United opens Polaris business lounge in LAX T7

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US airline operator United has opened its new Polaris business-class passenger lounge in Terminal 7 (T7) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), California.

The Polaris lounge features Southern Californian styling throughout, including works by Los Angeles-based artists Rema Ghuloum, Chris Trueman and Ruth Pastine. The Polaris lounge is the latest recent investment made by United at LAX, following a US$573m renovation of T7. Customers can also take advantage of a new cut-through road that provides a shortcut to avoid the LAX ‘horseshoe’ road around the terminals.

Janet Lamkin, United’s California president, said, “Los Angeles is one of United’s most important gateways, particularly to Asia and Australia, and this lounge provides our customers with a best-in-class experience before they board their flights, especially for those customers with late-night departures and early-morning arrivals. We continue to expand our presence in Los Angeles, connecting customers from all over California and the USA to our global network. The addition of the United Polaris lounge is yet another way we provide customers with the best possible travel experience at LAX.”

The Polaris lounge covers more than 12,000ft² (1,115m²) and has seating for 140 guests, with a variety of seating areas for productivity, privacy and dining. It also boasts 272 power outlets, 120 USB ports, luxurious shower suites and private daybeds outfitted with Saks Fifth Avenue bedding.

Customers are invited to enjoy a full restaurant-quality experience with a menu that blends international comfort foods developed by Los Angeles native chef Tritia Gestuvo. Highlights include almond-crusted fish and chips, chilaquiles, Korean bulgogi arancini, fresh crafted sandwiches on La Brea Bakery bread, flavorful street tacos and house-made cinnamon churros.

In a nod to the innovative cocktail culture of Los Angeles, the lounge features signature cocktails including the Let’s Rumble, made from Cruso Spiced Rum, fresh lemon, prickly pear puree and house-made simple syrup, and the On Sunset, a playful take on the tequila sunrise, made from Casa Noble Tequila, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal and agave nectar.

The United Polaris lounge at LAX is the fifth Polaris lounge to open. Other United Polaris lounge locations include Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Illinois; George Bush Intercontinental, Houston; Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey; and San Francisco International Airport, California.

Interested in business lounges? Check out the ‘Commercial Development, Retail, Concessions & Media’ stream at the Passenger Terminal Conference, which takes place during Passenger Terminal Expo, on March 26, 27 and 28, 2019, in London.

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