American Airlines sets timeline for Flagship Lounge reopenings

JFK and MIA facilities to reopen first from September 2021

American Airlines is preparing to welcome customers to its premium dining experience on the ground with the relaunch of its flagship lounges in the United States starting next month.

American will begin reopening Flagship Lounges and Flagship First Dining, with the first location opening 15 September 2021 at New York’s JFK International Airport.

As customers return to the lounges, they will experience new menus from James Beard Foundation chefs, more ways to access the lounges and recognisable touches from the inflight experience.

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“The Flagship Lounge and Flagship Dining experience brings a whole new level of luxury to our customers’ journey, and we are thrilled to showcase our new offerings,” said AA’s Clarissa Sebastian, Managing Director of Premium Customer Experience and Onboard Products. “With revamped menus designed in collaboration with awe-inspiring chefs and even more ways to access the lounge, we can’t wait to open the doors and serve our customers this fall.”

Projected reopening dates are as follows:

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) Terminal 8
Flagship Lounge: 14 September
Flagship First Dining: 16 September

Miami International Airport (MIA) Concourse D
Flagship Lounge: 28 September
Flagship First Dining: 30 September

Later this autumn, locations at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Terminal 4, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) Terminal D and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) Terminal 3 will reopen.

Each location will feature an acclaimed local chef aligned with the James Beard Foundation, with menus designed exclusively for their hometown lounge.

Customers can access the Flagship Lounge depending on elite status or if they are travelling in a premium cabin on a qualifying flight. New to the list, eligible customers traveling to Hawaii in Flagship First and Flagship Business will be able to access the Flagship experience.

Customers flying in Flagship First on qualifying international or transcontinental flights also have access to Flagship First Dining located within the Flagship Lounge. Flagship First Dining offers a full-service restaurant dining experience featuring locally inspired menus designed by the James Beard Foundation chefs.

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