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Oslo SAS Lounge + SAS Gold Lounge, Norway

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OSLO airport is almost finishing with its terminal expansion and things are looking great, the international SAS Lounge and SAS Gold Lounge are also finished with its expansion a couple of years ago, this detailed lounge review is showing you all the features and amenities about this (2) lounge(s).

The 2 Lounges are jointed together next to each other, however they have separated everything, but to my experience, the SAS Gold Lounge, just like its name is more of a fancier business passengers type.


Catering:

The food collection in both lounges are the same, maybe the container for the meat was a bit different, they have tons of green and organic options but in comparison to Gulf Carriers Lounge seems a bit poorly served, but for Americans, it’s a great healthy choices since they are considering things in American lounges are more as piles of carbon junky.

SAS GOLD LOUNGE

SAS GOLD LOUNGE

SAS GOLD LOUNGE

SAS LOUNGE

SAS LOUNGE

SAS LOUNGE

What really brings up the standards is the beverages and liquor option in gold lounges, as you can see in pictures, they offer such a brighter variety of choices for SAS Gold Lounge and the amount of Wine in the cooling fridge is outstanding.

SAS GOLD LOUNGE

SAS GOLD LOUNGE

Plus, they have a snack bar right at the corner as well, but as a matter of fact for someone with a truly asian stomach,I would very much appreciate it if they offer more warm food instead of cold plate. However, that might as well just be the reason why they didn’t offer so since the vital price level in Norway or Scandinavia in general.


Amenities:

The amount of seating and the arrangement for the needs of different group of people is very receiving but there’s definitely less people in SAS Gold Lounge.Sometimes is hard to get what would make SAS divide the lounge into 2 and the entry barriers for 2 lounges doesn’t fall far some each other on the same spectrum.Since Star Alliance Gold and EuroBonus as well as business class passengers are all generally premium frequent flyers.The only reason I can get for this is that maybe their payment of maintenance for the lounge is different ? As Star Alliance Passengers would be paid to the lounge by their airlines but SAS lounge only wanna took care of their own Eurobonds Passengers?What? It still doesn’t make sense to me, cause I’ve seem staff working at both lounges so technically is the same lounge.

In SAS Lounge, it’s more of a friendly environment for family travelling as they have what’s called kids room; the room has small chairs and tables and various kind of toys, this sure will buy a place in kids’ hearts.

In SAS Gold Lounge, there’s 2 private booths called the guest office which one of which is small for only one person and the other one can has up to 4 or 5 person with a table and chairs ;maybe that’s how they outsourcing for conference room?

In general both lounges has ample seating areas with many different seat settings, unfortunately, I didn’t see showers anywhere in all lounges in Oslo cause they don’t have many intercontinental flights.

Automated?


Bottom Line:

The Lounges has everything to maintain the standards and since Oslo is SAS’s hub airport, it’s kind of important for them to keep the standards for competitiveness, although there’s no other lounge options in Oslo, they would continue to strike the first place in the coming future but they do comes short in some aspects, and sure they can work on that to bring it up in the future as well.

Thank you so much for reading this, If it brings up your interests, I also did review regarding the SAS Domestic Lounge in Oslo Airport as well as OSL Lounge + Premium OSL Lounge for Non-Star Alliance Travellers

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Air France Salon Lounge Lyon Review, France

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The Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport is the second main hub for Air France’s regional subsidiary HOP!, the airline is created to help Air France to keep market share, the only all year round Air France flight operates from Lyon is a feeder route to Paris Charles De Gaulle. The lounge is newly renovated earlier this year and it’s located right outside the gate 21B boarding area; the auto-sliding door at the entrance will get you a lot of attention from people waiting for boarding outside.

Salon Lounge Lyon Decor Details
Salon Lounge Lyon Decor Details

Practical Info:

Contracted Airlines:

  • Air France
  • HOP! by Air France
  • Aeroflot
  • KLM

Admission:

  • Business Class, First Class on contracted airlines
  • Skyteam Elite
  • €25 or 6,000 Flying Blue Miles *subject to availability

Opening Hours:

  • 5:40-22:00

Area Size:

  • 280 sq. m.
  • 85 seats
  • Dedicated Platinum Ultimate area
Salon Lounge Lyon Air France Entrance
Salon Lounge Lyon Air France Entrance

Seating Area:

Seating Area Salon Lounge Lyon
Seating Area Salon Lounge Lyon

After the renovation earlier this year, the lounge now looks in line with Air France’s new design concept of French chic and elegance, the seating are more comfortable, with different layout options that suits to different passengers need.

Seating Area Near Concourse
Seating Area Near Concourse

In addition to newer seating design, Air France went one step ahead with more dedicated attention for its first class La Premier and Platinum Ultimate passengers with an exclusive seating area which are blocked for them, this corner will get you special attention from lounge staff which includes a light conversation regarding your personal life and then they will bring the slev service items from the counter all the way to you, and even more, they might prepare you with the selv-serve counter snacks to be nicely unwrapped onto a plate in the kitchen and serve it to you with fork, knife and napkins. You will of course also get all the eye attention from other normal elites through the glass wall.

Platinum-Ultimate-Area-Lyon-Air-France-Salon-Lounge
Platinum Ultimate Area Lyon Air France Salon Lounge


Food & Drinks:

The food and drinks options are rather limited, this can be the problem for all Air France Salon Lounges, packaged biscuits and crackers are hardly something people really want to eat, there are as daw as chewing wax, but they are served only for the purpose of having things to offer.

Snacks Option Tresors Poppy Pepper Crackers
Snacks Option Tresors Poppy Pepper Crackers
Packaged Snacks Apple Cake Biscuits
Packaged Snacks Apple Cake Biscuits
Fruit Display Pineapple Cuts
Fruit Display Pineapple Cuts
Pastry Display Counter
Pastry Display Counter
Drink Service Cups
Drink Service Cups

Although the hot drink cups came with a new design, so came the cost-cutting measures like having the chocolate or tea bag being fixed to the cup itself which kan save their staff more time to do inventories check while passengers can feel more like visiting a fast food joint.

Drinks & Beer Display
Drinks & Beer Display

Conclusion:

The Air France Salon Lounge at Lyon airport came with the newly expanded Terminal 2 building, facilities and amenities inside the terminal are kept at the minimum while being new and clean, so is what I have to comment about the new lounge. The lounge decor is up to date with Air France’s overall new service concept, while cost cutting had been put into practice at every aspect possible. I certainly wouldn’t recommend paying in any form to gain access to this lounge, as during quieter hours, the terminal itself has more area to sit and explore than this.

Being a frequent traveller these days can only remind people of lowering their own expectations, though the hallway inside the lounge does bring you some peace and solitude while being at such a hectic place like the airport.

Tarmac View From The Lounge
Tarmac View From The Lounge

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