Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Airline alliance SkyTeam previews new Beijing lounge

Global airline alliance SkyTeam has offered a preview of its latest premium-class lounge, set to open at Beijing Capital International Airport (BJS) in the next few weeks.

Large curved windows bring in abundant natural light at SkyTeam Beijing lounge
Large curved windows bring in abundant natural light
The spacious 800 square meter facility, which has seating for 160 guests, will offer an upscale pre-flight experience complemented by high-end amenities. The lounge, which is the second SkyTeam-branded lounge in the Greater China region and the sixth worldwide, will be available to offer First and Business Class passengers and Elite Plus members flying on any of the 12 SkyTeam airlines serving BJS.

Featuring sleek, modern curves and natural accents of wood, the lounge was constructed in collaboration with SkyTeam by members China Eastern and China Southern. Beijing Aviation Ground Services will manage and operate the facility on behalf of the alliance.

“More than 14 million SkyTeam passengers fly through Beijing each year,” Perry Cantarutti, SkyTeam CEO and managing director, said during an exclusive preview of the facility, noting that “Opening our second lounge underscores our commitment to enhancing the travel experience for our top customers.”

With the addition of the new lounge, SkyTeam will offer more branded lounges across its global network than any other airline alliance, according to the executive. Due to the popularity of these lounges, the alliance is developing plans to expand its global lounge portfolio even further.

Curved woods adorn spacious seating areas at SkyTeam's Beijing lounge
Curved woods adorn spacious seating areas
Highlights of the Beijing lounge include a buffet with hot and cold Chinese and international, as well as a self-service wine bar where customers can help themselves to hot drinks, water and soft drinks, plus premium-label beers and spirits.

The lounge also offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a business area with computers, numerous power outlets throughout the lounge, showers with towels and toiletries for a pre-flight freshen up, a tranquil retreat with a separate TV room, relaxation area and a VIP room for added privacy.

SkyTeam offers more than 630 airport lounges throughout its worldwide network. In addition to the new Beijing lounge, these include other SkyTeam-branded facilities in Dubai (DXB), Hong Kong (HKG), Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport (IST), London Heathrow (LHR) and Sydney, Australia (SYD).

The alliance offers more than 3,700 weekly flights to and from BJS operated by 12 member airlines, including Aeroflot, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta Air Lines, Garuda Indonesia, KLM, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Airlines.

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