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First Star Alliance Lounge In Latin America  
User currently offlinedcajet From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 432 posts, RR: 4
Posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4926 times:

Star Alliance has opened its first alliance lounge in Latin America at Buenos Aires Ezeiza airport. It is located on the newly opened terminal B.

The lounge is also a first world wide for *A as it features a new concept for * A lounges: it showcases the theme of the country or city hosting the lounge combined with *A's global branding. In the case of Buenos Aires, the theme is the Pampas. Within the lounge there is a small exhibit of travel elements typical of the Pampas. A second lounge featuring this design philosophy is being built at LAX TBIT.

In the case of Buenos Aires the design of the lounge was the responsibility of the local Estudio Roitman Architectural Firm.

This becomes the second *A lounge in EZE, as United Airlines will continue to operate its traditional United Club in Terminal A.

EZE also becomes the first Latin American airport with two dedicated alliance lounges, as AR operates the Skyteam lounge in Terminal C. OneWorld members need to choose between AA's Admirals Club or Iberia's lounge, both in Terminal A.

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[Edited 2013-02-09 16:48:23]


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User currently offlinechristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 941 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4777 times:

That's certainly a gorgeous lounge and has a nice "local" feel to it. Thanks for sharing the information and pictures.


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User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5579 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4760 times:

Quoting dcajet (Thread starter):
The lounge is also a first world wide for *A as it features a new concept for * A lounges: it showcases the theme of the country or city hosting the lounge

This is a huge plus, as the old Star lounges are all very generic and, to be honest, boring. This new design feature is a HUGE step up in terms of interior design (and comfort as well by the looks of it)

Does anyone know what the "theme" of the LAX lounge will be? Other than something very chintzy like Hollywood, I'm struggling to think of anything that is truly distinctive of LA or CA. Beaches? Oranges?



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User currently offlinedcajet From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 432 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4518 times:

Was thinking the same - certainly no shortage of themes in Los Angeles yet most of them are not what you would expect to see in a lounge. In any case, if there is something California excels at is creativity, so I am certain that we will be pleasantly surprised.

Now, if *A could focus on spicing up that most boring, windowless, and bland of lounges - LHR Terminal 1. Maybe they did not have much to work with but, come on, is that the best *A can do at the world's most international airport?



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User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7190 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4443 times:

Looks great, I look forward to using on my return from EZE in 3 weeks.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 2):
Does anyone know what the "theme" of the LAX lounge will be?

given that NZ is in charge of design at LAX, I doubt LAX will be very "American" in theme. I'd expect similar themes to other NZ lounges..


User currently offlinebananaboy From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1580 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4298 times:

Quoting dcajet (Reply 3):
Now, if *A could focus on spicing up that most boring, windowless, and bland of lounges - LHR Terminal 1. Maybe they did not have much to work with but, come on, is that the best *A can do at the world's most international airport?

Agreed that it's a pretty boring lounge and the lack of windows is rather depressing, but to be fair to *A, they knew that it was going to be a relatively temporary solution and I'd be surprised if they don't do something much more impressive with LHR when the new T2 opens next year.

Mark



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User currently offlineairbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8376 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4138 times:

Quoting dcajet (Reply 3):
Now, if *A could focus on spicing up that most boring, windowless, and bland of lounges - LHR Terminal 1.

You should visit BOS. Any lounge will do  


User currently offlineSCL767 From Chile, joined Feb 2006, 8816 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3833 times:
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Quoting dcajet (Thread starter):
OneWorld members need to choose between AA's Admirals Club or Iberia's lounge, both in Terminal A.

It should be noted that LAN just opened a brand new Salón VIP at Ezeiza for LATAM´s customers; as well as oneworld frequent flyers!


User currently offlinenzrich From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 1522 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 3729 times:

Quoting aerorobnz (Reply 4):
given that NZ is in charge of design at LAX, I doubt LAX will be very "American" in theme. I'd expect similar themes to other NZ lounges..


Its going to have an America feel about it as per the following article


The Los Angeles Lounge will be the first Star Alliance branded lounge to feature a new design concept that will meet the changing needs of today’s traveller and will also introduce a unique local flavour in each location. The Los Angeles lounge, designed by global architectural firm Gensler, will be inspired by a contemporary interpretation of modernist L.A. architecture of the 1950s and 1960s and incorporate defined spaces to suit passenger needs ranging from social gatherings around the bar to quiet time in the library.

quote from http://www.staralliance.com/en/press/lax-lounge-prp/



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User currently offlinedcajet From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 432 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3578 times:

Quoting SCL767 (Reply 7):
It should be noted that LAN just opened a brand new Salón VIP at Ezeiza for LATAM´s customers; as well as oneworld frequent flyers!

That is great news - it was sorely lacking, especially since LAN is the second airline in terms of movements @ EZE.

LAN.com team - memo to update the site. You are still sending customers to the Admirals lounge.

http://www.lan.com/en_us/sitio_perso...eriencia_de_viaje/salones_vip.html



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User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9821 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3045 times:

Why did the Star Alliance open a lounge in EZE? Isn't their presence there minimal (LATAM being Oneworld and AR being SkyTeam)?

A388


User currently offlinePDPsol From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1116 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3024 times:

Quoting A388 (Reply 11):
Why did the Star Alliance open a lounge in EZE? Isn't their presence there minimal (LATAM being Oneworld and AR being SkyTeam)?

