Air France has revealed its new business class lounge at Charles de Gaulle airport. The 10,000-square-foot space features a bar designed to make guests feel like they’ve boarded by using mirrors and LED lights to simulate the sky and the ground moving past the seats. The bar was created by Mathieu Lehanneur and is named Le Balcon.
A screen on the ground of the bar reflects the sky as it goes from sunrise to sunset, while the gold mirrored ceiling emulates the movements of planes as they take off.
“Flying is to remain motionless in a moving world,” Lehanneur told Designboom. “It is feeling the cities and clouds slide under one’s feet. I wanted this space to work in the same way – at Le Balcon, one contemplates in silence the incessant movements of the sky and people.”
Le Balcon will feature cocktails, designed by the bartender at Paris’s Hotel Lancaster. The space also includes the Gourmet Table dining area, which was inspired by a Parisian brasserie, where diners have views of the open kitchen. There will also be a self-service dining area for passengers with little time.
“The pre-flight experience is as important as the flight itself. The passengers we see regularly, who spend one hour and ten minutes on average in the lounge, know this well,” says Laurence Garnier-Plat, Lounge Product Manager for Air France.
Additionally, the lounge will house the Clarins Spa, which will be the world’s largest Air France wellness area. The spa will have a sauna and offer facial treatments. Other areas include play spaces for kids, coworking tables, and lounges to take a nap.
“We’re excited for this lounge to open, but we’re already at work on what’s next,” said Véronique Jeanclerc, Architecture and Design Manager for Air France and Joon. A new Air France lounge at Orly Airport will debut in 2019, and a new site at Charles de Gaulle at 2F will open in 2020.
The new lounge is available to Air France business class passengers, or business class passengers on a SkyTeam partner airline. Frequent fliers with platinum or gold status can also visit the lounge. The Air France lounge is located in Hall L of Terminal 2E at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport.
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