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I’ve written a review about the LOFT Business Lounge, Brusselsbefore, in general, I can see this development coming to the lounge at Brussels airport.Based on my numerous visits to the lounge beofore, I’ve never managed to find a place to sit right away. The current lounge itself is quiet big, with quiet generous sitting space. However, a sizeable amount of the space has divided into specific areas where they are sponsored by banks, laptop brand and even Skype.

Picture from Business Traveller

The new expansion plan was launched at 25th April, with current lounge area take up to 1,240m², a further 800m² will be extended to the lounge space; thus with a total of 2,000m², it would be able to serve up to 500 guests at a time.

Picture from Business Traveller

Other key development of the lounge would be featuring an exclusive area for HON Circle members, according to Business Traveller,it would feature the following special amenities:

  • A Miele kitchen offering “an array of the finest gastronomy”,

  • A game room with a red velvet pool table,

  • A Grohe spa with 11 bathrooms,

  • Private nap rooms inspired by the carrier’s forthcoming new long-haul business class offering.

  • A massage area with Panasonic relax chairs which simulate “the Shiatsu treatment available in the seating of the new Lexus LS sedan”

Picture from Business Traveller

“With the aim of being “an ambassador for Belgium”, Brussels Airlines has also incorporated elements including historical items from the Tintin universe, food by Belgian caterer Newrest, coffee by family-owned company Rombouts, chocolates by Neuhaus, and beers from AB inBev at the Belgian Bar.”

Picture from Business Traveller

Picture from Business Traveller

Picture from Business Traveller

This picture is a supposed mockup design of the exclusive HON Circle area where guests get to order directly from Miele restaurants.


Bottom Line:

This is such a great development to the already crowded LOFT lounge at Brussels airport, however I wouldn’t say that the lounge has the best catering offerings out there. Although HON Circle members get to order something from a menu, people who use the lounge without status level of HON Circle attained would still be picking from the cold buffet offering trays which doesn’t add too much flavour to people’s stomach. In other words, the Belgium beer has always been great.

Despite some cost-cutting incentives made to the food offerings, I am still eager to try out the lounge and hopefully write a review upon the time when the entire lounge opens in the beginning of June this year.

More pictures of the new lounge space from Wallpaper.com.

 

Albert K. Field Albert is my name, and travel the world is my game. I began my passion for travel at a very young age, I started this website as a strong means to further explore the world of frequent flyers programs (FFP). The relationship between customers and service providers in the aviation and hospitality industry always seems to be in opposition, however, since the introduction of United Airlines’ Frequent Flyers Programm since 1972*. This has significantly eased the middle spectrum between 2 parties. While the aim of airlines is still to generate more revenue; but for us,as consumers, are also given the opportunity to participate in the bargaining and exploiting from service providers. Living in a world of globalization where big data becomes vital for simulating successful economical activities, most of us will have to travel to other locations whether willingly or unwillingly, while you hearing all this fascinating stories about others, In fact, you too, can blend into the trend. It may not sound like how media illustrates, but indeed there are possibilities for us to have more spontaneous travel without getting held back by financial situation. My website consists of reviews of airline premium cabin products,airport lounges and stay reports of 5-star hotels and their executive lounges across the globe. In addition to all of that, I care the most about their frequent flyers program and loyalty program, which also includes banking partners. Plus, I spontaneously put up reviews and news update regarding premium water brands and restaurants. The purpose of this website is to share all of this information with my audience as well as inviting you to be part of my journey.

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Air France Introduces New Night Service Concept With Washington Dulles Lounge Revamped

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Air France Washington Dulles Lounge

On July 18, 2019, Air France unveiling its newly revamped lounge at Washington Dulles International Airport; The new lounge welcomes Air France’s La Première and Business Class customers as well as Flying Blue Elite Plus members in a completely renovated, more elegant and modern environment. The total area is 615 square meters with two floors that can accommodate up to 155 customers.

At the heart of the lounge is a new dining area, There is a new service concept “Night Service” for Business Class guests onboard Flight AF027 departures every day from Washington to Paris, Charles de Gaulle.

Eligible passengers can enjoy French cuisine in the airport lounge just as they would on board. Guests can enjoy a full meal at the table, including appetisers, hot dishes, cheese plates, desserts, and wine and champagne.

During the flight, guests can enjoy a good night’s sleep in the business class cabin. A quiet private seat that can be converted into a flat bed which guarantees a peaceful rest. When they woke up with the flight reaching the French coastline, breakfast will be served right before landing at Paris Charles de Gaulle.

In addition to the service concept specially catered to business class passengers onboard the night flight, Air France also introduced other newly improved features at the lounge.

The iconic bar area in the lounge 

Dressed in a lacquered metal structure and completely open to the lounge, the bar offers a selection of wines, Champagnes and spirits, served by a bartender. For the first time in an Air France lounge, customers can also enjoy cold draught beers.

