A warm welcome: American Airlines’ redesigned Admirals Club lounges


American Airlines is introducing redesigned Admirals Club lounges across the USA, beginning with Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) this autumn/fall. The next Admirals Club lounges to be refitted in the new schemes will be Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and Denver International Airport (DEN).

The airline worked with Chicago-based DMAC Architecture & Interiors to create the lounge designs, with new signature brand elements. Each lounge will be distinct, with décor references from local landscapes and landmarks that tell the story of the individual city to create a sense of place. The trend for wellness has also been considered, with design elements that set a tone of ‘calm and familiarity’. Another trend, sustainability, is also built into the design, such as the branded elements in every lounge, made of renewable American walnut.

“The new Admirals Club interior design is inspired by our customers, who tell us that their favourite aspect of visiting our lounges is feeling like they’re ‘coming home,’” said Clarissa Sebastian, American Airlines’ managing director of premium customer experience & onboard products. “This design is the culmination of a partnership between American and an award-winning architectural firm well known for their designs in the hospitality space. Each element was thoughtfully developed to create an environment of calm, with natural woods and open spaces, so our customers can relax and feel their best as they prepare for their flight.”

Customers can access the Admirals Club lounge through their itinerary, select cobranded credit card, or their membership, which could be discounted depending on their AAdvantage status.

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