From Seattle to Hawaii and beyond, here are the latest headlines in luxury air travel.
Alaska Airlines has announced the airline's Board Room members and rull-fare full-fare first class fliers passing through Sea-Tac International Airport's North Satellite terminal will have a new place to relax when Alaska's second Seattle Board Room opens next month.
Members of Alaska's Board Room lounges enjoy access to Alaska's five Board Rooms in Anchorage, Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles, as well as more than 50 affiliate lounges worldwide. Since August, members have enjoyed access to all of American Airlines' Admirals Club locations worldwide. Alaska and United Airlines are also expanding their partnership on December 1, giving Board Room members access to United Clubs in Philadelphia and Minneapolis as well as Phoenix.
Beginning November 7, visitors to Alaska's Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles Board Rooms will also enjoy expanded hours.
Board Room day passes cost $45 while new one-year memberships are $295 to $450, depending on Mileage Plan elite-tier status. (First-time membership includes a $100 initiation fee, which is discounted for Mileage Plan MVPs and Alaska Airlines Visa Signature cardholders. Prices are waived for Gold members.)
Guests of the Board Room enjoy comfortable furnishings, business work stations, free Wi-Fi, large-screen TVs, and complimentary juices, beer, wine, cocktails, Starbucks coffee/espresso and snacks throughout the day, including fresh pancakes, soup and fresh vegetables.
Hawaiian Airlines Redesigns Premium Cabins on A330s
Hawaiian Airlines has announced plans for a fleetwide redesign of its Airbus A330 premium cabins, including the addition of 180-degree lie-flat seats.
The new seats, which were developed in partnership with Italian design firm Optimares, have a platform that folds 180 degrees into 76-inch beds. The seats also have an in-flight entertainment experience powered by large-format tablets and equipped with a telescoping tablet arm that adjusts to optimize viewing angle and comfort.
The seats will be installed in a 2-2-2 configuration meant to be suited for couples and families traveling to Hawaii.
Hawaiian worked with West Coast-based brand and design consultancy PaulWylde on a new look for the cabins, which is rooted in the airline's design language of natural colors and references to Hawaii's island landscape. The cabin design will incorporate flowing curves evocative of the winds and ocean, while marrying organic textures, pops of bright saturated color, and luxury materials like leather from Poltrona Frau.
The first newly outfitted aircraft is expected to enter Hawaiian's long-haul network in the second quarter of 2016. The airline will begin installing lie-flat seats in the remaining 22 A330 aircraft in September of 2016 through 2017.
Jacob Jan Boerma Joins KLM Royal Dutch Airlines as New World Business Class Chef
In in-flight dining news, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has announced that it will begin serving meals by three-star Dutch Chef Jacob Boerma in World Business Class flights out of Amsterdam. Boerma is the first chef to oversee the KLM kitchen for a whole year.
KLM has been serving meals by leading Dutch chefs in World Business Class for many years. The tableware is designed by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders. Past meals were designed by Cees Helder, Margot Janse, Sergio Herman, Richard Ekkebus, Mario Ridder, Richard van Oostenbrugge and Jonnie Boer.
Jacob Jan has compiled four different menus.