Etihad Airways has opened its $8m premium lounge at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.
The new lounge, located in Terminal 2, will meet the surging passenger numbers on Etihad Airways‘ flights into and out of Paris, which have grown 55% over the past 18 months. The route is now supported by a double daily service between the French capital and Abu Dhabi. Etihad Airways’ Paris lounge will also benefit codeshare partner Air France-KLM’s premium guests booked to travel on Etihad Airways-operated services from Paris to Abu Dhabi.
The premium lounge offers a selection of elegant dining options, including an exclusive a la carte menu, comfortable relaxation space, business facilities, luxurious bathrooms, including shower facilities, and family entertainment areas.
Under the care of distinguished French art curator, Mr Bertrand Epaud, the Paris Lounge will also feature a prestigious collection of original artworks including exquisite glass vases, bottles and fish sculptures by world famous French glass blower Jean-Claude Novaro, three dimensional plexigraphies of butterflies and skylines by well-established French artist Jean-Francois Larrieu, and original Arabic artworks by Iraqi calligrapher Hassan Massoudy.
Aubrey Tiedt, Etihad Airways Vice President Guest Services, said, “Knowing that lounges are a fundamental part of today’s travel experience, we have invested a great deal of time ensuring our lounges are distinctive and embrace the warmth and generosity of Etihad premium hospitality.”
French national and experienced sommelier, Ms Marie-Pierre Zanusso, will manage the new lounge. With almost a decade’s experience in international hospitality, Ms Zanusso will lead the lounge’s day-to-day management.
“It gives me great pleasure to open our new Paris lounge and welcome our guests,” Ms Tiedt said.