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MEL Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge
Etihad Airways` new lounge at Melbourne Airport
2016-05-10

Eihad Airways has opened a new Premium Lounge at Melbourne Airport. At more than 800 sq.m. with seating capacity for up to 133 guests, it is the airline`s largest lounge outside Abu Dhabi.

Floor-to-ceiling windows let in lots of natural light and offer panoramic views across the runway.

A centerpiece of the lounge is the intimate 26-seat-dining area, where guests will enjoy a restaurant-style a la carte dining and an international buffet. Professional chefs prepare each dish on site using fresh and locally sourced produce.

Another highlight is the sculptural showcase bar offering a selection of refreshments - handmade by specially trained mixologists.

Other amenities include separate male and female restrooms with shower facilities, dedicated male and female ablution and prayer rooms, a children`s playroom, and a luggage room. Free high-speed Wi-fi and multi-zone electric and USB power outlets are located throughout the lounge. Custom furnishings by Boss offer o choice of seating styles, each designed for maximum comfort while dining, working or relaxing. Guests may enjoy custom-made armchairs upholstered in Poltrona Frau Italian leather.

Shane O`Hare, Etihad Airways` Senior Vice President Marketing said: "Blending the best of a fine dining restaurant and a chic city cocktail bar, this lounge is a showcase of intelligent design and sophistication where guests will enjoy the highest levels of comfort and luxury, complemented by our world-class hospitality, culinary innovation and cutting-edge beverage technology."

"At the same time, it has a strong local feel with the freshest produce, cheeses and wines - sourced from growers, makers and suppliers throughout the state of Victoria - offering our guests a tantalising taste of the state`s reowned culinary culture."

Located in Terminal 2 adjacent to Gate 10, the lounge will open approximately three hours prior to the departure of Etihad Airways twice daily Melbourne-Abu Dhabi flights.

MUC LH First Lounge Satellite
Five new Lufthansa Lounges at Munich Airport
2016-04-14

A roof terrace, panorama windows and a bar with a view of the airfield: Lufthansa customers will soon have access to a total of five new lounges at the new satellite building at Munich aiport, opening on April 26,2016. With a total area of over 4,000 sq.m., guests will be able to await their flight departure in a pleasant ambience.

All lounges are located in the central area of the new building and are easily and quickly accessible.

The new First Class Lounge with an area of approx. 1,000 sq.m. is situated on the top level. Guests can benefit here from a spacious roof terrace, comfortable couches and a panoramic view of the apron. In addition, the lounge features a range of sleeping and working areas, a bar area, exclusive bathrooms and a separate cigar lounge. A gourmet restaurant offers a la carte menus as well as a quality buffet. A separate passport control inside the lounge provides a comfortable entry and exit. If a flight departs or arrives from an apron location, a limousine service takes guests directly into the First Class Lounge or to the aircraft.

The Senator and Business Lounges on the non-Schengen Level offer a special highlight: A bar with bartender extends along the panoramic window wall across both lounges, which serves hot and cold drinks, specialty coffees and cocktails.

At the buffet, the famous Munich Senator Lounge warm meat loaf with pretzels and potato salad is just as present as regularly changing hot dishes or a hearty breakfast in the morning.

Business Lounge guests can enjoy a bistro area where armchairs invite to rest and relax.

At over 3,000 sq.m., the Seantor and Business Lounges also offer separate work areas, a TV area and comfortable shower rooms.

No1 Lounge Gatwick South
No1 Lounges doubles capacity at Gatwick Airport
2016-03-10

A impressive new lounge in the South Terminal is revealed. The new lounge replaces No1`s first ever site, which opened its doors in the South Terminal seven years ago. Designed in the spirit of the Jet-set age, the new facility is 50% bigger and boasts unrivalled panoramic runway views, an elegant island bar, spacious bistro, sports lounge, and a range of other private spaces. No1 expects to welcome over 300,000 guests at the South Terminal this year, in addition to over 500,000 guests in its newly refurbished lounges in the North Terminal where it has doubled its seating capacity.

Phil Cameron, Founder & CEO of No1 Lounges said: "We´re passionate about delivering great service experiences and are always looking for ways to innovate and broaden our lounging offer. When we launched at Gatwick Airport in 2009 we saw about 50,000 guests - compared to 800,000 this year. That`s phenomenal growth and we`re proud that our success at Gatwick is based on the quality of our product."

Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer Gatwick Airport said: "We are delighted to see the doubling of No1 Lounges` capacity at Gatwick which follows our busiest ever year as we continue to grow and invest in delivering a world-class passenger experience. Our goal is to ensure our passengers` journey starts the moment they arrive at the airport and No1 Lounges plays an important role in that journey for a growing number of our passengers."

