients that have been designed by consulting chef Neil Perry. In addition to yum cha trolleys, customers can choose to dine at the Spice Temple BBQ Bar or the lounge’s buffet area. The lounge bar, which offers panoramic views across the airport, features cocktails inspired by Perry’s Spice Temple restaurant in Sydney, Australia, as well as an extensive wine menu and barista service.
Qantas International CEO, Simon Hickey, said, “The Hong Kong Lounge is stylish and contemporary, designed to reflect the colour, vibrancy and luxury of Hong Kong. It’s the perfect environment for our customers to relax and work before their flight. All of our flights from Hong Kong to Australia are overnight, so we know customers will enjoy being able to dine in the lounge before they fly so they can maximise their sleep onboard.”
The lounge seats 300 guests, has 12 showers, a family zone and a “flexible working area”. Hickey said the lounge is part of a “broader commitment” to Hong Kong Airport as a key hub for the region.
“With the A330 fleet upgrade to start by the end of this year, travellers in Hong Kong can look forward to the best in-class experience on flights to Australia,” Hickey added.
Qantas is also working on two new lounges at Los Angeles International Airport in the USA. The Los Angeles Business Lounge, jointly owned by Qantas, Cathay Pacific and British Airways, is scheduled to open by the middle of the year, while the Qantas First lounge is set to open by the end of 2014.