Revealed: Top 10 first class lounges
Find out which airlines were awarded for their first class lounges at Skytrax’s World Airline Awards 2013
\nAt its hub airport in Frankfurt, Lufthansa has a separate first class terminal. Passengers have a separate check-in, immigrations and duty free facility at the terminal, which involves drop-off at the plane in a luxury car as well. The airline also has premium lounges in some of the other major airports with its partners.
2. Qantas Airways
\nThe airline that recently partnered with Emirates, has first class lounges in Sydney and Melbourne where there are a variety of services. These include a day spa, restaurant, library, private work suites and concierge service for passengers. Further, passengers have access to some of the airline’s partner lounges, like the one in Dubai.
3. Qatar Airways
\nWhile still waiting for facilities to start up at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar Airways offers a variety of services through its arrivals and departure lounges. Plus, the airline recently unveiled a premium lounge at Heathrow airport, which is one of the most popular destinations on the network.
4. British Airways
\nOffering over 60 lounges worldwide, British Airways has a lot of options and services for passengers, especially at London’s Heathrow airport. These include exclusive dining facilities as well as access to the Concorde Room, which includes private cabanas with day beds and en-suite bathrooms for passenger's privacy.
5. Etihad Airways
\nRecently Etihad unveiled its latest lounge offering at Paris Charles de Gaulle for its premium passengers. The lounge in Abu Dhabi has received many awards and accolades and provides a separate area for working as well as award-winning cuisine through the dining services.
6. Emirates Airline
\nThe airline voted as the Best Airline of the Year has 30 premium lounges around the world, including those in Dubai, New York, Birmingham and Singapore among\nmany others. They offer gourmet cuisines and a private working environment for people on the go.
7. Thai Airways
\nThe airline’s lounge in Bangkok airport includes two VIP rooms, six private corners, 22 seat a-la-carte dining room, slumber rooms, shower suites, exclusive first class check-in facilities and a wi-fi corner. To maintain privacy, the lounge can only accommodate about 134 passengers at any given time.
8. Cathay Pacific Airways
\nThe newly renovated lounge at Hong Kong airport includes an expansive dining hall called The Haven, a full-service bar with a view of the airport runway and five cabanas. Each of these features a spacious shower, a full-sized bath and a comfortable day bed, providing a calm, relaxing and private sanctuary.
9. Singapore Airlines
\nThe facilities at the airline’s lounge in Changi airport include showers, fine dining options with a live cooking station as well as a business area for passengers to continue their work while on the go.
10. ANA All Nippon Airways
\nAt Tokyo’s Narita airport, ANA offers a variety of lounge services for its premium passengers. These include exclusive dining and private working areas.