Australia’s former international Minister Julie Bishop has reportedly minimize off ex-boyfriend David Panton’s govt entry to Virgin’s VIP-only Past lounge after she was dumped over dinner in early July.
Mr Panton reportedly turned as much as the invite-only lounge not too long ago the place he was informed his Velocity profile was “disassociated” from Ms Bishop’s main Past membership, the AFR’s Rear Window Column reported.
Whereas Mr Panton was stated to be disgruntled by the information, he informed AFR columnist Joe Aston the refusal of entry was: “No hassle in any respect”.
“I used to be very happy to be downgraded to the [regular] membership.” he stated.
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When informed of the incident, Bishop informed the AFR: “Wait till he finds out in regards to the Chairman’s Lounge.” The Chairman’s Lounge is Qantas’ VIP lounge equal.
Mr Panton informed Aston he wasn’t going to “strive his luck” with the Chairman’s Lounge, as a substitute embracing life as a Qantas life member.
Inside Ms Bishop’s public break up
Ms Bishop and Mr Panton had been collectively eight years earlier than Mr Panton reportedly ended the connection over dinner at Eastbank, in Sydney’s Macquarie Road on July 1 – only a week after the couple attended a gala dinner with Prince Charles.
“I’m going to be targeted on residing in Manly and Melbourne for the foreseeable future,” Mr Panton stated in a press release to the Herald on the time.
“I want Julie all the most effective in her ongoing stellar profession.”
Ms Bishop was reportedly blindsided by the connection breakdown with the NSW property developer.
In 2020, she opened up in regards to the difficulties of their long-distance romance, with Panton based mostly in Sydney and Bishop in Perth.
“We FaceTime. It isn’t nice however it’s all you are able to do as a result of he can’t get in right here (WA) and I can’t go there with out having to get an exemption,“ she informed The Every day Telegraph on the time.
“It is extremely troublesome however I do know a variety of households have been separated on this approach, it’s difficult.”
Simply over a month after the break up, Ms Bishop appeared able to put all of it behind her leaning into her new ambassador function with Perth-based mining providers firm Mineral Sources Restricted.
She appeared wanting to brush off the saga when requested how she was going post-break-up by In the present day Present hosts Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon.
“I‘m superb however I’m questioning the way you two are doing,” she stated.
“I don‘t need to give it some thought an excessive amount of, it’s a Monday morning. So long as you’re OK,” she continued, forcing a change of topic away from the problem.
Mr Panton has stored a low profile for the reason that break up, though New Thought, citing an nameless supply, claimed Mr Panton had began a brand new relationship with a girl from Sydney’s northern seashores.
Inside Virgin’s unique Past lounge
Formally opened in April this 12 months, Virgin’s Past lounge performs host to the airways greatest company spenders with the invite-only lounge servicing high-rollers in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
The lounges can solely be accessed with a Past program membership card via “discreet” unmarked doorways within the home terminals the place solely members have entry and know the placement.
The lounge, which is alleged to have been designed in session with frequent flyers, affords a spread of luxurious options together with a la carte eating, refined areas to chill out and even bathe.
“Quite a few seating zones are unfold all through the lounges, offering members with totally different areas to dine, chill out, refresh and recharge in a delightfully Virgin Australia approach,” a press release from the airline stated.
“Finish of day amenities reminiscent of showers, towels and premium toilet facilities by Appelles Apothecary Lab are additionally out there for members.
“Personal workplaces and board rooms are additionally out there in every Past Lounge and will be booked by members forward of or on the day of journey.”
Virgin Australia Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka stated the Past Lounge was part of the corporate’s “new chapter”.
“Many months have gone into market analysis and listening to suggestions from our premium loyalty members, together with me personally talking with a few of our largest company shoppers,” she stated.
“We’re assured we have now the precise mannequin in Past to drive distinctive loyalty from company Australia whereas delivering robust business outcomes for Virgin Australia.