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Qantas to commence direct New York-Auckland flights and upgrade to lounges

Latest News|Published 29 March 2023

Qantas will recommence flights to Australia, with a new service from the Big Apple via Auckland from 14 June 2023.

 The launch of QF4 and QF3 will see the flying kangaroo return -from New York three days a week initially, after a three-year COVID-induced hiatus. Flights will be operated by our Boeing 787 Dreamliners, with three new aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2023.

Flying via Auckland will provide better connectivity to more destinations in Australia, after an uninterrupted 16-hour flight from New York.

Qantas currently operates six daily services to Auckland from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne which will increase to 11 daily services when the new flight launches. 

Lounge upgrade program

The airline will upgrade its lounge network, with a multi-million dollar investment to build new lounges in Adelaide, Auckland, Port Hedland and Rockhampton. 

Qantas has Australia’s most extensive lounge network with 35 domestic lounges as well as 16 lounges at International airports across Australia and around the world, including a new First Lounge in Singapore and our flagship First Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne, which are firm favourites with customers. 

Qantas has now reopened almost all of its 51 domestic and international lounges, including its Los Angeles First Lounge. The lounge at Honolulu is scheduled to reopen in coming months after a light refresh to furniture and amenities. 

Auckland International Airport

Qantas will completely redesign and expand its existing lounge precinct at Auckland International Airport – plans for which were stalled by the pandemic – to provide a modern pre-flight oasis for your customers travelling to-and-from Australia as well as on the New York-Auckland service. 

The existing two lounge space will be combined and redeveloped into a single Qantas International Lounge and include a footprint expansion into an adjacent space to increase total capacity by around 40 percent from 244 seats to 340 seats. 

The detailed design process will begin shortly and building work will be staged to enable the lounge to operate during the redevelopment. The lounge will offer a number of features specifically tailored for long haul travel, based on positive feedback from other parts of our network. 

Adelaide Domestic Airport

A new Business Lounge will be built at Adelaide Domestic Airport with 190 seating capacity, as well as a full upgrade to our current Chairmans Lounge and Qantas Club. The new Business Lounge will cater to Qantas’ growing business and premium leisure travellers. Total seating capacity across the three lounges will be 570. 

The redevelopment of the lounge precinct at Adelaide Airport will begin in the second half of 2023. South Australia’s culinary reputation and natural environment is expected to play a key role in the design inspiration. 

Rockhampton Airport

Qantas will build a new lounge at Rockhampton Airport as part of our ongoing commitment to invest in regional Australia and as part of the overall airport redevelopment. It will be double the capacity of the existing one, with seating for up to 60 guests, and is expected to open in November this year. 

Port Hedland Airport

Our Port Hedland lounge will be redeveloped as part of the broader terminal upgrade. The new lounge footprint will be significantly larger, providing more space to quadruple the lounge capacity to 120 guests to cater for the growing FIFO market. Work will be completed by late 2023.

New Cabin Crew Training Centre

Qantas has also opened a Cabin Crew training facility, “The Longreach Centre”, at its Sydney headquarters with the capacity to train up to 200 crew members a day. It comes as the airline embarks on a recruitment drive for new team members across its regional, domestic and international airlines, with more than 1,600 new cabin crew team members expected to join the national carrier over the next 10 months. 

The Longreach Centre features First, Business and Economy aircraft cabins and galleys where new recruits and existing crew undergo service training from cooking in the onboard kitchens to wine and sommelier training.

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