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Inside oneworld Alliance’s First Exclusive Airport Lounge in Seoul

oneworld Unveils Sophisticated New Airport Lounge in Seoul’s Incheon International Airport

The oneworld® airline alliance has opened its first innovative branded airport lounge at Seoul’s Incheon International Airport. This launch is a significant stride forward as oneworld celebrates 25 years of excellence in global air travel.

oneworld Lounge in Seoul Incheon Terminal 1

Set in Terminal 1, the oneworld lounge welcomes travelers into a sprawling 555 square meters of modern elegance. Accommodating up to 148 passengers, it’s strategically located within a 10-minute stroll from the departure gates of oneworld’s airlines.

Currently, Incheon International Airport hosts seven prestigious oneworld member airlines: American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, and SriLankan Airlines. These carriers provide over 60 weekly flights from Seoul, seamlessly connecting to over 900 destinations worldwide through the OneWorld network.

Seoul oneworld Lounge: A Pleasing Modern Aesthetic

The new oneworld lounge exudes contemporary charm and a pleasing modern aesthetic. It offers travelers a peaceful haven to relax, recharge, and savor fine dining before their journey.

Inside Seoul’s First oneworld-Branded Lounge

D/DOCK’s creative minds, Jochem Straatman and Tatiana Otani Nishi, have crafted an immersive and interactive oneworld identity within the lounge. The decor marries smart digital features with elegant South Korean cultural motifs.

From reflective glass art reminiscent of Korea’s Lantern Festival to design elements inspired by the traditional ‘Gat’ hat, the lounge is an alluring blend of heritage and modernity. It offers various zones with different seating options to ensure comfort for every visitor.

The lounge showcases exclusive services and a dynamic ‘mood light’ that changes with the day’s times. Every detail, from the unique materials to the tailored amenities, redefines luxury travel with a forward-thinking perspective.

Jochem Straatman, D/DOCK Art Director, said: “It was exciting to transform the highly dynamic but digital oneworld brand into a tangible, elegant, and sophisticated 3D space for the first time.

“We have created an engaging lounge with its own distinct oneworld identity which has been designed as a vibrant integration of smart digital technologies to boost connectivity and fun.”

Tatiana Otani Nishi, D/DOCK Interior Designer, said: “Through careful design, with features reflecting its South Korean location we have delivered a modern and original premium lounge experience which makes travel feel easy, comfortable and enjoyable.”

oneworld: Making Travel Bright

Gerhard Girkinger, oneworld’s Vice President for Customer Experience, Delivery, and Membership, expressed pride in inaugurating the alliance’s first-ever branded lounge in time for the alliance’s 25th anniversary.

“The new oneworld lounge is an exciting next step in our vision to making travel bright. Together with ASPIRE, we have combined refined fixtures and finishes, digital technologies, and warm and ergonomic settings to create smart and memorable travel experiences,” he said. “Our new Incheon lounge resets the benchmark for contemporary travel and will serve as the blueprint for future oneworld lounges in select airports around the world.”

David Collyer, Swissport International’s Executive Lounges Global Vice President, shared his enthusiasm for the groundbreaking collaboration with oneworld. “Leveraging our expertise as the go-to partner for airlines to outsource their complex hub and large base operations, Swissport and our ASPIRE team are committed to bringing the same standard of excellence to oneworld’s new lounge business,” Collyer said.

How to Access the New oneworld Lounge Incheon

  • Open from 7:30 am to 11:45 pm—starting at 4:30 am on Mondays and Saturdays.
  • The lounge is accessible to oneworld’s Emerald and Sapphire tier members
  • The lounge is also available for First and Business Class travelers on oneworld flights.

oneworld alliance members also enjoy access to over 600 airport lounges worldwide through their Priority Tier Benefits.

Learn More About oneworld

Spanning a network of 13 global airlines, including American Airlines, British Airways, and Japan Airlines, among others, oneworld integrates superior, seamless travel experiences with valuable privileges for frequent flyers. The alliance welcomes Oman Air as its 14th member airline in 2024. For more information, visit oneworld.com and follow oneworld on social media platforms.

Discover Swissport

Last year, Swissport International AG provided unparalleled services to approximately 186 million airline passengers. The company also managed around 4.8 million tons of air cargo at 117 centers across the globe. With 57,000 dedicated employees, Swissport operates at 294 airports in 44 countries, many of which are CEIV Pharma-certified by IATA.

About ASPIRE Lounge Hospitality

ASPIRE is Europe’s largest airport lounge brand, with over 64 lounges in 13 countries. In 2023, they welcomed over 4 million customers. ASPIRE is expanding by opening a new lounge at Toronto City Airport in Canada.

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