16 August, 2017

Lanseria International Airport welcomes SLOW XS

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SLOW XS, the lounge that’s made to measure, launches end-August at Lanseria International Airport

LANSERIA, Johannesburg, South Africa (August 2017) – Comair Limited announces the launch of SLOW XS, a compact new concept in air transit offering a streamlined selection of services, as the latest and most finely considered addition to the suite of existing SLOW Lounge experiences. SLOW XS, built as the lounge that’s made to measure, opens end-August at the Lanseria International Airport domestic terminal, exclusively available to qualifying kulula.com, FNB, RMB and Comair Limited VIP guests.

The SLOW XS concept has been specifically designed to address the discerning traveller’s need for considered transit spaces within smaller airport environments, such as Lanseria International Airport. While the spatial constraints of its present location has led to a paring down of certain services, such as buffet catering, in-house spa and private washroom facilities, SLOW XS is by no means an inferior experience when considered alongside the existing SLOW Lounges. By contrast, it is an elevated expression of authenticity, small-scale local production and modern connoisseurship, a space that caters to guests on a completely new scale by offering a refined sensory experience and an appreciation of the finer things in life. The lounge’s name is therefore not a reference to its more diminutive dimensions, but rather that there is so much more to be appreciated in the detail of its design.

Partnering with specialist design agency UNKNOWN in developing and realising the lounge concept, the notion of scale was extended across a range of media, from a limited edition volume of hand-made guest books and sustainability-sensitive reusable water bottles to a taster-inspired menu, cold-brewed coffee selection and boutique, small-batch alcohol labels from micro-distilleries. Other lounge touch points introduce a light and unexpected palette of mint, blush and midnight blue tones, all accented with a dash of copper. The lounge is also the first to unveil SLOW's new signature pattern – specially commissioned to artist Givan Lötz – across its range of compostable food packaging.

The Tonic-designed interior achieves a distinct sense of volume within fairly narrow spatial constraints, by merging floor and wall surfaces with a soft grey tonal palette, reducing high-contrast elements, and introducing rounded, linear detailing that adds subtle sophistication to both furnishings and the light-washed feature paneling. This sense of weightlessness is further emphasised by the natural texture and tonality of oak timber and stone, as well as the elevated profile of furniture pieces.

Notes to editors

About SLOW Lounges
Note: SLOW is written in full capitalization
SLOW is a privately-owned airport lounge offering, operated by Comair Limited in close association with the First Rand Group.

These award winning lounges are located at O.R. Tambo International Airport (in both the domestic and international terminals), Cape Town International Airport (domestic terminal) and King Shaka International Airport (domestic terminal). SLOW in the City, located on the Corner of Rivonia and West Street, Sandton (opposite the Sandton Gautrain Station), is designed to address the needs of a growing nomadic workforce – This modern space offers individuals the opportunity to conduct business from a comfortable, chic yet professional ‘out-of-office’ working environment. Our flagship SLOW in the City (a space for extremely busy people) is situated in the heart of Sandton.
Access to SLOW Lounges are is exclusive to qualifying guests (Gold and Silver Executive Club Members as well as business class customers travelling with British Airways (operated by Comair), Comair the Group’s VIP guests and FNB and RMB qualifying clients).

The lounge concept is based on the notion that time places numerous demands on our lives; SLOW is the place to get time back on your own terms, offering a space that is conducive to relaxation, comfort and convenience within the busy airport environment. This is evident in the technologies, furnishings and the freshly prepared food and beverage choices delivered through friendly and efficient staff.

About Comair

Comair Limited is a South African aviation and travel company, offering scheduled and non-scheduled airline services within South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, as its primary business. The company operates a premium, full service airline in British Airways livery, as part of its license agreement with British Airways as well as operating its own low fare airline brand kulula.com.

Managed and owned by South Africans through its listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE:COM), Comair has been operating successfully in South Africa since 1946. Comair is thought to be the only airline to have achieved operating profits for 70 consecutive years, and has a safety record which is internationally recognised.

The company is firmly committed to the local aviation industry and working with Government and other relevant authorities to ensure;
• The maintenance of a safe, reliable, competitive and commercially viable air transport sector where all operators are afforded equal treatment by Government and the authorities;
• The provision of air transport infrastructure that is affordable to and consistent with the requirements of the air transport sector and the travelling public; and
• The provision of air travel at a cost that is affordable to South African consumers and in line with internationally accepted airline service standards and practices.

Access to SLOW XS is reserved for qualifying members on a first-come, first-served basis, between
• 04h30 and 20h00 from Monday to Thursday
• 04h30 and 21h00 on Friday
• 06h00 and 18h00 on Saturday
• 06h00 and 20h30 on Sunday

For more information, contact the lounge directly at lanseria@slow.co.za or +27 011 921 0416, or go to www.slow.co.za. Lanseria International Airport is located on Airport Road in Lanseria, Johannesburg.