Etihad opens new Abu Dhabi business, first class Premium Lounge

By Chris Chamberlin, August 10 2015

Etihad Airways’ business class and first class passengers travelling through Abu Dhabi can now unwind in a new Premium Lounge in Terminal 1.

With seats for 134 guests, the lounge’s modern design takes its cues from the airline’s larger and also recently-revamped Premium Lounge in Terminal 3 – both of which are open 24/7 and offer travellers dedicated dining areas, free wireless Internet access and both AC and USB power outlets to recharge their gadgets.

Joining that is the Six Senses Spa, and much as in Terminal 3, passengers here can also book 15-minute treatments at no charge, with separate shower facilities offered to all guests along with a separate playroom for children and comfortable armchairs in which to relax as you await your flight.

Etihad’s Abu Dhabi Premium Lounges welcome passengers travelling with Etihad in business class and first class, with Virgin Australia to Sydney in business class, and Platinum-grade members of Etihad Guest and Virgin Australia Velocity prior to Etihad and Virgin Australia flights.

First class passenger on Etihad will also gain a dedicated first class lounge when renovations of the existing facility have been completed, while new Etihad lounges are also planned for Melbourne, Los Angeles and New York.

Also read: Etihad tightens Sydney airport lounge access

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Aug 2014

Total posts 513

Perfect way to complement their new fleets of 789s and A380s! EK is gonna feel this one hard...

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 May 2012

Total posts 582

Hmmmm... It's been a while since I've flown Etihad.

When did they strip away access to the First Class lounges for Velocity Platinum members?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 May 2012

Total posts 582

Nevermind... I just found a blog post stating that the First lounge is closed for renovations.

It'll be interesting to see whether access for Platinums will be reinstated when the new lounge is opened. However, I won't be holding my breath...

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

29 Jan 2011

Total posts 156

According to the VA website, Platinum Membership gets you into the Etihad Airways Premium lounge.

If flying business class you get access to Etihad Airways Pearl Business Lounge.

No mention about if you're a Platinum Member flying Business class.

I'll find out what the deal is in October when I fly to LHR in Business as a Platinum member.

American Airlines - AAdvantage

13 Jul 2015

Total posts 221

It's been closed for a considerable amount of time - right now the Etihad experience (overall) isn't the best without a dedicated First Class lounge and Emirates has them beat on that side. 


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