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TAKE OFF: American Airlines Launches New JFK Flagship First Dining + Lounge

TAKE OFF: American Airlines Launches New JFK Flagship First Dining + Lounge

American Airlines has debuted its newly-renovated Flagship Lounge and brand new Flagship First Dining at New York John F. Kennedy International Airport. As part of a $200 million investment into upgrading the luxury experience, they’ve also announced a further six lounges planned for Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) (a new lounge), Los Angeles (LAX), London Heathrow (LHR), Miami (MIA) and Philadelphia (PHL) which are both new too.

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Access to the Flagship Lounge now includes Business Class customers travelling on qualifying international and transcontinental flights, in addition to First Class customers on those flights who already had access. The renovated and larger Flagship Lounge at JFK allows those customers to unwind, work or refresh before their flight in the quiet rooms, individual work pods and showers. The design is broken into zones, which is nothing new for lounge design, and focus on restaurant style dining. It’s hard to believe they are the first U.S airline to adopt this.

The menu at JFK has been refreshed and will feature ingredients from local producers including cheese from Sprout Creek Farms and grass-fed beef from Joyce Farms that will be used in American’s signature Flagship Burger, available in all Flagship First Dining locations. Customers can enjoy specialty cocktails designed by renowned New York mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer and hand-selected wines from master sommelier Desmond Echavarrie.

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“Customers in the Flagship Lounge and in Flagship First Dining will enjoy elevated service throughout their trip,” said Kurt Stache, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Loyalty and Sales for American Airlines. “We already provide the best premium in-flight experience among U.S. airlines. Now we’re thrilled to unveil our remodeled Flagship Lounges and to be the first U.S. airline to offer top-of-the-line dining in the airport. We are proud of our Flagship experience and we hope our customers will agree it’s the best product out there.”

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