Oneworld unveils first fully branded European lounge

Bright, spacious, contemporary new lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

The oneworld® alliance has introduced its first fully branded European lounge in Amsterdam, just weeks after launching its first premium lounge at Seoul Incheon International Airport.

In collaboration with ASPIRE, the lounge subsidiary of global aviation ground services provider Swissport, oneworld has opened this second branded lounge during the alliance’s 25th anniversary year.

Located in Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s non-Schengen departure area, the luxury 473 square-metre lounge offers a wide choice of stylish seating in a spacious, bright, contemporary setting where customers can relax, refuel and re-energise before their flight.

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oneworld’s new lounge design includes a subtle nod to Amsterdam with tailor-made lighting pieces inspired by the spherical lights on many of the city’s iconic arched canal bridges, which is also reflected in the shape of the entrance portal itself.

The city’s birds were also a source of inspiration for designers with individual bird silhouettes perching over the lounge bar, with one even seen to be blowing bubble gum.

oneworld’s new lounge is conveniently located no more than 10 minutes away from the alliance member airlines’ departure gates.

Eight oneworld member airlines – American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc and Royal Jordanian – operate non-stop flights to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

The oneworld lounge will be open to all eligible oneworld customers and will be the exclusive lounge for all those departing on international flights outside of the Schengen area. Collectively, oneworld member airlines operate more than 200 weekly flights to Amsterdam connecting the Netherlands’ capital to more than 900 destinations worldwide through the oneworld member network.

“With oneworld carriers jointly operating more than 200 flights a week, the launch of the new lounge will further strengthen the presence of the alliance at Schiphol, and benefit IAG customers flying to and through this key market in Europe,” said Julio Rodriguez, International Airlines Group (IAG) Chief Commercial Strategy Officer.

Smail Boudjennah, Regional Manager for Western Europe at Qatar Airways, said: “This is an exciting and ground-breaking moment indeed for the oneworld alliance airlines, and Qatar Airways is very proud to take part in welcoming Europe’s first oneworld branded lounge here in Amsterdam. We are in good company alongside the world’s leading airlines as this new lounge illustrates how oneworld and its members continue to collectively provide an unparalleled experience to customers.”

Gerhard Girkinger, oneworld Vice President, Customer Experience, Delivery and Membership, said: “We have created a lounge that upholds our vision to make travel bright. Customers can expect a modern setting that

blends refined fixtures and fittings with digital technologies and warm, ergonomic seating areas, offering a memorable travel experience.”

David Collyer, Swissport International AG Global Vice President Executive Lounges, said: “After partnering with the oneworld alliance on their fully branded lounge at Incheon, we are delighted to be working together again on oneworld’s first lounge in Europe, which looks fantastic.

“Our hospitality products are carefully developed to meet the unique and evolving needs of our airline, alliance and airport partners. Swissport and our ASPIRE team have applied the same standard of excellence to the oneworld lounge in Amsterdam.,” Collyer added.

The new lounge is open daily between 5:30am and 10:00pm*, for eligible oneworld Emerald and Sapphire customers departing from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol outside of the Schengen area on oneworld flights, as well as First and Business Class customers travelling with oneworld member airlines.

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