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Korean Air opens new lounge at LAX

28 Mar 2014 by Clement Huang

Korean Air has announced the opening of its new lounge at Los Angeles Airport (LAX), one of the most popular gateways in the west coast of the US.

The facility is open to premium passengers flying on Korean Air and the other 19 Skyteam member airlines, as well as Skyteam Elite Plus members. It is located on the fifth floor of Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX, and was designed by Gensler ­– a global integrated architecture and design firm whose works include the 2011 renovation of Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport; the new Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, California; as well as the upcoming Terminal 2 at Incheon International Airport.

The new 305-seat lounge measures 1,320 sqm in size, which is approximately 68 per cent larger than the old facility – and therefore capable of accommodating 135 more passengers. Services include four private lounge rooms and shower booths, a balcony area that offers panoramic views of the entire Terminal, and a luggage depository area.

In addition, there are several design elements present throughout the lounge that are distinctive Korean. The most prominent of these is a drawing of the Changdeok Palace, located on the wall of the lounge entrance. As a Unesco World Heritage site, the Palace is set within a large park in the South Korean capital of Seoul, and was built during the Joseon Dynasty ­– a historical period, from 1392 to 1897, commonly referred to as the golden age of Korea and the foundation of modern Korean culture.

Korean Air currently serves Los Angeles twice daily with the A380. The carrier intends to further develop its exposure in the US by adding a second A380 flight to New York in May, following its earlier announcement of a daily service to Houston later this year (see here).

For more information, visit www.koreanair.com

Clement Huang    

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