Etihad Airways offers one of my all around favorite first class products, thanks to their A380 First Class Apartments.
However, Etihad still doesn’t have a first class lounge at their home airport. In 2014 Etihad opened the Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal 3, which is their “flagship” business class lounge. And they’ve also been using that for first class passengers, as they proceed with first class lounge renovations.
Etihad’s premium lounge Abu Dhabi first class section
However, the opening of the first class lounge has been delayed considerably, as it was originally supposed to open in late 2014.
Last May I shared an update on the opening of the new Etihad lounge. I was told that the lounge should open in the second quarter of 2015, though shortly thereafter was told the opening was delayed until October. Then last August we received an update that the new lounge was supposed to open in early 2016. Then last November we received an updade that the new lounge will supposedly open in mid to late 2016 at the earliest.
The good news is that it looks like they’re finally making progress on their first class lounge. Etihad Airways plans to open the Abu Dhabi first class lounge in May 2016. They even shared a picture of the entrance to the new lounge on Instagram:
Etihad’s first class lounge Abu Dhabi
Etihad also issued the following press release:
In May of this year, Etihad Airways will open a spectacular new First Class Lounge at Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Terminal 3, for the exclusive use of its First Class guests, Etihad Guest Platinum and Etihad Airways Partners Platinum guests, and those staying in The Residence on board its Airbus A380 fleet. The investment and development of the world-leading facility highlights the airline’s commitment to its valued top-tier guests.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Commercial Officer, said: “The new First Class Lounge in Abu Dhabi will be the jewel in the crown of our ever-growing global lounge portfolio, a showcase of intelligent design and innovation, and the world’s best premium airport experience. We are confident that it will deliver a product and service which is as highly acclaimed as it is inflight and look forward to unveiling its many unique features with great pride.”
The state-of-the-art space combines modern Arabian design elements and the understated elegance and luxury synonymous with the Etihad Airways brand, demonstrating the airline’s legendary hospitality and constant drive for perfection in its multi-award-winning First Class experience, both on the ground and in the air.
Color me excited! I’m curious if it will rank as one of my top first class airline lounges in the world.
I’m excited for Etihad’s new lounge in Abu Dhabi to finally open, and plan to check it out once the doors open. I trust the design will be beautiful (probably like Etihad’s new lounge in New York), though I hope the lounge also has some great amenities. At a minimum I expect it will have a spa and barber shop, though let’s hope it also has great nap rooms and some other cool features.
Etihad’s lounge New York
I’m especially curious to see what they do for passengers in The Residence!
Now we just have to hope Etihad sticks to their anticipated timeline for the lounge opening.
Do you plan on visiting Etihad’s new first class lounge when it opens?