American Airlines has a flagship airport lounge in terminal 8 JFK Airport New York, that I reviewed pre-flight on my trip in First Class on their B777-300ER from New York to London. The lounge and departure point was New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. American Airlines, or AA, operates from Terminal 8.
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Terminal 8 is huge. Twice the size of Madison Square Garden and has an annual capacity of 12.8M passengers. It offers retail and food outlets and has two AA Admirals Clubs and a Flagship Lounge for premium class passengers. AA’s Flagship Lounges are supposed to represent the best of AA’s lounges. You can also find them in AA’s three other major airport hubs across the globe: Chicago, Los Angeles, and London Heathrow.
The AA Flagship Lounge at JFK is located one floor above the main concourse and is accessed via a reception desk. The decor is not very inspiring, and the place does not feel very spacious as it was very crowded when I was there in the late afternoon (which coincides with the start of the peak moment for evening flights to Europe). One side of the rectangular-shaped space has several seating areas (including a small business center), while the other side of the room features a buffet and restaurant corner. The lounge has large floor-to-ceiling windows that offer nice views of the airport apron and the Manhattan skyline at the horizon. The food & beverage options were quite good, with soup, sandwiches, salads, snacks, cheese, and several hot dishes (see photos).
It was only a 5-minute walk from the lounge to the gate where the B777W plane was ready for boarding. I have also reviewed the British Airways Galleries Lounge in JFK Terminal 7, American Airlines new Super Diamond Business Class product and the current American Airlines Business Class on the B777.
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