American Airlines lounge, dining facility open at LAX
January 17 marked the opening of American Airline's new Flagship First Dining facilities and renovated Flagship Lounge at LAX with a ribbon-cutting celebration hosted by Suzanne Boda, the airline's Senior Vice President – Los Angeles, and Sean Burton, President of the Los Angeles World Airports’ Board of Commissioners.
A release from the airline stated the Flagship First Dining area is a first for LAX, allowing American customers to enjoy a sit-down meal before their flight. These new and improved conveniences are part of American's US$200 million investment in luxury travel offerings for their guests. Other portions of this project include the refurbishment of the LAX Terminal 4 Admirals Club and a new Admirals Club in the airport's Terminal 5.
“The opening of the Flagship Lounge and Flagship First Dining are the latest evidence of our increasingly strong position in Los Angeles,” Boda said during the opening ceremony. “As our West Coast gateway to the Asia-Pacific region, Los Angeles is where many of our customers begin long flights either internationally or across the U.S. We are proud to offer best-in-class lounge and dining options at the start of their journey.”
The Flagship Lounge is available to First and Business Class guests flying internationally or those on nonstop flights to New York Kennedy (JFK) and includes both hot and cold foods served buffet-style as well as made-to-order dishes. Wine, spirits, champagne and cocktails are all available to accompany customers' meals.
Inside the lounge, American's First Class passengers on qualifying flights will be able to access Flagship First Dining which offers a menu featuring local ingredients and specialty cocktails by mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer in a tableside restaurant experience.
American announced in 2017 that they would funnel an amount in excess of US$1.5 billion to LAX's Terminals 4 and 5. The carrier is the largest at LAX, flying out of the airport around 200 times on its busiest days and employing 7,000 team members at the airport's facilities.
“Building a world-class airport requires strong airline partners like American Airlines, and we are thrilled by the investment they are making at LAX,” Burton said in a January statement. “Reimagining and modernizing our airport is just as much about creating exceptional amenities as it is about new construction, and the American Airlines Flagship Lounge is an example of the first-class facilities that travelers can expect from LAX.”
American Airlines Flagship Lounges have also recently opened at Miami Airport (MIA), JFK and Chicago O’Hare (ORD), with Flagship First Dining facilities at MIA and JFK.