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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

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