American Airlines, which has served the San
Francisco market for more than 60 years, will relocate its
operations to San Francisco International Airport's (SFO) new
Terminal 2 in spring 2011 from its current location in Terminal 3.
In conjunction with the terminal move, American
will construct a brand-new Admirals Club lounge for customers to
enjoy before, between or after flights.
In the new terminal, American will have 14
ticket counter positions and 20 self-service machines for its more than 30 daily departures at SFO.
The approximately 575,000
square foot terminal will boast six security screening lanes, free
Wi-Fi throughout the terminal, more comfortable lounge areas with
ample electrical outlets, plus 12 restaurants and nine retail
stores, including a gourmet market with a wine bar and spa.
Once the terminal is completed, it is expected to receive
Silver LEED Certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Designs (LEED) program. In
addition, major works of art will decorate the environmentally –
Customers will be able to use mobile boarding
passes, as well as preferential parking for hybrid cars, and quick
access to BART, the Bay Area's public transportation system.
"We are pleased to relocate into a brand-new space that is
both functional for our customers and employees, and is
environmentally friendly in its design," said Tom Del Valle,
American's Senior Vice President – Airport Services. "The
LEED-certified terminal will allow us to provide exceptional
customer service while reducing our environmental impact."
American's new Admirals Club lounge is also
expected to be a Silver LEED-certified space. Located in Boarding Area D, just
beyond the security checkpoint, the Terminal 2 Admirals Club will
span more than 9,000 square feet and offer seating for up to 165
guests. Upgraded amenities will include a multi-functional
business center with HP PCs, a walk-up cyber cafe with HP
TouchSmart computers and complimentary high-speed Internet, a TV
lounge with flat-panel TVs and private spa-like showers.
The SFO Admirals Club operates daily from 5 a.m. to 12:15 a.m.
Prices for new, annual Admirals Club memberships are based on the
level of American AAdvantage membership and range from $350 or
50,000 AAdvantage miles for a new Executive Platinum membership to
$500 or 80,000 miles for a regular membership. One-day passes are
available for $50 and may be purchased online, at self-service
check-in machines, or any Admirals Club location.
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