The new Pier A-Plus at Frank­furt

Avion Luxury International Airport Magazine - - AIRPORTS - Pier A-Plus has five Lounges for a high ride com­fort: a First Class, two Se­na­tors and two Busi­ness Lounge where guests can re­lax, re­fresh or work. The Se­na­tor Lounge, which alone has 2,100 square me­tres, is the largest Lufthansa Lounge world­wide.

Pier A-Plus pro­vides ex­cel­lent flex­i­bil­ity and makes the trans­fer process much eas­ier and faster. The com­plex­ity of the op­er­a­tions are re­duced: more com­fort for car­ri­ers and pas­sen­gers. The new pier makes the trans­fer pro­cesses sig­nif­i­cantly eas­ier and faster at Frank­furt Air­port, Lufthansa’s big­gest hub. The min­i­mum con­nect­ing for many trans­fer flights on th­ese routes will be re­duced from cur­rently 60 min­utes to 45 min­utes. We ob­tained th­ese re­sults thanks to an in­tel­li­gent lay­out of the build­ing and by the aid of mod­ern tech­nolo­gies. Over­all, long-haul air­craft can dock there at seven po­si­tions: 4 for A380 air­crafts and 3 for Boe­ing 747 or A340-600. The spe­cial fea­ture of th­ese gates: if the four A380 po­si­tions are not re­quired for cor­re­spond­ing air­craft, it is al­ter­na­tively pos­si­ble to si­mul­ta­ne­ously process two short-range air­craft at each of th­ese po­si­tions. This per­mit that up to eleven air­craft can be pro­cessed di­rectly at the air­port apron giv­ing much more com­fort­able to trav­el­ers and re­duc­ing the com­plex­ity of op­er­a­tions. In the A-Plus Pier at Frank­furt Air­port, pas­sen­gers will al­ways find ex­actly what they are look­ing for. That will be made pos­si­ble by a user-friendly nav­i­ga­tion aid which guides them through the pier. On the one hand, pas­sen­ger can see which ser­vice fa­cil­i­ties and shop­ping pos­si­bil­i­ties are to be found in his im­me­dia-te vicin­ity. On the other, the nav­i­ga­tion aid of­fers an in­te­grated gen­eral map - show­ing the en­tire A-Plus Pier - made pos­si­ble by so-called QR codes - QR stands for “Quick Re­sponse”. An­other aid to ori­en­ta­tion is pro­vided by the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of Lufthansa in­for­ma­tion desks: just pass­ing the bar­code of the board­ing card over the white light col­umn and the re­quired in­for­ma­tion is then im­me­di­ately shown. In the de­sign, great im­por­tance has the en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, choos­ing tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions for sus­tain­able con­struc­tion. Pier A-Plus re­quires less en­ergy and emits less CO2. How did you reach this im­por­tant goal? Lufthansa gives al­ways great im­por­tance to the en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, and this hap­pened also with the Pier A-Plus. In­tel­li­gent, au­to­mated build­ing tech­nol­ogy con­trib­utes to the A-Plus Pier re­quir­ing 40 per­cent less en­ergy and emit­ting 28 per­cent less CO2 than re­quired in the 2007 En­ergy Sav­ing Or­di­nance. Thus, sus­tain­able fly­ing starts at the A-Plus Pier. An in­su­lated build­ing shell as well as ele­ments in the glass façade on the South side which pro­vide shade, cut down the de­vel­op­ment of heat. Thus, pas­sen­gers en­joy a pleas­ant room cli­mate and si­mul­ta­ne­ously en­ergy is saved which would oth­er­wise be used to cool the pier. Ef­fi­cient heat ex­chang­ers which make use of waste heat for cool­ing are a fur­ther fea­ture of the sus­tain­able build­ing tech­nol­ogy, just like Led room lights. There is a new stan­dard for air­port re­tail. Ap­prox­i­mately 12,000 square me­ters ded­i­catated to sixty shops and restau­rants. Duty Free Bou­tique and pres­ti­gious brands are con­ceived as real shop­ping streets. Can you ex­plain this new con­cept of re­tail at the air­port? Great at­ten­tion is given to the wait­ing mo­ments in the air­port: thus, there are a to­tal of 4 mar­ket­places in the A-Plus Pier - the two cen­tral mar­ket­places are lo­cated in the mid­dle of lev­els 2 and 3. In ad­di­tion, on both lev­els of the tran­sit sec­tor in the mid­dle of the ter­mi­nal area there are fur­ther mar­ket­places. The light-flooded dome lends the new A-Plus Pier a char­ac­ter of its own: a round area at the junc­tion be­tween the new pier and the ex­ist­ing Ter­mi­nal 1 opens it­self up with lots of light. The short dis­tances in the A-Plus Pier give the air­line pas­sen­ger the op­por­tu­nity to ben­e­fit longer from the great of­fers of the shop­ping world. For the first time at Frank­furt Air­port, Duty Free and Travel Value Shops are con­cep­tu­al­ized as walk-through shops. Trav­el­ers are au­to­mat­i­cally led through the sales area af­ter pass­ing the se­cu­rity con­trol points.

