July 27, 2015

Review: SAS Summer Pop Up Lounge, Terminal 5 Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN)

Summer Trip Flying EVA Air Business Class on 777 & Hello Kitty Jet, Singapore Airlines Suites & Cathay Pacific First Class

Last summer, I travelled to the Philippines for the 70th birthday celebration of my father. It was a very short visit since I needed to be back home for work. I've always wanted to try EVA Air's Hello Kitty Jet so I booked my flight from Stockholm to Fukuoka using Avianca Lifemiles flying with SAS and EVA Air. From Fukuoka, I flew on a budget carrier to Tokyo, and from Tokyo I flew on Singapore Airlines Suites to Singapore, and then first class to Manila using my Kris Flyer Miles. On my way back to Stockholm, I flew on Cathay Pacific First Class and Finnair Business Class using my AA Advantage Miles. This trip allowed me to test EVA Air Hello Kitty, Singapore Suites and Cathay Pacific First Class all for the first time and I couldn't be more satisfied.


SAS Summer Pop Up Lounge, Arlanda T5 (ARN)
SAS Plus Stocholm-London
Singapore Airlines Silver Kris Lounge, London (LHR)
United Club, London Heathrow (LHR)
EVA Air Royal Laurel Class, London-Bangkok
New EVA Air Lounge, Bangkok (BKK)
EVA Air Royal Laurel Class, Bangkok-Taipei
Hotel Novotel Taipei Taoyuan Airport
EVA Air The Infinity Lounge Taipei (TPE)
EVA Air Premium Laurel Class Hello Kitty Jet, Taipei-Fukuoka
Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk
ANA Suite Lounge Satellite 5 T1 Tokyo Narita (NRT)
Singapore Airlines A380 Suites Class, Tokyo-Singapore
Singapore Airlines The Private Room, Changi Airport (SIN)
Singapore Airlines First Class, Singapore-Manila
Top Attractions in the Philippines
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
Cathay Pacific First & Business Class Lounge, NAIA (MNL)
Cathay Pacific Business Class, Manila-Hongkong
Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge, Hongkong (HKG)
Cathay Pacific The Wing First Class Lounge, Hongkong (HKG)
Cathay Pacific First Class, Hongkong-Frankfurt
Air France-KLM Lounge, Frankfurt (FRA)
Finnair Business Class, Frankfurt-Helsinki
Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa
Top Attractions in Finland
Finnair Premium Lounge, Helsinki Airport (HEL)
Finnair Business Class, Helsinki-Stockholm

SAS Summer Pop Up Lounge, Arlanda Terminal 5

Date of visit: July 6, 2015

Location: Terminal 5 Pier F, to the right of Gate F26
Access: SAS Plus passengers; SAS Business Class passengers; Business class passengers on Star Alliance operated flights, Star Alliance gold members plus one guest
Opening hours: Opens 1 hour before the first SAS flight and closes approximately 30 minutes before the last SAS flight. (open from May to August)

The lounge is located before passport control, to the left of Menzies Lounge being used by Qatar Airways.

 Lounge entrance

Lounge seating area

Lounge seating area

Self service buffet offering a variety of sandwiches, soup, fruits, cup noodles, wines and beers

Homemade potato and leek soup

Drink offerings

Magazines and newspapers

View from the lounge

Gentlemen's toilet


CONCLUSION

This lounge is a very nice alternative to the usual SAS Lounge I have previously visited, as it is open during the summer, and the design obviously has a summer touch. The food and drinks offering were also good. Overall, a nice lounge.