Star Alliance has released the first official images of its new premium-class lounge in the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.
The new Star Alliance lounge will open later this year, when the redesigned and expanded Tom Bradley International Terminal opens.
Designed by global architectural firm Gensler, the lounge is inspired by a contemporary interpretation of modernist L.A. architecture of the 1950s and 1960s. This concept incorporates the new guidelines for Star Alliance-branded lounges, which aim to meet the evolving needs of today’s traveler while at the same time introducing a unique local flavor of each location.
For example, black and white photos, inspired by L.A. and shot by renowned photographers, will underline Star Alliance’s corporate colors. In addition, a collection of objects linked to L.A. and Southern California will be on display.
The lounge incorporates defined spaces to suit passenger needs ranging from social gatherings around the bar to quiet time in the library. The lounge will have two distinct areas, one for the exclusive use of customers traveling in First Class and a larger section for Business Class and Star Alliance Gold passengers.
A unique feature of the lounge is an open-air terrace where guests can relax beside a fireplace by night, or by day enjoy a water feature while taking in views of the Hollywood hills.
Earlier this year, Star Alliance launched the first of its new generation of lounges in Buenos Aires’ Ezeiza International Airport. According to Star Alliance, the feedback received so far indicates a very high level of customer satisfaction. Many guests have commented on the comfortable and locally inspired decor, modern facilities and friendly staff.
Star Alliance member carrier Air New Zealand has been appointed to develop and manage the alliance’s new lounge at Los Angeles International Airport (IATA code LAX), which is part of the expansion of the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
Construction of the new lounge is expected to be completed in July. Customers will be able to make use of the facility later in the year, once the terminal extension has been completed and the existing Star Alliance Lounge (opened in 2007) has been closed.
In total, eight Star Alliance member carriers operate out of the Tom Bradley Terminal – ANA, Asiana Airlines, EVA Air, Lufthansa , Singapore Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Thai Airways International and Turkish Airlines.
Air New Zealand plans to move to the terminal in mid-2014, at which stage its Koru Lounge in Terminal 2 will close.
In addition to the lounge in the Tom Bradley terminal, Star Alliance member carriers offer other lounge facilities at LAX International Airport.
These include the US Airways Club in Terminal 1 (though when US Airways completes its planned merger with American Airlines, it will leave Star Alliance).
In Terminal 2 are the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge and Air New Zealand Koru Lounge (which will close in mid-2014 when Air New Zealand moves to the Tom Bradley International Terminal).
Star Alliance member United Airlines has three lounges at LAX: a United Club lounge in Terminal 6; and in Terminal 7, a United Club and a United International First Class Lounge.
Lounge access is offered to Star Alliance Gold, First and Business Class customers, who presently have access to more than 1,000 lounges across the Alliances global network.