Wieder mal nicht so gute News von Etihad. Man gibt die Lounges in Sydney und Melbourne auf …

Etihad war mal DIE Airline für innovative coole Ideen rund um die Business und First. Die hatten ganz viele crazy Projekte, die Business und First Experience besser zu machen. In letzter Zeit erleben wir aber einen echten Marathon an Cost Cutting. “Interessante” Investitionen führen jetzt zu einem Sparmarathon. Scheinbar wird mit Excel gerade gerechnet und gestrichen.

Derzeit sind die Etihad Lounges dran. Die Etihad Lounge in London hat man geschlossen, andere wurden angekündigt: Etihad Lounge in London schließt – Andere Lounges werden folgen

Die Diktion ist die Umwandlung der Etihad Lounges in “The House” Lounges, betrieben von No1 Lounges. Effektiv ist es dann keine Etihad Lounge mehr.

Nun folgen Melbourne und Sydney.

Die Pressemitteilung:

“Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways has named Sydney and Melbourne as the next airports in the global rollout of new lounge brand ‘The House’, recently launched by the airline in partnership with No1 Lounges.
Eligible customers of Etihad Airways, and those of its partner airline, Virgin Australia, travelling through Sydney will be able to experience The House from Tuesday October 23, while the new upgraded lounge experience will open for customers departing Melbourne on Saturday October 27, following the brand’s launch at Heathrow Terminal 4, on 5 October.
The House is the result of a unique collaboration between Etihad Airways and award-winning lounge provider, No 1 Lounges, with the two brands working together to create a stylish and contemporary airport lounge experience in keeping with Etihad’s design and guest experience philosophy.

Over the next year, both lounges will be refurbished and see the introduction of new reading rooms. The House in Sydney will have a new private room for VIP guests, such as those travelling in the Residence. …
Complimentary entry will continue to be offered to Etihad Airways Business Class and First Class customers, and to those travelling in The Residence. Gold and Platinum members of the airline’s Etihad Guest frequent flyer programme and Business Class and First Class travellers ticketed on codeshare partner services operated by Etihad Airways will also eligible for access.
The airline will also offer paid-for access to The House for its Economy Class travellers. The lounge will also continue to be used by the premium passengers of a small number of other airlines and, subject to availability, will be available for purchase by passengers of other airlines.”

Zur Pressemitteilung: Etihad Airways and No1 lounges introduce ‘The House’ to Australia