I don’t know what it is, but when it comes to the airline industry in the Middle East, things seem to be consistently delayed. At least this seems to be true of Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways (at Emirates Airline there seems to be some level of accountability).
Both Etihad and Qatar are supposed to be opening new first class lounges soon. The Qatar Airways First Class Lounge Doha was supposed to open well over a year ago, while the Etihad First Class Lounge Abu Dhabi was supposed to open earlier this year. Neither has happened.
I’ve received many questions about when the Etihad First Class Lounge Abu Dhabi will actually open, given how many of you redeem American AAdvantage miles for travel on Etihad.
Anyway, in May I shared an update on the opening of the new Etihad lounge. While the airline told me at the time that the lounge should open in the second quarter, another contact was informed that it should be opening by October. It seems neither of those are accurate, and that the Etihad First Class Lounge Abu Dhabi will now be opening in early 2016.
Via an Etihad representative on AusBT:
It will be worth the wait, opening early 2016 we will set a new global benchmark for airline lounges . In the meantime our newly refurbished T1 premium lounge is open as well as the T3 premium lounge featuring style and shave by Etiahd and the six senses spa, hope to see you in there soon 🙂 *GW
In the meantime, Etihad first class passengers can continue to use the Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal 3, which is Etihad’s “flagship” lounge for business class passengers.
Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi
That premium lounge has a partitioned off area for first class passengers, with special service.
Etihad Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi first class seating
Furthermore, as a first class passenger you receive both a complimentary spa treatment and a service at the Style & Shave Salon.
Etihad Business Class Lounge Abu Dhabi Six Senses Spa
Etihad Business Class Lounge Abu Dhabi Style & Shave
It’s quite disappointing that this lounge is being delayed even further. I guess more than anything it’s frustrating in terms of managing passenger expectations.
That being said, I think their current setup is actually pretty decent, given that the food is great, the lounge is modern, and as a first class passenger you receive both a spa and salon treatment. I just wish they weren’t dangling this supposedly new lounge in front of us, without any sort of a realistic timeline on when it will open.