I don't mind the casual as opposed to businessy vibe, after all the Qantas International lounge was also designed to have a "very Queensland" feel, but what sets alarm bells ringing for me is talk of the "grazing menu". That sounds like corporate double-speak for only offering snacks and no substantial meal options.
Having recently been through the QF International Business lounges in both MEL and SYD quite a few times, I can honestly say their substantial meal options are pretty dire. Last time in MEL was a sloppy stew, some rice and some sad looking steamed vegetables. Other than that, it was back to the old faithful cheese and ham toastie.
Having said that, I don't really mind. Typically these meals are really just snacks anyway. The only time you really appreciate a decent meal is a light night departure where you can then skip the plane meal and go to sleep; unfortunately if you are in W or Y, this doesn't work either as the cabin remains fully lit and very noisy.
Any updates on the progress of the Sydney, Auckland and Tokyo lounge upgrades? They were due to be finished this year, but I haven’t seen any construction. Perhaps the SiNgapore first lounge announced later took priority? Side note is the the SIN F lounge far from the current business lounge?
Melbourne lounge won’t be touched until APAM has some shade of a clue and commit (they notoriously change their strategy, and done deliver to prior commitments), I’d say QF are desperate to move but there isn’t space or the space they maybe offered could be a long way from the future operations.
The SIN F lounge will be quite a distance from the existing lounge. The F lounge will be at the end of the D concourse whereas the existing lounge is closer to the C concourse. Realistically it will be about a 5 or 6 minute walk from one to the other.
I believe QF has earmarked space at MEL for a new lounge above the new airside link between T1 and T2 which will be used for the new swing gates in the C concourse. There will also be space for new lounges on the other side of T2 where another airside link will be made to swing gates in T3's E concourse.
I would guess that once this is all complete that the existing lounges on the arrivals concourse will all be removed so the space can be used for an alternative purpose improving the flow of what is currently a very clogged arrivals experience.
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