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Etihad Airways Opens Premium Lounge in Los Angeles

As with everything by Etihad Airways, expect the new First and Business Class lounge at Los Angeles International Airport to be as luxurious as anything you have ever experienced.

Set within the Tom Bradley International Terminal, the new premium lounge is the Abu Dhabi-based airline’s third premium offering in the United States, and will cater to guests on the daily EY170 Boeing services from the U.S West Coast’s commercial and entertainment hub. The facility sees an infusion of the same ‘Modern Arabian’ decorative elements that are now synonymous with the airline’s international lounges, inspired by Abu Dhabi’s traditional and modern architecture and famous desert landscapes.

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Exclusively open for Etihad First Class and Business Class guests, Etihad Guest Platinum, Gold and Silver members flying on the route, as well as Etihad Airways Partner (EAP) airlines’ equivalent Platinum and Gold members, the luxurious compound is less airport lounge and more hotel suite. The a la carte and buffet spread sees an amalgamation of Californian and Middle Eastern flavors, prepared on-site by experienced chefs with sustainable local seasonal produce. A carefully curated wine list matches the culinary choices available. The showcase bar, now a mainstay at any Etihad global lounge sees an impressive choice of range of premium spirits, champagne and aperitifs for a bespoke cocktail menu by London-based beverage consultancy Fluid Movement.

Expect all the other workings of a first class lounge, such as a TV area, shower facilities, and high-speed WIFI, multi-zone electrical and USB power outlets, and a selection of international magazines and daily newspapers.

The Los Angeles International Airport lounge marks Etihad’s growing collection of 15 Premium Lounges worldwide, and joins two other American lounges in Washington D.C and New York JFK airports. “Our new First and Business Class Lounge in Los Angeles demonstrates our unwavering commitment to travellers on the US West Coast, and in the United States as a whole, by providing them with the intuitive hospitality they have come to expect from our people and our brand,” said Martin Drew, Etihad Airways senior vice president Americas.

The Etihad Premium Lounges are just the beginning of course, or the middle as it may be. After all, the airline has already won the Skytrax award for Best First Class experience.

Etihad Airways Offers First Class Lounge & Spa

Etihad Airways extends its first class service beyond the skies with the opening of its flagship First Class Lounge & Spa. Nestled within the Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Terminal 3, the 1,700 square-meter sanctuary is inspired by the world’s most prestigious hotels, private members’ clubs and fine dining establishments. Inside, 16 unique zones await in the 1,700 m² space, thoughtfully designed with geometric patterns and a color palette inspired by the UAE.

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Instead of the usual buffet line, Etihad has chosen to make things more personal with an a la carte menu of Arabian, Indian and international cuisine. Gentlemen can enjoy a cigar or two (out of nine carefully selected brands) post-meal with a selection of whisky or cognac (only the finest) while ladies can spruce up for the next flight with the lounge’s dedicated team of hairstylists and manicurists. It’s also not like Etihad to let you walk away with sore shoulders or a stiff neck – its Six Senses Spa will offer esteemed guests complimentary treatments, while the fitness rooms will have an extensive range of state-of-the-art equipment.

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“Our new First Class Lounge & Spa is the jewel in the crown of our new lounge offerings worldwide and represents the best of our home city of Abu Dhabi. It is a showcase of intelligent product design, innovation, ‎and superlative hospitality and service. This is not just a lounge but the ultimate airline hospitality experience and one which perfectly mirrors Etihad Airways’ evolution into the best airline in the world,” Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Executive Officer.

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Qantas to enforce stricter dress code for lounges

Qantas lounge

 has enforced a stricter dress code at its airport lounges following complaints from passengers.

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That means that frequent flyers accustomed to wearing boardshorts, rubber thongs and tank tops on Australia’s flagship carrier will have to rethink their travel attire if they want to visit the Qantas Clubs and business lounges across the country, reported The Sydney Morning Herald.

