Qantas has just announced that they plan to open their next flagship lounge at London Heathrow Airport. The new Qantas Lounge London Heathrow will be located in Terminal 3, and is scheduled to open in early 2017.
Qantas Lounge London rendering
London is the location for Qantas’ next flagship global lounge, with construction on a new, dedicated facility at Heathrow Airport to begin in September 2016.
The premium lounge will occupy a split-level space in Terminal 3 that will have capacity for approximately 230 people and offer views over the Heathrow airfield when it opens in early 2017.
Its design will combine the signature features of Qantas’ award-winning facilities in other ports with local touches to make the design and experience distinctively London.
The press release explains that the following passengers will be eligible for lounge access:
- Qantas Club members;
- Qantas Business and First Class passengers
- Platinum One, Platinum and Gold members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program
- Passengers travelling in tiered cabins on partner airlines with a QF code
Curiously oneworld flyers are excluded, which I would guess is an oversight, since it would be the first time that Qantas isn’t allowing oneworld flyers into their lounges.
Qantas has been doing a fantastic job with their new lounges, including in Los Angeles and Hong Kong.
The Qantas First Class Lounge Los Angeles is exclusively for oneworld first class passengers and oneworld Emerald members, and has a Neil Perry inspired restaurant, similar to the Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney.
The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong is shared between first & business class passengers. While most of the food is served through the buffet, the food is still excellent, and the architecture lovely.
The renderings of the new Qantas Lounge London look lovely, and it sounds like this will be a similar facility to what Qantas has in Hong Kong, in the sense that the lounge will be shared between first & business class passengers.
Even though I don’t plan on flying Qantas out of London, I’m really excited about this new lounge. American also operates out of Terminal 3 at London Heathrow, and as of now you have three lounge options as a oneworld flyer at Terminal 3:
- The Cathay Pacific Lounge, which is presently undergoing a long overdue renovation, meaning it will likely be styled similarly to the Cathay Pacific Lounge San Francisco
- The British Airways Lounge, which has decent enough food, but is otherwise desperately in need of a refresh
- The American Flagship Lounge, which is nice for an American Airlines lounge, but otherwise not really competitive
American Flagship Lounge London
I assume the Qantas Lounge London will also be available to those traveling with other oneworld airlines, as is policy at all other Qantas Lounges. We’ll have to wait for confirmation on that, and also will have to wait and see if the lounge is open when American flights operate.
While I don’t love Qantas’ onboard product, I find their lounges to be exceptional, so am very excited to see that they’ll be expanding their footprint. Hopefully oneworld passengers will also have access to the Qantas Lounge London.