Etihad Airways has announced the roll out of its new lounge concept ‘The House’ to Melbourne and Sydney airports.
The brand was launched at Heathrow T4 earlier this month in partnership with lounge services provider No1 Lounges.
Etihad’s current facility at Sydney will be rebranded as ‘The House, home of Etihad Airways’ from October 23, with the carrier’s Melbourne lounge following on October 27.
The airline said that from launch both lounges will offer greater food and beverage choice, with an emphasis on wellbeing and local produce, self-service and a la carte menus, and new cocktail and mocktail lists.
Both facilities are then set to be refurbished over the next year, with the introduction of reading rooms, and a new private room for VIP and The Residence guests at Sydney.
As with Heathrow, Etihad stressed that lounge access eligibility for Etihad customers will not change. The lounges will continue to be used by the premium passengers of a small number of other airlines and, subject to availability, will be available for purchase by passengers of other airlines.
Commenting on the news Linda Celestino, Etihad Airways Vice President Guest Experience and Delivery said:
“We are more committed to Australia than ever and the launch of The House in Sydney and Melbourne, two of the most important gateways in our network, alongside London, is testament to that. We look forward to welcoming our guests down-under to a new and enhanced airport experience.”
According to the carrier the new brand “represents Etihad and the needs of its premium customers through three core pillars: simplicity with sophistication, privacy with attentiveness; and tranquillity with engagement”.