“Entry may be refused at the discretion of the lounge staff if visitors do not meet the appropriate standard […] we want to create a comfortable atmosphere in our lounges that all visitors can enjoy.”

Because apparently for some flyers, seeing fellow travelers dressed for the beach rather than an upscale lounge reserved for loyalty members — often business travelers — makes them uncomfortable.

The dress code will take effect April 1 at Qantas Clubs and business lounges in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra and Adelaide.

Flyers will be assessed individually, the airline added, meaning that tailored shorts would be permissible versus boardshorts.

Experts have long advised travelers to dress up for their flight, as a passenger’s attire can increase their odds of being upgraded.

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A portrait of air travel in 2024

vertical garden and green wall at singapore airport

Holographic airport staff, zen airports with waterfalls, yoga classes and no more check-in desks are among some of the predictions made in a report that aims to paint a portrait of air travel in 2024.

In its latest installment of “The Future of Travel 2024,” Skyscanner experts gazed into their crystal ball and looked at how technology will transform the flight experience in 10 years’ time.

For starters, according to the report flyers can look forward to the elimination of check-in desks and long lines, as smartphone-enabled, automated self-service technologies mean they’ll be able to check their baggage at any drop-off point, including Starbucks or McDonald’s.

Technological advancements should also result in a reduction of lost luggage, as flyers will be able to track their suitcases via the internet and their smartphones with digital tags.

Digital baggage tags have already entered the travel market with carriers like British Airways and Air France-KLM playing with different prototypes which interact with passengers’ smartphones.

By 2024, the evolution of smart technology also means that devices will “speak to each other,” so that a suitcase may be able to let the hotel concierge know if a guest forgot to bring a toothbrush and may need a replacement.

Biometric data cards that use facial recognition will also replace passports and expedite lines, allowing low-risk passengers to pass quickly through security, the report predicts, while customs and immigration officers will use facial recognition software that can be used to flag down potential troublemakers and assess people’s emotions.

Airports will turn into Aerovilles

The airports of the future will follow the lead of innovative, award-winning industry leaders such as Singapore’s Changi airport and aim to make air travel less stressful with the installation of art galleries, gardens, indoor parks, 3D cinemas and yoga retreats.

This summer, the Helsinki Airport in Finland piloted a yoga and pilates program allowing travelers to find zen before boarding their flight.

Airport shopping and dining will also enter the “phygital,” where travelers will move through an interactive environment, allowing them to order food off virtual restaurant menu walls by scanning QR codes on their smartphones and make instant purchases of duty-free perfumes, bags and wines which would then be delivered to them wherever they may be in the airport.

These last predictions are based on experiments already being conducted by retailers like British supermarket chain Tesco, which tested a virtual grocery store wall in subway stations in South Korea, allowing busy commuters to grocery shop via QR codes while waiting for their train.

Likewise, similar concepts are in place at India’s New Delhi airport where shoppers can buy luxury goods with the swipe of their phones.

New haptic technology — tactile feedback technology that recreates the sense of touch with vibrations, force and motions — will also allow passengers to feel and smell the products before buying.

And should a flyer be dawdling at the duty-free area, a holographic airport staff member will appear at their side to remind them that their flight is boarding.

The next chapter in Skyscanner’s future of travel report will look at destinations and hotels in 2024.

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Singapore’s Changi Airport Named World’s Best

Terminal 3 Singapore Changi airport

For the second year in a row, Singapore’s Changi Airport has been named the best airport in the world by millions of international flyers for features like tropical rooftop gardens, movie theaters, Jacuzzi and free foot massages.

The Singapore airport beat 410 hubs around the world to take the top spot at the World Airport Awards.

The awards were based on 12.85 million customer nominations across 110 nationalities who evaluated the airports across 39 categories including check-in, arrivals, transfers, shopping, security, immigration and departure.

