Elite Oneworld frequent flyers will soon be able to enjoy a fresh ‘hotel-like’ lounge experience when travelling in the United States, with American Airlines debuting the first of its overhauled AAdvantage Admirals Clubs in the coming months.
Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport is the first cab off the rank, with Newark’s Liberty International Airport, Denver International and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport all set to receive a similar upgrade in the near future.
A stark contrast to Washington’s dated, cafeteria-like predecessor, the latest iteration will feature abundant light and a stronger emphasis on natural finishes.
Exposed timbers, a glass-encased fireplace, and dappled blue carpets combine to create a spa-like oasis of calm. AA notes each subsquent lounge will reference its local area in subtle ways.
Chicago-based DMAC Architecture & Interiors is responsible for the fresh design, with its team bringing a similar sensibility to its work on high-end boutique hotels and hospitality venues.
Other noteworthy features are a revamped sports bar and self-service buffet, floating orb-like pendant lights and comfortable booth lounges. There are also seating options for solos, colleagues and friends to enjoy a chat over a few drinks.
Clarissa Sebastian, American Airlines’ Managing Director of Premium Customer Experience & Onboard Product, says the goal was to create the feeling of ‘coming home’ in its lounges.
“This design is the culmination of a partnership between American and an award winning architectural firm well known for their designs in the hospitality space,” Sebastian explains.
“Each element was thoughtfully developed to create an environment of calm, with natural woods and open spaces, so our customers can relax and feel their best as they prepare for their flight.”
American Airlines’ reimagined lounges follow a similar design-forward aesthetic to Delta’s newly-unveiled Sky Club at LAX, which also feels akin to a premium hotel lounge bar.
Admirals Club lounges are open to first and business class passengers, together with AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro or Platinum members. Day passes are also available for AAdvantage members.
Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire status holders – including Qantas Gold and Platinum members – flying same-day on a Oneworld carrier are also welcome.