Big Star Alliance presence at EZE:

LH to FRA
CM to PTY
AV/TA to BOG and LIM
UA to IAH and EWR
TK to IST

So, plenty of Star Alliance operated flights for the lounge!


User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9821 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3007 times:

Quoting PDPsol (Reply 12):
Big Star Alliance presence at EZE:

LH to FRA
CM to PTY
AV/TA to BOG and LIM
UA to IAH and EWR
TK to IST

So, plenty of Star Alliance operated flights for the lounge!

Okay, but how big is that really? If most of these airlines only have a single flight each day, than it still isn't big. I would have thaught that the Star Alliance would open a big lounge in BOG new terminal first, seeing that AV/TA are the biggest there and CM also having a bigger presence there. It would have made more sense to open the first one there in my opinion. I know they are building one there now in the new terminal as well as a OneWorld lounge.

A388


User currently offlineDCAJet From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 432 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2941 times:

Quoting A388 (Reply 13):
Okay, but how big is that really? If most of these airlines only have a single flight each day, than it still isn't big. I would have thaught that the Star Alliance would open a big lounge in BOG new terminal first, seeing that AV/TA are the biggest there and CM also having a bigger presence there. It would have made more sense to open the first one there in my opinion. I know they are building one there now in the new terminal as well as a OneWorld lounge.

While BOG may have a hometown airline that is a member of the alliance, Buenos Aires is a larger city, more global and EZE sees a larger portion of long haul flights, which in turn are the flights that carry the most customers that are the users of these lounges. EZE is the only airport in Latin America that has non stop flights to ALL six continents.

No offense to Bogota - a lovely city and one of the top 5 in South America, but Buenos Aires outranks Bogota and pretty much every other city in Latin America in all these criterias:

GaWC study - global alpha city - on par with Mexico DF and Sao Paulo

Global City Index - by AT Kearney Consulting

Global City Competitiveness Index - by The Economist

Also, as a tourist destination Argentina is the # 1 market in South America. All the above adds an incentive for Star to be present in this market with a quality lounge. And frankly before BOG, Star needs to worry about GRU and MEX.

And to the list above of airlines above, you need to add add South African, Air Canada and for the time being, TAM.

Quoting SCL767 (Reply 10):
When eligible passengers check-in with either LAN or TAM, the agents at EZE give them a personal invitation to utilize the new Salón VIP which is located in Terminal B, in front of Gates 9 & 10. Also oneworld frequent flyers traveling on AA, BA, IB, and LAN now have access to three clubs at EZE.

Do you work for LAN? Sometimes your responses are so robotic and corporate you've got to wonder. If not, LAN should hire you. I was not expecting from you a robotic canned response - I was just mentioning the fact their own site does not mention anything about it. Which is a shame, really. Most organizations relegate corporate sites to a second place and don't realize that their website sees more traffic everyday than the number of passengers they carry on a given single day.

[Edited 2013-02-12 08:03:29]


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User currently offlineauroralives From Canada, joined Nov 2007, 182 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2875 times:

Quoting PDPsol (Reply 11):

Big Star Alliance presence at EZE:

LH to FRA
CM to PTY
AV/TA to BOG and LIM
UA to IAH and EWR
TK to IST

AC (via SCL) to YYZ currently 5-6 times per week


User currently offlineairbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8376 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2845 times:

Quoting A388 (Reply 12):
Okay, but how big is that really?

Big enough for a lounge 
If each of those airlines (including AC) have 40 J+F passengers per day, plus FF's flying in Y, that's 300 people per day using the lounge, easily. If you factor in that long haul passegers tend to use the lounge more than short haul passengers then *A could easily have more "lounge users" than either SkyTeam or OneWorld.


User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9821 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2545 times:

Thanks for the additional information DCAJet and Airbazar. In any case, good luck to the Star Alliance on their Latin presence. Now and in the coming years they will have the best product to offer in Latin America, together with LAN who of course is OneWorld.

A388


User currently offlinePDPsol From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1116 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2475 times:

Quoting A388 (Reply 16):
Thanks for the additional information DCAJet and Airbazar. In any case, good luck to the Star Alliance on their Latin presence. Now and in the coming years they will have the best product to offer in Latin America, together with LAN who of course is OneWorld.

No doubt South America is very important for Star Alliance and one can only assume they are working very hard to replace TAM in Brasil, as expected. EZE is a super-important destination for Star and this lounge is surely part of its efforts to develop the market. Star's primary global members, UA and LH, view Latin America as a key growth area.

Convincing AV and CM to join Star Alliance was a very big win for the group and they are pressing AV hard to develop O6 into a viable competitor in Brasil.


User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9821 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2431 times:

Quoting PDPsol (Reply 17):
Convincing AV and CM to join Star Alliance was a very big win for the group and they are pressing AV hard to develop O6 into a viable competitor in Brasil.

Yes, I think O6 will grow a lot in the coming years. Mr. Efromovic is one of the best business persons in the aviation industry today and he has a lot of capital. He turnt AV around and now AV is equal to its main competitor, LATAM. Both offer excellent inflight products (in some cases AV even surpassses them). The only difference is their size but looking at when AV started to grow and modernize (only a few years ago), it is the same development LAN went through so in a few years AV will gain a lot of ground in Latin America. Their next expansion and focus will be Brazil and O6 provides the keys.

A388


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