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American Airlines Flagship Lounge Opens in JFK

It’s no secret that John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is one of the busiest airports in the world. Routes Flights to and from this airport tend to be premium routes (though profitability of course is another story), so any airline who flies here wants to make their presence known. American Airlines is no exception.


The Scoop

After much buzz, American Airlines’ (AA) Flagship Lounge opened today at JFK airport’s Terminal 8. The lounge is equipped with quiet rooms, individual work pods and showers. On the dining side, it features a hot and cold food buffet, an a la carte dining menu, a chef’s table with made to order meals, and a “make your own cocktail” section. The Flagship Lounge is open to Business Class and First Class passengers traveling on international and qualifying transcontinental flights.

According to American Airlines’ website, the following also have access to the Flagship Lounge, regardless of cabin flown, when traveling on a qualifying AA or oneworld operated flight.

  • AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, and Platinum members
  • AAdvantage Concierge Key
  • onworld Emerald and Sapphire

Credit: American Airlines

First Class passengers will not only have access to the lounge, but will also have a more elevated experience, with their own check-in and exclusive dining section. Flagship First Check-In is a separate area within Terminal 8 which will allow First class passengers to skip the lines with their own check-in representatives, and an escort to an expedited security line.


Once in the lounge, First Class passengers can access the Flagship First Dining section, a sit-down restaurant with complimentary full service dining. Menu items will include American’s signature Flagship Burger, specialty cocktails, and a range of selected wines.


Credit: American Airlines

We’ll expect to see more Flagship lounges (new or upgraded existing lounges) in the following airports in the coming years:

  • Chicago O’Hare (ORD) (new location within ORD)
  • Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) (new)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • London Heathrow (LHR)
  • Miami (MIA) (new)
  • Philadelphia (PHL) (new)

Flagship First dining will be available in Miami and Los Angeles later this year, with plans to expand to Dallas Fort Worth and London Heathrow.

Credit: American Airlines


The Takeaway

I don’t fly  American Airlines much, but even i have to admit the lounge looks great, and the dining options (err, drinking options) sounds pretty fantastic. Perhaps not quite the cream of the crop lounges we’ve seen internationally (Emirates’ First Class Lounge in DXB comes to mind), this lounge is regardless very nice and looks absolutely worth stopping into on a trip (dare I say – worth coming to the airport early to?!) Major props to AA for investing in themselves (and their passengers… well, their premium passengers) and debuting a great looking product that no doubt will add to the overall flight experience.

Their passengers in coach, however, with 10 seats across on some 777s and decreased seat pitch on 737s I’m sure have something else to say 🙃



Featured image credit: American Airlines


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