Etihad Airways officially opened its new First and Business Class Lounge within the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Building on a growing global reputation for product innovation and development, the lounge reflects a commitment to delivering exceptional hospitality experiences for First and Business Class guests departing on Etihad Airways’ daily EY170 Boeing 777 services from the US West Coast’s commercial and entertainment hub.
Together with Etihad Airways’ Premium Lounges in Washington, D.C., and New York’s JFK, the new First and Business Class Lounge Los Angeles is the airline’s third hospitality haven in the Americas, and the first on the US West Coast.
The new facility moves away from the normal conventions of airport lounge design, and features the same ‘Modern Arabian’ decorative elements which characterize Etihad Airways’ new international lounges. The décor draws inspiration from the geometric patterns found in the traditional and modern architecture of Abu Dhabi and its spectacular desert landscape.
Martin Drew, Etihad Airways Senior Vice President Americas, said: “As a world-leading airline, Etihad Airways continues to redefine travel, setting new benchmarks for innovative service on the ground and in the air.”
“Our new First and Business Class Lounge in Los Angeles demonstrates our unwavering commitment to travelers on the US West Coast, and in the United States as a whole, by providing them with the intuitive hospitality they have come to expect from our people and our brand. It gives us great pleasure to inaugurate this facility.”
“LAWA and our airline partners are committed to continuing our initiatives to transform and modernize LAX into a world-class airport that Angelenos and visitors deserve,” said Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Chief Executive Officer Deborah Flint. “We applaud Etihad Airways in bringing this exciting, new premium lounge experience that truly caters to the modern traveler.”
More akin to top hotels, fine dining establishments and private members’ clubs, the new lounge provides a tranquil environment in which guests can relax, re-energize, be entertained, and enjoy the finest culinary experiences and hospitality services for which the airline is renowned. The space features luxuriously appointed seating, an à la carte dining area, showcase bar, TV area, shower facilities, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, multi-zone electrical and USB power outlets, and a selection of international magazines and daily newspapers. A separate VIP area can also be made available when required.
Conveniently located airside, overlooking the renovated terminal’s exclusive shopping promenade and measuring 407m2, the Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge Los Angeles is open for the exclusive use of Etihad First Class and Business Class guests, Etihad Guest Platinum, Gold and Silver members flying on EY170, and Etihad Airways Partner (EAP) airlines’ equivalent Platinum and Gold members.
The new Los Angeles facility adds to the airline’s expanding collection of 15 Premium Lounges including Abu Dhabi (new dedicated signature First Class Lounge and Spa in Terminal 3; Premium Lounges in Terminals 1 and 3; a Premium Lounge within the unique US Preclearance facility, and the Premium Arrivals Lounge), Frankfurt, London, Manchester, Dublin, Paris, Washington D.C., New York JFK, Sydney and Melbourne.
Etihad Airways commenced daily non-stop service between Los Angeles (LAX) and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) on July 1, 2014. In addition, the airline offers daily services between Abu Dhabi and Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. (IAD), as well as twice-daily services to New York (JFK) and three-times-weekly services to Dallas/Fort Worth.