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Business Traveler (USA) - - TRIED AND TESTED -

Vir­gin At­lantic has opened its new $4 mil­lion Club­house lounge in Ter­mi­nal 2 at Los An­ge­les In­ter­na­tional air­port, the car­rier’s 11th world­wide. When I was there, Ter­mi­nal 2 was un­der­go­ing a huge amount of con­struc­tion to cre­ate an en­tirely new check-in area, along with curb­side check-in.

There was no queue and we quickly snaked around some lines and went up the es­ca­la­tor to se­cu­rity, which was swift.

The 4,000-square-foot lounge is ac­cessed ei­ther via el­e­va­tor or by car­ry­ing your bags up some stairs. There is a slid­ing door which re­mains open dur­ing lounge hours, 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM, daily. This space, which has ar­rest­ing views across the run­way and also out onto the gate, used to be the Air France lounge and was orig­i­nally a rec­tan­gu­lar room. The new de­sign has seen the rec­tan­gu­lar space cut di­ag­o­nally, so it is wider as you walk in, and grad­u­ally ta­pers to a van­ish­ing point, mak­ing the space look big­ger than it is.

Un­like most lounges, in­stead of chairs in straight lines there are lots of flow­ing lines, even among the so­fas. As with other Vir­gin lounges, the bar is the fo­cal point of the Club­house which has es­chewed the tra­di­tional stools lined up against the bar. In­stead, op­po­site, there’s a cus­tom­fab­ri­cated surf­board and boat hull-inspired counter with clas­sic Eames chairs along­side for a view of the apron.

As you move to­wards the end of the room past the bar, at the last mo­ment the room opens slightly for the din­ing area. This means that those eat­ing at the far end aren’t

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