When the SkyTeam airline alliance opens its latest airport lounge at Dubai in October this year, it will be the first in the group’s ‘new concept’ design.
Bert Goren, the man responsible for the design of the SkyTeam lounges, tells Australian Business Traveller to expect a warmer and more relaxed look for Dubai.
“The old concept is still very nice and very competitive, but it’s aged a bit, it’s a bit cold” Goren says of the style seen in its London and Istanbul lounges, shown below.
“We wanted a bit more warmth in our lounges so we’ve refreshed our style and added more wood, more mood lighting, and Dubai will be the first lounge with the new concept… it’s going to be very exciting.”
This will be the fourth dedicated SkyTeam lounge designed and built by the alliance, and Goren is hopeful it will be followed by a new lounge at Beijing by year’s end.
This will make the group’s new Sydney lounge, which will open mid-year, the last in the current or soon-to-be ‘old’ design seen in SkyTeam’s London and Istanbul lounges.
The SkyTeam Dubai lounge will be located at the new Concourse D at Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 1.
Goren tells Australian Business Traveller that although the concourse is due be opened in January next year, "they're running all sorts of (passenger) trials at Dubai Airport so the lounges have to be ready in October.”
“This is something we worked on with Air France China Southern and Delta, to find a seat for the lounge which suits all of them” Goren explains.
"Each of those airlines has a different requirement of what they’re looking for. Delta wants comfort, Air France wants design, China Southern wants it to have armrests… so in the Bloq we’ve found a seat which is stylish and is super-comfortable for travellers of all sizes."
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