Malaysia Airlines has once again delayed the debut of its flagship first class and business class Golden Lounges at Kuala Lumpur.
The Oneworld member last week published an opening date of February 20 for both lounges, which have been closed for a major make-over since October 2017.
However, that date came and went with the hoardings still in place.
A spokesman for Malaysia Airlines has today advised Australian Business Traveller that "the customer experience team have confirmed soft reopening to occur March 2," which will be followed by an official ribbon-cutting event on March 12.
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Located in the airport's satellite terminal, which is used for international flights, the revamped Golden Lounge will contain two wings.
The Platinum Lounge – also known as KLIA Satellite Platinum – is the exclusive domain of first class passengers on Malaysia Airlines and other Oneworld carriers flying out of Kuala Lumpur, such as British Airways flight BA33, along with Oneworld Emerald-grade frequent flyers.
That list includes Malaysia Airlines' Enrich Platinum, Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum, BA Executive Club Gold and Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club Diamond members.
The Platinum Lounge will include "a fine dining area offering a selection of local and continental food" plus an open kitchen and Laksa Bar...
... serving up four versions of the spicy Malaysian noodle dish, which will be rotated on a weekly basis.
Other features of the former first class lounge making a return to the refreshed space include showers, a cigar room, and a 'slumber room' where passengers can grab some shut-eye during long stopovers.
The larger Business Lounge will cater for business class travellers and Oneworld Sapphire cardholders such as Malaysia Airlines Enrich Gold, Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold, Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club Gold and BA Executive Club Silver.
Here you'll find the usual business class lounge offerings such as a self-service buffet, business centre and showers, plus a smoking room and even a "nursery and baby care room."
PREVIOUS | Malaysia Airlines hopes to open its new-look first class and business class Golden Lounges at Kuala Lumpur at the end of February.
Located in the airport's satellite terminal, the flagship lounges have been closed since October 2017 and were originally set for a ribbon-cutting last month.
However, a spokesperson for Malaysia Airlines tells Australian Business Traveller that both lounges are now expected to re-open by February 28 (although we suspect nobody will hold it against them if that slips another few days into early March).
The first class and business class Golden Lounges will boast a similar style as the recently-revamped domestic and regional lounges in KLIA's main terminal and showcase a rich 'Malaysian heritage' palette.
A focal point for the new lounges will be an open 'demonstration kitchen' where chefs will whip up Malaysian and international gourmet dishes for travellers; a “bistro service” in the business class lounge and upscale "fine dining experience" in the neighbouring first class lounge; and traveller-friendly amenities such as faster WiFi and plenty of AC and USB outlets.