How Business Lounges Can Make Your Business Easier

Air France Business Lounge Charles de Gaulle airport

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.

Etihad Airways First Business Class Lounge LAX screen sofa © Etihad / Anthony Collins
Emirates Business Class lounge eat food hub © Emirates

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.

Qantas First Class Lounges Sydney international terminals 2007 © Marc Newson
He says good airport lounges provide a “seamless transition” to the airplane, “with a continuity of quality, elegance and style”. Airline lounges should, he believes, help put glamor and romance into flying – much like the A380 itself.
Qantas First Class Lounges Sydney international terminals 2007 © Marc Newson

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.

Qantas First Class Lounges Sydney international terminals 2007 © Marc Newson

The Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge at New York’s JFK Airport is just as stylish. Separate lounge and dining areas are provided, along with a showstopping bar with views of the runway.

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."

Etihad Airways First Business Class Lounge New York JFK © Etihad

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.

Relax massage spa Qantas First Class lounge Sydney International Airport © Qantas
Step inside the Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Lounge in Doha , and you could mistake it for a five-star hotel. A spiral staircase envelopes a stunning chandelier, but it’s not a case of style over substance. There is a full range of business facilities, including ‘quiet rooms’ to allow you some private space to finalise meetings or reports prior to flying.
Qatar Al Mourjan Business Lounge Doha @Qatar Airways

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.

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