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AA/BA/IB Open Premium Lounge At MIA  
User currently offlineSCL767 From Chile, joined Feb 2006, 8748 posts, RR: 5
Posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6921 times:

American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia Open Premium Lounge at Miami International Airport:

"AA, BA and IB have proudly opened the doors of the airlines' first joint Premium lounge. Located in Concourse E just beyond the security checkpoint on the fifth floor, the Premium lounge will provide additional seamless service as part of the joint business agreement among AA, BA and IB to share revenue, coordinate networks and schedules and co-operate commercially on routes between North America and Europe."

"The newly opened AA, BA, IB Premium lounge spans 6,000 square feet and offers seating for 120 guests. The multi-functional Business Center has work stations, some with HP Compaq dc7900 PCs with complimentary high-speed Internet access, that enable guests to stay connected while traveling. Other amenities include two TV lounges with flat-panel TVs, a children's room with HP PCs outfitted with age-appropriate programming, and spa-like showers."


The AA, BA, IB Premium lounge is open daily from 1PM to 9PM and welcomes oneworld eligible International First Class, Business Class and Emerald and Sapphire customers.

http://aa.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=3160

Iberia opens new VIP Lounge in Miami Airport:
"On the occasion of the March 3rd switch to zone F of Iberia flights departing from Miami Airport, the Spanish airline is opening the new VIP lounge to be operated jointly by Iberia, British Airways and American Airlines, which have a joint business agreement that covers routes between Europe and North America."
http://grupo.iberia.com/portal/site/...2677b6e210VgnVCM100000930216ac____

[Edited 2011-03-01 07:14:44]

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User currently offlinepeteinmiami From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 269 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6865 times:

Well that explains why BA switched gates at MIA, before they were using Concourse F I believe it was F14 or F16 and now they are arriving and departing at gate E10. Iberia was using also Concourse F, but today's flight is arriving and departing at gate E11, so they also made the switch to Concourse E. Moving to Concourse E will allow BA and IB not only to use the common lounge with AA, but also a direct connection with AA flights since Concourse E is connected beyond the security check point with the North Terminal or Concourse D where the majority of the AA flights depart and arrive!

User currently offlinemastermis From Cayman Islands, joined Apr 2008, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6837 times:

Quoting peteinmiami (Reply 1):
ell that explains why BA switched gates at MIA, before they were using Concourse F

Not to mention that F Concourse is a horrible place!


User currently offlinepeteinmiami From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 269 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6796 times:

Well, to tell you the truth, E is not that different from F!!! They both are on the Central Terminal so they have that late 70 early 80 look. Lately I been hearing rumors at MIA that AA is talking to MIA to proceed with the renovation of the Central Terminal, specially Concourse E, the argument they are using is new bigger planes are coming and they need more gates to continue growing at MIA and also to operate all OneWorld airlines at the North Terminal.

User currently offlineAJMIA From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 731 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6665 times:

Quoting peteinmiami (Reply 3):
Lately I been hearing rumors at MIA that AA is talking to MIA to proceed with the renovation of the Central Terminal, specially Concourse E, the argument they are using is new bigger planes are coming and they need more gates to continue growing at MIA and also to operate all OneWorld airlines at the North Terminal.



True. AA wants to add about 100 more mainline flights just as Eagle is going to be ramping up service as well. Plus you still have LAN who wants to come back to the North Terminal (they have more flights now than when they left), Air Berlin is supposed to relocate from J to E, but they are trying to find gate space that will not over crowd the area without sending AB out to the satellite terminal. And Mexicana is still talking about restarting service within the next month or two and they would also like to be in E.

Something needs to be done with High E because at the moment nobody wants to go out there and they are gonna need the space.

AJMIA



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User currently offlinepeteinmiami From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 269 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6636 times:

Quoting AJMIA (Reply 4):

Something needs to be done with High E because at the moment nobody wants to go out there and they are gonna need the space.

Add to that the fact that only one train is working to connect the High E satellite!!!

A year ago, MDAD (Miami Dade Aviation Department) was reviewing a schematic plan that proposed the demolition of Concourses E, F and G, and the construction of a linear Central Terminal more less like they did with the North Terminal , but in this case they were also adding a linear satellite parallel to the terminal building. Later I heard that plan was abandoned due to the lack of funds and the opposition of AA .

What is clear now that something has to be done with the Central Terminal it is a sore spot between the beautiful North and South Terminals!!!

I also heard that MDAD is in conversations to lease a land at the airport entrance to create extra revenues and get some funds to be able to proceed with further improvements , that area in question is what is know as the "Airport City development"


User currently offlineSCL767 From Chile, joined Feb 2006, 8748 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6609 times:

Quoting AJMIA (Reply 4):
Plus you still have LAN who wants to come back to the North Terminal (they have more flights now than when they left)

Indeed, LAN is the second largest oneworld operator at MIA operating up to 48 weekly flights into MIA.


