Before embarking on my recent trip to Europe in Emirates A380 economy I had the chance to sample one of the very few independent contract lounges in Kuala Lumpur (KUL) Terminal 1.
Located in the satellite building that houses the C gates Plaza Premium lounge operates on the upper level and is a short way from the sky train. Besides being used by multiple airlines for premium passengers it is also part of Priority Pass and several credit cards like the Maybank 2 cards premier give access. As for Maybank cards be aware which cards give access as they like to shuffle it around every few months, of course without informing customers.
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As part of my recent short trip I had another visit at the Emirates Business class lounge in Dubai, while having flown Emirates countless of times from and to Dubai I have never actually reviewed their lounge yet.
As my flight to Kuala Lumpur was scheduled with a Boing777-300ER aircraft the gate and lounge for this departure were located in concourse B of Emirates and Qantas exclusive terminal 3.
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Prior to my flight to Dubai on Emirates A380 I had the chance to check on The Emirates lounge Kuala Lumpur, which is one of the last lounges I haven’t yet reviewed in KUL.
The lounge is located on the upper level of the satellite terminal, that hosts the C-gates from which Emirates flights as well as most long-haul services depart. Since security is at each gate individually one just has to pass immigration and customs to take a quick ride on the aerotrain to the satellite building.
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After spending a long weekend in Bali, Indonesia I took a flight back to Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia Airlines in business class, as I reviewed the product before I won’t do so again and instead focus on the airport experience.
Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali (DPS) seems to have been undergoing recent renovation, from what I gathered online it was a dump before that and as far as I experienced the renovation seems to have been a missed chance to change that.
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On my flight back to Muscat on Oman Air I was invited to the Atlantic lounge, which is a contract lounge, prior to departure. Oman Air, as most non star alliance airlines in Munich, operates out of Terminal 1, which is a bit dated and has quite small gate areas.
After a quick check-in and some unpleasant discussion with German customs as usual (they just don’t like that you are entitled to VAT refund as a German living abroad…) I had a quick security check thanks to the fast track. It was an extremely cold day in Munich with lots of snows so I was looking forward to my departure, the Atlantic lounge certainly did not give me solid reasons to stay as well.
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On my recent flights from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Munich (MUC) and back via Muscat (MUC) on Oman Air I was invited twice to the Oman Air business class lounge in Muscat, while I had some time to explore the lounge and it’s features during my first stay it was too crowded to take pictures, thankfully the second trip allowed for a few snapshots.
In general Muscat airport is somewhat in a transition state as the old terminal has only remote gates and is quite outdated. It was built some decades ago back in the mid 20th century and the passenger capacity is long exceeded, as well as the facilities can’t really match todays expectations at an airport. While it isn’t the worst airport the experience for transiting in MCT is anything but seamless.
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I know I said I wouldn’t be flying TAP Portugal in business so soon again after my last, rather unsatisfying, experience with them. But TAP runs a upgrade program through plusgrade, which I was aware of before but never used it. This time I thought I just give it a try and bid the minimum amount of EUR100 to be able to review their ground service at Lisbon airport – it looks like there weren’t too many other people bidding so I got upgraded.
Knowing that TAP operates one of Europes oldest fleets and does virtually nothing to provide a competitive product on most routes to Portugal, where they basically have a monopoly, I went into this not exactly thrilled, but little did I know what I was about to endure.
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On my recent flight to Lisbon (LIS) with TAP Portugal I was invited to the Lufthansa business class lounge in Frankfurt international airport (FRA) terminal 1. Since terminal 1 is the Lufthansa/Star Alliance terminal at FRA they have a very strong presence, in fact everything is Lufthansa branded – even including the gate desks.
I have been flying multiple times from Frankfurt with Etihad and Emirates, but only in terminal 2 so it was a first time for me to go to the ‘Lufthansa terminal’. Since I did not really know how big of a presence they have there I asked the check-in agent about which lounge I should use, which she replied to with ‘yes’. I then tried to clarify if there is a TAP Portugal lounge or which one I would be invited to which again she replied to with ‘yes’. I found that quite surprising since TP has only a few daily flights from FRA and it wouldn’t make sense to have their own lounge. After I realised there are only LH lounges at FRA terminal 1 now I am not sure if the agent just assumed I would know about it or if she herself didn’t know what kind of lounges there are…
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Kuala Lumpur international airport terminal 1 (KUL) is the home of Malaysias national carrier Malaysia Airlines. Since it is the biggest hub for the airline MAS operates 2 separate business class lounges.
One of the lounge is located in the main terminal building – which is mostly used for domestic and regional Asia destinations – the Malaysia Airlines Regional lounge. The Malaysia Airlines Golden lounge is in first floor of the satellite building at KLIA near the C gates.
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As part of my recent trip to Dubai (DXB) from Frankfurt (FRA) I opted for the obvious choice: Emirates airlines. Emirates flies to multiple destinations in Germany and features one of my favourite business class products in the skies – when it comes to their A380 fleet.
While Emirates is almost every time not the most economical choice they still manage to convince with a very nice ground service as they operate their own lounges in several airports and, as long as you don’t get one of their outdated 777 aircraft, an equally comfortable experience onboard.
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