Opened yesterday, Etihad Airways‘ new First and Business Class Lounge within the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport is the latest addition to the airlines armada of designer lounges, following Abu Dhabi and Melbourne this year.
The lounge services passengers flying on the EY170 from Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi and beyond, a long-range 777-200 sat in its 8 first class seats and 40 business class seats as well as the airline partners’ premium level frequent fliers.
Together with Etihad Airways’ Premium Lounges in Washington, D.C., and New York’s JFK, the new First & Business Class Lounge Los Angeles is the airline’s third dedicated hospitality haven in the Americas and the 15th to open worldwide.
The airline is following its new design direction of offering a hotel / residential environment which mirrors the new 787s and A380s that the award-winning carrier flies. There are also heavy hints at the ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ design that is peppered throughout the carrier’s brand.
Designed to relax, re-energize, be entertained, the space features luxuriously appointed seating, the signature à la carte dining area, showcase bar, TV area, shower facilities, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, multi-zone electrical and USB power outlets, and a selection of international magazines and daily newspapers. Like most Etihad lounges, there is also a separate VIP area that can be made available on request.
Guests are welcomed by a specialized team of reception and lounge staff, waiters and bar tenders – all of whom have undergone a rigorous selection process, and dedicated hospitality training.
Superior dining options are served à la carte and buffet-style in an exclusive dining area. Menus are changed frequently and feature a choice of dishes inspired by the flavors of California, the Middle East and around the world.
“Cuisine is prepared on-site by a team of highly skilled chefs, using fresh local, sustainably and ethically sourced seasonal produce. An accompanying wine list has been carefully chosen to match the culinary offering and includes a selection of fine Californian and European labels,” state the airline’s press release.
The sculptural showcase bar, which is now a striking hallmark of Etihad Airways’ new collection of global lounges, features ten leather bar stools with USB power points adjacent to each, and is stocked with 75 premium spirits, champagne and aperitifs.
Just as the airline opted for in their New York lounge, a bespoke cocktail and mocktail menu has been specially developed in partnership with leading London-based beverage consultancy Fluid Movement.
The signature cocktail drink is the Los Angeles, inspired by the city’s strong Latin influences and made with Tequila and homemade rice milk, spiced and enriched with cocao nib and chili liqueur, finished off with a spiced, cotton candy highball, made using the lounge’s own cotton candy machine.