EXCLUSIVE | High-flying Virgin Australia passengers jetting home from Los Angeles will soon use a new airport lounge at LAX, under revised plans which take effect from next week.
From Monday December 19, the airline’s Velocity Platinum members will shift from the Star Alliance First Class Lounge to the combined Etihad Airways First and Business Class Lounge prior to boarding their Virgin Australia flight.
Virgin Australia’s business class passengers will also move to the Etihad lounge from the Star Alliance Business Class Lounge used at present, with Etihad’s facility offering a dedicated dining room with table service…
… a manned ‘showcase bar’ where you can enjoy locally-inspired cocktails or a more traditional mix …
… plus a TV ‘lounging’ area, other relaxation zones, and of course, shower facilities.
For the most part, it’s an upgrade for these travellers – although some will certainly miss the Star Alliance lounge’s groovy outdoor terrace where it’s easy to while away the time.
Velocity Gold members booked to fly with Virgin Australia in premium economy or economy will continue to use the Star Alliance Business Class Lounge (below), which too provides a cocktail bar and shower facilities, although not a la carte dining as offered in the Etihad lounge.
Virgin Australia is also switching its lounge facilities in Denpasar (Bali) from the same date, with all lounge-eligible travellers moving from the JAS Premier Lounge to the Taurus Gemilang Lounge from December 19.
The moves follow other recent changes in November 2016 which saw Virgin Australia international passengers departing from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane shuffled to new airport lounges.
Those revisions allowed passengers travelling from Sydney to Los Angeles to cool their heels in the Etihad Airways lounge, and those flying from Brisbane to LAX to relax in the new Singapore Airlines SilverKris lounge.
Join other AusBT readers talking about Virgin Australia in our dedicated Virgin Australia discussion group