Qantas customers will benefit from stretching classes, jetlag-reducing lights and an outdoor terrace in the airline’s new transit lounge at Perth Airport as part of the airline’s new approach to improve comfort and wellbeing.
The Perth International Transit Lounge was unveiled ahead of the inaugural Perth to London Dreamliner service.
It has been designed by Australian Industrial designer David Caon and SUMU design, in consultation with the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre using an evidence-based approach to wellness.
The lounge offers a range of unique features including ‘light therapy’ in the shower suites to help adjust the body clock, a wellbeing studio with stretching classes and a refresh area providing hydrating face products. Customers can dine in an open-air terrace with a barbecue serving gourmet dishes by Neil Perry.
Qantas head of customer product & service, Philip Capps, said an emphasis on wellness in the lounge design was a whole new approach to long-haul travel.
“We’ve brought together some of Australia’s best culinary, design and scientific minds to create a lounge experience that will help set our customers up to feel better throughout their journey,” said Mr Capps.
“This sophisticated lounge is the ideal space for customers to unwind in between flights. The design reflects the natural beauty of the WA landscape through natural light and colour choices, and offers some of the best local food and wine.”
Charles Perkins Centre Professor of Sleep Medicine, Peter Cistulli, said the overarching goal was to enhance the passenger travel experience and optimise wellbeing.
“We’ve worked with the University of Sydney’s School of Physics to create an airline-first bespoke body clock intervention using bright light to help kick start the adjustment of customers’ body clocks. Applying light at appropriate times helps reduce the effects of jet lag,” Professor Cistulli said.
“The lounge is just one aspect of our partnership with Qantas to improve the wellbeing of travellers. We’ve also worked together to influence the menu and timing of the food and drinks service on the Perth to London route, cabin lighting design and temperature in the 787 and we are interested in seeing how customers will respond.”
Lounge features include:
- Seating for 141 customers
- Multiple USB and charging ports, wireless printing, Wi-Fi and TV screens
- 15 shower suites
- Sofitel service
- Designed in collaboration between SUMU Design and lead designer of the Qantas 787 Dreamliner interiors, David Caon
- The interior is spacious and modern, and the neutral colour palette is inspired by the white sands of the WA coastline
- The unique curved ceiling promotes the infiltration of natural light
- Seasonal menus by Neil Perry from Rockpool
- Outdoor barbecue with chefs cooking gourmet sausages from local Perth butcher Princi Smallgoods, accompanied by vegetables such as grilled mushrooms and corn on the cob
- Premium hot and cold buffet serving light dishes including soups with homemade damper, healthy salad bowls, crudité and dips
- Full service bar with premium wine and beer from Australia, including the Margaret River region
- Hydration station – Quench – serving drinks including fruit-infused water, sparkling water and tisane (herbal tea)
- Barista coffee
- The bathrooms feature ‘light therapy’ in the shower suites to help adjust the body clock – customers can activate bright light via a switch for 15 minute sessions. The light therapy is intended to accelerate the adjustment of the body clock to the destination time zone, increase alertness and combat the effects of jetlag.
- A wellbeing studio offers stretching and breathing classes focusing on mindfulness and getting the body moving. They will be held every 15 minutes pre and post flight with a yoga teacher from Perth’s leading eco-luxe day spa group, Bodhi J Wellness Spa Retreats.
- Classes will be based on customers’ needs such as calming and grounding sequences for those departing on the flight to London and stretches to loosen and invigorate muscles for those arriving in Perth.
- A refresh area boasts luxury Aurora Spa products specially made for Qantas including a face cleanser, hydrating face mist and moisturiser.
- The outdoor open-air terrace is filled with natural light, boosting vitamin D and aiding sleep.
The Perth International Transit Lounge is located in the new T3/T4 integrated domestic and international passenger hub at Perth Airport. The international wing features a streamlined immigration and customs area, a large outdoor deck with alfresco seating, food and beverage outlets and a Duty Free store.
The lounge is open to customers transiting in Perth when travelling on QF9 from Melbourne to London and QF10 from London to Melbourne. It is also open to customers beginning their journey to London in Perth. Eligible customers include customers travelling in Business, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One Frequent Flyers, oneworld Emerald and Sapphire customers and Qantas Club members and their guests.
The University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre is working with Qantas to help develop the airline’s new approach to long-haul travel. This is the first integrated, multidisciplinary collaboration between an airline and a university around health pre-, during and post- flight. The Centre brings together researchers across a variety of fields from nutrition to physical activity, sleep and complex systems modelling.