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Expansion Is Coming To Brussels Airlines LOFT Business Lounge



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 before, I’ve never managed to find a place to sit right away. The current lounge itself is quite big, with quite 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.

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Austrian Airlines To Reopen Lounge At Vienna Airport & Resume Flights To Shanghai



Austrian Airlines OE-LAW Boeing 767-300ER

From September 29, 2020, Austrian Airlines will reopen its lounge at Vienna Airport Terminal 3. Austrian Airlines has also changed catering partner to DoN.

From 2 October Austria’s home carrier will fly to Shanghai with a weekly frequency, the route will be resumed with a Boeing 767, and on the airline’s wish list is “A second weekly flight to Shanghai.” 

Austrian Airlines Lounge @ Vienna Airport Reception
Austrian Airlines Lounge @ Vienna Airport Reception

Austrian Airlines will again welcome passengers in its lounge at Vienna Airport from September 29, 2020. Due to the spread of the Corona Pandemic and the temporary suspension of flight operations, Austria’s home carrier had to temporarily close all lounges on March 16, 2020. At the end of September, the Austrian Business Lounge Schengen (Terminal 3, Level 2 or F-Gates) will reopen its doors for Austrian Airlines passengers. 

The reopening brings a change for lounge visitors: quality caterer DoN is now responsible for the culinary offerings in the Austrian Airlines Lounge. The largest privately run catering company in Austria has won the tender and will be catering for lounge guests from now on. DO & CO will remain the partner for onboard catering on Austrian Airlines flights. 

“With the reopening of our lounge at Vienna Airport together with our new lounge catering partner DoN, we are taking another step towards normality and can offer our passengers more service along the journey. “

Austrian Airlines Head of Product Management, Erik Mosch. 

  • The food and drink on offer in the lounge complies with all hygiene requirements and has been adapted to meet official guidelines.
  • Visitors can choose from a wide range of beverages as well as cold and warm snacks and meals.
  • Regional delicacies are also offered.

The Austrian Airlines Lounge is located at the F-Gates in Terminal 3 and is open daily from 5.30 am to 8.00 pm. Initially, only the Schengen Business Lounge will be reopened; it is available to all passengers entitled to access. HON-Circle guests can expect a separate area.

Information on the access rules can be found at

In the Austrian Airlines Lounge, as in the entire airport terminal and on board, there is a strict mask wearing obligation. Mouth and nose protection may only be removed while seated at the tables. 

Austrian B767 OE_LAX
Austrian B767 OE_LAX

Austrian Airlines will fly to Shanghai again from 2 October. After several postponements of the resumption due to the dynamic market situation, the return to China is now fixed. A Boeing 767 will fly from Vienna to Shanghai every Friday. The return flight will take place the following Sunday. Further connections to China are a conceivable option for Austrian Airlines. 

“We are very pleased to be able to return to China with regular passenger flights”, a second weekly flight to Shanghai is on our wish list.” 

Austrian Airlines board member Andreas Otto

The long-haul portfolio of Austrian Airlines is thus expanding to include another destination. In addition to Shanghai, Austria’s home carrier already flies to Chicago, New York and Washington, among others. 

  • Route                       Flight number   Flight day      Departure – Arrival (local times) 
  • Vienna – Shanghai    OS 75              Friday           1:30 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. (next day) 
  • Shanghai – Vienna    OS 76              Sunday         10:10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. 

On the Austrian Airlines website, passengers will find up-to-date information on travel in times of corona, flight schedules, mask requirement or rebooking regulations. The information is updated on an ongoing basis. Furthermore, passengers will also find the current entry regulations for their respective destinations. 

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