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New British Airways Concorde Bar at Dubai
2016-02-29

British Airways has unveiled its new lounge in the recently built Concourse D at Dubai International Airport.

The comfortable seating areas include access to power and USB connections at every seat, an air printing facility, regional artwork and views over the retail atrium.

Materials used including black Nero marble surfaces, champagne metal finishes and European oak flooring are combined with furniture to suit, ranging from high-backed leather winged chairs to sofas. The lounge has been designed to maximise space using architectural elements such as illuminated glass screens giving customers separate spaces to work, relax or dine, creating a calm and relaxing environment.

The food and beverage area offers a choice of banquette seating or a high communal dining table and features a newly designed Island Bar. The menu features modern British dishes as well as favorites from the local region. Guests can help themselves to a generous selection of wines, beers, spirits, soft drinks, teas, coffees and snacks.

Troy Warfield, British Airways` director of customer experience, said:" Our premium customers flying from Dubai will be able to enjoy the airline`s newest lounge, featuring the exclusive luxury of the Concorde Bar for First customers. Our designers have created a contemporary and stylish space for Club World and First customers to relax, dine and refresh before boarding their flight to Heathrow."

Concourse D, where the new lounge is located, is accessible from Dubai International Airport Terminal 1 after Immigration control.

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Qantas to build new Heathrow Lounge
2016-02-24

London is the location for Qantas` next flagship global lounge, with construction on a new facility at Heathrow Airport to start in September 2016.

The facility, due to open in early 2017, will occupy a split-level space in Terminal 3 with a capacity for around 230 guests and offer views over the airfield.

Its design will combine the signature features of Qantas` award-winning facilities in other ports with local touches to make the design and experience distinctively London.

"The Kangaroo Route is at the heart of Qantas` identity and London remains one of our most important destinations," Mr Joyce, Qantas Group CEO, said. "We want the first dedicated Qantas lounge at Heathrow to be something special.

"Our lounges in Australia and overseas are often named among the world`s best. Customers love them and we make regular improvements based on what they tell us they`d like to see next.

"We`re very proud of the new lounge we`ve launched over the past three years in Singapore, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Perth - with Brisbane to follow this year - and we`re excited to be bringing this successful formula to our customers in London."

Features will include the airline`s signature Rockpool menu and dining options, a full-service bar with Rockpool cocktails, full bathroom facilities including showers, a business center and a children`s area.

ZRH SR E-Lounges
Three new SWISS Lounges at Zurich`s Terminal E
2016-02-01

Swiss unveiled its new lounge facilities: First Class, Business Class and Senator Lounges at Zurich Airport`s Terminal E.

Extending over more than 3,300 sq.m. and located conveniently close to its long-haul departure gates, the new lounges feature open seating areas, working areas with secluded workplaces and rest zones. All three lounges have access to an outdoor terrace with views of the airport and the Swiss Alps beyond.

Features include as well two large private "hotel rooms" (each with a double bed), shower suites, private seating areas and a VIP room.

The new lounges` culinary highlights include "front cooking" areas where the chefs prepare selected fresh meals right in front of the guest, while the Senator Lounge boasts an exclusive Whisky Bar offering over 120 different whiskies. The Swiss First Lounge even features its own version of a five-star a la carte restaurant. Guests can select the meal of their choice from an extensive menu throughout the day, including the option of fondue or raclette on the terrace in the winter months.

These facilities can accommodate up to 170 guests at a time.

Cathay reopens renovated Taipei lounge
Cathay reopens renovated Taipei lounge
2015-11-17

Cathay Pacific Airways opened its newly renovated lounge at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. The 1,253 sq.m. facility, which is located at Level 4 in the Departure Hall of Terminal 1, can seat up to 245 guests - approximately 100 more than the previous lounge.

The new facility offers comfortable surroundings highlighted by special designed Solo Chairs, a spacious seat with high partitions on either side to give passengers extra privacy. Each chair is equipped with a side table, reading lamb and a coat hook.

To create a relaxed and welcoming area has been archieved by working with warm, natural materials like wood and stone. Cherry wood walls and a limestone floor are framed with details such as glazed screens and lots of plants add colour to the space while locally sourced artworks reflect the local culture.

The Bureau provides five individual workstations with dual operating system iMacs and printers. Free Wi-fi is available throughout the lounge.

The dining area features the airline`s signature Noodle Bar, which offers a selection of noodle soup including Wonton Noodle soup, Dan Dan Noodles as well as authentic Taiwanese Beef Noodle soup. The Food Hall offers a wide selection of lighter items such as cold cuts, cheeses, salads, fruits, desserts and tapas. Guests may also enjoy Taiwanese favourites such as Minced Pork Rice and Bubble Milk Tea. Freshly blended cocktails and a choice of non-alcoholic beverages are served at the Bar.

