Artist's impression of new Qantas Singapore First Lounge. Image: Qantas.
Artist’s impression of new Qantas Singapore First Lounge. Image: Qantas.

Qantas will finally open a dedicated First Class lounge in Singapore, addressing the overcrowding problem plaguing the current lounge. But the new Qantas Singapore First Class Lounge won’t be open for another year.

The new Singapore lounge will include seating for 240 passengers. Qantas promises a “luxurious” design for the lounge, which will offer “premium a la carte dining”.

Work on the new Qantas Singapore First Class lounge will commence in April 2019. The lounge is expected to open in late 2019 – hopefully in time for Christmas next year. The lounge will be newly built, and not an extension of the current Qantas Lounge.

Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers with Qantas, as well as Qantas First Class passengers flying to Sydney, Melbourne or London, will have access to the new lounge. Eligible frequent flyers will have access when flying with any Oneworld airline, as well as Jetstar or even KLM if booked on the new Qantas/KLM codeshare service to Amsterdam.

The current Qantas Singapore Lounge, which is a combined Business and First Lounge, is overcrowded most evenings. In fact, Qantas Club members are regularly being turned away at the door. The lounge overcrowding in Singapore has been a problem ever since Qantas resumed flying to London via Singapore (instead of Dubai) and upgraded one of its daily Melbourne-Singapore flights to an Airbus A380 back in March 2018.

Qantas already offers additional services to First Class passengers and Platinum One frequent flyers in its Singapore Lounge. This includes reserved seating, table service and a “secret” drinks menu including champagne. But the new, dedicated Qantas Singapore First Class Lounge will provide a much better overall experience in a less crowded space.

The new First Lounge will take some pressure off the existing lounge, which will become a Business Lounge for Gold frequent flyers, Business Class passengers and Qantas Club members. Qantas is also adding a small amount of additional seating to the current lounge.

AFF members have welcomed yesterday’s announcement.

Great news! QF should have anticipated this before switching back to flying the A380 to SIN but nice to hear they are going to take action.

It is exciting indeed, probably would persuade me to consider Singapore as a stopover to Europe.

Until the new Qantas Singapore First Class Lounge opens, there are still some alternatives to the current Qantas Lounge in Singapore. If you’re flying Business with a Oneworld airline, or have Qantas Gold, Platinum or Platinum One status, you can access the nearby (and much quieter) British Airways lounge. Qantas passengers may also have access to the excellent Emirates Lounge in Singapore.

Qantas currently operates First Class lounges in Sydney, Melbourne and Los Angeles.

Join the discussion on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: New Qantas SIN F Lounge [due end 2019]

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