- Swiss International Air Lines is opening a new lounge for premium passengers at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
- The lounge will serve elite flyers travelling in the airline’s first and business class cabins on its three daily flights to Switzerland.
- Features in the lounge incorporate modernity with classic Swiss designs to invoke the feeling of being in Switzerland before even stepping on the plane.
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Following two years of construction at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4, Swiss International Air Lines is reopening its premium lounge.
Scheduled to open in early March, the lounge will serve as a pre-departure hangout for Swiss’ top passengers, as well as premium and elite travellers on other Star Alliance airlines.
The new lounge aims to be a representation of Switzerland with the goal of immersing passengers in a Swiss-style atmosphere before even boarding their flight on the flag carrier.
Everything from the design of the lounge to the menu has been curated with the mountainous country in mind, with materials even being shipped in from Switzerland to complete the aesthetic.
Situated in the base of Terminal 4, the lounge also offers unobstructed views of the neighbouring tarmac and JFK Airport’s iconic air traffic control tower.
Take a look inside the new Swiss Lounge at JFK Airport.
The Swiss Lounge is located at JFK Airport’s Terminal 4, where the airline operates three daily flights to its Swiss hubs in Zurich and Geneva.
Renovations began in 2019 and were completed less than a year later, though the opening was pushed back from late 2019 to March 2020.
The lounge is divided into two sections, one side for business class passengers and elite status holders and the other for first-class passengers and the airline’s most valuable flyers.
The Swiss Business and Senator side of the lounge is the largest, with the most capacity out of the two sides since business class cabins often feature more seats than first-class cabins.
The first passenger improvement of the lounge can be seen immediately upon entering with a new “speedgate” that quickly grants entry to eligible passengers, allowing them to avoid the main desk.
The food and beverage station is located immediately upon entering. Though barren during our visit, the Swiss Business and Senator lounge will offer a buffet-style dining experience.
The dining section will feature premium wine, spirit, and beer selections, as well as a self-serve coffee machine also found throughout the lounge.
The larger of the two sections, the business class section features 142 seats across 3,574 square feet.
The dining area connects the two ends of the lounge, providing rows of chairs and benches.
Spanning nearly the length of the lounge, the dining area provides the best views of the adjacent Terminal 4 tarmac…
As well as Swiss’ aircraft such as this Airbus A330 preparing for its next flight to Zurich.
The floor to ceiling windows that provide unobstructed tarmac views also let in bounds of natural light during the day.
Wooden walls divide sections in the lounge but were made see-through to promote a more open concept.
The dining area extends to the end of the lounge, converting to primarily bench and bar-style seating.
Thanks to its location directly next to the window, the bar-style seats offer some of the best views of the adjacent tarmac in the lounge.
As well as numerous built-in power outlets, USB charging ports.
And the only wireless charging stations in the lounge.
On the opposite side is additional bench seating…
With even more power outlets and USB charging ports strategically placed between the cushions.
Tucked away on the opposite side is a seating section with numerous chairs and couches.
The plush leather seats are ideal for relaxing before the transatlantic journey after indulging in the lounge’s dining options.
In between the chairs are power outlets and USB charging ports, enough for two people, featuring outlets for both US and European prongs.
Each seating pair also features a lamp for more light when the sun goes and the natural lighting fades.
Though it will never be seen by the average traveller passing through, the bottom of each chair features the famous Swiss cross, an homage to the airline’s homeland.
Other sections of the lounge feature couches for dining, socialising, or relaxing…
And high-tables ideal for dining or working.
Subtle branding for the host airline can be found throughout the lounge, including the airline’s logo…
And photos of its aircraft hanging on the lounge walls,…
Complemented by representations of Swiss innovations.
The opposite side of the space, the Swiss First and HON section, is reserved for first-class passengers and frequent flyers with the highest level of elite status, known as HON Circle.
With only eight first-class seats on a wide-body Swiss aircraft, the first-class lounge is naturally smaller and more intimate.
Only 26 seats occupy the 1,033-square foot lounge, less than a third the size of the business class section.
The seating options are similar, with the section offering a small dining section…
Leather chairs and couches…
And a one-seat quiet room.
The section was designed to be more familiar and inviting, offering small touches such as a living room space complete with a high definition television.
The dining service on the first-class side is also à la carte as opposed to a buffet style.
Both sides do offer showers, ideal for passengers arriving at the lounge straight from work, heading home after a long day of meetings, or coming from a connecting flight.
The business class side does have one advantage over the first-class side: virtual reality binoculars.
Instead of offering views of distant aircraft out on the tarmac, the binoculars feature scenes from SWISS destinations, much to the dismay of aviation enthusiasts visiting the lounge.
Once the lounge opens, it will be one of the few Swiss-owned lounges outside of Switzerland.
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