LOT Polish Airlines has begun construction of its first airport lounge outside of Europe.

The 617 sqm facility at Chicago O’Hare airport is scheduled to open in late Q3 / early Q4 next year, with the design currently being finalised and a “prestigious architectural firm” having been invited to collaborate on the project.

LOT said that the new Terminal 5 lounge will have views of the airport apron, with three zones for relaxation, work and catering.

The carrier added that there would be “touches reminiscent of Polish tradition through, among other things, the use of amber in the space, as well as cooperation with Polish partners”.

LOT currently serves Chicago from both Krakow and Warsaw, and said that the city was a strategic destination in the US market in terms of the potential traffic of Polish and other minorities living in the metropolitan area.

The news follows this week’s announcement that LOT Polish Airlines is to retrofit its fleet of Boeing 787-8 aircraft with new business, premium economy and economy cabins.

LOT Polish to fit 787-8s with new business class seats featuring sliding doors

Commenting on the Chicago lounge Izabela Leszczynska, director of the product development and customer experience department, said:

“I feel truly delighted that we can now break the news of the construction of the LOT Business Lounge at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.

“The new, and at the same time first business lounge outside Europe is another milestone in the development of our company.

“We want the space to symbolise the Polish hospitality which LOT is inextricably associated with. I do believe that it will help us offer a fantastic experience to our guests.”