First Oneworld-branded lounge to open at Moscow

The home hub of Oneworld member airline S7 will be host to a new Oneworld-branded lounge.

By David Flynn, December 20 2019
First Oneworld-branded lounge to open at Moscow

Oneworld has chosen Moscow's Domodedovo Airport as the location for the first in a network of alliance-branded lounges, although details of when the lounge will open are yet to be revealed.

“We are excited to launch the first oneworld branded lounge at Moscow Domodedovo in this momentous year, as we celebrate the alliance’s 20th anniversary with an invigorated mission to deliver the highest levels of service and most seamless travel experience to our customers,” says Oneworld CEO Rob Gurney. “Moscow Domodedovo is the home of our member S7 Airlines, and we are thrilled that the first Oneworld branded lounge will be located at its hub.”

Oneworld is believed to have several more lounges around the world mapped out, although the timetable has slipped from when the project was announced in February 2019, when the alliance was aiming for an inaugural ribbon-cutting in the second half of 2019 with two more lounges likely to follow in 2020.

S7's flagship business class lounge at Moscow Domodedovo.
S7's flagship business class lounge at Moscow Domodedovo.

The choice of Moscow Domodedovo, which is the hub of S7 Airlines and is home to S7's flagship business class lounge, also represents a shift from Oneworld's original statement of intent about where its own lounges would be located.

Speaking to Executive Traveller in February 2019, on the sidelines of a press conference in London to mark the alliance's 20th anniversary, Gurney said the lounges would focus on airports or terminals without a home carrier which belongs to Oneworld.

“The idea is that we develop these where no single airline has a massive presence, but we have multiple airlines flying into the same airport, maybe with daily flights. So while collectivity we (as Oneworld) have a lot of flights, no single airline could justify the cost of the lounge."

Concept image of the next-generation S7 business lounge at Moscow Domodedovo.. Total Architects
Concept image of the next-generation S7 business lounge at Moscow Domodedovo.
Total Architects

Nadja Khaitova, Press Secretary for the S7 Group, told Executive Traveller that the airline plans to retain its current Moscow Domodedovo lounges, with the new Oneworld lounge "to be an additional one to welcome passengers from all our partner airlines within the Oneworld alliance."

ET review: S7 Airlines business class lounge, Moscow Domodedovo

A spokesperson for Oneworld described the lounge project as the "result of a close collaboration between the airport and Oneworld with support from S7, our member airline."

Concept image of the next-generation S7 business lounge at Moscow Domodedovo.. Total Architects
Concept image of the next-generation S7 business lounge at Moscow Domodedovo.
Total Architects

For his part, S7 Group CEO Anton Eremin has said only that "I am sure that opening of the Oneworld branded business lounge will enable us to further enhance airport passenger experience."

Concept image of the next-generation S7 business lounge at Moscow Domodedovo.. Total Architects
Concept image of the next-generation S7 business lounge at Moscow Domodedovo.
Total Architects

Interestingly, Moscow-based Total Architects lists one of its projects as an S7 Airlines Business Lounge at Domodedovo airport which is currently "under construction", but how this plays into the plans for a Oneworld business lounge remains to be seen.

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Sep 2018

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Seems like a weird choice when the airport doesn't seem to have the need for a unified oneworld lounge. However, it may be an issue of space available at the airport.

CX

05 Jun 2012

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So oneworld say "the lounges would focus on airports or terminals without a home carrier which belongs to Oneworld. The idea is that we develop these where no single airline has a massive presence" and then put their first lounge at S7's hub

Hmmmm....

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Jul 2014

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I thought that too, must have been an opportunity for a quick win so they took it.

04 Dec 2013

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Actually, S7's hub is nominally Novosibirsk. But yeah, they've got a big presence at DME.

12 Dec 2012

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Seems an odd choice for a oneworld lounge when only 4 oneworld members (BA, QR, RJ, S7) fly to Domodedovo (DME).

BA, AY and JL fly to Sheremetyevo (SVO). BA flies to both DME and SVO. JL is moving from DME to SVO when the new Haneda flights start.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Dec 2019

Total posts 1

Odd choice to open lounge in Russia


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