American Airlines debuts ‘natural’ Admirals Club design

The softer, more inviting look is a blueprint for a wider upgrade of AAdvantage club lounges across the US.

By Chris Ashton, August 5 2022
American Airlines debuts ‘natural’ Admirals Club design

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.

The reimagined lounge sports casual lounges, cosy booths and plenty of spaces to relax before the flight.
The reimagined lounge sports casual lounges, cosy booths and plenty of spaces to relax before the flight.

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.

Washington's new look Admirals Club is purposefully designed to be more like a hotel bar or lounge.
Washington's new look Admirals Club is purposefully designed to be more like a hotel bar or lounge.

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.

American Airlines says each lounge will reference local landscapes and landmarks.
American Airlines says each lounge will reference local landscapes and landmarks.

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.

Grab a bite and catch up on the game at the Admiral Club's new-look bar.
Grab a bite and catch up on the game at the Admiral Club's new-look bar.

“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.

Restrooms will also see a much-needed revamp.
Restrooms will also see a much-needed revamp.

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.

24 Aug 2011

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Don't you love how uncrowded and relaxed these concept pictures always show the lounges to be?  It's a pity the real things are typically overcrowded zoos.

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 337

Looks like an evolution of AA Flagship First Lounges, using JFK T8  as a prime example...  Or a remake of Swiss First Lounges at A + E Gates Zurich... But as previous poster mentioned, Admirals Lounges are often a zoo, a bit like Qantas Biz and QantasClub lounges......

05 Aug 2022

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Americans need to do some deep reflective introspection when it comes to design. This is a nauseating melange of finishes that don’t seem to have any coherent or complimentary connection to one another. I would suggest consulting precedents from abroad (Europe, Australia, South America, Japan) for design inspiration that produces inspiring details and moments. Qantas Excels in lounge design, mainly due to the fact that Australia is a country which has cultivated a refined attitudes toward design and values inspiration from abroad. 

24 Aug 2011

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If you believe Qantas excels in lounge design, I assume you have never been to the MEL Qantas Club.  It is a dark noisy overcrowded mess filled with cheap furniture and has all the ambience of a Coles cafeteria.  

Etihad - Etihad Guest

21 Jul 2019

Total posts 135

@Hookr

I agree with you to the extent that it is a "nauseating melange of finishes". I'm not keen on that disjointed look either. However, it's not the Americans to blame. This trend is global in its pretensions. And our very own home-grown Westfield corporation pushes this look in all its shopping centres locally and abroad! It's a trend which has permeated many sectors and many companies, e.g. hotels, shopping centres, and yes, airport lounges. Even your average tax-payer/rate-payer funded public space is not immune (take a look in your renovated local public library). Good news is, it will go away eventually. Like all other decorative styles/trends which have a lifespan of not more than 8 - 10 years maximum.

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1445

About time. I was there a month ago (the first time in three years) and the old lounge just brought back bad memories. No Washington trips on the horizon. Ohh well!!


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