QF9 new departure time

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We're headed to LHR in a few weeks on the retimed QF9 departing MEL at 23:30.

We were quite used to the old departure time and I'm trying to work out what time I should book a car for. Ordinarily we'd arrive 3 hours before to enjoy spa treatments and a late lunch in the lounge. If I look at 3 hours prior now though that has us arriving at the airport at 20:30. What time will the spa be open until? And will we be able to have dinner in the F lounge at 9 or 10 at night?

Alternatively, should we arrive earlier? I recall Sydney was trialling all day check-in but I don't remember seeing anything about this for Mel departures?

Many thanks
 
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We're headed to LHR in a few weeks on the retimed QF9 departing MEL at 23:30.

We were quite used to the old departure time and I'm trying to work out what time I should book a car for. Ordinarily we'd arrive 3 hours before to enjoy spa treatments and a late lunch in the lounge. If I look at 3 hours prior now though that has us arriving at the airport at 20:30. What time will the spa be open until? And will we be able to have dinner in the F lounge at 9 or 10 at night?

Alternatively, should we arrive earlier? I recall Sydney was trialling all day check-in but I don't remember seeing anything about this for Mel departures?

Many thanks

Hi Lounge is open all day as is the Spa however the big issue is First Check in which I understand does not open till 3 and half hours prior to departure. You could do as I did in Thursday evening go with Hand Luggage only then check in on line and you may enter the lounge with a significant amount of time to enjoy in it.

Yes you will definitely be able to dine on the full menu at 9 or 10 or later.

Happy flying and enjoy the lounge
 
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Many thanks. No chance of hand luggage only I am afraid. 3 and a half hours is better than 3, I'll aim for an 8pm airport arrival.
 
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