Il Ter­mi­nal A-Plus dispone di cinque Lounge, per un el­e­vato con­fort di vi­ag­gio: una First Class, due Se­na­tor e due Busi­ness Lounge dove gli os­piti pos­sono ri­posarsi, rin­fres­carsi o la­vo­rare. La Se­na­tor Lounge, con i suoi 2.100 mq, è la più grande Lounge Lufthansa al mondo.

Pier A-Plus has five Lounges for a high ride com­fort. What is the Plus of th­ese Lounges? The new Lounges have space of over 7,600 square me­tres; as a re­sult, with the start of op­er­a­tions of the A-Plus Pier, Lufthansa has al­most 50 per­cent more lounge space than pre­vi­ously at Frank­furt Air­port. The Lufthansa Lounges are to be found at a cen­tral lo­ca­tion, in the so-called atrium, and are to be found on the dif­fer­ent lev­els of the four-storey build­ing: a First Class Lounge, a Se­na­tor Lounge and a Busi­ness Lounge are lo­cated on the EU De­par­tures and Ar­rivals level. For pas­sen­gers in the so-called Non-Schen­gen area there is a Se­na­tor Lounge and a Busi­ness Lounge. The Se­na­tor Lounge in the Non-Schen­gen area, which alone has 2,100 square me­tres, is the largest Lufthansa Lounge world­wide, where pas­sen­gers can re­fresh them­selves in one of the new san­i­tary ar­eas with up to twelve show­ers. The First Class Lounge with over 1,000 square me­tres on level 3 of the pier of­fers ser­vice of an ex­tra class: in co­op­er­a­tion with the Du­Mont Buchver­lag, Lufthansa has as­sem­bled a li­brary with high­qual­ity il­lus­trated books on var­i­ous top­ics. In the san­i­tary ar­eas, be­sides show­ers there also two bath­tubs. All Lufthansa Lounges of­fer the right sur­round­ings fur ev­ery oc­ca­sion; more­over for busi­ness trav­ellers there are of­fices with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy. The Lufthansa Lounges present them­selves in a new el­e­gant look. Large, partly il­lu­mi­nated mo­tives in the walls cre­ate a cosy at­mos­phere, com­fort­able, spa­cious arm­chairs as well as high-qual­ity ma­te­ri­als and co­or­di­nated colours round off the fur­nish­ing con­cept. The de­sign of the two Se­na­tor and Busi­ness Lounges was de­vel­oped in close co­op­er­a­tion with pas­sen­gers. Can an­tic­i­pate a new pro­ject to Avion Lux­ury? Lufthansa cus­tomers can rely on con­stant up­dates in prod­ucts and ser­vices. We are well known as an in­no­va­tive air­line - for a rea­son. One of the most ea­gerly ex­pected projects will be the new Satel­lite build­ing at Mu­nich Air­port. The air­port will gain han­dling ca­pac­ity for an ad­di­tional 11 mil­lion pas­sen­gers per year. The pier will have a length of more than 600 me­ters and 52 de­par­ture gates. With 27 air­craft park­ing lo­ca­tions, it will more than dou­ble the num­ber of po­si­tions with pas­sen­ger gang­ways linked to the ter­mi­nal. Pas­sen­gers ar­riv­ing or de­part­ing through the new fa­cil­ity will use the check-in and ticket desks and bag­gage pick-up area in Ter­mi­nal 2. The new build­ing, which is due to go into op­er­a­tion in 2015, will of­fer all im­por­tant ser­vices in a to­tal area of more than 125,000 square me­ters. There will be 5 Lufthansa Lounges in the satel­lite that will dou­ble the num­ber of lounges avail­able; at­trac­tive mar­ket­places where pas­sen­gers will find a broad range of shops and restau­rants cov­er­ing a to­tal area of more than 9,000 square me­ters. With the open-con­cept lay­out, re­plete with nat­u­ral light, and the wide va­ri­ety of shops in the mar­ket­places, the satel­lite will of­fer an ex­cel­lent pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence. The de­sign ap­plies sus­tain­able con­struc­tion con­cepts that will mean a 40 per­cent im­prove­ment in the car­bon foot­print as com­pared with the two ex­ist­ing ter­mi­nals.

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