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Goldorak Oct 26, 18 12:41 pm


Originally Posted by Zarmakuizz (Post 30358266)
Goldorak, were you there on a BOD->PAR flight by any chance?

Yes, I was there (I took those pictures). Why ?

Zarmakuizz Oct 28, 18 11:46 pm

Was it a BOD->Paris flight?

Goldorak Oct 29, 18 1:23 am


Originally Posted by Zarmakuizz (Post 30367483)
Was it a BOD->Paris flight?

yes it was.

KLflyerRalph Oct 30, 18 6:44 am

Haven't seen this mentioned any where else:


Beginning on Monday, October 29, 2018 for a period of six weeks, the Air France lounge in Terminal 1 at New York-JFK will be temporarily closed for refurbishments and will reopen in mid-December. Once completed the lounge will feature an enhanced area to host the very popular “Night Service,” in which Business class customers can enjoy full meal service on the ground before their flight allowing them to rest on board without interruption.

Air France has made the following arrangements for customers looking to access its lounge during this time:
  • La Première customers holding reservations are invited to visit the Korean Air Lounge and will continue to be assisted by Air France staff for the duration of their trip.
  • Business class customers holding reservations are invited to visit the Lufthansa Business Lounge located in Terminal 1 just past the TSA security checkpoint on the left-hand side.
  • Elite Plus customers will be accommodated in our SkyTeam partner lounges subject to availability.


Goldorak Oct 30, 18 3:54 pm


Originally Posted by KLflyerRalph (Post 30372410)
Haven't seen this mentioned any where else:

Thanks for sharing with us ^

XUPhilly Nov 7, 18 2:29 pm

La Premiere at IAD
 

Originally Posted by Goldorak (Post 30122112)

In the mean time, the P pax will likely use the VS lounge (to be confirmed).


I flew through IAD in P earlier this week and indeed we were escorted to the VS lounge. They have blocked off the upper deck of the lounge solely for P, which has a table for 4, a smaller table for 2, and about 4-6 other seats. Service was great, with wait staff checking in every 15 min or so (and AF staff every 30 min or so), and pre-departure food was quite good and wine/champagne passable. I haven't flown through IAD in the old set-up so don't have a point of comparison, but for a US outstation this was one of the better experiences I've had.

Zarmakuizz Nov 9, 18 10:37 am

LYS - OS codeshare
 
I used the AF codeshare on the LYS->VIE codeshare operated by Austrian Airlines.
At Check-In, none of the OS staff had a clue whether I could access any lounge. The nice Lounge dragon gave me plenty of details.

Name of the lounge : Salon Confluence
The Terminal 1 also has a Salon Montblanc after additionnal security. Pax allowed in either lounge can go from one to the other if they need a facility from lounge X while they are at lounge Y and vice-versa.

Location : After security, pass the duty free area, go to gate B05.

Opening Hours : 05:00 to 20:00.
Montblanc is opened until 22:15.

Entry requirements:
Tricky part here. Usual Staralliance requirements.
As a AF codeshare pax: With a FB Plat card, you can enter alone (I assume it is the same for FB Gold). With a Business flight, you can enter under Austrian Airlines requirements.
Otherwise 28€.
Note: because the data sharing from AF to OS didn't work properly, OS IT system had no clue I was supposed to access the lounge. The Lounge Dragon fixed my status (IT stuff we don't have to care about). So, even though your boarding pass might not say anything, you are entitled for lounge access.

Food offer : On the evening: cold cuts, starters, few hot foods, croissants and breads, candies.

Drinks offer : softs, French wines, liquors, coffee and tea.

Services
Wifi: Yes, password at the counter. You have to connect to the general wifi AEROPORTDELYON and enter the VIP password.
Showers: No. If required, you may may ask to move to the Salon Montblanc for one.
Toilets: Yes, behind the lounge dragon counter.
Quiet zone: Yes. More like a comfy zone.
Lungers/sleep area: No
Business area: Yes
Spa: No
TV area: Two TVs easy to spot, no sound. No TV on sight from the "quiet zone".
Passengers are called: No
Information screen: Yes
Newspapers: Yes. Also somewhere else, a short selection of books about Lyon.

Other information
Number of seats: ~70 seats
Level of noise: very low. While being cheap, the lounge had so few people when I came by, and the one on the phone was quiet.
Design: I'd love to take a picture. A mix of usual lounge design, and a comfy mansion. One of my favourite lounge design so far, and the wall of black&white old times Lyon pictures adds a je-ne-sais-quoi.
For the record, in order to redesign the Air France lounge (currently in progress), the designers visited this lounge.
View: no
Multi floors: No
Terrace: No
Smoking area: No
Direct boarding: No

Goldorak Nov 10, 18 2:52 am

Thanks Zarmakuizz for the info. I have added it in the wiki. So no picture to share ? ;)

Zarmakuizz Nov 12, 18 12:07 pm

Sadly it was forbidden to take pictures. The lounge dragon tried to call the manager for permission and never got to reach that person, so it was still a NO.

