Press Release 2014, Other
PARIS, France - May 19, 2014
PARIS, France - May 19th, 2014 - A new and fresher look Star Alliance Lounge at Paris Charles-de-Gaulle (CDG) Terminal 1 is now welcoming passengers, following a two month refurbishment.
Speaking at a special event to mark the occasion, Star Alliance COO, Jeffrey Goh said: “I would like to thank all those who ensured that the refurbishment work was professionally carried out, on schedule and with the least possible disruption to the daily operation of our Paris lounge. This effort has paid off, as from the feedback we have received so far in particular our regular customers value and appreciate the improved lounge offer.”
Representing airport operator Aéroports de Paris (ADP), Franck Goldnadel, managing director of Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport said: “We are very pleased that Star Alliance has improved and invested in its lounge at CDG Terminal 1. This further underlines the Alliance’s commitment to T1, part of our mutual long term cooperation on the redevelopment of the terminal. ADP aims to ensure that it meets the demands of the travellers and airlines alike and this included the provision of the necessary space for Star Alliance to build their own lounge back in 2008.”
The new Star Alliance lounge concept uses local touches and flavours combined with global branding elements. In addition to the Paris Lounge, this has already been rolled out at the Star Alliance Lounges in Buenos Aires and Los Angeles.
In Paris, the French capital’s iconic “arrondissements” or neighbourhoods have been incorporated into the redesigned facility. For example, the privacy dividers have been inspired by street maps of Paris neighbourhoods or black & white photographs taken by local photographers (Cedric Doux and Michael Levy). However, the visual centrepiece which stands out the most is a 15.5 by 1.4 metre image of Paris by night.
While the structure of the building did not permit the overall allocated lounge space to be expanded, the redesign has allowed Star Alliance to increase the seating capacity by five percent to 224 seats. This was essential in order to better cope with growing demand. The interior makeover also includes improved lighting as well as a new design, which takes into account several years’ worth of customer feedback.
The Business Class seating area has been modified so as to provide different environments to better suit the needs of the various customers. This now includes a “library” for those seeking a calmer atmosphere.
Passengers wishing to work will find additional power outlets including USB sockets throughout the lounge. The business centre has been moved to the upper level and is now accessible to all lounge users.
An improved food and beverages offer is now available from a new buffet area, featuring such items as coffee by “Illy”. A second refreshment station has been installed in the quiet zone.
First Class passengers will find that their dedicated section of the lounge has a more luxurious look and feel following the installation of new furniture which delivers a more spacious seating environment.
Food and drinks are available from a new buffet which now includes an integrated bar unit.
In addition, all users of the lounge have complimentary wi-fi, access to an outdoor garden where smoking is permitted, complimentary newspapers and magazines.
The toilets and two shower suites were also given a makeover.
Eligible passengers travelling from Paris - CDG Terminal 1 with Star Alliance member carriers in First or Business Class or holding a Star Alliance Gold card can make use of the lounge. Access is via elevator to level 11 and opening times are daily from 05:30-22:30 (subject to flight departure times).
In addition to the Star Alliance Lounge, Lufthansa and SAS provide lounge facilities in Terminal 1 and Air Canada in Terminal 2. Moreover, Austrian Airlines and Ethiopian offer passengers access to third party contract lounges in Terminal 2.
In total 20 Star Alliance member carriers serve Paris-CDG, offering 120 daily flights to 30 destinations in 22 countries.
Globally, Star Alliance First Class and Business Class passengers as well as Star Alliance Gold Card holders have access to more than 1,000 lounges.
Photos of the lounge can be downloaded from:
About Star Alliance:
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Air India has been announced as a future member airline with Avianca Brasil to join under the existing Avianca membership. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers more than 18,000 daily flights to 1,269 airports in 193 countries.