American Airlines took the next step in its commitment to growing Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) as its primary trans-Atlantic gateway by starting construction on a new luxury Flagship Lounge in Terminal A-West.
“American continues to invest in the customer experience at PHL, enhancing the hub through elevated product offerings and expanded service,” said Jim Moses, vice president of PHL Hub Operations. “Collectively, lounge construction and the entrance of the Boeing 787 set the precedent for what PHL will be in 2020, as we launch new flights to Casablanca and expand service to points throughout Europe.”
Comprising nearly 25,000 square feet, the new Flagship Lounge will have seating for 400 guests, offer an elevated dining experience with hot food and a specialty wine bar, incorporate updated décor with contemporary high-end finishes and provide panoramic views of the airfield. Additionally, six shower suites will offer customers traveling to and from more than 20 international destinations a private escape to refresh.
To make way for construction, the existing Admirals Club in Terminal A-West was closed following the last departure Sep. 29. Customers are encouraged to visit one of American’s three other clubs located in Terminal A-East, the Terminal B-C Connector or Terminal F throughout renovations, which are scheduled for completion in mid-2020. Additional wayfinding and transportation will be available to assist guests connecting between terminals.
Enhancing the flagship experience
When complete, the Flagship Lounge will provide customers traveling to and from PHL in Flagship First and Flagship Business on eligible itineraries an exclusive place to unwind or work before their flight. The all-new space will include areas for taking a rest, lounge-style seating, luxury showers, Wi-Fi, and ample wireless, USB and standard power charging to keep customers connected. Flagship guests can choose from a variety of hot and cold entrees as well as a rotating chef-action station with made-to-order items. Premium wine, champagne and local craft beer will be available to pair with any meal.