Air France inaugurates its new lounge in Terminal 2G at Paris Charles de Gaulle

On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, Air France inaugurated its new lounge in Terminal 2G at Paris Charles-de-Gaulle Airport.
Long neglected by business travelerswhose origin or destination is Paris and nicknamed Guantanamo by frequent travelers, this terminal is once again accessible.
TravelGuys was invited to the theoretically internal inauguration ceremony, even before the press.

A co-construction approach with clients

For the first time on such an important project, the clients were involved from day onein the design of this lounge. As a member of the referrer client club, we were consulted half a dozen times on the location, decoration and culinary concepts that would be used in the lounge.

Location and access

The lounge is therefore located in terminal 2G of Paris Charles-de-Gaulle airport, the most remote of the hub.
Please note that at CDG, it is not possible to go from terminal to terminal after security clearance: you will only be able to access this lounge if your flight actually leaves from that terminal.
The admission requirements are the same as for the other Air France lounges: you must be SkyTeam Elite Plus(which includes Gold, Platinum and Ultimate Flying Blue statuses ) or travel in Business Class, and be departing on a Skyteam international flight(although this rule is relaxed in AF lounges).
The lounge itself is located in the terminal’s departure lounge, to the right of the escalators after security.

Inauguration du Salon du T2G - CDG

Visit of the lounge

The entrance to the lounge is very elegant, mixing dark colors and light wood.

Inauguration du Salon du T2G - CDG

Inauguration du Salon du T2G - CDG

In addition to humanized reception desks, kiosks that allow you toscan your boarding pass yourselfwill make traffic flow more smoothly.

Inauguration du Salon du T2G - CDG

The Air France logo and the signature comma are very well highlighted on the blue background.

Inauguration du Salon du T2G - CDG

The lounge is very elegant, like a design lounge or a nordic country lounge.

The press is obviously available at the entrance.

Inauguration du Salon du T2G - CDG

The spaces are then arranged in a certain progression towards calm.

Inauguration du Salon du T2G - CDG

As soon as you enter, you can lounge in one of the comfortable armchairs similar to those used in the lounges in Hall 2 at Orly-Ouest or Bordeaux, for example.

Inauguration du Salon du T2G - CDG

A first seated dining area is available, separated by a partition that once again features the signature comma.

Inauguration du Salon du T2G - CDG

Inauguration du Salon du T2G - CDG

Inauguration du Salon du T2G - CDG

Inauguration du Salon du T2G - CDG

The kitchen, future fresh bakery space, is open to the room.

Inauguration du Salon du T2G - CDG

Champagne was provided (exceptionally) for the inauguration ceremony.

Inauguration du Salon du T2G - CDG

Illy, the lounge’s new sponsor, offers an advanced coffee machine, with blends reminiscent of a famous green lady’s brand.

Inauguration du Salon du T2G - CDG

One of the great assets of this lounge, beyond the almost perfect design, is its luminosity and the exceptional view it offers on the parking points of the T2G and on the runways of the southern doublet of CDG.

Inauguration du Salon du T2G - CDG

Inauguration du Salon du T2G - CDG

A second restaurant space, a little quieter, follows the codes of trendy Parisian brasseries.

Inauguration du Salon du T2G - CDG

Inauguration du Salon du T2G - CDG

The catering offer proposed on this day wasrepresentative of the offer that will be in place from the next day, the day the lounge opens to the general public.

The cold offer is composed of several very balanced canapés.

Inauguration du Salon du T2G - CDG

By summer, the lounge will have a baker on duty at all times, offering hot pastries at all times, as well as hot dishes in the evening. We could not discover this offer for the moment.

Amenities available upon entering the lounge

From the entrance, on the left, the toilets are now available withouthaving to leave the lounge.

Inauguration du Salon du T2G - CDG

For both men and women, a shower is available.

Inauguration du Salon du T2G - CDG

The individualshower area is huge (probably due to accessibility standards) and has a closet, as well as full toilet facilities

Inauguration du Salon du T2G - CDG

Inauguration du Salon du T2G - CDG

The rest of the bathroom is also very elegant:

Inauguration du Salon du T2G - CDG

Conclusion

This lounge, 15 times larger than the old one, is a real success and bodes well for the renovation and construction of future lounges, especially in Terminal 2F and 2E-L.

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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