Many of the new designs (SFO for example) come from Staffelbach Designs in DFW, run by Andre Staffelbach and his design team. They are superb designers and no, I do not work there, but have been a client in the past. When you get talent, skill, and experience combined, you get great designs and AA has obviously done so.
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atxpatriot811 From United States of America, joined Jan 2013, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2388 times:
I've visited quite a few lounges across the US and amongst the US carriers, AA definitely has the best lounges. The showers are my #1, #2, and #3 favorite features of the AAdmirals Club and to me, they are well worth the price of admission!
AA's lounges run circles around anything UA offers, even UA's Global First Lounges! The food served at the bars are quite decent and not outrageously expensive. The free sodas are also a nice touch. My least favorite AAdmirals Club no longer exists, as the SFO one has now been reborn as one of the premier lounges in the system. Gotta find a way to visit SFO again to try out that lounge!
With AA's reborn 77W business class suites and whatever they have replacing the angled lie flat seats on other planes, AA will again be at the top in premium travel services and I look forward to coming back to AA after spending a few years over at UA.
VC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 3070 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1797 times:
I don't see one thing that is interesting in the 2 pictures of the AA lounges above. Clean and nice design, yes, a unique feature, no. I love the new "jet engine" light fixture in the UA lounge. Better designed chairs and some famous Jacobsen Egg Chairs. Quite off the extreme mainstream for UA. Both AA and UA lounges tend to try very hard to be straight down the middle. AA should have a bespoke feature.
Also isn't the AMERICAN Club I identity the exact approach to UNITED Club? I always hated the name "Red Carpet Club" (as if you got the Red Carpet treatment) but I did love the name Admiral's Club, they should have kept that, and it's circle w 5 stars symbol too!
Yes, Lipe, the AA club at GRU (I can't recall GIG) is appalling! And GRU is such a key airport for them. Have you seen the UA renovation at GRU, after 20 years of no change, it's quite nice, although NOT the new UA design.
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quiet1 From Thailand, joined Apr 2010, 361 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1694 times:
Those orange chairs in to top picture don't look too comfortable. They are so high -- you have to hop up into them? -- that they have a stirrup foot rest. Why not a function-over-form reasonable sit-down height?
BOACCunard From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1529 times:
Quoting VC10er (Reply 11): Also isn't the AMERICAN Club I identity the exact approach to UNITED Club? I always hated the name "Red Carpet Club" (as if you got the Red Carpet treatment) but I did love the name Admiral's Club, they should have kept that, and it's circle w 5 stars symbol too!
Huh? It's still called the Admirals Club. AA has been using that name for its lounges for 70+ years, it isn't going anywhere.
B4REAL From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2672 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1386 times:
This reminds me quite a bit of the new DL Sky Club "LOOK".
I'm going to say it. While they look nice, they are not comfortable. I literally don't think any of the seats at the new DL Sky Clubs are comfy. I hope AA doesn't do the same with the AAdmiral's Club. I fly effectively only DL, AA and WN (in that order of frequency) and the AAdmiral's club in ORD I liked b/c it was more comfortable than most Sky Clubs...