Today Lufthansa unveiled its own branded premium lounge concept at Newark Liberty International Airport. Lufthansa invested $3.7 million in the construction project, which was led by Voorsanger Architects in New York. As many as 35 jobs are expected to be created to staff and service the new facility.
“Newark is a leading gateway for Lufthansa, and while SAS, our Star Alliance partner, has been a tremendous host, we are excited to now offer our own unique lounge experience for our passengers,” said Juergen Siebenrock, Vice President The Americas.
The new Business and Senator Lounges will cater to Lufthansa’s premium passengers and Miles & More status members, as well as SWISS and other Star Alliance status customers. A common reception area leads to the Senator Lounge, which encompasses 2,045 square feet and accommodates 69 guests, and a Business Class Lounge, which is 1,946 square feet and can cater to 60 passengers.
The Lounges are located in Terminal B close to the Lufthansa departure gate and across from the SAS Lounge that formerly hosted Lufthansa’s passengers. To further expedite boarding, First and Business Class passengers can use the “Fast Lanes” at the security checkpoint whether they checked in online, via their smartphone or at the airport check-in counter.
The lounge design follows the new concept Lufthansa has been unveiling around the globe, including German oak parquet flooring, high quality leather armchairs, back-lit walls, professional appliances and premium washrooms. Among the luxurious amenities are a Comfort Zone, charging station, work area, and media centers with televisions and periodicals in a variety of languages. The bistro area will offer hot and cold selections from FLIK, a New York-based caterer. The Senator Lounge also features a backlit wall depicting a serene forest.
“Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport has undergone a nearly $350 million modernization in recent years and Lufthansa’s new world-class lounge is a welcome addition to our passenger offerings,’’ said Huntley Lawrence, the airport’s general manager and Port Authority’s interim deputy aviation director. “Lufthansa’s expansion also will help create jobs at the airport as it improves customer amenities, creating a double-benefit for the region.’’
Lufthansa’s worldwide lounge service
Lufthansa currently operates about 60 lounges worldwide with a total floor space of over 390,000 square feet. Based upon their service class and status, Lufthansa passengers have access to four different lounges – First Class, Senator, Business and Frankfurt’s Welcome Lounge – each providing a pleasant atmosphere in which to wait for a flight, relax or work. And with access to the more than 1,000 lounges worldwide operated by Lufthansa’s Star Alliance and cooperation partners, Lufthansa’s premium customers can take advantage of one of the largest lounge networks in the world. Lufthansa invested approximately 35 million euro since 2011 in constructing new lounges and refurbishing existing ones in order to further expand and enhance its airport lounge facilities for customers.
One of the world's largest and most prestigious airlines, Lufthansa currently flies to 253 destinations in 103 countries, with hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, and with the Lufthansa Group acquisition of Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and SWISS – Vienna, Brussels and Zurich. From its 20 North American gateways, Lufthansa— recently voted by Fortune as one of the five most admired airlines in the world— and its partners serve over 450 destinations in more than 120 countries. An industry innovator, Lufthansa has long been committed to environmental care and sustainability, operating the most technologically-advanced and fuel-efficient fleet in the world. Its long-haul fleet to and from North America includes the Boeing 747-400 and the 747-8, as well as the Airbus A330, A340 and A380. Currently, Lufthansa has over 220 new aircraft worth about $36 billion on order. Lufthansa is the largest European operator of the A380 and was the launch customer for the new Boeing 747-8, the industries’ two most fuel-efficient passenger aircraft. Known for its premium services, Lufthansa continues its $150 million program earmarked for building new or upgrading existing lounge facilities across its worldwide network and will spend more than $3.6 billion in new onboard products and services by 2015. In 2010, Lufthansa re-launched its broadband wireless Internet service onboard, FlyNet. For more information or reservations, visit www.lufthansa.com