Emirates has unveiled its new Melbourne Airport lounge, revealing a contemporary and fresh look, based on the new design of Emirates lounges worldwide.
At 1,268sqm in size, the Melbourne lounge is one of the biggest outstation lounges for the airline in the world and caters to up to 241 passengers.
With a view of the airfield, passengers will enjoy first class facilities and amenities including LED TV's, leather armchairs, a dining area, prayer room with ablution areas, shower facilities and a business centre.
In addition, passengers will be able to choose from a selection of hot and cold dishes from the gourmet buffet, as well as extensive beverage services. Some of the dishes on offer include: waffles and French toast for breakfast; teriyaki salmon, chicken satay and traditional fish and chips for snacks; and lamb cutlets, prawn salads, curries and chicken Schnitzel for dinner, as well as the finest selection of champagne, wines and spirits.
The new Melbourne lounge forms part of a continuous global effort by the airline to upgrade its lounge offering for its passengers. In the last few months, Emirates has also updated its lounges at London Heathrow Airport and Perth International Airport, to further enhance the passenger experience when flying through these ports.
"Our worldwide lounges ensure passengers are able to enjoy Emirates' world-class experience from the moment they arrive at the airport," said Barry Brown, Emirates' Divisional Vice President for Australasia.
"The new and expanded Melbourne lounge will also help cater for additional capacity from March when we up-gauge and replace the existing Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on one of our daily flights with an A380," he added.
From the 1st of March 2016, EK404 and EK405 will be operated by the Emirates flagship A380 aircraft, providing more customer options as well as additional seat capacity on the route. With this up-gauge, Melbourne will be served twice daily with an Emirates A380.
Emirates currently operates three daily flights to Dubai from Melbourne including a direct daily A380 service, one service which operates via Singapore and a third which operates via Kuala Lumpur. In addition Emirates offers daily flights between Melbourne and Auckland on its flagship A380 aircraft.
The Emirates Lounge at Melbourne Airport is located on Level 3 of the International Terminal (entrance is located adjacent to gate 10 on the departures level).