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A special Friday lounge wrap

Vanessa Bussoletti

Two wraps in one day?! Well, it was either that or about 72 individual stories. We’re nothing if not efficient.

Qantas opens doors to new, larger lounge for Karratha Travellers

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Qantas customers travelling from the Pilbara are set to enjoy a revamped pre-flight experience with a new Regional Lounge opening its doors at Karratha Airport today.

The bright and stylish lounge has nearly tripled in size and has seating for 80 people. It is located in a new airside area on the upper level of the airport.

Designed by Woods Bagot, the lounge design draws on the unique Pilbara landscape with rich vibrant reds and oranges reflecting the arid land and muted greens representing the native flora. It features floor to ceiling windows that allowample natural light and a front row view of the tarmac.

Qantas Regional Manager of Western Australia, Julian Barry said the opening of the new lounge signified Qantas’ clear commitment to Karratha and the Pilbara region.

“As the only airline to offer a lounge at Karratha Airport, the new space is a great value-add for travellers from the Pilbara community as well as the important Fly-in Fly-out market,” he said.

“The lounge has been designed with our most frequent flyers mind. It accommodates the mix of corporate, leisure and fly-in fly-out workers with added space to work and relax, while showcasing the beauty of the natural landscape through design.”

A selection of food and premium Australian beer and wine will be offered, as well as a hosted experience during flight departures. Customers will also enjoy quiet spaces to work and relax, complimentary Wi-Fi, newspapers and magazines and Foxtel from large TV screens.

Karratha is Qantas’ largest port in the Pilbara, and second busiest port in WA after Perth. Qantas and QantasLink offer up to 43 return flights per week between Perth to Karratha. The Karratha lounge is open to customers travelling in Business, eligible Frequent Flyers, Qantas Club members and oneworld members.

Malaysia Airlines Announces Refurbishment of their Golden Lounge

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Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) has announced the commencement of their Golden Lounge refurbishment program at our KLIA hub. We currently operate four lounge facilities across KLIA and only two will be under refurbishment at a time. The lounges are;

  • Domestic Golden Lounge – Main Terminal Building (MTB)
  • Regional Golden Lounge – Main Terminal Building (MTB)
  • International Business Class Golden Lounge – Satellite Terminal Building (STB)
  • International First Class Golden Lounge- Satellite Terminal Building (STB)

The Regional Golden Lounge in KLIA’s MTB is first, having closed last Friday 12 May and being scheduled for reopening on Tuesday 15 August. This facility is used by our passengers on regional international services predominately operated by our B737-800 fleet to destinations such as Singapore, ASEAN and the SASC (South Asian Sub-Continent).

Passengers travelling in business class or who hold oneworld Sapphire/Emerald frequent flyer status (including MH and QF Gold and Platinum members) will be directed to our International First or Business Class Golden Lounges in the STB which are open 24 hours.

Under oneworld Alliance lounge access rules Sapphire/Emerald frequent flyers are also able to use the Cathay Pacific First and Business Class Lounge which is also located within the STB.The second lounge closure will be the Domestic Golden Lounge which will close Friday 2 June through to Tuesday 15 August.

Unfortunately, as passengers cannot access the airport’s international departures area where our International First and Business Class Golden Lounges are located, a temporary lounge space will be created at gate B3. Here lounge-eligible passengers will find light refreshments available along with dedicated seating, wireless Internet, newspapers, magazines and flight information screens.

Toilets, showers and prayer rooms won’t be offered within this temporary space, although the nearest restrooms can be found just outside the gate area, with the closest prayer room aside the Malaysia Airlines Gate A transfer desk.

Central to our Golden Lounge refurbishment program are new demonstration kitchens where chefs will create Malaysian and international gourmet dishes while interacting with travellers and customising meals to their personal tastes.

Joining that is a “bistro service” in the business lounges and a revamped fine dining experience in the first class lounge, with all locations also receiving faster wireless Internet and additional universal power sockets, allowing visitors to easily recharge their devices without an adaptor.


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