SkyTeam’s new lounge in Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) is set to open in the coming weeks, and today, the alliance released some photos of the new facility.
First and Business Class passengers and Elite Plus members flying on any of the 12 SkyTeam airlines serving the airport will have access to the lounge. Currently, the following airlines service PEK: Aeroflot, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta Air Lines, Garuda Indonesia, KLM, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Airlines.
The 800 square meter facility can host 160 guests, and is accessibly to First, Business Class, and SkyTeam Elite Plus members transiting through Beijing. This lounge is the 6th SkyTeam branded lounge, with others in Dubai, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London Heathrow and Sydney.
Per the SkyTeam press release, the following amenities will be available at the lounge:
- Buffet with hot and cold Chinese and international food offered throughout the day. Customers can help themselves to hot drinks, water and soft drinks, plus premium-label beers and spirits or enjoy a social drink at the wine bar.
- Large, curved windows bring an abundance of natural light and airport views, while SkyTeam’s iconic ‘living wall’ – a botanical feature in every lounge – adds a welcoming natural touch
- Complimentary Wi-Fi, business area with computers and numerous power outlets throughout the lounge
- Showers, with towels and toiletries for a pre-flight freshen up
- A tranquil retreat with a separate TV room, relaxation area and a VIP room for added privacy
Overall, the lounge looks right in line with its other SkyTeam-branded counterparts. While aesthetically pleasing and gorgeous, it doesn’t seem to offer much by way of special amenities.
It is interesting that SkyTeam is choosing to open a lounge in PEK, especially given Delta’s decreasing operations in Narita, and intent on growing its business in China – though the target hub would be Shanghai and not Beijing. Even so, SkyTeam lounges are not in major hub cities for any of their alliance carriers, so this location falls right in line with that strategy. Both China Southern and China Eastern operate numerous flights out of this airport, neither have particularly impressive lounges, so this will certainly bring a refresh to the lounge options to the 14 million SkyTeam passengers that fly through Beijing every year.