IFlyFirstClass announces top 5 business class lounges for 2017
“Traveling can be grueling, and airport lounges are a vital element to alleviating some of that travel fatigue,” noted Julia Graft, public relations director of IFlyFirstClass . “Our annual Top 5 list helps keep our travelers informed about the best services available to them during their travels.”
The 2017 list includes several airlines who earned a place on its 2016 list. The 2017 list also includes a few newcomers. “Airlines around the world continue to develop new and exciting ways to attract new business class passengers,” Graft said. “Airlines are expanding their business class lounge service to new airports, too, so the network of excellent business class lounges continues to grow.”
Topping this year’s list is Qatar Airways’ Al Mourjan lounge in Doha’s Hamad International Airport. The lounge opened in 2014, but it remains a top choice for savvy business class travelers into 2017. Inspired by some of the world’s most exclusive resorts, the lounge is appointed with bronze walls, marble-covered surfaces and hand-crafted decor. Passengers can relax in privately screened areas or in social public spaces. They can grab a quick bite from the buffet or order from a detailed a la carte menu. They can relax in game rooms, family rooms or a children’s nursery. Checking in at the office is convenient in the lounge's fully equipped business center. Covering more than 107,000 square feet, the lounge is one of the largest in the world.
“Qatar Airways often sets the gold standard for its first and business class services, and the Al Mourjan lounge is no exception,” Graft said.
No. 2 on the Top 5 list is Cathay Pacific's newly designed The Pier lounge in Hong Kong International Airport. This airy, uncluttered design invites passengers to settle in for a wide range of entertainment and relaxation.
“Cathay Pacific’s Hong Kong lounge reappears on our list because it caters well to two types of travelers: those who want to relish the travel experience and those who are rushing off to their next flight,” said Graft. “It’s rare for an airline to be able to equally serve the two groups, but Cathay Pacific strikes just the right balance.”
In The Pier lounge, fast-lane travelers can grab a quick bite or drink from self-service food kiosks, a coffee cart and a noodle bar. Those in the “slow lane” can relax in a peaceful teahouse, lounge area and customized Solo lounge chairs. Shower suites are comfortably accessorized, and a relaxation room provides additional rejuvenation.
Cathay Pacific isn’t the only airline to upgrade its renowned business class lounge. Turkish Airlines recently rebooted its Istanbul lounge, earning rave reviews. The newly redesigned lounge is spacious, covering two floors of the airport. Ample-sized storage lockers provide secure spaces for travelers’ belongings, and a kids’ room offers plentiful gaming. Other amenities include a reading room, computer stations, a billiards area, a movie room and ample dining and refreshment areas. Complimentary neck and shoulder massages add a personalized touch to the lounge’s services.
At No. 4, Singapore Airlines’ SilverKris lounge at Singapore’s Changi Airport is a fan favorite. Unlike many other international business class lounges, the Changi SilverKris lounge offers a “home away from home” atmosphere. Passengers can relax in the living room area, fuel up in the dining room area and grab a snack in the kitchen area. The lounge also offers “productivity pods” for working.
Rounding out the list at No. 5 is United Airlines’ new Polaris Lounge in Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. Part of United’s new Polaris business class concept, the lounge is the first of many to be opened throughout 2017 and 2018. Travelers can grab a quick snack at the buffet or sit back and relax with a nice meal in the new lounge. Premium wines and spirits are served, and passengers can expect at-your-seat beverage service. The lounge also offers sleeping rooms, clothes pressing and laundry service, shower rooms and concierge service.