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Despite my feeling that lounges are the single greatest travel perk anyone can attain, some aging American Airline lounges make the terminal look like an attractive option, with unloved spaces, sparse offerings and a lack of detail for the modern traveler. In an effort to join top European, Asian and Gulf carriers in creating blissful spaces, with bountiful food and beverage options, connectivity and relaxation, American are introducing new designs and new amenities into their clubs…

Flagship First Dining

In American’s stronghold, high value markets, the airline will begin offering it’s first ever sit down dining experience for first class passengers, with rotating seasonal menu options, capable of complimenting or replacing your meal on the plane…

In what appears to me as a design kudos to British Airways, American will introduce these swanky new spaces to their Flagship First lounges, with mounted wine bottles, couches, working chairs and leisure centers…

I’m enjoying the new color scheme, upgraded use of space and overall more visually pleasing decor. Note the high walled chairs in the middle near the false wall, very cool. 

Taking (stealing) inspiration not only from British Airways, this space is very reminiscent of the lauded Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses found in London and New York. Hey, I’m not complaining, they are among the best and appear to be a great use of space… and food.

Heathrow Arrivals Lounge

American are making quite an investment in London, with a complete makeover of the arrivals lounge, for incoming first and business class passengers. You’ll find a more productive space, as well as vastly improved replenishing facilities.

Coffee, tea, water, eggs and sausages won’t change, but the spaces will be much more conducive to business travel, with increased business facilities. 

Most importantly for some, there will be brand new shower and changing facilities, allowing guests to head into town, looking as sharp as one can look after a seven hour journey in a metal tube…

Admirals Clubs

Fortunately, this is a head to toe project, aiming to craft unique spaces into each lounge, bringing all Admirals Clubs into the 21st century (from the present 19th). You’ll see functional spaces such as the above with power ports at every seat and enhanced wifi.

Sometimes you just want to have a drink and unwind with some television and with increased separation between bar areas and working areas, you’ll have the opportunity to bump shoulders with fellow news and sports fans at these enhanced bar areas…

Of all the concept designs, the spiral staircase, destined for Orlando airport seems the most attractive to me, with a uniquely old world, high end hotel feel and abundant light. 

Most regular travelers love a view of the tarmac, and this renovation to the Houston Admirals Club will offer drinks with a view, and comfortable seating areas for groups, or those who need an extra seat for their carry on, so essentially everyone.

Bottom Line

This is very welcome, and yes, overdue news. Lounges are a hugely important to frequent travelers and leisure travelers alike. With recent openings from top airlines resembling Ritz Carlton’s more than airports, it’s important to see US airlines begin to push the boat out, I’m glad they have. I’ll be interested to see how the new spaces stack up against Delta’s newest renovations, which we took in our most recent flight from San Francisco to New York…

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