SkyTeam Lounge Hong Kong
SkyTeam launches new Hong Kong Lounge
2015-10-29

The new facility of around 1,000 sq.m. can seat up to 230 guests and has been designed to offer a range of high-end amenities. Features include a yoga room, workstations, free Wi-fi, charging points for electronic devices, noodle bar, shower facilities and an iconic "Living Wall", a botanical feature comprising more than 50 different plant species, bringing in a touch of nature.

"Our goal is to invest in shared facilities at airports around the world in order to deliver a consistently high level of service to our members` customers as well as creating synergies for our members at airports served by multiple SkyTeam airlines," said SkyTeam`s Manager Director Michael Wisburn. "This exclusive lounge will provide a relaxing environment for passengers in which to unwind before catching their next flight."

The spacious lounge is located at Terminal 1, near departure gate 15, and is open daily between 05:30 a.m. and 01:00 a.m..

A hot and cold buffet of international cuisine is available throughout the day. In addition, guests may enjoy a noodle bar offering cooked-to-order noodles. The choice of beverages comprises tea and coffee, soft drinks, fruit juices, chilled water as well as wine, beer, Champagne, spirits and liqueurs.

SkyTeam member airlines serving Hong Kong International Airport are: Aeroflot, Air France, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Garuda Indonesia, Kenya Airways, KLM, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Airlines.

Aspire The Lounge and Spa Lounge Impression
Aspire Lounge and Spa - new at London Heathrow T5
2015-10-08

Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at London Heathrow T5 officially opened its doors. It`s located at Gate A18 in the main terminal. The lounge is open daily from 05:00 a.m. unti 11:00 p.m..

Errol McGlothan, General Manager EMEA, Collinson Group said: "Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at LHR T5 has been designed to meet the exacting needs of the millions of travellers who travel through the terminal every year. Using insights gained from frequent travellers, we are confident that we`ve delivered the most compelling destination lounge where travellers can relax and refresh ahead of their next journey."

The facility offers 4,000 sq.ft. of space with huge windows on two sides providing panoramic runway views. "Rest pods" are available to guests who want to recline , watch TV or recharge before the next flight. Those, who would like to connect, will have access to a work area with complimentary high speed Wi-fi, charging posts and designated quiet zones.

A British-inspired seasonal food and drink menu includes a wide variety of complimentary and chargeable options, changing throughout the day.

But the highlight of the lounge is the Bliss Spa, which offers a range of 20-40 minutes appointments for travellers including facials, manicure and pedicure.

Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at LHR T5 officially opened its doors to travelers on August 5 and is located at Gate A18. - See more at: http://www.businesstravelerusa.com/news/aspire,-the-lounge-and-spa-at-lhr-t5-is-open-an#sthash.5bloieqC.dpuf

Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at LHR T5 officially opened its doors to travelers on August 5 and is located at Gate A18.

The lounge is open daily from 5am – 11pm to all passengers with a daily fee – if booked in advance the fee is £35 at http://www.executivelounges.com otherwise the daily charge is £40.  Priority Pass members will have access to the lounge as part of their membership. 

Errol McGlothan, General Manager EMEA, Collinson Group said: "Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at LHR T5 has been designed to meet the exacting needs of the millions of travellers who travel through the terminal every year.  Using insights gained from frequent travellers, we are confident that we've delivered the most compelling destination lounge where travellers can relax and refresh ahead of their next journey.”

The facility offers 4,000 square feet of space with dramatic runway views. ‘Rest pods’ are available to guests who want to recline and watch television and recharge before the next leg of their journey.  Other passengers, who need to connect, will have access to work spaces with high-speed WiFi, charging posts and designated quiet areas. 

Food is always a key element of lounges.  A British-inspired seasonal food and drink menu has been created which includes a wide range of complimentary as well as premium (chargeable) options, changing throughout the day. 

One of the features of the lounge is the Bliss Spa, which offers 20 – 40 minute appointments for travelers on the go. 

- See more at: http://www.businesstravelerusa.com/news/aspire,-the-lounge-and-spa-at-lhr-t5-is-open-an#sthash.5bloieqC.dpuf
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SAS opens refurbished Arlanda Lounge
2015-09-16

Recently, SAS has reopened its popular lounge in Terminal 5 at Arlanda. The lounge covers an area of 1,400 sq.m. and has been upgraded in Scandinavian style that combines functionality and design. It offers a large buffet area, new combined meeting rooms/guest offices, travel services, a relaxation area, workstations, restrooms and showers, plenty electrical outlets, charging stations, fast wireless Internet as well as a play area for young travellers.

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