October saw Turkish Airlines‘ first lounge open in the United States, reinforcing the carrier’s commitment to its global network. Covering 5,000sq ft the lounge can play host to 120 guests for the airline’s business class passengers and Star Alliance Gold members. This certainly is a more intimate designer space than fellow Star Alliance carrier Lufthansa’s lounge in Terminal B in Dulles airport.
Following the design cues from the CIP lounge in Istanbul, Turkish Airlines has launched a branded space that features an extensive food and beverage buffet, shower and bathroom facilities, Free Wi-Fi and a business centre with six computer stations.
There are also prayer and relaxation rooms, and as a fantastic and somewhat exclusive arrangement, there is a direct connection to the aircraft by a hallway taking guests directly to the airbridge.
The design of the lounge is distinct and marries rich marble finishes with dark fixtures and relaxing lighting to create an opulent and homely feel. We love the dark ceiling in the main lounge area, which helps enhance the lighting and helps give the illusion you are inside an airport terminal.
Turkish Airlines is world famous for having more international destinations than any other carrier globally, and currently offers ten flights a week from Washington, D.C. to Istanbul, and serves eight other US destinations including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco.