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Five new departure lounges

9 Sep 2015 by Clement Huang

THE PIER

AIRLINE Cathay Pacific

COUNTRY Hong Kong

OPENING DATE June 2015

ENTRY First class passengers, as well as those holding Marco Polo Club Diamond or Oneworld Emerald status on any flight operated by an alliance member.

INFO The newly renovated first class section of The Pier offers a seating capacity for 231 passengers, and is the airline’s largest dedicated first class facility to date.

The Pier first class lounge is separated into individual sections, including the Library, Bureau with six iMac workstations offering dual operating systems, Dining Room for sit-down a la carte, Pantry for “grab and go” light bites, horseshoe-shaped bar, and Retreat area featuring 14 showers, eight day suites and three foot massage booths.

See here for our detailed report.

cathaypacific.com

 

QANTAS BUSINESS LOUNGE

AIRLINE Qantas Airways

COUNTRY Perth, Australia

OPENING DATE August 2015

ENTRY Qantas business customers as well as Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers. 

INFO The new Qantas Domestic Business Lounge is almost 50 per cent larger than the one it replaces, and offers seating for more than 350 people.

Along with the usual facilities and services, there are two brand new dining concepts at the lounge – an Italian pizza bar with a dedicated pizza chef, and a wine bar serving barista coffee and freshly made croissants.  

There is also a “make your own” juice station in the morning, cocktail hour from 4-5pm on weekdays, and a standard hot and cold buffet selection. 

qantas.com.au

 

TERMINAL 1 PREMIUM LOUNGE

AIRLINE Etihad Airways

COUNTRY Abu Dhabi

ENTRY Etihad’s first and business class passengers, as well as qualifying platinum tier members of Etihad Guest, and those of equivalent tier with Etihad Airways’ partner airlines.

INFO The refurbished 1,044 sqm facility offers seating for 134 guests and sports a design motif consistent with the airline’s brand. Open 24 hours a day, the lounge offers amenities including comfortable armchairs, a dedicated dining area, complimentary wifi connectivity, USB power outlets and shower facilities. 

In keeping with the Gulf carrier’s signature F&B offering, lounge guests that wish to forego the standard buffet option can also opt for restaurant-style à la carte dining. 

etihad.com

 

SAKURA LOUNGE

AIRLINE Japan Airlines

COUNTRY Osaka, Japan

ENTRY JAL passengers from business class, and economy booking class Y.

INFO The lounge has been redesigned with the concept of “modern Japanese style”, delivering a message of the “heart of Japan” and “Japanese hospitality” to the customers. It can hold up to 177 passengers, although the seating is rather close together.  

There are several improved amenities, including two massage chairs, electric locks in the new baggage storage space, more power outlets around each seat, a make-up corner in the ladies restroom, and a big screen for flight information. There is also a smoking room in the lounge, with seating. 

jal.com

 

BRITISH AIRWAYS CONCORDE LOUNGE

AIRLINE British Airways

COUNTRY Singapore

ENTRY BA’s first and business (Club World) customers, along with eligible Executive Gold and Silver member, as well as Oneworld Sapphire or Emerald frequent flyers.

INFO Facilities include coat check, baggage storage and shower rooms. Connectivity is provided via high-speed complimentary wifi, while there are also two desktop computers and a wireless printer. For F&B, the lounge offers a selection of wines, refreshments and food that can be found at the buffet counters and the bar. 

The highlight of the lounge is the first ever Concorde Bar. Featuring black Nero marble surfaces, European oak flooring and stylish furnishings, this is a private area available exclusively to BA’s first class customer, which requires a passcode to enter.

britishairways.com

 

Clement Huang

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