On Monday, Etihad Airways opened its new premium Lounge at Melbourne Airport.

The launch of the new lounge, which offers guests a place to “relax, re-energise, dine, work or be entertained pre-flight,” comes as Etihad prepares to launch its new A380 service to Melbourne next month.

Located at Melbourne Airport’s Terminal 2, adjacent to gate 10, the lounge has seating for up to 133 guests, making it the airline’s largest premium lounge outside Abu Dhabi.

Floor to ceiling windows overlook the runway, allowing plenty of natural light to fill the lounge, while a 26-seat dining area offers a la carte and buffet options, with professional chefs on hand to prepare each dish on site using locally sourced, seasonal produce.

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An attractive bar stocked with local Victorian wines and more than 70 spirits and aperitifs is also in the lounge.

Other amenities include separate male and female bathrooms with shower facilities, male and female prayer rooms, a children’s playroom and a luggage room. The lounge has free WiFi and plentiful power sockets and USB ports.

Additionally, a private lounge will be available to passengers travelling in Etihad’s exclusive ‘The Residence’, with A380 services starting at Melbourne from June 1. The Residence Lounge will be discreetly located adjacent to the main lounge entrance. It will offer custom-made arm chairs upholstered in Poltrona Frau Italian leather, its own restroom and separate entry.Etihad_MEL_Lounge_window

Both lounges will open approximately three hours prior to the departure of Etihad’s twice daily Melbourne-Abu Dhabi service.

Shane O’Hare, Etihad Airways’ senior vice president for marketing, said “The new lounge at Melbourne Airport is in a class of its own. The opening of this remarkable new facility and the launch of our flagship A380 services on June 1, offer travellers on the Melbourne-Abu Dhabi route our most compelling guest experience proposition ever.”

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Judging by the pictures, Etihad’s new Melbourne lounge looks like a continuation of its already impressive global portfolio of lounges. Additionally, The Residence Lounge sounds like it will provide that extra touch of exclusivity and we look forward to testing it out and letting you know what we think.

We are also curious to find out more about Etihad’s new First Class Lounge at Abu Dhabi International Airport and new First and Business Class Lounge at Los Angeles, which are expected to open in the coming months.