BEIJING, Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, has offered a preview of its latest lounge which will open at Beijing Capital International Airport in the coming weeks. As the second SkyTeam-branded lounge in the Greater China region and the sixth worldwide, it will offer a luxurious pre-flight experience complemented by high-end amenities for First and Business Class passengers and Elite Plus members flying on any of the 12 SkyTeam airlines serving the airport.
The spacious 800-square meter facility has seating for 160 guests and, in keeping with SkyTeam's lounge theme, features SkyTeam's signature sleek, modern curves and natural accents of wood. The lounge was constructed in collaboration with SkyTeam by members China Eastern and China Southern. Beijing Aviation Ground Services will manage and operate the facility on behalf of the alliance.
The exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the new lounge was hosted by SkyTeam CEO and Managing Director, Perry Cantarutti, and SkyTeam Chairman, Michael Wisbrun, and attended by media, CEOs and executive leaders of member airlines, who were in Beijing for a SkyTeam Governing Board meeting this week.
"More than 14 million SkyTeam passengers fly through Beijing each year and, as the largest alliance in Greater China, opening our second lounge underscores our commitment to enhancing the travel experience for our top customers in the region," Cantarutti said. "With the new lounge, SkyTeam will offer more branded lounges across its global network than any other airline alliance. Because these lounges are popular with our customers and add value for our members, we are developing plans to expand our global lounge portfolio even further."
Highlights of the Beijing lounge include:
- Buffet with hot and cold Chinese and international food offered throughout the day. Customers can help themselves to hot drinks, water and soft drinks, plus premium-label beers and spirits or enjoy a social drink at the wine bar.
- Large, curved windows bring an abundance of natural light and airport views, while SkyTeam's iconic 'living wall' – a botanical feature in every lounge – adds a welcoming natural touch
- Complimentary Wi-Fi, business area with computers and numerous power outlets throughout the lounge
- Showers, with towels and toiletries for a pre-flight freshen up
- A tranquil retreat with a separate TV room, relaxation area and a VIP room for added privacy
SkyTeam customers benefit from more than 630 airport lounges throughout its worldwide network. In addition to the new Beijing lounge, these include other SkyTeam-branded facilities in Dubai, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London Heathrow and Sydney.
The alliance offers more than 3,700 weekly frequencies to and from Beijing Capital International Airport, operated by 12 member airlines: Aeroflot, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta Air Lines, Garuda Indonesia, KLM, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Airlines.
SkyTeam is the global airline alliance with 20 member airlines working together to offer seamless travel on an extensive global network. From top hubs around the world, SkyTeam members provide reliable and comfortable journeys to over 1,050 destinations. SkyTeam customers can unwind in 636 lounges as they travel, earn and redeem Frequent Flyer Miles. SkyTeam Elite Plus customers are eligible for SkyPriority services. The 20 members are: Aeroflot, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Aeroméxico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Garuda Indonesia, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Airlines. SkyTeam welcomes 612 million customers each year on more than 17,340 daily flights to 1,057 destinations in 177 countries.
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Delta Air Lines serves nearly 180 million customers each year. In 2016, Delta was named to Fortune's top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the fifth time in six years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented five consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 319 destinations in 57 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry's leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on the Delta News Hub, as well as delta.com, Twitter @DeltaNewsHub, Google.com/+Delta, and Facebook.com/delta.
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