Emirates marks 10 years of its worldwide lounge network
Over 22 million customers have enjoyed the haven of an Emirates Lounge since the airline opened its first international lounge outside of its Dubai hub, and demand is growing.
In the financial year ending March 2014, more than four million customers were served at the 36 Emirates Lounges around the world. These lounges are staffed by a 1,400-strong team who can interact with customers in over 25 languages.
Emirates opened its first international lounge in Brisbane in 2004, offering the same high standard of service and quality of products that premium customers can expect on-board. The airline has since invested over US$320 million in its lounge network, to open new facilities and refurbish existing ones.
Combined, Emirates Lounges span an area of 69,565 sq m, and can seat 11,526 customers at one time, reflecting the demand from customers in tandem with the airline’s growth.
“We have made significant investments to develop our network of lounges over the last decade, and we will continue to invest in this product, because we see it as an integral part of the total value proposition for our premium customers,” said Mohammed H. Mattar, Divisional Senior Vice President, Emirates Airport Services.
He added: “Our expanding lounge network is addressing a clear need and expectation from customers. We pay as much attention to the on-ground experience, as we do to the onboard product and service. Before they even board the plane, premium customers enjoy exclusive chauffeur drive service, dedicated airport check-in counters, and luxurious lounge facilities – this is all part of the Emirates experience and we will never compromise on quality.”
Emirates operates 36 dedicated lounges around its six-continent network including lounges in Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Birmingham, Brisbane, Colombo, Delhi, Dubai (x6) , Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester, Melbourne, Milan, Munich, New York - JFK, Paris - Charles de Gaulle, Perth, Rome, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Zurich.
Visit: http://www.emirates.com/ae/english/flying/lounges/lounges.aspx for more information on services and facilities offered in the Emirates Lounge.
Quick facts on Emirates Lounges:
- Brisbane – Emirates’ first outstation lounge opened in 2004. The lounge has a stunning 360 degree view over the airport and surrounding areas
- New York JFK was the first lounge on the Emirates network to provide customers direct boarding from the lounge to the aircraft
- London Heathrow and Singapore are amongst Emirates’ busiest international lounges
- Emirates First Class and Business Class passengers as well as Emirates Skywards Platinum and Gold members, can access the lounges.
- Guests can enjoy an extensive open buffet of gourmet dishes both regional and around the world, as well as a complimentary full-bar service including premium wine, spirits and champagne.
- Other services include: a fully equipped business centre with Wi-Fi connection, TV and reading areas, shower facilities and a prayer room.
- Furnished with Italian marble floors, gold Rolex clocks, leather armchairs and mahogany furniture, in line with the worldwide Emirates quality standards.