Qantas is opening a brand new first class lounge in London

Qantas plans to open a dedicated first class lounge at London’s Heathrow Airport as the airline continues to move towards non-stop ‘Project Sunrise’ flights from Sydney and Melbourne.

The elegant pre-flight lounge will be located in a different part of Heathrow Terminal 3 than the current Qantas London Lounge, which will then be renamed a Qantas Business Lounge when the new Qantas London First Lounge opens its doors in 2025.

“Heathrow is one of the world’s busiest airports, so we are very pleased to be working with them to secure ample space in the terminal for an additional lounge,” notes Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce.

Mapping the Qantas international lounge network.

Mapping the Qantas international lounge network.

The Qantas London First lounge spearheads a $100 million investment in the airline’s lounge network, which will also include upgrades to the Sydney and Melbourne international business class lounges and the return of the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge.

It comes ahead of what is set to be a bumper set of financial results when the airline reveals its half-year update on Thursday, February 23, with underlying pre-tax profit of around $1.5 billion for the July-December 2022 period.

“London is one of the most important destinations on our network and it is the perfect location for a First Lounge, especially with our direct Project Sunrise flights coming,” says Joyce.

The current Qantas London Lounge, which opened in 2017, will be repositioned as a Qantas business class lounge.

The current Qantas London Lounge, which opened in 2017, will be repositioned as a Qantas business class lounge.

The all-new Qantas London First Lounge is expected to combine “sweeping views of the airport” with a focus on wellness features and an unrivaled dining experience.

An outstanding passenger convenience feature will be direct access to the boarding gates used by Qantas A350s ahead of their ultra-long haul back to Australia.

“London is one of the most important destinations on our network and it is the perfect location for a First Lounge, especially with our direct Project Sunrise flights coming,” Joyce added.

The Qantas London First lounge is expected to open in late 2025, at the same time as the first Project Sunrise flights between Sydney and London take flight.

Of course, like other Qantas First lounges, access will not be exclusive to passengers who have booked a first class suite on the long-legged A350s.

A first class suite on Qantas' 'Project Sunrise' Airbus A350.

A first class suite on Qantas’ ‘Project Sunrise’ Airbus A350.

Joining them in the Qantas London First Lounge will be first-class Qantas Platinum and Platinum one-grade frequent flyers (and their Oneworld Emerald equivalents on partners such as British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Finnair) plus, of course, the invite-only members of the elite Qantas Chairman’s Lounge.

(Cathay Pacific’s London First lounge, conveniently located next to the Qantas lounge, is currently a hot spot for savvy Qantas Platinums.)

And there is little doubt that Qantas will need the extra space this new lounge provides.

In addition to the direct flights from London to Sydney and Melbourne, the two London lounges will also host travelers went to Perth as well as Sydney via Singapore.

On the other side of the world, Qantas’ direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne to New York will rely on a trio of newly opened premium lounges at JFK Terminal 8 as part of the joint venture between American Airlines and British Airways.

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