United Airlines may be flying a shiny new Boeing 787 Dreamliner from Melbourne to Los Angeles, but don't expect a shiny new lounge to go with it.
The airline says it has no plans to revamp its current lounge at Melbourne airport to the updated United Club concept now appearing overseas.
Dave Hilfman, United’s SVP Global Sales told Australian Business Traveller that “we’re always looking to update our facilities”, but that United doesn’t have “any current plans to do that (in Melbourne)”.
As for Sydney, travellers on United's flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco will forge on without a United lounge altogether.
“In Sydney we choose to use the Air New Zealand lounge, because they have a wonderful facility that they’re just about to upgrade,” United’s Director Australia and New Zealand Alison Espley told Australian Business Traveller on the sidelines of the launch of United's new direct Los Angeles-Melbourne route.
That upgrade will include an all-new design that takes its cues from the recently-opened Star Alliance lounge in Los Angeles’ Tom Bradley International Terminal, with the renovated Sydney lounge planned for completion by early next year.
However, United's business and first class flyers, Star Alliance Gold travellers and United Club members can also visit Singapore Airlines' new SilverKris lounge as an alternative to AirNZ's Koru Club.
Chris Chamberlin travelled to Melbourne as a guest of United Airlines.
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