One of the announcements from the oneworld 20th anniversary event in London earlier this year was the announcement of branded and operated lounges.
This is already common practice with SkyTeam – which has one in Heathrow Terminal 4 – and Star Alliance, but oneworld has held out so far.
(There is a oneworld-branded lounge in Los Angeles, but this is the Qantas lounge in disguise!)
The first location has now been announced – Moscow Domodedovo airport.
Whilst Domodedovo is the home of S7 Airlines, a oneworld member, it seems that it is unwilling to run a flagship lounge itself and so is turning to its alliance partners for support. Given that S7 runs 140 flights per day from Domodedovo, however, it is clear who will be providing most of the guests.
The other oneworld airlines using the airport are British Airways, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian. They only run around 10 flights between them!
There is no opening date for the new oneworld lounge, with more details promised in the New Year.