Emirates opens its third dedicated lounge in the US after New York JFK International Airport (JFK) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Find out where after the break.
Emirates currently flies to 9 US cities with 12 daily flights using a combination of Airbus A380-800 and Boeing 777-200LR/777-300ER aircrafts (Orlando to be added to the in September 2015). The following infographic shows the airports Emirates currently serve and include aircraft and lounge information.
The third airport to have a dedicated lounge is at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The Middle East airline is currently operating a single daily flight from there.
Located on the 3rd floor of the Tom Bradley International Terminal, the new lounge is accessible by Emirates First Class and Business Class customers as well as Skywards Platinum and Gold members.
It has a capacity of 157 customers with a little over 9,000 sq ft (840 square meters) of space and offers the following amenities (refer to pictures below):
- Open buffet of hot and cold gourmet dishes from the US and around the world
- Complimentary full-bar service including premium wine, spirits and champagne
- Fully equipped business centre with complimentary Wi-Fi connection
- Dedicated lounge area, TV and reading areas
- Shower facilities and
- Prayer room
Given the passenger load from the A380-800s, it is worthwhile for the airline to invest in dedicated lounges instead of leasing from a third party when there is space available. Other cities in line for a dedicated lounge include Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Houston George Bush International Airport (IAH), Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEA).
In terms of dedicated lounges, Emirates operates 37 around the world. This only trails, British Airways with over 60, American Airlines with over 50 and United Airlines with 45 as the biggest operators of airport lounges.
Loungereview.com will have a detail review of the lounge in the near future.
As Emirates continues to expand its US presence, more dedicated lounges would be opened to cater to the airline’s premium passengers.