Business travellers can now unwind in a spacious new Qantas lounge at Los Angeles International Airport, featuring gourmet food carts and a central glass atrium.
Guests are treated to pre-flight meals from menus designed by chef Neil Perry, shower suites and drinks from a stylish new cocktail bar.
Contemporary chairs and a mid-century circular sofa around an open-air fireplace provide seating for 400 travellers. This will be increased to 600 after an extension is completed early next year – more than doubling the size of the carrier’s former airport lounge.
The new Oneworld lounge opened recently for Qantas first and business class passengers and passengers travelling with alliance-member airline partners Cathay Pacific and British Airways.
The contemporary design of the spacious new lounge reflects Californian culture combined with signature elements from each airline.
The lounge offers customers a new dining area, a cocktail bar serving signature cocktails and premium wines, and a barista service.
Customers can also enjoy an enhanced buffet, faster WiFi, new workstations and nine shower suites with Aurora Spa amenities.
New multicultural menus
Qantas International CEO, Simon Hickey, said the new multi-million dollar lounge demonstrates the airline’s commitment to its customers and to Los Angeles as one of the most popular hubs in the airline’s overseas network.
“As well as an overall upgrade, we’ve significantly increased the amount of space in the lounge for our premium customers, Mr Hickey said. “It’s designed to reflect the culture of California, while providing a place to relax, socialise and work before their flight.”
Neil Perry has designed the new menus based on signature Qantas Lounge favourites, with influences of multicultural Los Angeles including Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Korean and US West Coast street food.
Californian food carts similar to the pop-up dining concept offer freshly prepared dishes such as crumbed cod tacos with red cabbage slaw and lime chipotle mayo and Asian-spiced chicken wings.
Celebrating 60-year anniversary
Los Angeles is Qantas’ major gateway to the US. Qantas and its alliance partners connect passengers to more than 270 destinations across the US, Canada and Mexico.
Qantas is the only carrier to operate A380 services between Australia and the US.
The airline operates double daily A380 services from Sydney and Melbourne to Los Angeles, a daily B747 (refreshed with A380-style interiors) service from Brisbane to Los Angeles, a daily B747 Sydney to New York service.
Direct A380 services will begin between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth from September 29.
Qantas celebrates its 60th year flying across the Pacific this year.