User currently offlineordjoe From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6395 times:

I wonder if this is the new flagship lounge they built the other year

User currently offlineOP3000 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 6195 times:

Quoting ordjoe (Reply 7):
I wonder if this is the new flagship lounge they built the other year

No, the flagship was on a mezzanine whereas this one is on the 5th floor. It used to the Admiral's Club, which closed when they opened another one in D15 last year. The amenities in the press release are the same as the Admiral's had, which probably means nothing was changed. Since AA built that lounge as a temporary facility while the North Terminal was being done, it has slightly inferior decor than the others (particularly compared to the D30 lounge) and the old staff. The nicest thing about this E lounge is the view from the bar area with big windows facing the satellite terminal and runway 12.


User currently onlinejfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8276 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6084 times:
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AA needs to fix concourse E fast and make it part of its North Terminal. Let F handle teh non-aligned airlines from the Equatorial Americas.

User currently offlineBogota From Colombia, joined Sep 2004, 802 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5975 times:

Quoting peteinmiami (Reply 1):
Moving to Concourse E will allow BA and IB not only to use the common lounge with AA, but also a direct connection with AA flights since Concourse E is connected beyond the security check point with the North Terminal or Concourse D where the majority of the AA flights depart and arrive!


I would say it will allow AA flights to connect to BA and IB as arriving internationally means going through immigration, customs and then drop bags, go upstairs and rejoin the queue to go back into the terminal. Hopefully if they renovate the central terminal they can allow connecting pax to have direct access to a security area and straight back into the terminal, something like what I saw at IAH after the renovation.


User currently offlinepeteinmiami From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 269 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5929 times:

Quoting Bogota (Reply 10):

Well they are supposed to open a new FIS (Immigration / Custom) facility at the North Terminal so let's see how it plays !!! Hopefully it would allow that!!


User currently offlineOB1504 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 3303 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5911 times:

Quoting mastermis (Reply 2):
Not to mention that F Concourse is a horrible place!

Personally, High F is much nicer than Low E.

Quoting OP3000 (Reply 8):
No, the flagship was on a mezzanine whereas this one is on the 5th floor. It used to the Admiral's Club, which closed when they opened another one in D15 last year. The amenities in the press release are the same as the Admiral's had, which probably means nothing was changed. Since AA built that lounge as a temporary facility while the North Terminal was being done, it has slightly inferior decor than the others (particularly compared to the D30 lounge) and the old staff. The nicest thing about this E lounge is the view from the bar area with big windows facing the satellite terminal and runway 12.

Thank you! I was about to ask if this was the former Admiral's Club. The elevators to the fifth floor are an interesting (if not somewhat disquieting) step back in time.

Quoting Bogota (Reply 10):
I would say it will allow AA flights to connect to BA and IB as arriving internationally means going through immigration, customs and then drop bags, go upstairs and rejoin the queue to go back into the terminal. Hopefully if they renovate the central terminal they can allow connecting pax to have direct access to a security area and straight back into the terminal, something like what I saw at IAH after the renovation.

If I'm understanding the plans correctly, the new FIS at the former Concourse C will have its own security checkpoint for connecting passengers arriving on international flights. Of course, if oneworld carriers end up using Concourse E in addition to D, it might make sense to connect the sterile circulation corridors between the two so that all passengers exit through the same arrivals hall.


User currently offlineFURUREFA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 801 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5347 times:

Quoting OB1504 (Reply 12):
Personally, High F is much nicer than Low E.

Agreed. There's not much worse than Low E.


User currently offlinePacificClipper From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5090 times:

High E is in desperate need of renovation but I really like the view from high above the action on the tarmac. I'd be sad if it were razed as it offers a perspective you don't find at any other terminal in the USA. I think the only other terminal that had the high off the ground lounge area (and escalators down to the jetway) was the orig Terminal E (??) at TPA which PA used, and I forget who else.

I've not been inside High F in a very long time but I suspect that it hasn't been renovated much if at all since the airport and PA created the High F area in the early 80s I believe.



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User currently offlinewashingtonian From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4883 times:

What is the point of opening this new lounge now? Won't Iberia and BA be operating from the new North Terminal within the next few months? I guess the costs are minimum since AA operated an Admiral Club there until recently, but it really is for a short period of time.

Any update about when and which airlines will move to the North Terminal? Also, I assume that BA will have their own lounge in the North Terminal? What about Iberia?

Quoting peteinmiami (Reply 3):

Well, to tell you the truth, E is not that different from F!!! They both are on the Central Terminal so they have that late 70 early 80 look.

Yes, indeed. Very "Floridian" feel.

Quoting peteinmiami (Reply 3):
Lately I been hearing rumors at MIA that AA is talking to MIA to proceed with the renovation of the Central Terminal, specially Concourse E, the argument they are using is new bigger planes are coming and they need more gates to continue growing at MIA and also to operate all OneWorld airlines at the North Terminal.

