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JFK BA First Lounge
New British Airways┬┤ First Lounge at JFK
2018-10-16

British Airways has officially opened the doors to a luxurious new First lounge at New York’s JFK Terminal 7.

The space is the airline’s first long-haul lounge to showcase the new design. At 60 per cent larger than its predecessor, and covering more than 5,480 sq. ft. the lounge has been designed with thoughtfully tailored zones.

A new wine room forms the centre piece boasting an enomatic dispenser, which enables guests to enjoy wines at exactly the right temperature that have been oxidized to the correct level. Guests will also be able to enjoy “Flights of Wine” – a selection of different wines linked to a theme. The current theme is “Chardonnays of the World”.

Other features includes an opulent First bar with a wide range of premium beverages and a quiet work area. Guests can also dine in the airline’s upgraded dining room before they fly to maximise rest on their flight. A new boutique menu created by Executive chefs Gavin Mackenzie and Waylon Walker will include dishes influenced by the season, as well as a new ‘bowl food’ concept designed to offer guests a chance for a lighter option. 

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said: “We fly thousands of customers between London and New York every week so we’re absolutely dedicated to making the experience as relaxing, comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

CAI EK
Cairo airport gets a new Emirates lounge
2018-07-26

Emirates unveiled its 42nd dedicated lounge across its global network at Cairo International Airport. 

Catering to three daily flights, the lounge offers guests even greater levels of comfort, hospitality and convenience as they start their Emirates experience in Cairo. Located at Departure Terminal 2, Level 2, above the secondary security check & Duty Free area, Emirates’ customers can look forward to relaxing, unwinding and enjoying award-winning service and cuisine.

“Cairo is our first destination in North Africa with an Emirates Lounge – and it underscores our relentless efforts to enhance the travel experience that we offer to customers. We are committed to the highest standards of quality in every aspect of our business and the new Emirates Lounge is a testament to that,” said Mohammed Mattar – Divisional Senior Vice President, Emirates Airport Services.

The interior design in the Emirates Lounge reflects a new contemporary and fresh design. The Lounge offers seating for up to 152 guests, covering an area of 880sq.m. The lounge will provide a relaxing ambiance, luxurious facilities and amenities, TVs, comfortable leather armchairs, a choice of formal and relaxed seating, bespoke artwork, and separate male and female prayer rooms. To complete the travel experience, a range of luxury spa products are also available in the lounge from award-winning Irish brand VOYA.

The lounge features a dedicated dining area, an extensive menu of complimentary hot and cold gourmet buffet, including local and international dishes and an extensive beverage service. Customers can also enjoy shower facilities, a fully equipped business centre with state of the art touch screen workstations along with complimentary Wi-fi service within the lounge.

ZRH LX Busi Sen Terminal A
New Zurich Business and Senator Lounges
2018-07-16

SWISS has opened its redesigned Lounge Center A at Zurich Airport on Monday 2 July. The new centre extends to a Business and a Senator Lounge and boasts a modern zonal concept with a range of privacy options, market hall-style food areas, elegant Swiss-made furniture and clear SWISS design lines.
In addition to the traditional reception desk, each of the separate entrances to the new Business and Senator Lounges will also feature two automated entry gates permitting swift boarding-pass access to the lounge concerned. Inside, guests may enjoy lounge niches, a bar area with views of the Airside Center, workstations and even individual offices to a relaxation room complete with inviting loungers.

Smokers are catered for in both lounges, too, with new outside areas. And for travellers wishing to freshen up before (or after) their flight, the new facilities offer five showers that are accessible from either lounge. The lounges’ food areas, meanwhile, have been devised along market-hall lines, and each include both a large bistro section and a front cooking zone.

With bright oiled-Swiss-oak parquet floors and elegant furniture from such top Swiss designers as Vitra and deSede, the new lounges offer both a consistent SWISS-style look and a living-room ambience.

A further highlight is the new “SWISS Alpenstübli” within the Business Lounge, in which The Airline of Switzerland will present its home country in all its regional variety on a series of large screens. The room is also decked out with allergy-friendly straw wallpaper, and uses a 3D model to give guests a unique visual impression of SWISS’s national home.

Open daily from 05:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m..

United Airlines Polaris Lounge
Latest Polaris Lounge in Houston
2018-07-03

The United Polaris Lounge opened June 29 inside IAH’s Terminal E, next to Gate E12. The 12,000-sq. ft. lounge provides 191 seats - which include oversized chairs and private working spaces - two private daybeds and six showers.

Additionally, the Houston lounge includes complimentary Wi-fi, 324 power outlets and 264 USB ports. It offers valet services and a private dining area for 28 guests. The space features 11 pieces of contemporary art by Houston artists Shane Tolbert and Terrell James, a custom scent, curated music and mood lighting.

Dining options include multiple dishes - such as a Texas breakfast skillet, Cajun andouille sausage and chicken étouffée, Argentine roasted chimichurri chicken, and tres leches bites - as well as cocktails, including a drink called Caliente on the Rocks, caipirinhas, star anise-infused vodka and oolong tea-steeped bourbon.

