Etihad opens new Melbourne lounge

Etihad Airways has opened its new Premium Lounge at Melbourne Airport.

Measuring 800m² and with floor-to-ceiling glass windows that overlook the runway, the new facility is the airline’s largest Premium Lounge outside Abu Dhabi. It can seat 133 people and features a 26-seat dining area with a la carte and buffet options, plus a bar stocked with local Victorian wines and more than 70 spirits and aperitifs.

The bar area at Etihad's new Premium Lounge
The bar area at Etihad’s new Premium Lounge

Other amenities include separate male and female bathrooms with shower facilities, male and female prayer rooms, a children’s playroom and a luggage room. The lounge will also be connected with free Wi-Fi, power sockets and USB ports.

The launch of lounge comes as Etihad prepares to launch its first Airbus A380 flights to Melbourne next month.

“The new Premium Lounge at Melbourne Airport is in a class of its own. Blending the best of a fine-dining restaurant and a chic city cocktail bar, this lounge is a showcase of intelligent design and sophistication,” said Shane O’Hare, Etihad’s senior vice president of marketing.

“The opening of this remarkable new facility and the launch of our flagship A380 services on 1 June, offer travellers on the Melbourne-Abu Dhabi route our most compelling guest experience proposition ever.”

The new lounge is located at Melbourne Airport’s Terminal 2, adjacent to gate 10. It will open approximately three hours prior to the departure of Etihad’s twice daily Melbourne-Abu Dhabi flights.

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