Over the coming months, Senator and Business Class Lounges in Vienna will be closed at various times while they undergo renovation.
As of today, the Business Class Lounge in the non-Schengen area of concourse ‘D’ will be closed. Austrian did not provide a timeframe for it’s reopening.
After the ‘D’ Lounge re-opens, the Senator and Business Class Lounges in the Schengen Concourse F will be closed. After the ‘F’ Lounge is re-opened, the non-Schengen Lounge in Concourse G will closed for it’s facelift.
These rolling closures will continue throughout the winter, with the plan being that all lounge renovations are completed by early spring.
Through all this, the HON Lounge will remain open and will not be receiving any kind of renovation.
Swiss has announced that it will be closing the Senator and Business Class Lounges located in Zurich’s Terminal A.
The closing is scheduled for August 27, and will last through April 2018.
According to SWISS, once the renovations are complete the Lounges will reflect the styling and concept of the Lounges that are located in Terminal E. In addition, more seating will be installed and workstations will be updated with modern amenities. So it will be worth the wait!
For now, passengers can use the Lounges located in Terminal B and E. Star Alliance Gold members, along with Miles & More Senators and those traveling in Lufthansa Group Business Class can also use the Aspire Lounge and ‘Coffee To Fly’.
Miles & More Frequent Travelers and Star Alliance Business Class passengers can use the SWISS Lounges, but cannot access the Aspire or Coffee To Fly lounge options.
To make it even easier for you to leave your Euros behind when traveling, Lufthansa and Frankfurt Airport have teamed to make shopping even easier.
As of now, passengers who visit most of LH’s lounges inside Terminal 1 will be able to use lounge iPads to shop virtually all of the stores located at the airport. If you purchase anything, it will be delivered to you at the lounge within 30 minutes. From what I gathered this program will not be available in the First Class Terminal, which has its own dedicated shop.
During the first quarter of this year, the program will continue to expand to provide other options as well. For example the next phase of the program will allow passengers to use iPads located at check-in areas where they will be able to order food from the airport’s various restaurants and have the meal brought to them at their departure gate so that the meal can be enjoyed during the flight.
Another expansion of the program in the near future will allow you to shop while aboard long haul flights and have your order waiting for you at your gate when you de-plane. I suspect that this may be expanded to medium and short haul flights once all the aircraft are upgraded to the same inflight entertainment and communication systems.
As part of a very active week in Zurich, SWISS not only welcomed home their first 777 (more on that this weekend), they also opened the doors to 3 new lounges in Concourse ‘E’. The new additions include First, Senator, and Business Class Lounges. I’ll cover each lounge separately since there are a lot of photos that show them off. A big thanks to Ralf (RCS on VielFliegerTreff.com) for sharing the photos that he took during his visit. In fact, if you visit that link, you’ll see more photos that Ralf had uploaded to the thread covering the new lounges.
From the looks of it, SWISS hit a home run with the First Class lounge. Some of the highlights include 2 dedicated ‘Hotel Rooms’ and a wine collection of over 1,000 bottles. The lounge also offers an impressive outdoor terrace that can be enjoyed when weather allows. A dedicated a-la-carte dining room completes the fantastic presentation.
The lounge is approximate 8,000 square feet and can comfortably accommodate 80 guests. Of course you need to be flying in First Class on a Lufthansa Group operated flight or ‘simply’ be a HON Circle member or a lucky guest of one.
Enjoy the photos, this will not be an easy lounge to get into! 🙂
First Class Lounge Welcome Desk
Dedicated dining area with complete a-la-carte service.
This could become a favorite hotel room for an avgeek……
The bath found inside the ‘Hotel Rooms’
Conference area for those who feel they need to work during their travels….
The outdoor terrace promises to a hit with visitors…..
Even the restroom offers great views of the ZRH tarmac…..
The 1,000 bottle wine collection should satisfy almost everyone….
One of the several public seating areas