The Star Alliance is to replace its existing premium-class and frequent-flyer lounge at Los Angeles International Airport with a new lounge in the redeveloped Tom Bradley International Terminal.
Star Alliance has selected Air New Zealand to design and manage the new lounge, which is set to open in May 2013.
The new lounge will replace the existing Star Alliance Lounge, which was opened in 2007, as well as the Air New Zealand Koru Lounge in Terminal 2. Air New Zealand will be relocating to the Tom Bradley International Terminal in early 2014.
According to Star Alliance, the creation of the new lounge has been made possible by the $ 1.7 billion redevelopment and make-over of the Tom Bradley International Terminal commissioned by Los Angeles World Airports.
The Los Angeles Lounge will be the first Star Alliance-branded lounge to feature a new design concept. According to Star, the new concept will meet the changing needs of today’s traveler and will also introduce a unique local flavor in each location.
Star Alliance’s Los Angeles lounge, designed by global architectural firm Gensler, will be inspired by a contemporary interpretation of modernist L.A. architecture of the 1950s and 1960s. It will incorporate defined spaces to suit varying passenger needs, ranging from social gatherings around the bar to quiet time in the library.
“I would like to thank Air New Zealand for accepting the lead role in this project. Over the years the airline has built a reputation for unique product innovation,” says Mark Schwab, CEO of Star Alliance. “I am confident that this will blend well with our requirements as an alliance to offer a highly attractive lounge experience to our customers as they travel through Los Angeles.”
In total, eight Star Alliance member carriers will operate out of the Tom Bradley International Terminal – Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Thai Airways International and Turkish Airlines.
In addition to the lounge in the Tom Bradley terminal, Star Alliance member carriers will continue to offer other lounge facilities at LAX. There is a US Airways Club lounge in Terminal 1; an Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in Terminal 2; a United Club lounge in Terminal 6; and both a United Club and a United International First Class Lounge in Terminal 7.
Star Alliance carriers offer more than 500 flights a day from Los Angeles International Airport.