Star Alliance opens 6th own branded lounge in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – December 9th, 2016 – Star Alliance today opened its new exclusive Alliance Lounge at Rio de Janeiro's Galeão – Tom Jobim International Airport (RIOgaleão). The brand new facility is located on level 3 of the new international departures pier in terminal 2 and is accessible to eligible Star Alliance customers 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

The 600 plus square metre facility offers seating for more than 150 guests and provides beautiful views across the airport and beyond, with key Rio de Janeiro landmarks – Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer - visible in the distance.

In line with the design concept of Star Alliance lounges, local touches and flavours have been combined with global branding elements. Brazilian natural woods, stone and concrete elements have been used to reflect the architectural heritage of the city while introducing greenery and moments of colour that accentuate the city's close relationship with nature. Handmade Brazilian furniture pieces from renowned designers add a special touch to the overall design and feel, which can best be described as exclusive and at the same time welcoming. The lounge was designed by Hong Kong based architecture firm MSA, which was appointed by Plaza Premium, the company which will operate the lounge for Star Alliance.

A highlight of the new Rio lounge is the fully serviced bar where customers can enjoy premium barista coffee and drinks including a signature cocktail made to order. A full buffet provides a range of hot and cold options with uniquely Brazilian flavours. A live cooking station further enhances the dining experience with some items from the menu prepared to order by a chef.

Complimentary wi-fi access is available throughout the lounge with numerous power and USB sockets allowing customers to charge their electronic devices. Secure luggage storage lockers with device charging features and a private work station round off the offer.

A total of six Star Alliance carriers offer 370 flights a week to and from RIOgaleão Airport: Avianca, Avianca Brazil, COPA, Lufthansa, TAP and United. These provide connections to 16 destinations in seven countries.

In addition to the Rio lounge, Star Alliance has dedicated lounges in Buenos Aires (EZE), Los Angeles (LAX - TBIT Terminal), Nagoya (NGO), Paris (CDG) and São Paulo (GRU). These form part of the Alliance's global lounge offer of more than 1,100 locations, comprised of lounges operated by its member airlines and third party providers.

--Janet Northcote