Airport terminals are no longer just airport terminals. They are microcosms of the world outside.They’re shops, bars and restaurants, Wi-Fi hotspots, children’s playgrounds, and business lounges. Almost anything you could possibly want or need can be found inside the world’s leading airports while you’re waiting for your next A380 flight.
Why Use a Business Lounge?
Business Class lounges provided by A380 airlines are the perfect places to escape the hustle and bustle of the airport.
Your Business Lounge Experience
In many ways, the lounges are an extension of the A380 experience itself. Award-winning designer Marc Newson, who designed the first ever Qantas A380 cabins, was also responsible for designing the airline’s First Class lounges at Sydney and Melbourne airports.
This approach to glamor is geared towards making life in transit as enjoyable as possible, but it also has a practical side. It’s also about making it easy to do business when you’re traveling.
The Qantas First Class lounge in Sydney features its own business centre with computers and fast internet connections, as well as a library and two meeting rooms.
To entertain clients or colleagues, there’s a lounge restaurant with menus by leading Australian chef Neil Perry, the founder of Sydney’s Rockpool restaurant. Perry is also the airline’s creative director for foods and beverages. The lounge restaurant menu boasts seasonal produce, as well as an impressive seafood and Champagne selection.
There’s also a private dining area that’s ideal for lunch or dinner meetings with clients and business colleagues traveling with Etihad. A full à la carte menu is complemented by an extensive wine and cocktail list.
The airline’s senior vice president for the Americas, Martin Drew, told Business Insider the lounge was benchmarked against other airline lounges, but also against “some of the finest hotels and restaurants in the world."
Luxury and Comfort
As we all know, traveling for work can be exhausting. Airline lounges provide work spaces but also places to relax before your flight.
Across in Dubai, Emirates has a bespoke Moët and Chandon lounge that serves business passengers Champagne alongside canapés made by Michelin-star chefs. It’s a real treat, and a wonderful place to relax during a stopover.
The Etihad Premium Lounge in Abu Dhabi is open to both First Class and Business passengers. Here, there are private rooms where you can catch up on your emails, listen to music or watch your own television. There is also the Six Senses Spa for pre-boarding pampering.
Never Miss a Flight
Making the most of your Business Class lounge means you’ll also have access to the latest up-to-date flight information, as well as flight reminder services from lounge staff. Some airlines also provide direct access from the lounge to the A380 top deck via an exclusive boarding area.
Aren't you excited about your next business trip?