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Last summer, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien announced plans to build a new terminal that will double Changi’s capacity in a bid to retain its edge as a regional aviation hub.

Currently, the airport has three terminals with a total capacity of 66 million passengers a year. It’s not hard to see why the Singapore airport snagged the top spot and seduced flyers around the world.

Changi Airport Social Tree

More than just a place of transit, the airport has been designed to take the stress out of flying with features that include five themed gardens, including a butterfly garden, bamboo, orchid and fern-themed gardens, as well as a rooftop oasis with cactus and sunflowers.

For families with young children or restless adolescents, the airport likewise offers an Entertainment Deck where kids and adults alike can play Xbox Kinect, Xbox 360 and PlayStation games, watch a movie, visit the aviation gallery, or release any pent-up energy at the playground.

Changi Airport Butterfly Garden

For a small fee, passengers can use the airport’s Balinese-themed swimming pool and Jacuzzi, while napping areas at a rainforest lounge and individual cubicles or budget rooms can be rented out for up to six-hour blocks.

Passengers with a layover of at least five hours can also take advantage of free two-hour sightseeing tours organized by the airport, which take visitors past major landmarks and areas of the city including the Marina Bay Sands, the world’s largest Ferris wheel and the Gardens of the Bay.

Singapore Changi Airport

And passengers with tired, swollen feet from pressurized cabins and running through the terminals can also get free foot massages.

Rounding out the top five list is Incheon International Airport in Seoul; Munich Airport; Hong Kong International Airport and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

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10kg can Petrossian caviar

Caviar and champagne bar opens at LAX

French caviar house Petrossian opened a bar at the Tom Bradley International Terminal last week for passengers with gourmet taste buds and deep pockets.

10kg can Petrossian caviar

Menu items include a caviar martini garnished with a caviar-stuffed olive, caviar deviled eggs, hand-sliced smoked salmon, a smoked trout platter and caviar flatbread, reports The Los Angeles Times.

For those who absolutely can’t tolerate plane food, Petrossian also offers carry-on picnic packs that run between $205 to $1,582 which can be consumed in-flight.

According to the Times, the most expensive “Caviar in the Air” package includes top-shelf Tsar Imperial Kaluga caviar, creme fraiche, toast points, and smoked salmon in an insulated bag.

Qatar Airways

Doha airport home to world’s best ‘premium’ terminal

Premium Terminal Doha First Cass Lounge

Deep-pocketed travelers who fly business class have voted the Premium Terminal at Doha International Airport the best in the world for the third year in a row, for services like personal chauffeurs, five-star dining options and in-transit spa and sauna experiences.

Announced in Geneva this week, voters in Skytrax’s World’s Best Airport Awards named the luxury terminal by Qatar Airways the World’s Best Premium Service Airport, a US$100 million, 10,000-square-meter space built in 2006.

Doha’s Premium Terminal acts as a separate, self-contained airport for the fabulously rich and famous, with its own duty-free shopping area, self-service check-in kiosks and dedicated e-gates to speed up immigration formalities.

Premium Terminal Doha Duty Free

Reserved for first and business class travelers on Qatar Airways, passengers are privy to a personal chauffeur who will shuttle them to and from their plane.

After being greeted by a concierge, visitors can choose between an array of five-star dining options such as hot and cold Arabic and international cuisine,  unwind in a spa and Jacuzzi, or get a massage.

Showers and private layover rooms are also available for passengers who want to freshen up and squeeze in a nap before boarding their next flight.

Jacuzzi at Doha Airport

Families can likewise avail themselves of the nurseries and children’s play area, while business travelers have a conference and meeting room at their disposal.

