Kenya airways has unveiled two new passenger lounges at Terminal 1A at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.
The Simba Lounge and Pride Lounge, situated on the second floor of the terminal, capture the spirit of modern Africa and offer guests refreshing spaces in which to refresh, relax, conduct business, eat and enjoy world-class amenities.
The two facilities, with a combined capacity of 350 people, have been developed at a cost of Ksh135 million, and are for the use of KQ’s Premier World and SkyTeam’s Sky Priority passengers.
Kenya Airways’ Group Managing Director and CEO Mbuvi Ngunze said: “The opening of the new lounges is part of the airline’s long-term investment in facilities to continually deliver a world-class experience to our guests.”
The Pride Lounge features a circular layout overlooking the airside runways, and provides a separate Cigar Room, washrooms and showers, a Kiddy Zone and a dining/ working area. The Simba Lounge hosts a Family Lounge, Business Experience Centre, washrooms and showers, a noise-proof Quiet Zone for sleeping, a dining/working area and a separate smoking zone.
Making of a lounge
Designed by Planning Interiors Hospitality, the essence of the Pride and Simba lounges is to showcase Kenya Airways as the Pride of Africa and Nairobi as a hub where different cultures converge and diverge.
The Simba Lounge is set aside for first class passengers. Its interiors celebrate the richness and beauty of unique elements of pan-African culture and heritage in a contemporary setting, using a palette of carefully selected local artworks, materials, artefacts and textiles. The lounge represents a world-class experience carefully planned with appropriate amenities, for example: an exclusive smoking zone, an enclosed VIP sitting area and baby changing units. Just as the village elders sat in a circle and shared a traditional beverage and discussed matters, the lounge’s focal feature is its central circular banquette seating, where guests from different backgrounds can meet and converse.
The inspiration for the Pride Lounge was the alluring African landscapes, varying from the lush and vibrant rainforests, the calmness and charm of the coast, the serenity of the savannah, and the mystical deserts. The story begins at the main entrance, where guests can experience the layering and weaving within the rainforest with a large graphic wall covering of Kenya’s Kakamega Forest. The coastal theme for the dining area is based on the volumes and voids of the coral reefs, while capturing the architecture of African coastal towns. Inspired by the topography and surging forms of the desert, the napping zone is a quiet and minimalistic space, which creates a relaxing sanctuary that will ensure guests are well rested before their flight. In the enclosed smokers’ area, a slatted bench, which mimics the sand dunes of Egypt, is the focal point of the room. Desert images complement the theme.