We were intrigued by reports yesterday that Air New Zealand’s chief executive was calling Qantas “Air Sydney”.
In an article by Fairfax’s Jamie Freed, Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon was quoted as saying: “In many ways you have got Qantas as Air Sydney rather than Air Australia”.
Mr Luxon was seeking to spruik Auckland as a convenient transfer point for passengers heading between Australia and the Americas. The Air New Zealand chief executive did not seem to elaborate on how flying his airline’s U.S. services and connecting in Auckland is any more preferable to taking one of Qantas’ daily non-stop services from Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney to Los Angeles.
Mr Luxon’s comments came on the same day that Qantas were hosting the opening of their brand new Business Lounge in Perth. We suggest that Qantas’ investment in an additional domestic lounge at Perth airport demonstrates a level of commitment to the Perth market that you wouldn’t see in an “Air Sydney”.
Qantas’ new Perth lounge adds to the existing domestic Qantas Business Lounges in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. Qantas rightly point out these lounges “are a unique product in the domestic Australian market and provides a key point of difference for Qantas compared to other airlines.”
With seating for 350 people, the new lounge has a ‘make your own’ juice station in the morning and a cocktail hour from 4 – 5pm on weekdays “with cocktails designed by the Rockpool Mixology team”.
We will review the new business lounge when we are next through Perth. From a cursory look at the video placed on YouTube by Qantas, we have positive initial impressions.
What do you think about the new Qantas domestic Business Lounge Perth?