Here are the Top 5 Best Premium Service Airports in the world:

1.      Premium Terminal Doha International Airport, Qatar Airways
2.      Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thai Airways
3.      First Class Terminal, Frankfurt Airport, Lufthansa
4.      Abu Dhabi International Airport, Terminal 3
5.      SATS Singapore Changi Airport, Terminal 2

Dining at Doha Airport

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IKEA opens VIP lounge in Paris Airport

Ikea Lounge Paris Roissy airport

Ikea has opened a pop-up lounge at Paris’s Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport for passengeres to relax in between flights during the busy summer travel season.

The lounge, situated in the Terminal 3, is open from July 13 to August 5, and includes various spaces laid out like bedrooms, a living room and a play area for children.
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Heathrow Airport Opens Grey Goose Loft

Grey Goose coktails

Bacardi Global Travel Retail and Virgin Atlantic have announced the opening of the Grey Goose Loft at the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at London Heathrow.

Guests are offered an amuse-bouche on arrival at the bar, with professional mixologists creating tailor-made Grey Goose cocktails.

Over the coming months Virgin Atlantic Upper Class passengers will see a series of special events being held in the Grey Goose Loft as Grey Goose celebrates its partnerships in the worlds of art, music, fashion and film.
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Hong Kong airport lounge tops world’s best

cathay pacific airport lounge hongkong

The Wing airport lounge at Hong Kong International Airport has been chosen as the best in the world by guidebook publisher Frommers.

In a guide compiled for USA Today, Frommer’s picked the world’s top ten executive lounges, putting Cathay Pacific‘s 4,500 square meter facility in first place.

Reserved for Cathay’s first and business class passengers, the lounge offers individual bath and shower rooms with their own minibars.
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Zurich Airport boasts “best airport bar”

Zurich Airport Center Bar

A bar at Switzerland’s Zurich Airport has been named as the best airport bar in the world at the Airport Food and Beverage Awards, held in Manchester earlier this week.

The Center Bar, which stretches along one side of Zurich’s departure terminal, beat contenders that included Harry’s Bar, an open air lounge on the roof of Singapore’s Changi Airport, and Saji Bumi at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Bars at Brussels Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport shared the prize for the best wine bar category, with the Beaudevin Wine and Tapas bar winning in Belgium and Vino Volo taking the prize in the US.
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Airline lounges – who has the best?

Last week, Hong Kong-flag carrier Cathay Pacific unveiled its new lounge at Hong Kong International airport, promising a “new level of comfort and convenience.”

“The Cabin” is spread across 1,339 square meters and designed by Foster and Partners to be “contemporary, refreshing and dynamic.”

Passengers can choose between 5 zones designed for different purposes, including The Reception, The IT Zone, The Deli, The Health Bar, and The Relaxing Zone.
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Delta’s New Heathrow Lounge

If you’re traveling from London’s Heathrow Airport aboard Delta Air Lines or one of its SkyTeam partners, you’ll soon be able to take advantage of this futuristic and luxurious new lounge.

The lounge is open to international first and business class passengers as well as SkyTeam Elite Plus passengers.

The two-level minimalist styled lounge features a spa, restaurant, wine bar, oxygen bar and entertainment hub.
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Lufthansa Unveils Premium Lounge at JFK Airport

Lufthansa has officially unveiled its new lounge at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The facility encompasses nearly 16,000 square feet, about twice the size of the airline’s original.

JFK lounge, and features three levels, each dedicated to one of Lufthansa’s premium passenger segments – Business Class, Senator and First Class/HON Circle.

You can also get into the new lounge if you’re a Frequent Traveler (35,000 miles a year) on any Star Alliance carrier : )
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World’s Ten Most Amazing Airport Lounges

Looking for the perfect way to relax or work before a flight? Here is a list of world’s top them most amazing airport lounges that not only offer comfortable seating and beverages but much more!

In today’s day and age, along with plasma screens and WI-FI connectivity, these lounges are offering amenities like full-fledged spas, private nap rooms, and meals catered by celebrity chefs.


1/ Air France l’Espace Premiere lounge, Paris
(Charles de Gaulle Airport, Terminal 2E)

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