American Airlines to Change Terminals @ San Francisco International Airport

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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 friendly terminal.

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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