QF Sydney T1 First Lounge

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  1. chooms

    chooms Member

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    Well I am sitting here at the runway end of the T3 Qantas Club waiting for my up-down flight to Canberra.

    I cannot help but notice across the other side of the runway the new Qantas First lounge with its sleek black exterior - the only thing new at this airport in god knows how many years.

    Just wondering if anyone has been in there yet? Will find out for myself in July when I head to NY for a conference but I was wondering how people compare it to others such as Pier in HK?

    Havent travelled First with QF for some time (couple of years) as I have not been overseas except via a BBJ or GlobalExpress private jet and am assuming that it is exactly the same.... ie just like J is for domestic - same old same old.
     

  2. simongr

    simongr Enthusiast

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    It opens this week 23 May. There is a thread here (search for closures) and the pre-opening reviews tag it as stunning :)
     
  3. IainF

    IainF Member

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    Hooly Dooly.. John Howard has started posting !! or maybe Mr Packer...:D
     
  4. Mr_Gimlet

    Mr_Gimlet Member

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    I am hoping for a dry run preview on Tuesday, but not holding my breath!
     
  5. chooms

    chooms Member

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    Hahaha... not quite. I don't own them... i just fly in them because of my work - and before you ask I am not going to divulge;)

    And just for the record - I flew Y SYD/CBR this evening... not J.
     
  6. moa999

    moa999 Senior Member

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    #6 moa999, May 20, 2007
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    So any 'domestic' flights at reasonable hours (pref weekends) that people can experience the lounge.

    qf136 - MEL about 6am
    qf175 - BNE about 8am
    qf167 - CNS about 8am

    Doesn't appear to be anything in the afternoon/ evening?
     
  7. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    Perhaps you mean BNE (Brisbane) rather than BRI (Bari, Italy)?
     
  8. rhjames

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    I used the new Sydney 1st lounge a few weeks ago. It was certainly a great experience. My wife and I were treated to an excellent dinner. It's certainly true that it's worth going early and making an outing of it. I didn't have time for the massage etc. We were given a guided tour.

    However, as an engineer, I am inclined towards practicality and value for money. I wouldn't have noticed that all the marble blocks on the floor matched. The real estate dedicated to the garden walled entrance is nice, but seems a waste of space. After all, it's an airport.

    It's a great improvement over the previous lounge, which wasn't much different to the business lounge. But is it worth the cost? I'm not convinced there is a payback. For me, flying first is all about the air experience - after all, that's where I'm spending 24 hours in one place. I'm happy to have fast check in, and a comfortable place to sit, lie down and have a drink and reasonable snack.

    I'd prefer a business/first immigration line to reduce the waiting than a massage in the lounge.

    I can't justify the cost of 1st, but as platinum I enjoy the lounge and occasional upgrade. I won't be spending additional thousands for the experience.
     
  9. simongr

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    I believe that there is now express immigration for WP FFers (not sure about OWE).

    Cheers
    S
     
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  11. serfty

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    My thoughts are that oneworld Emeralds have access to First Class Check-in; there they would be given the Express pass.
     
  12. rhjames

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    That would be nice. I certainly didn't get an express pass last trip (May). Where is the express immigration - is that the one on the right as you go into immigration - used to be for 1st and business class? I thought it was for air crew now.
     
  13. d15.in.oz

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    Yes - in SYD on the right, left in MEL & BNE (just to confuse us Sydneysiders I am sure).


    Look for the ribbon like "e" logo...

    It is for APEC, groups, domestic, staff & express customers... first class customers (when escorted) make their way directly to the front of the queue, as do staff, although they seem to escort themselves LOL.

    It's a new system (well using existing processes), also changed is incoming immigration - an officer now seems to meets people as they come off the plane/walk down the arrivals hall, and directs you to the appropriate lane (this person also writes the customs/quarantine check code on your arrival card).
     
  14. serfty

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    This is a 'new' thing. It being tested at MEL, SYD and one other airport.

    I first came across it using the MEL F checkin are two weeks ago.
     
  15. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    Received an express pass in MEL 3 weeks ago, during the F lounge run, even though we did not use first checkin.

    I still have the express pass and I can almost see these appearing on e-bay or coupon connection soon.
     
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