American Airlines is to relocate its operations at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to the airport’s new Terminal 2 in spring 2011 from American’s current location in Terminal 3.
In conjunction with the terminal move, American Airlines will construct a new Admirals Club lounge for customers to use before, between or after flights. American says its Admirals Club will be the only airport lounge in Terminal 2.
In the new terminal, American will have 14 ticket counter positions and 20 self-service machines for check-in for its more than 30 daily departures at SFO. Unique in its design and amenities, the approximately 575,000-square-foot terminal will boast six security screening lanes, free Wi-Fi throughout the terminal and more comfortable lounge areas with ample electrical outlets. SFO’s Terminal 3 will also have 12 restaurants and nine retail stores, including a gourmet market with a wine bar and spa.
Once the terminal is completed, it is expected to receive Silver LEED Certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Designs (LEED) program. In addition, major works of art will decorate the environmentally friendly terminal. Customers will be able to use mobile boarding passes and there will be preferential parking for hybrid cars, as well as quick access to BART, the Bay Area Rapid Transit public transportation system.
“We are pleased to relocate into a brand-new space that is both functional for our customers and employees, and is environmentally friendly in its design,” says Tom Del Valle, American’s senior vice president – airport services. “The LEED-certified terminal will allow us to provide exceptional customer service while reducing our environmental impact.”
American’s new Admirals Club lounge is also expected to be a Silver LEED-certified space and will showcase the theme of Northern California through its design elements.
“We look forward to sharing a space that will embody the essence of San Francisco, while simultaneously offering our loyal customers the amenities and premium service they value,” says Nancy Knipp, president – Admirals Club for American Airlines. “The construction of this club is an exciting venture which will allow us to update our facilities and provide state-of-the-art amenities in an enhanced surrounding.”
Located in Boarding Area D, just beyond the security checkpoint, the Terminal 2 Admirals Club will span more than 9,000 square feet and will offer seating for up to 165 guests. Upgraded amenities will include a multi-functional business center with Hewlett Packard (HP) PCs, a walk-up cyber cafe with HP TouchSmart computers and complimentary high-speed Internet, a TV lounge with flat-panel TVs and private spa-like showers.
The SFO Admirals Club operates daily from 5 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. Prices for new, annual Admirals Club memberships are based on the level of American AAdvantage membership and range from $350 or 50,000 AAdvantage miles for a new Executive Platinum membership to $500 or 80,000 miles for a regular membership. One-day passes are available for $50 and may be purchased online, at self-service check-in machines, or any Admirals Club location.
American operates more than 40 Admirals Clubs, five Flagship Lounges and one Arrivals Lounge in airports throughout the world. For more information on Admirals Club lounges, including Admirals Club membership and one-day passes, log on to www.aa.com/admiralsclub.