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Af­ter al­most two years of con­struc­tion, Qan­tas’s Cal­i­for­nia-in­spired Oneworld Lounge at Los An­ge­les In­ter­na­tional Air­port is of­fi­cially com­plete. The fi­nal stage of the busi­ness lounge, in the new Tom Bradley Ter­mi­nal, was of­fi­cially opened early last month with a sur­prise per­for­mance by LA-based Aus­tralian mu­si­cian Ben Lee. The lounge, which Qan­tas op­er­ates for fel­low Oneworld mem­bers Cathay Pa­cific and Bri­tish Air­ways, is now the big­gest at bustling LAX. When it first opened in June 2014, the busi­ness lounge boasted a cir­cu­lar fire­place, an ex­ten­sive bar and a food cart of­fer­ing tacos and hot dogs. Now 200 seats have been added, tripling the num­ber of pas­sen­gers who can be seated and the size of the space — when com­bined with the Marc New­son-de­signed first-class lounge. Other ad­di­tions in­clude a des­ig­nated seat­ing area for fam­i­lies and an­other that can be sec­tioned off for groups dur­ing busy pe­ri­ods. Ex­tra bath­rooms and showers have been in­stalled, while the ex­panded dining area fea­tures an el­e­vated communal dining ta­ble in ad­di­tion to ar­range­ments of low ta­bles and chairs. A fresh juice bar has been in­tro­duced, and a sec­ond buf­fet de­signed by Neil Perry.

FIONA HARARI

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