Qantas First Lounges to Reopen

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Is there any transit traffic through international airports? If there is, are passengers allowed into lounges and how would they be separated? Or are transit passengers kept completely away from all lounges and transtasman pax?
 

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If you have spent the last 14 days in Australia and New Zealand and have an exemption to leave Australia to travel you could depart Australia and transit via NZ. Not many would be eligible to do that.

I read that some flights from LHR stop in Singapore with passengers staying on the plane and then fly on to Australia.
 

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Is there any transit traffic through international airports? If there is, are passengers allowed into lounges and how would they be separated? Or are transit passengers kept completely away from all lounges and transtasman pax?
Any passengers transiting are not on these bubble flights or able to access the general airside part of the airport.
 

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Is there any transit traffic through international airports?
There is apparently a tiny amount going from NZ -> AU - > elsewhere however as they're from the green zone they're allowed into the terminal.

As others have said there meant to be separated however there have been a few instances of this not happening but this was before the two-way bubble and has apparently this process has been "fixed", the flight in question was SQ288 a route that has since been ended.

There is still the issue with crew... in both AU/NZ airports there is a chance you may see a foreign crew checking in at a desk and proceeding through normal security to the gate. Both AU/NZ has said this is low risk and that they're "escorted" through the terminal however media reports suggested this wasn't the case.

It'd be interesting to know what's going on in Brisbane with the Qatar flight. The flight lands from Doha at 5pm but continues to Auckland at 7:45pm. Australian protocols say that all passengers even those continuing on the same aircraft need to be rescreened if the aircraft originated from outside Australia.
 
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Was on the DOH-BNE-AKL flight in March and in BNE the crew ex DOH got off and went off to quarantine in their own bus. There was a fresh crew from BNE to AKL and (IIRC) back to BNE, but the BNE-AKL flight was leaving about 5 hours later then.

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What could you do for 5 hrs in the airport? Anything open for transit dirty passengers?
 

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which airport?
 

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BNE, It wouldnt be my first choice to do a long haul and then have 5 hours in an airport with no lounge or shops. What was open and how did you survive?
 
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Qantas has worked with a distillery to create a new Centenary Gin "QF100".

For those visiting the F lounge in the coming months, a new coughtail dubbed "Longreach Fizz" featuring it will be available in First, Brisbane International and Chairman's lounges over the coming months.

Over the coming months, Qantas will feature the gin in a signature centenary coughtail named the “Longreach Fizz” for customers visiting the Qantas International First lounges in Sydney and Melbourne, the Brisbane International Lounge (which recently reopened as part of the two-way bubble with New Zealand) as well as the six domestic Chairman’s lounges.

Details here: https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/m...pillars-team-up-to-produce-a-high-flying-gin/

No word of it making an on-board appearance, but there's a whole other thread on that topic 😬
 
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What was open and how did you survive?
The newsagent, a souvenir shop and the subway outlet were open airside for departing pax, before green zone flights. This is what BNE claims is open now.

I boarded in BNE and didn't transit. I think transit pax from NZ couldn't access the airside departures area at all and were corralled downstairs. There are no outlets down there for departing flights.
 

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Qantas has worked with a distillery to create a new Centenary Gin "QF100".

For those visiting the F lounge in the coming months, a new coughtail dubbed "Longreach Fizz" featuring it will be available in First, Brisbane International and Chairman's lounges over the coming months.



Details here: https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/m...pillars-team-up-to-produce-a-high-flying-gin/

No word of it making an on-board appearance, but there's a whole other thread on that topic 😬
Ethyl alcohol with fruit juice and herbs doesn't stir me.
 

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Qantas has worked with a distillery to create a new Centenary Gin "QF100".
I'm flying on Tuesday so It'd be great to try some but I doubt it's been rolled out that quickly.

They should also sell some via Duty Free!
 

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Is there any transit traffic through international airports? If there is, are passengers allowed into lounges and how would they be separated? Or are transit passengers kept completely away from all lounges and transtasman pax?

In NZ, and I understand also in Australia, the international terminal arrival and departures areas are segregated into red and green zones. Green zone is for the bubble. Red zone for everyone else.

Since the trans-Tasman bubble opened there have been zero trans-Tasman red flights.

Those arriving on red flights and connecting to another international flight are not able to visit lounge. Those in the bubble and departing to any country (red zone or green zone) can visit lounge.
 

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Since the trans-Tasman bubble opened there have been zero trans-Tasman red flights.
QR898 BNE-AKL would be a red flight. I suspect the return as QR899 would also be.
 

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Qantas has worked with a distillery to create a new Centenary Gin "QF100".

For those visiting the F lounge in the coming months, a new coughtail dubbed "Longreach Fizz" featuring it will be available in First, Brisbane International and Chairman's lounges over the coming months.



Details here: https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/m...pillars-team-up-to-produce-a-high-flying-gin/

No word of it making an on-board appearance, but there's a whole other thread on that topic 😬

Thanks for sharing, have gone off four pillars they are too mainstream now, bought out by foreign manufacturers too so give them a miss.

I will try it in the lounge of course, once, for research purposes :)
 

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QR898 BNE-AKL would be a red flight. I suspect the return as QR899 would also be.
According to media reports QR does not have local traffic rights, so only passengers will be those flying all the way between DOH and AKL. I don't think those flying BNE-AKL are allowed in the regular part of the terminal in BNE and certainly not at AKL.
 

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I have a memory of distant past where we could spend 4 hours in transit doing lounge hops, just because we could. Transit doesn’t have the same appeal at the moment
 

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Arrived to a pretty full SYD 1st Lounge this morning around 7:30. A wait for tables but shown to a reserved section for CL/WP1.

By the time we finished breaky, the dining area had all but cleared.

It might have been a Monday morning thing but a portent to J lounge reopening?

Meanwhile, Pommery was flowing freely.
 

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I will be in the lounge on Friday 14 May at about 8:00 am. Thanks for the heads-up. Two flights depart about 9:00am, two at ~9:30am and one at 10:00am, my flight.
 

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I will be in the lounge on Friday 14 May at about 8:00 am. Thanks for the heads-up. Two flights depart about 9:00am, two at ~9:30am and one at 10:00am, my flight.
The time I was there: LAX (AA), AKL, CHC, ZQN and NLK. With another AKL and WLG from 10am.

I suspect the 0900 Monday morning AKL flight was picking up a lot of status PAX.
 

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