Qantas is using VR in the development of its new First Lounge at Changi Airport, which is set to open at the end of 2019.
Industrial designer David Caon and his team have created an immersive virtual reality representation of the design concept, providing a better way for Qantas to preview and fine-tune lounges. A similar approach is being used for the airline’s upgrade of its A380 cabins.
Qantas is working with David Caon in collaboration with Akin Atelier, to build the First Lounge for 240 customers. The new lounge will be inspired by Singapore’s vibrant culture. The First lounge is being designed to suit transit travellers. It will feature shower facilities, a la carte dining, a cocktail bar and plenty of device charging stations.
Qantas International CEO Alison Webster said VR gives the airline a completely new way to make sure a lounge meets customer needs well before the build begins.
Unveiling detail of the interiors today, designer David Caon said a neutral colour palette, luxurious materials and leafy green highlights will make customers feel relaxed as soon as they enter the lounge.
David Caon said using Virtual Reality has revolutionised the design process between designer and client.
“Virtual reality brings the 2D drawings and photos to life, and for this project in particular, it has sped up the consultation process between our design team and Qantas,” said Mr Caon.
The Qantas First Lounge in Singapore is expected to open in late 2019. The existing Business Lounge will be expanded and is due to open mid-year. The overall lounge capacity in Singapore will increase by 60 percent and combined, the First and Business Lounges will offer seating for more than 800 customers.
Qantas is one of the largest foreign airlines to operate out of the Singapore airport. From Singapore, Jetstar Group operates 298 weekly return flights to 26 destinations.
In addition to Qantas’ investment in Singapore, the airline recently announced it will upgrade its lounges in Tokyo, Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane and Hobart.