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United Airlines will unveil a dramatic new look for its airport lounges tomorrow, and it's a long way from the old Red Carpet Club.
The first built-from-scratch United Club – a brand which last year replaced the United Red Carpet Club and Continental Presidents Club – will debut at Terminal 2 of Chicago O'Hare (ORD) airport, and carries the design DNA which will shape all of United's new lounges as well as renovations to existing facilities as those make-overs fall due.
US website Gadling caught a sneak peak at the new United Club, which boasts a warm, contemporary and high-touch feel that'd stand alongside some of the world's most polished lounges – even those by European airlines known for their design sensibility.
"Tables and lights are modeled after jet engines, while the swept ceiling looks like a wing" Gadling reports, while the spherical lights over the bar are said to represent United's logo.
(We reckon the lights used in Qantas' business lounges, as seen below, are a closer fit to the UA globe.)
But how could you not love bathroom mirrors inspired by aircraft windows, perhaps specifically the oversized windows of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner?
More new United Clubs are on the way at Atlanta, Boston, Houston, London, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle over the next two years.
For more photos, visit Gadling.com.
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