Qantas is using virtual reality in the development of its new First Lounge at Singapore 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 Caon in collaboration with Akin Atelier, to build a First Lounge for 240 customers, offering a new design and dining inspired by Singapore’s culture.
Qantas International CEO Alison Webster said virtual reality gives the airline a new way to make sure a lounge meets customer needs well before the build begins.
“While we already use virtual reality technology to promote destinations, this is the first time we have used it to better understand a lounge design.
“Being able to immerse ourselves in a virtual lounge gives us a more accurate sense of space and an understanding of how it will look to scale,” said Webster.
“As Qantas’ largest hub outside of Australia, Singapore is an extremely important part of our network. There is strong demand for travel in premium cabins to Singapore ,” she said.
Caon said with a continued focus on wellness, his team will be looking at including the latest advances in light technology, allowing passengers to better synchronise their body clocks with future time zones.
Using virtual reality has revolutionised the design process between designer and client, he said.
“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 Caon.