A new dining experience

As part of its ongoing effort to offer its customers the best possible service, the company has also revamped its dining area to highlight French gourmet cuisine.

Designed in the spirit of a Parisian brasserie, new furnishings and circular benches have been custom-designed to provide conviviality and comfort. Customers can enjoy a self-service buffet with a cold, sweet and savoury selection.

A cosy environment

The second level offers customers a genuinely cosy environment. In a relaxing light-filled atmosphere, where light screens perfectly mimic sunlight and the colour of the sky, customers can relax comfortably in chaises lounges or other seating of their choice. A snacking area completes this moment of well-being.

Air France Press Release

Facts of Air France’s new Washington lounge:

  • A VIP area with a cosy and private atmosphere, dedicated to customers travelling in the La Première cabin;
  • An area reserved for Flying Blue Platinum Ultimate customers.
  • A lobby equipped with new eligibility kiosks, for smoother access;
  • A co-working space;
  • Free Wi-Fi access and electrical/USB outlets close to each seat;
  • A lounge area reflecting the architectural design of the latest Air France lounges – wide bench seating, brightly-coloured individual seats that give the lounge its own distinctive identity; 
  • A press kiosk offering French and international newspapers and magazines, in addition to the digital offer available on the “Air France Play” app;
  • Freshen up and relax thanks to an invigorating shower.

Air France currently operates 2 daily flights to Washington by Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-200 from Paris-Charles de Gaulle; while KLM operates a daily flight to Washington from Amsterdam-Schiphol airport. There will be a schedule change from 26th October this year as the winter season schedule kicks in.

  • AF054: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 13:15, arrives in Washington at 15:40;
  • AF055: leaves Washington at 18:05, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 7:35 the next day.
  • AF026: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 16:30, arrives in Washington à 19:05;
  • AF027: leaves Washington at 21:10, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 10:45 the next day.
  • KL651: leaves Amsterdam-Schiphol at 13:20, arrives in Washington at 15:40;
  • KL652: leaves Washington at 17:45, arrives at Amsterdam-Schiphol at 7:20 the next day.

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Singapore Airlines To Use SGD 50 Million To Upgrade Changi Airport T3 Lounge

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Singapore Airlines will invest more than SGD 50 million in a major upgrade to the SilverKris and KrisFlyer Gold Lounges at Changi Airport Terminal 3. The refurbishment will begin in August 2019 and is expected to be completed by mid-2021.

After the upgrade, the area size and reception capacity of Singapore Airlines lounges at Terminal 3 of Changi Airport will increase by 30%. The new lounge will be tailored to the needs and preferences of the passengers, offering more spacious open spaces, fully upgraded amenities and a variety of dining options. Singapore Airlines has teamed up with the renowned hotel design company Hirsch Bedner Associates to inject new energy into each lounge, creating a modern yet warm atmosphere with a classic elegance.

Designed to create the ultimate exclusive lounge experience, passengers in the Singapore Airlines First Class Suite and First Class will experience a new The Private Room and First Class Lounge, carefully designed for a gorgeous and intimate seating space that will satisfy both passengers’ need to work and rest. The flagship bar will still be a feature of the First Class Lounge, while the private lounge will offer a full-service, high-end fine dining area. The passenger’s enjoyment experience will be further enhanced, in addition to the fresh seasonal flavor, you can also enjoy popular local cuisine all year round.

In addition, the Singapore Airlines Business Class Lounge will be expanded and has four different areas to meet the diverse needs of passengers. Passengers with shorter transit times can enjoy delicious snacks in a relaxed and welcoming café, while time-honoured passengers can enjoy a wide selection of Asian and international cuisine at the restaurant, including local specialties produced on-site.

One of the highlights of the new Business Class Lounge is that there will be a full-service bar and it will also serve as a buffet breakfast area. For passengers who need to work in a private space, there will also be separate working spaces called Productivity pods that will help increase productivity. The chaise lounges in the rest area will be used for passengers to take a short nap before departures.

The reception capacity of the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge will be doubled, including a dedicated work area, as well as a spacious terrace seating area and dining area. The KrisFlyer Gold Lounge will also be equipped with a washroom and shower.

“With extensive research and feedback garnered from our customers, we have relooked and re-envisioned our customer journey to develop this new design concept for our lounges at T3. Keeping the needs and wants of our customers in mind, we aim to deliver an experience that exemplifies the luxury and warm hospitality that SIA is known for. The project is a key part of our commitment to constantly elevate the customer experience, on the ground as well as in the air, and we look forward to revealing the exciting new offerings as construction progresses,” said Senior Vice President Customer Services & Operations, Mr Marvin Tan.

Singapore Airlines Press Release

The upgrade will be carried out in four phases. During the period, all the lounges will be gradually divided into sections, first the business class lounge, then the first class lounge and The Private Room, and finally the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge. During the upgrade period, the relevant passengers will have access to the temporary lounge to ensure that they will not be affected.

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