On Wednesday, James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways officially opened the airline’s First and Business Class Lounge at JFK International Airport. Following Washington D.C. the new lounge is the second in the United States to join the airline’s collection of premium lounges offered worldwide for its guests. The new space is designed by Chicago-based architect firm Gensler and global brand consultants Landor Associates. The lounge has opened just after the carrier launched its A380 route, showcasing the flagship nature of New York to the carrier.
Found in Terminal 4, located close to the gate area after the security checkpoint, the new lounge offers guests a modern Abu Dhabi inspired space and “embodies the highest levels of luxury and comfort for discerning travelers accustomed to world-class air travel experiences.”
Mr. Hogan said, “The opening of Etihad Airways’ new First and Business Class Lounge at New York’s JFK International Airport reinforces our commitment to investing in the travel experience and providing our guests with the highest levels of comfort, luxury and world-class hospitality at every point in their travel journey – on the ground and in the air.”
The lounge is appointed in custom furnishings by Boss, offering a range of distinct seating styles throughout the extensive seating areas available within the lounge. Features include luxurious restrooms with showers and changing rooms, dedicated male and female ablution and prayer rooms, a library and luggage storage.
However the two stand out areas are the breathtaking sculptural bar and Etihad’s signature restaurant concept found in all of their lounges. The bar and lounge have an extensive and bespoke cocktail and mocktail offering developed in partnership with a leading London-based beverage consultancy, Fluid Movement – underpinning Etihad’s commitment to culinary innovation and world class food and beverage. In the lounge’s dining area, situated away from the main picture windows, guests can select from a choice of a la carte and international buffet options.
Etihad Airways guests travelling in The Residence by Etihad, First Apartments or Business Studios have access to the lounge pre-flight. A private lounge is accessible exclusively to guests travelling The Residence by Etihad, complementing the private luxury offered with this service in-flight. Etihad offers two flights a day to New York, one on the A380 and one on a 777. Personally, we love the new lounge, which continues to showcase Etihad’s ambitions to drive forward a design-led product.
The Big Picture