Last week saw Air France unveil its fully redesigned lounge in Terminal 1 at Munich-Franz Josef Strauss international airport in Germany. While other airlines have been closing their ground products across the globe, Air France is one of the few carriers bucking the trend with upgraded and refreshed spaces.

Dedicated to Air France, KLM and Skyteam partner airlines’ Business and Flying Blue Elite Plus customers, the lounge is open daily from 5.15 am to 8.30pm. It has a surface area of 227 m2 and 75 seats. Customers travelling in the Economy and Premium Economy cabins can also purchase lounge access for 25 euros or 6,000 miles, subject to space availability.

The space follows the new Air France colour system with a more sophisticated mix of shades of blue, grey and touches of red – as well as the accent, the company’s brand symbol, and the winged seahorse, the historical emblem reminding us of its rich history.

Air France has managed to inject the warmth that previous lounges lacked, with Champagne-lacquered metal screens structure the various different areas. The furniture has been carefully chosen and includes the iconic Egg armchair and creations by French designers such as Pierre Paulin, Patrick Jouin and brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Air France also favours noble and natural materials such as oak and leather.

The lounge has a large dining area that promotes French cuisine. A comfortable couch and leather seats are reminiscent of Parisian brasseries. The dining offer changes throughout the day and is based on savoury or sweet dishes, inviting guests to discover seasonal flavours. Healthy and vegetarian meals including soup and gourmet salads are also available. A range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available, including wines as well as local beers. Water fountains are provided to limit the consumption of single-use plastic.

Considering the airline only operates six flights a day to Paris and it’s partner airline KLM, has five to Schiphol, this is an impressive investment for what is a small, yet valuable market for the carrier.

Posted by:Jonny Clark

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