"As we continue to increase momentum of the roll-out of United Polaris, we're thrilled to bring this industry-leading lounge concept to Houston, where the lounge décor, food and drink are all a reflection of the city," said Mark Krolick, United's Vice President of Marketing. "We specifically designed this United Polaris lounge location to feel like a boutique hotel, with dedicated spaces for relaxation, refreshing and dining and we're confident that our Houston customers and those connecting through this award-winning airport will enjoy a best-in-class lounge experience."

ORK Aspire Lounge
Aspire opens first Irish airport lounge
2018-06-13

Ireland’s first Aspire airport business lounge officially opened at Cork Airport. Operated by Swissport.

The new lounge, which has capacity for up to 80 guests, offers complimentary food, tailored to different parts of the day, along with drinks and newspapers are available, and there is a range of dedicated zones for business, dining and relaxing. Facilities include tableside charging and a comfortable, relaxing environment.

Speaking at the official opening of the new Aspire Lounge, Cork Airport Managing Director Niall MacCarthy said: “We are delighted Swissport has opened its first Irish Aspire Lounge here at Cork Airport. This gives everyone travelling through the airport, whether it’s for business or leisure, the chance to relax or work in comfort, and enjoy some great food and drink sourced from our region."

The new lounge features ‘Best of Irish’ additions to the food menu, with local luxury food items. The complimentary breakfast includes Clonakilty black and white pudding; while Irish stew appears in the dinner option. The all-day cheeseboard showcases Cashel blue cheese along with Irish soda bread and Ballymaloe relishes. The extensive drinks menu includes St. Patrick's Gin, distilled less than 10km from the airport, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Murphy’s Irish Stout, draught Heineken, Tipperary Irish Water and Barry’s Tea, all sourced locally.

Lighter menu choices are also available with soups and salads, and drink options include complimentary premium brand alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, speciality teas and coffees.

ABZ BA Lounge
British Airways opens new Aberdeen lounge
2018-06-12

British Airways unveiled its brand-new lounge in Aberdeen Airport.

The new 380 sq.m.-lounge, located within the recently completed extension of the airport, has created zones to suit all guests’ needs. The lobby has been designed so that guests travelling through the lounge quickly, can get a quick bite to eat before they head off for their flight.  For those customers with more dwell time, the airline has created a relaxing ambience with seating overlooking the runway.

The lounge houses bespoke furniture and fittings such as the feature walls, lighting and marble topped tables. The feature piece of the lounge is the beautifully crafted granite topped bar, where guests may enjoy a drink from the wide range of beverages on offer.

British Airways’ new Aberdeen lounge also features local artwork from the airline’s Art Collection.

Sarah Klatt-Walsh, British Airways’ Head of Product, said: “We are committed to investing in our lounges as part of our £4.5bn investment programme and are delighted to be opening the next one in the series in Aberdeen.
Our new design concept has been created to make better use of the space in our lounges, while still making it feel contemporary and luxurious. We have focused on technology, offering complimentary WiFi and ensuring there is plenty of access to USB and power points, enabling customers to work, surf online and charge personal devices."

Throughout the day there will be a wide range of food on offer. Those travelling on early morning flights will be able to enjoy local delicacy.

EWR UA Polaris
The United Polaris lounge opens at Newark
2018-06-12

Beginning June 4, guests will be able to relax and dine before their travels in the new United Polaris lounge at Newark Liberty International Airport.
The bar is the stand-out gem of this United Polaris lounge, both in terms of size and the array of cocktails offered. The thoughtful cocktail list includes the United Polaris Old Fashioned, a fresh take on the classic, complete with J. Rieger & Co. Kansas City Whiskey, a house simple syrup, Dale DeGroff bitters with a muddled orange wheel and Luxardo cherry, just like the legend himself — Dale DeGroff— makes it. A custom-designed a la carte dining menu blends international comfort foods, such as Moroccan-spiced braised lamb, with staples like the United Polaris Burger.

Facts & Highlights

  • More than 27,000 square feet
  • 455 seats
  • 15 different types of seating
  • 570 power outlets and 450 USB ports
  • 4 private phone rooms
  • 10 private daybeds outfitted with Saks Fifth Avenue bedding
  • 10 luxurious shower suites, featuring rainfall showers and Soho House & Co's Cowshed Spa products
  • Personal valet services, including steaming garments
  • Private dining area with table service for up to 48 guests featuring a menu that blends global trends with familiar comfort foods, developed by New York Chef John Glowacki. Menu items include: potato latkes, polenta fries, wild mushroom risotto, and the "Brookie," a combination of a brownie and cookie served with milk.
  • Bistro-like buffet that includes a do-it-yourself bagel bar plus sandwiches and wraps
  • Cocktail menu with signature drinks such as the Fernet About It, a unique version of the Cuba Libre containing the Italian libation, and the United Polaris Star, featuring house-made anise-infused vodka. Other house-made items include oolong-steeped bourbon, lavender syrup, vodkas and vermouth.

United Polaris lounge is conveniently located in Terminal C, following security screening, between Gates C102 and C120.

PER Qantas Int. Transit Lounge
The new Qantas Perth Lounge
2018-03-28

The Perth International Transit Lounge was unveiled and offers a range of unique features including ‘light therapy’ in the shower suites to help adjust the body clock, a wellbeing studio with stretching classes and a refresh area providing hydrating face products. Guests can dine in an open-air terrace with a BBQ serving gourmet dishes by Neil Perry.

Qantas Head of Customer Product & Service, Philip Capps, said an emphasis on wellness in the lounge design was a whole new approach to long-haul travel.
“This sophisticated lounge is the ideal space for customers to unwind in between flights. The design reflects the natural beauty of the WA landscape through natural light and colour choices, and offers some of the best local food and wine.”
Charles Perkins Centre Professor of Sleep Medicine, Peter Cistulli, said the overarching goal was to enhance the passenger travel experience and optimise wellbeing.
“We’ve worked with the University of Sydney’s School of Physics to create an airline-first bespoke body clock intervention using bright light to help kick start the adjustment of customers’ body clocks. Applying light at appropriate times helps reduce the effects of jet lag,” Professor Cistulli said.

Lounge features include seating for 141 guests, multiple USB and charging ports, wireless printing, free Wi-fi, TV screens as well as 15 shower suites.

The interior is spacious and modern, and the unique curved ceiling promotes the infiltration of natural light.

Dining and drink options include an outdoor BBQ with chefs cooking gourmet sausages from local Perth butcher Princi Smallgoods, and vegetables such as grilled mushrooms and corn on the cob. Premium hot and cold buffet serving light dishes including soups with homemade damper, healthy salad bowls, crudité and dips. A full service bar with premium wine and beer from Australia. Hydration station serving drinks including fruit-infused water, sparkling water and herbal tea. Barista coffee.

HKG CX The Deck
Cathay Pacific unveils The Deck at Hong Kong
2018-03-26

Cathay Pacific unveiled The Deck, the airline’s newest lounge at Hong Kong International Airport.

Located close to gate 16 in Terminal 1, The Deck accommodates up to 186 guests in four main seating areas that are divided by elegant Japanese-style wooden partitions. The 823 sq.m.-lounge is fitted with designer furniture, while the use of natural materials, plenty of greenery and artworks by local artists underline the welcoming atmosphere. The Main lounge features various sofas and shiny, golden side tables with standalone lamps. Natural daylight from the airport windows floods into the lounge, providing the facility with a more spacious feel. Seats and drawers have in-built local power sockets and USB ports to recharge electronic devices. Magazines and newspapers are also placed on a rack..

Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Paul Loo said: “The Deck builds on the formula that has made our other new lounges around the world so popular with our customers."
“Investing in experiences that our customers value and consider important is at the heart of our product and service philosophy, and helps us differentiate ourselves from any other airline. We look forward to welcoming the lounge’s first passengers.”
 
The Noodle Bar: Guests can order from a wide range of local delicacies, including dan dan noodles, wonton noodles, fish ball noodles, and a variety of dim sum and buns.

Food station: A wide range of buffet-style food options. Cold dishes include sandwiches, fruits, cold cuts, salads and a cheese plate. Hot dishes are also available, including assorted vegetable, fried chicken and pasta.
 
The Terrace: An open-ceiling L-shaped verandah features tables and individual seating. Guests can take in panoramic views of the airport’s apron and northern runway whilst enjoying their choice from a wide variety of drinks and dining options.

The lounge is further equipped with a relaxation room zone featuring bespoke Solo chairs, as well as eight shower suites, washroom facilities and a range of comfortable seating throughout.

BEY Cedar Lounge
MEA unveils revamped Cedar Lounge
2018-03-15

Middle East Airlines has unveiled its redesigned Cedar Lounge at Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport.

The new lounge extends over an area of 3000 sq.m. with a capacity of 450 seated guests in several determined zones, e.g. a family zone, a business area, a general seating area, a dining zone, a smoking zone, a kids’ area, a spa with beauty services and massage therapy, and a central sky-lit more casual communal green space linking all the zones together.

To keep travelers connected, all seats are equipped with USB charging ports and power outlets and all zones are equipped with several large screens.

The lounge hosts a sensor-equipped dimmable lighting system technology which changes according to the amount of light coming in.

Two large buffet bars offer extensive food options, in addition, beverages are obtained from four coffee stations, and two bars offer alcoholic drinks.

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Lufthansa Senator Lounge T1
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Swiss First Lounge E
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OSL Lounge
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reviewed by Meilensammler | Date of visit: 2018-04-27
Lufthansa Senator Lounge T1
Lufthansa Senator Lounge T1
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British Airways First Lounge T3
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Cathay Pacific First Lounge T3
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Cathay Pacific Business Lounge T3
Cathay Pacific Business Lounge T3
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"Noodle bar and apron view"

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