STAR ALLIANCE LOUNGE LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Location: Level 6 of Los Angeles International Airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal. Opening date: September 25, 2013 Accessible to: All First, Business and Star Alliance Gold Card passengers departing on Star Alliance member airlines from the terminal.
Design: Architectural firm Gensler has designed a décor that is“inspired by a contemporary interpretation of modernist LA architecture of the 1950s and 1960s.”Opened at the end of September 2013, the lounge has a dramatic entrance accessed either by the“Time Tower,”a giant 72-foot high LED-wrapped elevator shaft showing specially-made interactive multi-media videos, or an escalator which gradually reveals a glowing wraparound wall leading to the reception desk.
Features: The 18,000-square-foot lounge has been created both to provide a haven from the airport, while taking advantage of all the new features of the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT). An open air terrace overlooking the Hollywood Hills, fire pits, a water wall. While there are quiet areas such as a study, a library, and even a media“den,”there is also a balcony looking out towards the giant windows over the new west Gates where A380 superjumbos arrive and depart, and huge interactive multimedia LED screens provide entertainment for waiting passengers. The lounge is particularly useful for those transferring on flights, with eight shower rooms, free WiFi and printing, fax and copy services on request. Traditional power outlets are supplemented by USB power ports to recharge mobile devices, and tablet computers are available on request for use in the lounge.
The lounge is managed by Star Alliance member carrier Air New Zealand, which currently is still in Terminal 2 rather than in the Tom Bradley International Terminal, although apparently a move will happen in 2014 when its Koru Lounge in Terminal 2 will close.
Eight Star Alliance member carriers operate out of the Tom Bradley International Terminal, including ANA Singapore Airlines Asiana Airlines Swiss Eva Air Thai Lufthansa Turkish Airlines