Wraps come off Amex flagship Centurion Lounge

Dual-level lounge at New York JFK features first-ever speakeasy-style bar

American Express has officially opened a Centurion Lounge at New York JFK Airport’s Terminal 4. At 1,400 square metres, the new space is the 13th and largest Centurion Lounge yet and the first with two guest floors.

The Centurion Lounge at JFK features American Express’ first-ever “1850” speakeasy bar, a reference to the year the company was founded, complete with cocktails developed by Centurion Lounge mixologist Jim Meehan, as well as an Equinox Body Lab wellness experience, a bespoke menu created by Executive Chef Ignacio Mattos, new design elements inspired by New York’s cultural landmarks and much more.

The opening of the lounge comes at a time when consumers are showing an increased interest in domestic travel, according to American Express booking data – in the past three months there has been an upward trend in Card Member bookings to and from JFK airport. Plus, according to the Amex Trendex*, a trend report from American Express, among consumers who travel by plane, nearly three in five (58%) say they would be comfortable travelling by plane domestically within six months.

Card Members visiting the Centurion Lounge at JFK will see new health and safety practices in place, as part of the “Centurion Lounge Commitment.” These new practices will be implemented across the lounge network and include socially distanced seating, reduced capacity, increased cleaning frequency, requirements to wear a face-covering when entering the lounge, served food instead of buffets, and more.

The facility is the fourth Centurion Lounge to open in 2020.

Speakeasy Bar

The Centurion Lounge at JFK introduces a new bar concept – the “1850” Speakeasy. Concealed behind a copper-panelled wall, this striking bar space evokes the Prohibition era through its design and sophisticated versions of classic cocktails, such as the espresso martini and boulevardier.

Ignacio Mattos – a New Yorker and a four-time James Beard Award nominee – is the lounge’s Executive Chef. Mattos has curated a menu that channels both the elegance and ethnic diversity of the city’s vibrant restaurant scene, with signature dishes including a caciocavallo and egg sandwich with tomato marmalade, fennel salad with castelvetrano olives and provolone and steak with romesco and taleggio sauce. When the lounge opens, the food will all be served by American Express representatives, instead of buffet-style, as part of the new health and safety practices for all Centurion Lounges.

Executive Chef Ignacio Mattos signature dishes for the JFK Centurion Lounge

The JFK lounge will also feature some local wines from New York, selected by Centurion Lounge wine director Anthony Giglio, and coffee from Irving Farm New York.

New York-inspired design

Phonebooth within the JFK Centurion Lounge

Design continues to play an important role in creating a relaxing and welcoming experience for Card Members within the Centurion Lounges. The Centurion Lounge at JFK pays homage to New York City’s past and present, with unique touches throughout the space. Greeting guests as they approach the lounge is a handmade, custom mosaic art mural sourced from SICIS, the renowned mosaic art factory, developed with the Sicis North American Bronx-based team, as a nod to New York City subway murals.

Throughout the lounge, vintage New York City taxi meters, architectural renderings of Manhattan landmarks and other local artefacts are showcased on walls and shelves. The lounge will also offer six unique rooms, each influenced by a different New York City landmark or iconic design period. These rooms will maximise the sense of discovery visitors will feel while walking through the lounge and they are named for the year they were inspired by.

All seating arrangements have also been configured to allow for social distancing and enable Card Members to have an enjoyable, and productive, pre-flight experience. Membership Service Professionals will help guide Card Members to available seating when they arrive.

The ultimate pre-flight experience by Equinox

In partnership with high-performance lifestyle leader Equinox, the Centurion Lounge at JFK debuts the Equinox Body Lab, a first-of-its-kind regenerative destination designed specifically for an indulgent pre-flight experience.

The Equinox Body Lab, normally only accessible within Equinox clubs, will offer performance-driven restorative therapies including custom, self-guided meditation and stretching sessions using the Variis by Equinox app, a vibro-acoustic chair to help fliers relax before takeoff, and more. Sessions will be offered to individuals, in a self-led format to prioritise health and safety.

“We are proud that the new flagship American Express Centurion Lounge has made its home at Terminal 4,” said Roel Huinink, President & CEO of JFK International Air Terminal. “Its unique features, New York-inspired design and cuisine fit in well with our vision to create memorable travel experiences for our customers. We are excited for our customers to have another one-of-a-kind experience to enjoy when we see more people return to their travels.”

See thecenturionlounge.com/locations/jfk/

Equinox within the JFK Centurion Lounge

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