Tomorrow, I will try the KLM lounge at VIE, we'll see how it goes. :)

Zarmakuizz Nov 13, 18 7:21 am

VIE - JET Lounge - Gate B
 
Name of the lounge: JET Lounge - gate B.

Location: After clearing security (yes, there is a security clearance! After the duty free), go to the right through Gate B, then keep turning Right following the "Lounges" sign. You will reach it.
Note: the airport has many lounges, managed by the same company. They regularly refurnish lounges, close, open some again. At that time, there were no lounge at Gates C, although that was where my KLM flight departed from.

Opening Hours: 05:00 to 22:30
The lounge at gates D (non-schengen for Aeroflot, required passport check) closes at 00:00.

Entry requirements: Usual Skyteam requirements
Many kind of Priority Pass supported.
Price is 33€, although many kind of discounts are available. For example, AMEX card users can get it for 25€, some can bring additionnal guests for 20€...

Food offer: see pictures.
At 15:00, the warm meals were removed and would come back at 17:00. There were still salads, other cold cuts, soups, fruits, cakes, snacks available.

Drinks offer: see pictures.
Coffee machine, softs, beers, wines, liquors. Everything for your own cocktails!

Services
Wifi: No. Airport's wifi
Showers: Yes (ask the lounge dragon)
Toilets: Yes
Quiet zone: No
Loungers/sleep area: No
Business area: Yes, a few computers
Spa: no
TV area: no
Passengers are called: no
Information screen: yes
Newspapers: yes, Österreiche Selekzion and some international ones, including French.

Other information
Number of seats: 160! Most lounges here have 100+ seats.
Level of noise: Medium I have to upgrade this one to High, simply because 3 people found acceptable to play videos on their tablets and smartphone with sound full blast.
Design: like in the office.
View: No
Multi floors: No
Terrace: No
Smoking area: Yes
Direct boarding: Nohttps://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...d5312b5580.jpg
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Klems Nov 13, 18 7:33 am

Not sure this has been discussed, but apparently Air France partnered with the Chateau de Versailles to revamp the La Première lounge, as well as its menu and dishware. It looks quite interesting based on the promotional pictures, and although completely unnecessary I think it's a pretty cool move, especially for wealthy foreigners that should be happy to have this extra French flair.

https://corporate.airfrance.com/en/p...remiere-lounge

With pictures: https://www.businesstraveller.com/bu...emiere-lounge/

It doesn't look temporary as far as I can see, so whoever visits please report back :) .

Zarmakuizz Nov 13, 18 7:36 am

VIE - AIR Lounge - Gate D (non-schengen)
 
I had way too much time to kill, and they allowed me to visit the lounge at Gate D (Aeroflot mostly) so...

Name of the lounge: Air Lounge

Location: after Passport controls, keep going straight to gate D, it will appear on your left

Opening Hours: 05:00 to midnight

Entry requirements: usual skyteam requirements, many lounge passes. 33€ for 3 hours, 78€ for the whole day.

Food offer: Same as the JET Lounge above.

Drinks offer: Same as the JET Lounge above

Services
Wifi: No, Airport Wifi
Showers: No (you have to go to the JET lounge for that)
Toilets: Yes
Quiet zone: No
Loungers/sleep area: No
Business area: a few computers available, not really a Business area
Spa: No
TV area: No
Passengers are called: No
Information screen: Yes
Newspapers: Yes, 2 different areas with local and international selection

Other information
Number of seats: 142-144
Level of noise: medium
Design: like your office
View: Yes
Multi floors: No
Terrace: No
Smoking area: Yes
Direct boarding: Nohttps://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...ffa2a7c599.jpg
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rosensfole Nov 13, 18 3:37 pm


Originally Posted by Klems (Post 30424847)
Not sure this has been discussed, but apparently Air France partnered with the Chateau de Versailles to revamp the La Première lounge, as well as its menu and dishware. It looks quite interesting based on the promotional pictures, and although completely unnecessary I think it's a pretty cool move, especially for wealthy foreigners that should be happy to have this extra French flair.

https://corporate.airfrance.com/en/p...remiere-lounge

With pictures: https://www.businesstraveller.com/bu...emiere-lounge/

It doesn't look temporary as far as I can see, so whoever visits please report back :) .

That does sound excellent. I'll be in there just before Christmas and will report back if nobody else does. Thanks for the info.

Solevita Nov 28, 18 2:47 am

AUH - Al Dhabi lounge - Terminal 1
 
Name of the lounge
Al Dhabi lounge

Location
Terminal 1. Directly accessible from Terminal 3, follow signs for Terminal 1, around a 10 minute walk between the terminals

Opening Hours
24/7

Entry requirements
Usual Skyteam requirements. Although I was travelling on a KL marketed EY flight, Air France said I could use the lounge and indeed that worked, this despite KLM telling me no lounge access when travelling on non-Skyteam metal!

