Qantas kicks Pell out of exclusive lounge
QANTAS has formally dumped jailed Cardinal George Pell from its exclusive Chairman's Lounge in the wake of his child sexual assault convictions.
The carrier does not publicly discuss who is in or out of the secretive club, but sources confirmed to The Daily Telegraph last night Cardinal Pell's membership had been torn up following his paedophilia conviction.
The club lavishes titans of industry, celebrities and loyal big spenders with massages, luxury bars and meals-to-order before they board their flight with priority.
There is no joining fee at the Chairman's Lounge, making it one of the country's few invitation-only VIP clubs.
Pell once had access to all its trappings before he was found guilty of child abuse charges in December and sentenced to six years jail, three years and eight months non-parole.
The former Vatican treasurer was found guilty of sexually assaulting two 13-year-old choirboys in the sacristy of St Patrick's Cathedral when he was the newly-appointed Archbishop of Melbourne in 1996.
He was convicted on one count of sexual penetration of a child under 16 year and four counts of committing an indecent act with or in the presence of a child.
Pell has appealed the convictions, with a hearing due to hear the appeal on June 5 and 6.