Korean Air today released details (and just a couple of photos) of their brand new Business Class (Prestige) and First Class Lounge at Los Angeles’ TBIT Terminal. Not only is it accessible for passengers flying on the two A380 flights a day back to Incheon, but also to the twenty SkyTeam airlines (plus Emirates whilst their lounge is being completed) at Los Angeles Airport, one of the biggest gateways in the west coast of USA.
Located on the fifth floor in the Tom Bradley International Terminal of the Los Angeles Airport, the new lounge was designed by Gensler, a global integrated architecture and design firm which has contributed many innovative design projects for airport facilities around the world (including the Air New Zealand and Star Alliance lounge in the very same terminal).
Korean Air is committed to providing service excellence both in flight and on the ground. The new 305 seat, 1,320 square-meter lounge is 68% larger and can accommodate 135 more passengers. Furthermore, the lounge offers exclusive services for passengers, including four private lounge rooms and shower booths, a lounge balcony, and a luggage depository area.
In addition, as a flagship carrier of South Korea, Korean Air has furnished a drawing of the Changdeok Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site on the wall of the lounge entrance, allowing passengers from all around the world to experience Korea’s traditional beauty.
When we visited the lounge on a recent Emirates LAX-DXB Flight, we were pleasantly surprised by what is a fairly minimal lounge. But the beauty is in the finishes and details here. The lounge doesn’t feel as big as it looks. It is separated into smaller zones of similar seating styles. The colours are light and airy, and the panoramic balcony that wraps around the lounge is a brilliant idea, utilising the view of the awesome video installation in the terminal.
The food offering is decent enough, and they have a fully stocked bar too. The showers are brilliant, spacious and we have to say, with the most impractical shower curtains in the world, which are full heavy non-waterproof fabric affairs, which must have to be replaced almost daily.
The lounge really is a modern, calm environment and takes the modern traveller into consideration with power points near almost every seat, and light bites of food and a decent wine and spirit selection. We happily spent 2.5 hours here, and for once, didn’t really want to leave.