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Etihad Airways' international business and first class lounges at Sydney and Melbourne airport will be taken over by independent operator No1 Lounges this month and rebranded as The House at the end of this month.
The lounges will continue to host eligible Etihad passengers ahead of flights to Abu Dhabi, as well as Virgin Australia travellers on flights to Los Angeles, Hong Kong and New Zealand, and flights from China's Hainan Airlines.
Access to The House lounges on a pay-to-enter basis by passengers on other airlines will also be offered “subject to availability," a spokesman for No1 Lounges confirmed to Australian Business Traveller.
Both the Sydney and Melbourne lounges will be refurbished next year and see the introduction of new quiet-zone 'reading rooms'.
The House in Sydney will also be reconfigured and expanded "to create a new entrance, private room and lounge area, increasing capacity by 50 percent," with the No1 Lounges spokesman sayining "the aim is to reconfigure available space."
The private room will be availability to passengers booked into The Residence on Etihad’s daily Airbus A380 flight from Sydney along with other “VIP guests.”
No1 Lounges introduced The House brand and its Etihad lounge take-over strategy earlier this month at Etihad's London Heathrow T4 lounge, with the airline expected to similarly rebadge most of its other airport lounges outside of Abu Dhabi.
Etihad Airways has described The House initiative as offering an "exclusive and improved ground experience for the airline’s eligible guests at key locations outside Abu Dhabi.