Food offer
Self service hot buffe asian/middle eastern style. Around 4 different choices. 'Signature choice' during my visit was chicken biryani. I think 2 or three other dishes were available plus a pot of rice.
Cold salad buffe.
Various small deserts, plus a tray of something I wouldn't automatically associate with the middle east - bread and butter pudding.
Overall a good quality selection.

Drinks offer
Various soft drinks available inside the self service fridge in dining area.

Separate bar area with a staffed bar. Choice of 3 red wines and I think 3 whites, champagne. 15-20 liquors. 2 beers - the oh-so-popular Heineken, and if you thought it could only get better, Fosters! Coffee available to order too.

Bar service was very good, the 2 bar tenders regularly came round to check on guests and top up drinks without needing to ask. Not so quick to clear away plates (although this was the bar area not the dining area).

Services
Wifi: Yes, worked well, around 2-3 MB/s download speed.
Showers: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Quiet zone: Yes
Loungers/sleep area: Didn't notice any.
Business area: Apparently so, but again didn't notice.
Spa: Massages available for purchase, 75 AED for a short (20-30 mins? Can't remember). 150 AED for a longer one, again can't remember the duration.
TV area: Several screens in all the areas, although all screens were silent from what I could tell.
Passengers are called: No
Information screen: Yes
Newspapers: Didn't notice

Other information
Number of seats: 100 - 150?
Level of noise: Loud in the bar (although it was from 2 noisy groups when we arrived, it was much quieter after they left). Reasonably quiet in the dining and third room.
Design: Long corridor passing three rooms, each separated from each other by a wall. The first room seems to be the quiet room and more enclosed from the corridor. Second room is the dining area, fully open to the corridor. Final room is the bar area with a small opening from the corridor I guess to reduce the amount of noise escaping which seemed to work.

View: No windows
Multi floors: No
Terrace: No
Smoking area: No
Direct boarding: No

Goldorak Nov 28, 18 1:55 pm


Originally Posted by Solevita (Post 30474976)
Name of the lounge
Al Dhabi lounge

Location
Terminal 1. Directly accessible from Terminal 3, follow signs for Terminal 1, around a 10 minute walk between the terminals

Opening Hours
24/7

Entry requirements
Usual Skyteam requirements. Although I was travelling on a KL marketed EY flight, Air France said I could use the lounge and indeed that worked, this despite KLM telling me no lounge access when travelling on non-Skyteam metal!

Food offer
Self service hot buffe asian/middle eastern style. Around 4 different choices. 'Signature choice' during my visit was chicken biryani. I think 2 or three other dishes were available plus a pot of rice.
Cold salad buffe.
Various small deserts, plus a tray of something I wouldn't automatically associate with the middle east - bread and butter pudding.
Overall a good quality selection.

Drinks offer
Various soft drinks available inside the self service fridge in dining area.

Separate bar area with a staffed bar. Choice of 3 red wines and I think 3 whites, champagne. 15-20 liquors. 2 beers - the oh-so-popular Heineken, and if you thought it could only get better, Fosters! Coffee available to order too.

Bar service was very good, the 2 bar tenders regularly came round to check on guests and top up drinks without needing to ask. Not so quick to clear away plates (although this was the bar area not the dining area).

Services
Wifi: Yes, worked well, around 2-3 MB/s download speed.
Showers: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Quiet zone: Yes
Loungers/sleep area: Didn't notice any.
Business area: Apparently so, but again didn't notice.
Spa: Massages available for purchase, 75 AED for a short (20-30 mins? Can't remember). 150 AED for a longer one, again can't remember the duration.
TV area: Several screens in all the areas, although all screens were silent from what I could tell.
Passengers are called: No
Information screen: Yes
Newspapers: Didn't notice

Other information
Number of seats: 100 - 150?
Level of noise: Loud in the bar (although it was from 2 noisy groups when we arrived, it was much quieter after they left). Reasonably quiet in the dining and third room.
Design: Long corridor passing three rooms, each separated from each other by a wall. The first room seems to be the quiet room and more enclosed from the corridor. Second room is the dining area, fully open to the corridor. Final room is the bar area with a small opening from the corridor I guess to reduce the amount of noise escaping which seemed to work.

View: No windows
Multi floors: No
Terrace: No
Smoking area: No
Direct boarding: No

thank you ! This is an interesting case (KL-marketing/EY-operating) and it’s good to know that you had lounge access. So do you think we can extrapolate this to the situation AF-marketing/EY-operating (AUH-CDG) ? The difference between the 2 situations being that KL does serve AUH, while AF doesn’t.


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