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Oneworld Business Class Lounge Triples Space and Perks at LAX

Published: 27/08/2015 - Filed under: Home » News »

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Oneworld customers awaiting departures at Los Angeles International Airport can enjoy more than Kitson shopping and Petrossian caviar treats in the transit halls between flights. There are Australian wines to sample, California food cart cuisine to try, and a fun indoor fire pit to warm to despite the smiling SoCal sunshine. That is, if you head up to the Business Class Lounge on Level Five at LAX where Oneworld has completed a long-awaited expansion.

The recent widening has increased the capacious lounge by a third, from 11,000 square feet to 42,000 square feet, adding 200 seats for a capacity of 600 passengers. And with this action have come plenty of amenities.

The initial opening of the lounge at LAX, which is owned jointly by Qantas, Cathay Pacific and British Airways, happened in June 2014, with completion a year later.

As Qantas regional general manage Vanessa Hudson puts it, “The completion of this project represents our significant investment in the US market. We have tripled the space available across both lounges (the Qantas First Class Lounge is in an adjacent area), added more seating and installed a state-of-the-art kitchen. The new kitchen enables us to offer a bigger menu and a greater variety of dining options.”

Those dining options, ever so important, provide a buffet menu at all times during the 6 am to 12:30 am daily hours with seasonal ouevres by Australian star chef Neil Perry in the mix along with healthy salads (quinoa, feta, spinach, kale, tomatoes, figs, almonds …), spicy food cart-style hot dogs, Baja tacos, ramen dishes, creative vegetable concepts and revolving entrees, such as roasted Mediterranean chicken with couscous and asparagus spears, topped off with a steaming hot chocolate and tiramisu, amid two large buffet stations.

A full bar keeps Australian wines on tap and cocktails poured and stirred to specification. Libations can be sipped around a handsome black tile bar or moved to the pit, the fire pit, that is, a popular ground zero spot for conversations and engagement. From the fire pit, it’s possible to look out the window onto the terminal and enjoy the artful light and animated projection show the Tom Bradley terminal puts on at all hours along cathedral corridors leading to the gates.

For those who need to work while they sip, work gets done at a quiet table and space for computers, with convenient hook-ups and Macs for those who did not bring their own.

The lounge offers plenty of quiet space, 16 showers with towels and bath amenities (by Aurora Spa and ASPAR out of Australia), and for kids (and the adults who may not want to be around them) there’s a dedicated Family Zone with children’s furniture, toys and games. The space closes off from the rest of the lounge and often doubles as a handy meeting area should a space like that be needed (although, minus the mini-chairs and toys).

The newly expanded Oneworld Lounge is not for everyone but it is for Business or First Class passengers on Qantas, Cathay Pacific and British Airways. It also caters to elite members of any of the following:

Qantas Chairmans Lounge, Platinum One, Platinum Frequent Flyers, Gold Frequent Flyers or Qantas Club; Marco Polo Club Diamond or Gold; British Airways Executive Club Gold or Silver; Oneworld Emerald or Sapphire. 

By Lark Gould

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