Most people may not know, but the first Airline lounge was actually created by American Airlines back in 1939. Since then, lounges have come full circle to be some of the most opulent and premium branded spaces around the world. It’s no surprise then that the founder of the airside lounge has decided to invest heavily to keep their lounges up to an international standard.
As part of the investment, American Airlines will introduce ‘Flagship Dining’ in JFK, Dallas (DFW), Los Angeles and Miami International Airports featuring pre-flight meals with full table side service. Scheduled to open in early 2017, the Flagship Dining experience will debut at JFK, offering complimentary seasonal menus. Fresh, locally-sourced ingredients will be curated by a New York-based Executive Chef.
“We want our customers to have a luxurious escape no matter the reason for their trip,” said Fernand Fernandez, American’s vice president – Global Marketing. “Our goal is to deliver chef-driven creations and local flavors, giving customers a five-star restaurant experience when they travel. The only thing left to do is board the plane.”
The Flagship lounges in JFK LAX and Chicago O’Hare will also be redesigned this spring to offer more expansive spaces and modern furnishings. The Flagship lounge experience will also be rolled out in DFW, Miami and Philadelphia International Airport.
Part of the $3 billion investment, AA will also continue its refresh it’s Admiral Club lounges across the carrier’s global network, including Houston and Orlando.
It’s not just the U.S. receiving all the love though. Beginning this month, American will be making over the Arrivals Lounge experience at London Heathrow International Airport (LHR). The space will be renovated with private showers and dressing areas, food and beverage service and valet pressing service to help customers feel and look their best after a trans-Atlantic flight.