ETIHAD LAUNCHES ‘LOUNGE ON ARRIVAL’ IN ABU DHABI FOR PREMIUM PASSENGERS
(Posted 10th September 2014)
For now it will be passengers flying out of Nairobi on Etihad, Abu Dhabi’s national airline, before next year, when the airline plans to launch daily flights to Entebbe and Dar es Salaam, Ugandan and Tanzanian premium travelers too can take advantage of this latest innovation to provide comfort not only on board but equally on the ground.
Located after the customs area will the new arrivals lounge offer a range of services for travelers opting to fly to the UAE via the capital city of Abu Dhabi. Trained barbers are available to offer a classic wet shave while shower cabins allow freshening up after a flight into Abu Dhabi while suits and shirts can equally be spruced up with steam pressing. Snacks and drinks too are of course available for guests in the lounge before they set out to either go refreshed into their business meetings or else embark on sightseeing or go on a shopping spree in one of Abu Dhabi’s super malls which have of late emerged to rival those better known in Dubai.
Said Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer of Etihad Airways: ‘Our latest airport lounge is a milestone for Etihad Airways and has been launched following extensive market research into the requirements of our First and Business Class guests. This facility, the first of its kind in Abu Dhabi, has been specifically designed to meet their needs and our innovative new offerings, such as the clothes steaming service and ‘SHAVE by Etihad Airways’, will hold particular appeal for guests with early morning arrivals, before hotel check-in hours. Once again, we have benchmarked ourselves against some of the world’s leading hotels and restaurants, while placing the warmth of Arabian hospitality at the heart of the experience’.
Etihad operates daily services between Abu Dhabi and Nairobi in code share with Kenya Airways and has a few weeks ago announced plans to launch daily Entebbe and Dar es Salaam flights from early 2014. With 210 aircraft on order and 102 on the fleet does Etihad operate flights to 108 destinations around the world with more coming on line as new aircraft are being delivered. For added details on schedules, fares, special offers and holiday packages click on www.etihad.com