AviationThe Australian national carrier marks the return of its A380 aircraft and relaunch of its First Lounge at Changi Airport.

Qantas First Class is just a hop away in Singapore

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Australian industrial designer David Caon collaborated with architect Kelvin Ho of Akin Atelier in designing the Qantas First Lounge, which was originally launched in December 2019.
Australian industrial designer David Caon collaborated with architect Kelvin Ho of Akin Atelier in designing the Qantas First Lounge, which was originally launched in December 2019. Photo Credit: Qantas

Qantas Airways has reintroduced its First Class offering to passengers travelling to and from Singapore with the return of its Airbus A380 aircraft and reopening of its First Lounge at Changi Airport.

Since 20 June, the airline will fly its recently refurbished A380 aircraft on flights between Australia and Singapore, and Singapore and London. The aircraft’s premium cabins include 14 First Suites, 70 Business Suites (increased by 6) and 60 Premium Economy seats (increased by 25) as well as 341 Economy seats (decreased by 30).

Along with the A380's return, the airline also revives the Singapore stop for its iconic "Kangaroo Route", named after the way its London-bound airplane used to "hop" on long routes from Australia.

The Qantas First Lounge at Changi Airport was initially launched in December 2019 and operated for only three months before closing due to the pandemic. With its reopening and the existing Qantas Business Lounge, services at the airline's airport lounges at Changi are fully restored, after more than two years.

During her welcome remarks, Qantas Group chief customer officer Stephanie Tully said: "Singapore plays an important role in Qantas' worldwide network as we continue to ramp up capacity in line with strong travel demand."

With 1,000 sqm of space, the Qantas First Lounge can accommodate 240 guests and features an open kitchen serving a Neil Perry-designed menu and a Carrara marble bar, along with zones for dining, working, and relaxing, as well as 10 shower suites.

Qantas will operate a daily return A380 flight from Sydney to Singapore and on to London, as well as 20 A330 flights each week from Singapore to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth.

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