AA bringing fine dining to lounges for first-class customers

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Flagship Dining will launch in 2017.
Flagship Dining will launch in 2017.

Beginning next year, American Airlines will serve pre-flight meals with full tableside service in Flagship Lounges.

The complimentary service, called Flagship Dining, will be available to first-class customers on long-haul flights out of American's hubs at New York Kennedy, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami and Los Angeles.

“Flagship Dining is something no other U.S. carrier has offered, and this separates us from the competition,” said American's chief marketing officer, Andrew Nocella. “It makes American a clear choice for the customers who expect a refined, personal touch when they fly.”

Flagship Dining will debut at Kennedy in early 2017. Meals, curated by a New York-based executive chef, will be available to first-class passengers on three-class transcontinental and international flights. The service is scheduled to be rolled out later in 2017 in Miami, Dallas and Los Angeles.

American also said that it will expand and upgrade its Flagship Lounge locations at Kennedy, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Miami airports. Upon their openings, beginning in 2017, the remodeled lounges will have more modern furnishings, extra space, more power outlets and additional food offerings.

The lounges will be open to first- and business-class passengers flying on transoceanic and transcontinental routes as well as to the further reaches of South America.

The remodeled Flagship Lounges will open first in Dallas, Miami and Philadelphia.

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