Qantas has thrown open the doors to its new Domestic Business Class lounge in Brisbane, and it is a delight with uprated dining options, and interior design inspired by Queensland.
The new Qantas Domestic Business Class lounge at Brisbane is a huge change from the previous lounge with a luxurious design "inspired by the beauty of Queensland's landscape." For Business Class and top tier Frequent Flyers.
The Domestic Business Lounge is 30 percent bigger than the previous facility and boasts a number of dining features including a cantina serving fresh Mexican dishes, unique to the Brisbane Business Lounge.
Offering seating for more than 350 people, Woods Bagot has designed a space using local materials and a colour palette inspired by Moreton Bay at twilight. Planting and natural light has been maximised to reflect the bright outdoor Queensland lifestyle in the L shaped lounge which faces out towards the runways.
The Qantas Brisbane experience begins with an exclusive Lounge Entry channel which will offer top tier Frequent Flyers an exclusive check-in area, bag drop, security screening and escalator with direct access to the new Lounge Precinct.
However it is the dining options which set the lounge apart. Celebrity chef Neil Perry has designed seasonal menus and introduced a new dining feature, The Cantina, serving freshly made Mexican dishes including empanadas, soft corn tacos, roast sweetcorn and quesadillas.
The lounge will feature a full bar serving premium Australian wines, Rockpool Mixologist-designed cocktails and craft beer, and a wine bar open from midday.
During the early morning there is a barista Vittoria coffee and a hydration station - Quench - a concept first introduced in the Brisbane International Lounge, focusing on hydration before flying by serving non-alcoholic beverages including a Rockpool signature tisane blend and infused water. A generous fresh hot and cold buffet will also be available. There is also a stylish new communal coffee bar within the lounge precinct.
The Qantas Brisbane Domestic Business Class lounge also features a work zone with wireless printing, power and data outlets throughout, Wi-Fi, TVs with Foxtel, shower suites with ASPAR by Aurora skincare products and an AccorHotels service experience.
Qantas has worked with artist Jenna Lee of Brisbane-based Indigenous design agency Gilimbaa who has created a contemporary light and glass artwork called Rhythm of Our Stories.
The artwork is installed in the new communal lounge precinct and represents the teaching, learning and sharing of culture between generations. The light display was created by capturing a dance performance by the Ruska family with bloodlines descending from the Yuggera, Quandamooka and Yugambeh people of South East Queensland. The colours of the artwork are inspired by the fire lit at the beginning of the performance and the pattern on the glass represents the dancers' strong connection to the land.
Qantas Head of Domestic Lounges Helen Gray said the national carrier's investment would raise the bar for premium domestic travel from Queensland's capital.
"This investment is all about offering our customers a premium experience from the moment they arrive at the airport," she said.
"Customers tell us that being able to enjoy a relaxing space with top quality food and wine prior to flying is high on their list when it comes to creating the ideal lounge experience.
The Brisbane Domestic Business Lounge is open to Qantas customers travelling in Business, Platinum and Platinum One Frequent Flyers, eligible oneworld Emerald members and Emirates and China Eastern Platinum customers.