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Virgin Australia and Etihad are on track to open their long-awaited shared lounge at Sydney International Airport early next year, with a similar lounge planned for Melbourne International Airport.
A team from the Abu Dhabi-based airline will visit Sydney next week "to inspect the space proposed by Sydney Airport", a spokesman for Etihad told Australian Business Traveller, ahead of an opening "in early 2013."
"We're very pleased with the progress being made", said the spokesman, who also confirmed that a Virgin-Etihad lounge is slated for Melbourne.
While Etihad is keeping mum on the actual space and design of the lounge, it's understood to be in keeping with the premium feel of Etihad's network of airport lounges around the world.
The lounge will be built and operated as a joint venture between Virgin Australia and partner airline Etihad to host first class and business class travellers and high-status frequent flyer passengers.
Neither airline has its own facility at Australia's busiest airport, relying instead of Air New Zealand's Koru Club lounge.
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