The spacious 800-square meter facility has seating for 160 guests and, in keeping with SkyTeam’s lounge theme, features SkyTeam’s signature sleek, modern curves and natural accents of wood. The lounge was constructed in collaboration with SkyTeam by members China Eastern and China Southern. Beijing Aviation Ground Services will manage and operate the facility on behalf of the alliance.
The exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the new lounge was hosted by SkyTeam CEO and Managing Director, Perry Cantarutti, and SkyTeam Chairman, Michael Wisbrun, and attended by media, CEOs and executive leaders of member airlines, who were in Beijing for a SkyTeam Governing Board meeting this week.“More than 14 million SkyTeam passengers fly through Beijing each year and, as the largest alliance in Greater China, opening our second lounge underscores our commitment to enhancing the travel experience for our top customers in the region,” Cantarutti said. “With the new lounge, SkyTeam will offer more branded lounges across its global network than any other airline alliance. Because these lounges are popular with our customers and add value for our members, we are developing plans to expand our global lounge portfolio even further.”
Highlights of the Beijing lounge include:
- Buffet with hot and cold Chinese and international food offered throughout the day. Customers can help themselves to hot drinks, water and soft drinks, plus premium-label beers and spirits or enjoy a social drink at the wine bar.
- Large, curved windows bring an abundance of natural light and airport views, while SkyTeam’s iconic ‘living wall’ – a botanical feature in every lounge – adds a welcoming natural touch
- Complimentary Wi-Fi, business area with computers and numerous power outlets throughout the lounge
- Showers, with towels and toiletries for a pre-flight freshen up
- A tranquil retreat with a separate TV room, relaxation area and a VIP room for added privacy
SkyTeam customers benefit from more than 630 airport lounges throughout its worldwide network. In addition to the new Beijing lounge, these include other SkyTeam-branded facilities in Dubai, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London Heathrow and Sydney.
The alliance offers more than 3,700 weekly frequencies to and from Beijing Capital International Airport, operated by 12 member airlines: Aeroflot, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta Air Lines, Garuda Indonesia, KLM, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Airlines.
View photos of the new SkyTeam lounge in the Flickr album below: