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I arrived at Tom Bradley International Terminal at about 11am, about 3 hours before departure. I knew ahead of time that Suites was sold out on this flight, so I wasn’t surprised there was already a couple checking in (and taking forever). I walked on to the red Singapore Suites carpet and an agent at a business class desk immediately came forward, approached me, and confirmed I was in Suites, inviting me to his desk to check in (but not before saying it was okay to wait if I wanted to check in at the Suites desk!).
I made some small talk and queried if the station manager was around, since I had been introduced to him by a friend of mine (a certain Bengali Miles Guru). He called the station manager who came to meet me, and then escorted me to the front of security and eventually to the beautiful new Star Alliance lounge. Connections! (For what it’s worth, the agent in the Suites lined offered the same to the couple checking in with her).
The new LAX Star Alliance lounge is an ENORMOUS upgrade from the old one. Sure, it’s no Lufthansa First Class Terminal, but it’s much better than similar lounges, like the Star Alliance Lounge at London Heathrow. Funny enough, the Star Alliance lounge is run by Air New Zealand, which is still in Terminal 2 (and has their own Koru Lounge) before they move to TBIT.
At the top of the elevator is the entrance to the Business Class/Star Gold side, while the First Class lounge has a smaller entrance off to the side. However, both lounges are connected within, with a door that requires PIN access to go from Business -> First side.
The First lounge is rather small, with seating for no more than maybe 30 passengers at once. I was joined by other SQ Suites passengers as well as Lufthansa First passengers.
One thing that surprised me was the friendliness of the staff within the lounge, who immediately escorted me to a seat in the lounge and offered a drink as well as a menu of bites to eat. The bar area is also self-serve if one wants to pour their own. There are a few nibbles in the First lounge, but there are not as many as are on the menu (most of the menu is in the business lounge).
There is a back entrance to the business class lounge, which opens directly to the food area, where the selection is pretty ample (much more than what was offered in the old lounge when I flew SQ 11 in Economy as a Star Gold two years ago).
The First Class lounge is rather private with not much pizzazz, but the Business Class side has all of the goodies. What an amazing lounge – I’ll let the photos speak for the themselves.
One of the First Class lounge attendants escorted me throughout the Business Class lounge, pointing out where things like the terrace and showers were. I could tell they are all pretty proud of this place. Sure, it will be outdated one day but it’s absolutely fantastic today.
After checking out the lounge, I wandered through the terminal. I had already toured the terminal during a public tour day back in June 2013, but this was my first time checking out a functional new TBIT. A gorgeous sunny 81º day provided plenty of natural light into the building.
There were many more restaurant options than I took photos of, but even if you didn’t have lounge access, I could see this being a decent place to wait for a flight.
SQ 11 was parked at Gate 150, getting ready for the journey to Narita. I snapped a few photos of my plane plus other A380s before returning to the lounge to get some work done.
One of the bartenders in the level just below the Star Alliance lounge struck a conversation with me, and I could tell that he, too, was really proud about working in a new terminal that wasn’t as dilapidated as the old one.
At about 50 minutes to departure, the lounge agent called boarding for SQ 11. I made my way to Gate 150, where boarding hadn’t really begun. However, the gate agent saw my “Suites” boarding pass and invited me to board early. My Singapore Airlines experience was about to begin!