The Qantas International Business Class Lounge at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport is a comforting resting spot before a long haul flight out of Australia.
I was flying out of Tullamarine Airport on a flight home to the UK and was on Qantas flight QF9. The flight’s final destination was London but I was getting off at Dubai to get a connection to Manchester.
On check-in I was advised to head towards gates 9 and 11 which is where the Qantas International Business Class Lounge can be found. I’d tried the domestic Qantas Lounge at Brisbane but this was an international lounge.
Inside the Qantas International Business Class Lounge
On arrival I found 3 staff members attending the Reception desk. Greeted with a smile I was advised that the lounge wifi was free and that my flight would be called over the tannoy.
As I explored the lounge I found it fairly quiet for 2pm on a Tuesday afternoon. I almost had the pick of all the low back leather seats in what was a very spacious setting.
There was even a small designated Family Zone but I felt a little bit old for this section.
Various TV screens were hung on the walls broadcasting Sky News. In spite of taking a Politics degree at University I was struggling to draw myself in to watch the Australian Parliament live.
I arrived roughly one and a half hours before my designated boarding time yet was surprised to see the buffet was not yet set in the lounge.
At first I had a wide range of drinks including beers, wines, coffees and soft drinks – all self service. To accompany this there was a choice of either biscuits or cake plus a couple of bowls of fruit.
Thankfully the buffet was soon served. In spite of this it was not the most widespread choice. There was carrot and coconut soup, braised beef and mash (quite nice actually) and a choice of salads.
If you think you’ll be okay without this since we’d soon board then sorry to disappoint you. It was soon announced that the flight was delayed due to technical problems. It turns out the delay was over an hour. To be fair to Qantas International staff though the pilot came into the lounge to speak to any passengers who had concerns. I’ve not seen that before and felt it was a nice touch.
To round off the lounge you could find a long row of Apple Macs for those who didn’t have or want to use the wifi.
Overall I can’t really say anything bad about the Qantas International Business Class Lounge at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport. I found the setting comfortable but not overly inspiring. The drinks selection was very good and self service. The food was maybe a little limited but I did find it very tasty.
I was comfortable in the lounge before my Qantas flight. However since Qantas now code share with Emirates I would have been happier if they had allowed me to use the Emirates lounge instead.