Qantas First Lounges by Marc Newson

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Australian airline Qantas has launched a microsite about its new Qantas First Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne international airports, designed by Marc Newson.

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The site feature photos of the lounges (shown here), 3D computer fly-throughs and a video of Newson talking about the lounges, which opened in May.

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Here is the press release from Qantas:

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Qantas Airways Opens New First Class Lounges

LOS ANGELES - May 22, 2007

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Sydney and Melbourne International Terminals Welcome The Best In The World Qantas First Class customers can now experience a range of luxuries from chair-side waiter service to complimentary spa treatments in the airline's new First Class lounges in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. The new flagship lounges have been designed by internationally renowned Australian industrial designer Marc Newson.

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Qantas Airways Senior Executive Vice President, Wally R. Mariani, The Americas and Pacific, describes them as "simply the best in the world."

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"The services offered in our new lounges are equal to those found in the world's best five star hotels and restaurants," said Wally R. Mariani. "For example, a full concierge service can help customers book a restaurant in any city around the world or get tickets to the latest Broadway musical," he added.

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Nearly everything has been designed by Marc Newson specifically for the lounges and manufactured by leading international craftsmen. Even the music has been specially created to complement the atmosphere and function of each area of the lounge.

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Features of the Sydney lounge include:

  • Huge American oak sculptures that separate the lounge space into defined areas;
  • A Payot Paris day spa offering a range of complimentary treatments from a 30-minute express energizing facial to a 50-minute full body massage;
  • A 48-seat open kitchen restaurant with menus by Neil Perry;
  • Chair-side waiter service throughout the lounge;
  • A library stocked with a selection of newspapers and magazines, best-selling books and board games, including chess and backgammon;
  • A dedicated entertainment zone with banks of plasma screens showing local and international news, sports and weather, and a Sony Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable entertainment systems offering a selection of games and movies;
  • A vertical garden designed by international botanist Patrick Blanc featuring more than 8,400 individual plants;
  • Luxurious individual marble-lined shower suites with individual stereo volume and lighting controls, radiant heating to reduce condensation on the mirrors and luggage racks;
  • Exclusive furniture and luxurious finishes, including leather lounge chairs, recliners, and sofas by Italy's Poltrona Frau, dining chairs and tables by Cappellini, Tai Ping wool carpets from Hong Kong, marble from Carrara and quartzite from Switzerland; and
  • State-of-the-art business facilities with 11 PC workstations, complimentary wireless internet access, power and data points throughout the lounge and two private work suites with conference facilities and plasma display screens.

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"Lounges are an important part of differentiation for long haul international travelers, which is why we have drawn on the knowledge of world leading experts and brands to deliver the most luxurious atmosphere for our customers," said Wally R. Mariani. "These initiatives are part of a progressive luxury product upgrade being rolled out in anticipation of the airline's Airbus A380 fleet being delivered from 2008," he added.

Luxury hotel group Sofitel manage the lounges with staff trained through its specialized Acadamie Accor hotel school.

Additionally, Qantas launched a new premium check-in service at Sydney and Melbourne international terminals, with First Class customers checked in prior to arriving at the airport and greeted at the curb by a Qantas First Host and porter, coinciding with the lounge openings.

The First Class lounge is located on level four of the Sydney International Terminal and was designed to comply with both Flying Star Feng Shui and classic Feng Shui elements.

About Qantas Airways

Qantas Airways is a global air carrier with more than 200 aircraft offering service to 142 destinations in 40 countries. Founded in 1920, Qantas Airways in 2004 celebrated 50 years of continuous flying between North America and Australia. Offering more non-stop flights to Australia and New Zealand than any other carrier, Qantas provides convenient connections from its gateways in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Honolulu.

Recently acknowledged with the 2006 Avion Award for Best Overall In-flight Entertainment, Qantas has long been recognized for its continued focus on excellence in the air as well as on the ground. Qantas' Business class Skybed sleeper seat received the prestigious Chicago Athenaeum Museum 2004 Good Design Award, and its creator Marc Newson, was just named Designer of the Year by Design Miami.

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  • Nuno

    I dig Marc Newson! Yet… this could be better! ;)

    Anyway, his spaceship design is great!

  • joachim diaz

    My god Marc

    What I read in Monocle you really screwed Quantas on this one. You must have been able to buy yourself a lot of nice white lines for that shitty job. 20 Mio Dollars flushed down the toilet.
    The interiors really suck. No new ideas. At least you got the cash to retire now.

  • Jon

    That is lame by any standards. Australians are blind patriots and this an example of the emperors new clothes.

  • jessica

    This is old news – like 2 months old

  • tarkovski

    oh lallah! Gagarin would love it!

  • David

    I am also a fan of Newson and I think he was “the man” towards the end of the nineties. I think his work has matured and evolved being more brand orientated but unfortunately he has lost all of the qualities that made him “marc Newson” ex: sculptural roots with highly original spacey forms and great detailing. His recent work lacks punch and looks like something Karim rashid might do on a very good day.

  • Ren

    Hey Marc thanks for not calling me back that time in 1993 !

  • SMITTY

    Is this an old project from 95 that he’s reserected ?

  • derza

    Get off your surfboard Marc your wave just crashed into the rocks !

  • jessica

    why all the fuss – what other airline lounge looks this good

  • Popeye

    Its not the point of “what other airline lounge looks this good” Its just that we all know Marc Newson can Is capable of so much more, especially with that huge budget and in a first class suite !.

  • fiona

    not helped by a not very first class animation piece, the melbourne one looks like a 70s style open plan office

  • greeny

    The “vertical garden wall” by Mr Blanc is sublime !

  • roadkill

    like the set for a 007 film