PHOTO TOUR: Etihad's swish new Paris business/first class lounge

By John Walton, February 8 2013

Virgin Australia partner Etihad's new lounge at Paris is sure to impress business travellers passing through Charles de Gaulle airport's Terminal 2A.

After rolling up in your Etihad business/first class limousine, you'll be able to relax in the 620 square metre lounge, which is a big improvement over the previous contract lounge belonging to American Airlines.

You can catch up with work at the business centre, have a bite of breakfast prior to the 11am flight or a spot of dinner in advance of the 9.40pm service, or have a good soak in the shower before departure.

Design inspiration is taken from Etihad's newest business and first class lounges in Abu Dhabi — a sign of what's to come for the joint Virgin Australia-Etihad international lounge in Sydney, perhaps?

Etihad is particularly spruiking its "five-star international buffet and à la carte dining", as well as the wine selection talents of lounge manager — and qualified sommelier — Marie-Pierre Zanusso.

Rounding out the Parisian theme is "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."

Happily, there's also a separate family room for children, so the sprogs shouldn't be underfoot. And you'll also be able to make use of the wifi and business centre within the lounge, which includes large-screen iMacs.

The lounge is open to passengers in business and first class, as well as frequent flyers:

  • Virgin Australia Velocity Gold and Platinum cardholders 
  • Etihad's own Silver, Gold and Gold Elite travellers
  • Etihad's other partner airline frequent flyers — check with your airline

Aubrey Tiedt, the airline's VP of Guest Services, hopes that the lounge will persuade you to fly Etihad: "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."

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John Walton

Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 May 2012

Total posts 30

Very, very happy to see this lounge opening at CDG and a overwhelming improvement to the woeful American Airlines lounge previously on offer. Pity this new lounge wasn't open when I'd rolled through late last year!

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

05 Jan 2012

Total posts 335

Looks a great lounge. Looks to be a sign of what is to come in Sydney with the joint lounge. It doesnt look unsimilar to the Virgin Australia lounge idea in some aspects so i think the VA/EY lounge in SYD will be something to look forward to.

cool bananas! i'll be flying in and out of paris later this year and I wasn't looking forward to using the AA lounge. Shame there is no six sense spa :( but oh well.

By the way, did you guys know etihad has wet leased air france's plane... *grumbles* so I'll be on an AF flight instead of EY... yeah they changed it last week after i had already booked my ticket last year! D'oh! I'm not looking forward to that angle bed and lovely AF service...

Anyway but i'll turn up early to the EY lounge in Paris CDG and snap lots of pics for you guys in a trip report. I'll even order some food from the dining, take a shower, tap on the keyboard and all that stuff and take pics.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

13 Apr 2013

Total posts 3

I visited this lounge on Friday en route from Paris to Sydney. The staff were friendly, the a la carte menu was fantastic (in a very slick restaurant-like bistro area), although the buffet was limited to ordinary stuff like pita breads and hummus, fruit, and cheeses. It's a shame they don't have the Six Senses Spa, but generally a great experience.  

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Apr 2015

Total posts 12

I have Etihad Gold status, and will be flying on Malaysia Airlines.  Will I be able to access this lounge?


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