Pretty wild that the new huge North Terminal isn't even done yet and they already need more space!

Honestly though, once the FIS opens up in the North Terminal and some of the oneWorld airlines move there, it will be pretty easy to knock down E and build a new linear concourse parallel to D. With BA & IB out of F, F can handle some of the new service until a new E is built. It can be connected to D more or less where E is connected to D now. It obviously won't be connected to the new Skytrain though (would this be possible?)...American will need to be creative with how it uses such gate space though. It obviously should build it out to its maximum length, but should retain as many flights in D as possible...After spending so much money and time designing a comprehensive terminal plan at MIA, it will be annoying to have a whole concourse not connected to the Skytrain, etc. An A.net user suggested the idea that an underground tunnel (similar to LAX) can be built between the far out portions of D and the new E.

Here's my idea for a Central Terminal replacement, which I've posted on A.net several times already:

Build a Concourse G replacement and connect it to the South Terminal FIS. Make that the new home for non-aligned international carriers such as Virgin, etc. This will free up space to knock down E & F and build a comprehensive replacement whenever the airports authority is ready. And when it does that, it will have almost no impact on MIA passengers (unlike the last decade of construction!)

Quoting OB1504 (Reply 12):
Personally, High F is much nicer than Low E.

How so?

Quoting OB1504 (Reply 12):
The elevators to the fifth floor are an interesting (if not somewhat disquieting) step back in time.

Same question as above lol.

Quoting OB1504 (Reply 12):
If I'm understanding the plans correctly, the new FIS at the former Concourse C will have its own security checkpoint for connecting passengers arriving on international flights. Of course, if oneworld carriers end up using Concourse E in addition to D, it might make sense to connect the sterile circulation corridors between the two so that all passengers exit through the same arrivals hall.

Can this be done easily? How far away is the new North Terminal FIS from E?

Oh, wait, isn't it connected already? I thought some AA international flights have been arriving at the new North Terminal but having passengers clear FIS at the Central Terminal/E FIS?


User currently offlinewashingtonian From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3794 times:

Any specific date updates about oneworld airlines moving to the North Terminal?

User currently offlinemiaintl From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 1017 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3769 times:

Quoting washingtonian (Reply 16):

I've been wondering about that too, I think there moving there this fall or something like that?


User currently onlinejfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8276 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3483 times:
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For all the cursing we write here about E, its a very short walk to Customs when compared to a high F gate BA was using. Walking from The gates BA and IB used on F concourse to the E FIS has to be close to over 350 yards.

User currently offlinewashingtonian From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3110 times:

Quoting jfk777 (Reply 18):
For all the cursing we write here about E, its a very short walk to Customs when compared to a high F gate BA was using. Walking from The gates BA and IB used on F concourse to the E FIS has to be close to over 350 yards.

But who wants to depart from E? Everyone will be better off when BA & IB, etc move to the North Terminal...


User currently onlinejfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8276 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2966 times:
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Quoting washingtonian (Reply 19):
But who wants to depart from E? Everyone will be better off when BA & IB, etc move to the North Terminal...

North terminal is nicer but E is Not a terrible place if updated. The security is close to teh ticket counter, and the elevator to the lounge is 20 yards away. The E gates for big planes, E8, E10 and E11 are all close by.


User currently offlinepeteinmiami From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 269 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2891 times:

Latelly I'd been hearing more and more than AA is interested in keeping its operation on Concourse E, because the North Terminal as right now is not enough for the grow they are expecting at MIA.

I heard last week that cosmetic improvement to the Central Terminal had been approved by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) to somehow update/improve the look of the terminal.


User currently offlinewashingtonian From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2675 times:

Quoting jfk777 (Reply 20):
North terminal is nicer but E is Not a terrible place if updated. The security is close to teh ticket counter, and the elevator to the lounge is 20 yards away. The E gates for big planes, E8, E10 and E11 are all close by.

If massively updated, then yes.

Quoting peteinmiami (Reply 21):
Latelly I'd been hearing more and more than AA is interested in keeping its operation on Concourse E, because the North Terminal as right now is not enough for the grow they are expecting at MIA.

I have no doubt that the North Terminal will not be enough room for their growing operation....As I said above, it's pretty amazing when you think about it. But I still think E should be rebuilt. If they build a new modern concourse there, they can incorporate it into the North Terminal, etc. I hope they don't continue using the E concourse as a separate Concourse....


User currently offlinepeteinmiami From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 269 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2637 times:

Quoting washingtonian (Reply 22):
If they build a new modern concourse there, they can incorporate it into the North Terminal, etc. I hope they don't continue using the E concourse as a separate Concourse....

Well as it is right now, concourse E is connected to the North Terminal after you pass security, before security it is somehow interrupted because of the construction going on, when that is finished then you can walk without leaving the building all the way from the North Terminal to the South Terminal


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