SkyTeam Opens New Lounge in Istanbul Ataturk International Airport
Enhances seamless travel experience for business class passengers of the SkyTeam member airlines
The global airline alliance SkyTeam opened a new lounge in Istanbul Ataturk International Airport. The lounge is available to the Elite Plus, First and Business Class customers of any one of the ten member airlines in this alliance. SkyTeam anticipates more than 70,000 visits to the lounge each year.
The Istanbul lounge of the SkyTeam, which is operated by TAV “primeclass”, is a milestone in the SkyPort project, a project designed to improve the airport experience for passengers. Aiming that all SkyTeam member airlines have the same facilities in the world airports, SkyPort strives to keep the quality of service high during travels. As part of this project, new SkyTeam lounges will be brought into use in Sydney at the end of 2013 and in Beijing in 2014.
The new lounge embodies the alliance’s philosophy of ‘caring more about you’. The 350 square meter SkyTeam Lounge designed by Hale Şener, 1213 Architecture Office has a capacity of 90 passengers. In the lounge, there is a study zone with printing facilities and Wi-Fi connection; a relaxation zone with an oxygen bar and massage chairs; a bar and a buffet offering a selection of different cuisines; more than 70 electric power sockets for customer use and a reading area.
In keeping with SkyTeam’s flagship venue at London Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 4, the Istanbul lounge features a modern design with rounded shapes throughout, such as SkyTeam’s signature bronze pendant lighting and sleek, curved furnishings. Large windows on two of the four walls allow a natural light, while a third ‘living wall’ of different plants and species creates a vertical jungle and adds a touch of nature. To maintain a tranquil ambience and enable customers to work or just unwind, television is available in a separate viewing room.
“We are working to fast-track initiatives that augment the benefits we offer and this new lounge delivers a superior airport experience for customers, while realizing synergies for our members serving Istanbul,” said Michael Wisbrun, SkyTeam’s managing director. “Turkey is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies and, with direct links to Istanbul offered by SkyTeam airlines globally, the investment in the new lounge will strengthen our brand in this dynamic market.”
SkyTeam airlines serving Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport are: Aeroflot, Air France, Alitalia, China Southern, Delta Air Lines, Korean Air, KLM, Middle East Airlines (MEA), Tarom and Saudi Arabian Airlines.