James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said he has officially opened the airline´s First and Business Class Lounge at JFK International Airport.
The new lounge is the second in the United States to join the airline´s collection of premium lounges offered worldwide for its guests.
Conveniently located close to the gate area after the security checkpoint in JFK´s International Terminal 4, the new lounge offers guests a unique travel environment reflecting twenty-first century Abu Dhabi modernism and embodies the highest levels of luxury and comfort for discerning travelers accustomed to world-class air travel experiences.
The airline´s new JFK lounge — which enhances its global lounge facilities in Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Manchester, Dublin, Paris, Sydney and Washington, D.C. — is designed with the “Facets of Abu Dhabi” brand theme and exclusively offers guests of Etihad Airways a series of signature moments of discovery and relaxation throughout the space.
The lounge is adorned with the brand´s geometric design concept and uses a color palette that reflects the varying hues of the landscape of the UAE, from the darker sands of Liwa to the lighter colors seen in the Northern Emirates, designed by Chicago-based architect firm Gensler and global brand consultants Landor Associates. The new JFK lounge opening expands upon the airline´s strategic lounge development plans.
Amenities in the JFK lounge include a sculptural showcase bar and lounge with an extensive and bespoke cocktail and mocktail offering developed in partnership with a leading London-based beverage consultancy, Fluid Movement — underpinning Etihad´s commitment to culinary innovation and world class food and beverage. In the lounge´s dining area, guests can select from a choice of a la carte and international buffet options.
Etihad Airways began operations in 2003, and in 2014 carried 14.8 million passengers. It holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Virgin Australia, and Swiss-based Darwin Airline, trading as Etihad Regional.