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Air India appoints renowned hospitality design firm HBA


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Kolkata: Air India, India’s leading global airline, has appointed Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), a world-renowned hospitality interior design firm, to refurbish Air India lounges at Terminal 3, Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi and Terminal 4 of JFK Airport in New York.

This marks a significant milestone in Air India’s transformation plan to enhance customer experience at every step of the customer’s journey.

Air India Lounges at Delhi and New York will emerge as signature lounges after the extensive refurbishment and rebuild which is planned to commence shortly, extending a world-class lounge experience to a large number of premium guests flying with Air India.

The lounges will be designed to reflect the rich cultural heritage of India with world-class state-of-the-art amenities embodying the vibrant spirit of the new Air India – a global airline with an Indian heart. In sync with India’s rich culinary traditions, the lounges will offer a diverse and delectable selection of Indian and international cuisine wrapped in class and comfort.

The partner, HBA, has been known for creating award-winning signature projects for leading global institutions like the Taj group, Marriott, InterContinental, Hilton as well as Singapore Airlines. The collaboration with HBA will allow Air India to redefine new standards in comfort and aesthetics of its lounges and offer the best-in-class lounge experience for its guests.

“We are committed to offering the highest standards of service to our guests as part of opur transformation journey, and the association with HBA will help us extend a warm and welcoming lounge experience that embodies the essence of Air India’s commitment to excellence. In the last one year, we have taken several initiatives to enhance customer experience, including digital channels, airport, inflight services, and contact centre. The redesigned lounges will further strengthen our customer proposition,” said Rajesh Dogra, Chief Customer Experience Officer, Air India.

“We are honoured to partner with Air India and are dedicated to delivering an exceptional hospitality design experience. Our primary focus is to create a meaningful environment for Air India passengers allowing them to experience the airline’s inspirational brand and lounges in a fresh and innovative way,” said Ian Carr, Co-CEO, HBA.

Starting with the two lounges, Air India is parallelly working to expand its lounge network to other major airports in India and abroad, intending towards offering similar enhanced lounge experience for its first-class, business-class, eligible FFP and Star Alliance members.

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