First Look -- Star Alliance's New Lounge at LAX

First and Business Class passengers on Star Alliance flights will soon get a new lounge at LAX's Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Designed by global architectural firm Gensler, we hear that the lounge is inspired by a contemporary interpretation of modernist L.A. architecture of the 1950s and 1960s. For example, black and white photos inspired by L.A. will underline the Alliance’s corporate colors. In addition, a collection of objects linked to L.A. and Southern California will be on display.

The Lounge will have space for social gatherings (around the bar) and for quiet time (in the library). Bonus: The lounge will have two distinct areas, one for the exclusive use of customers traveling in First Class and a larger section for Business Class and Star Alliance Gold passengers.

A unique feature of this lounge is the open air terrace where guests can relax beside a fireplace by night, or look out over the Hollywood hills by day.

Member carrier Air New Zealand has been appointed to develop and manage the Alliance’s new lounge at Los Angeles International Airport, which is part of the expansion of the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Construction of the new lounge is expected to be completed in July 2013. Customers will be able to make use of the facility later in the year, once the terminal extension has been completed and the existing Star Alliance Lounge (opened in 2007) has been closed.

In total, eight Star Alliance member carriers operate out of the Tom Bradley Terminal – ANA, Asiana Airlines, EVA Air, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, THAI and Turkish Airlines. Air New Zealand plans to move to the terminal in mid-2014, at which stage its Koru Lounge in Terminal 2 will close.

In addition to the lounge in the Tom Bradley terminal, Star Alliance member carriers offer the following lounge facilities at LAX International Airport:

Terminal 1                   US Airways Club

Terminal 2                   Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, Air New Zealand Koru Lounge (until mid-2014)

Terminal 6                   United Club

Terminal 7                   United Club and United International First Class Lounge

Star Alliance Gold, First and Business Class customers have access to more than 1,000 lounges across the Alliance's global network.