Qatar Airways will open its new Premium Lounge
at London Heathrow this week, reinforcing the importance of one of
the airline’s busiest routes.
The Premium Lounge at Terminal 4 will be the
airline’s first dedicated facility for First and Business Class
passengers outside its Doha hub.
The opening marks the start of another busy year
for the carrier, with the launch of new routes, as well as
additional capacity on the London Heathrow – Doha route, being
stepped up from four to five flights a day, effective 25 March
Qatar Airways Premium Lounge at Heathrow has been designed to
resemble a boutique hotel or private member’s club rather than a
conventional airport lounge.
The airline recruited lounge staff from five-star hotels and
restaurants to work in the theatre-style Global Brasserie kitchen, Delicatessen, and Signature Martini bar.
lounge also includes private shower facilities, with heated floors
and mirrors, hotel-style towels and luxury brand toiletries and amenities.
Business and leisure travellers can stay
connected with free Wi-Fi throughout the lounge, discreet power
sockets at every seat and a business centre that includes PCs and
“London has long been one of our
best-performing routes, so Heathrow was an obvious choice for our
first Premium Lounge outside Doha,” said Qatar Airways Chief
Akbar Al Baker. “With the
London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games taking place this summer,
the international spotlight will be on the British capital and we
look forward to the increase in capacity and welcoming more
premium travellers on our high demand services to London ... The lounge is the latest development in our expanding global
network and will enable both loyal customers and those travelling
with us for the first time, to take full advantage of the high
levels of service we provide.”
Qatar Airways will launch flights to nine new destinations: Baku
(Azerbaijan), Tbilisi (Georgia), Kigali (Rwanda), Gassim (Saudi
Arabia), Helsinki (Finland), Zagreb (Croatia), Mombasa (Kenya),
Zanzibar (Tanzania) and Perth (Australia).
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