When event planners have assignments that involve extended travel, a business class lounge is a welcome travel amenity. Fortunately, new ones are opening around the world.
Qatar Airways really kicked things up a notch by not only offering a lounge but an exclusive Premium terminal dedicated to its business and first class passengers. The new Al Mourjan Business Lounge, which opened in August, 2014, has 4 buffet areas, a restaurant where full meals are served, and snack bars.There are USB charging stations for mobile phones and other devices.
Star Alliance launched not one but 5 new lounges at Heathrow Airport's new Terminal 2 in 2014. Lufthansa, Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, and United Airlines (with 2 lounges).
Singapore Airline's SilverKris features productivity pods where travelers can work in privacy. The dining area, designed like an ultra-modern kitchen, showcases the cuisine of Singapore.
Air Canada's Maple Leaf Lounge offers views of the terminals runways through its floor to ceiling windows. It provides PC computers, tablets, and a workroom for impromptu meetings for travelers who need to catch up on work. Light refreshments, full meals, and Canadian beer are available at the Bistro.
In cooperation with Cathay Pacific and British Airways, Qantas has opened its new business class lounge in Los Angeles. it offers 9 shower suites, The communal fireplace and central atrium create the perfect environment for relaxation.
Chef Neil Perry has unveiled a new menu, and California food carts offer pop-up dining options.
Etihad Airways unveiled a new first and business class lounge at Kingsford Smith International Airport in Sydney, Australia. The 2-level lounge has multi-zone electrical outlets, USB power outlets, Apple Computers, free WiFi, and even a children's playroom. A la carte dining is available complemented by wine from Australia's top wineries.
Etihad also has business class lounges at London's Heathrow Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC. The airline is also planning to open lounges in Los Angeles, New York, and Melbourne.
Long known for its signature business class lounge in Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways is bringing its top amenities to more and more destinations.
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