Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Emirates couches itself as the seat of comfort in Germany

DUBAI, U.A.E., 19th May 2009 - Emirates is already part of the travel and tourism furniture in Germany, but that status took on a new meaning yesterday when the renowned international carrier officially opened its third and largest lounge in the country.

The latest dedicated lounge, measuring 700 square metres, sits in Dusseldorf International Airport and follows similar, luxury travel sanctuaries in Frankfurt and Munich.

The facilities are of part of a multi-million US dollar push by the airline to offer the ultimate in pre-departure comfort and convenience at key airports world-wide.

Premium Class travellers can surf the internet using complimentary broadband access, catch up on work at the lounge's Business Centre, or watch widescreen TV after sinking into leather armchairs, whilst sampling the gourmet cuisine.

Passengers can also take a shower - with Timeless Spa accessories on hand, or have a therapeutic session in a scientifically-designed massage chair, as they enjoy complimentary drinks.

Mohammed H. Mattar, Emirates' Divisional Senior Vice President, Airport Services, who attended the official opening in Dusseldorf, said: "These lounges are an integral part of the Emirates' experience, putting passengers in the best possible frame of mind for their journeys. We have invested heavily in these world-class travel sanctuaries and continue to do so, which is particularly significant during these troubled economic times."

Germany is a major market for Emirates with 49 passenger flights a week going into Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich and Hamburg.

Christoph Blume, CEO, Dusseldorf International Airport, said: “With two daily flights from Dusseldorf, local travellers have been familiar with Emirates for years. The new lounge is a great enrichment for the airport and a clear commitment to the destination of Dusseldorf. It emphasizes not only the airline’s absolute service philosophy, but also the importance of Germany’s third largest airport within the airline’s global route network.”

The airline currently offers 20 dedicated lounges around its six-continent network.
Besides Germany, Emirates provides lounges in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Auckland, Bangkok, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, New York JFK, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Singapore. More lounges are on the way later this year, including one in Hamburg.

Emirates Lounge facilities are available to its First and Business Class passengers and Gold members of Skywards, the airline's frequent flyer programme.

The airline's renowned support on the ground also includes complimentary chauffeur-drive services, exclusive First and Business Class check-in desks and priority baggage handling.

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