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Finally: Free WiFi in AKL Qantas business lounge

, posted: 20-Jan-2008 18:34

I have wondered before why in some of the different business/frequent-flyer lounges of one and the same airline you can get free WiFi and in others you cannot. Well, today I walk into the Qantas Club lounge here at Auckland airport's international terminal, and what do I find on the counter? A little note: Wireless Internet is now available... next to little pile of small pieces of paper with the login and password for their lounge guests.

Finally! I tested their speed and it's not bad: 1.9 Mbit/s down, and 1.8 Mbit/s up. Quite symmetric.

You either pay a lot for a business class ticket, or you have earned your 'right' to enter these lounges by enduring countless cramped flights in coach (it's the latter in my case), so the least they could do is to provide you with free WiFi, right?

I don't know when they started it here, but I'm quite certain that last time I flew (October) they didn't have it yet. Well, either way, I'm glad that here in Auckland Qantas finally provides free WiFi to their lounge guests.

So I'm wondering: Does Air New Zealand have that in their AKL lounge as well already? For how long in their case?

Update: Now, a bit more than half a day later, I'm in the Qantas lounge in the LAX domestic terminal, and ... NO free WiFi. Figures...


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Comment by freitasm, on 20-Jan-2008 19:15

Yes, Air NZ offers this in all their Koru Lounges around the world. They have been offering this for about one year or more.


Comment by grant_k, on 20-Jan-2008 21:10

Auckland Airport have WiFi hotspots at various locations throughout the airport. For the list of locations, have a look at this page:

http://www.auckland-airport.co.nz/Guide/wireless_hotspot.php

Down at the bottom, they also say that you have to pay for it -- in one or four hour blocks -- which is not so cool

However, I'm guessing it wouldn't be too much, so still probably cheaper than using your Mobile Broadband card unless you are on a 1GB upwards type of plan with some unused allocation for the month.


Comment by Tim, on 20-Jan-2008 21:59

Air NZ has free WiFi in their AKL and CHC domestic lounges, I presume their internationals will also.


Comment by no name, on 21-Jan-2008 01:19

It has been there since well before October.


Comment by jmosen, on 21-Jan-2008 03:35

Yes Air New Zealand has had free WiFi in the Koru Club for some time now, perhaps around a year I think?


Comment by Kim Walbridge, on 22-Jan-2008 09:11

I work at Air New Zealand and can confirm comments from freitasm, tim and jmosen that free WiFi has been available to guests in our airport lounges for almost a year now.


Comment by misha2001, on 31-Mar-2011 20:42

Hi Kim

I have a customer who regularly flies ANZ, and uses the Koru lounge. Recently he informs me that he can no longer surf the internet in the Koru lounge. His Wifi auto connects, but no surfing!!.

He reckons that a screen used to come up that he entered a username & password. This no longer happens.

Can you shed some light on what this screen could be?

Cheers


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