Alaska Airlines yesterday unveiled plans to build a new 8,500-square-foot top floor lounge at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Located in Terminal 2, guests will be treated to the highest viewpoint of any other domestic lounge at SFO with stunning sights of the Bay and runway. Expected to open in 2020, the Alaska Airlines SFO lounge is the company’s first in Terminal 2 and is part of a multi-year commitment to invest in new and existing lounges with guests’ every comfort in mind.
To celebrate the announcement, flyers traveling through SFO’s Terminal 2 yesterday had the opportunity to win a free Alaska Lounge membership for the entire year. Guests are invited to Gate 54B where they can experience a demo of Alaska’s upgraded lounge experience, complete with comfortable seating, giveaways, music, and special appearances by San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal and San Jose Sharks mascot S.J. Sharkie. For a chance to win, travelers could take a picture of themselves enjoying the lounge experience and post it to Twitter and Instagram, tagging @AlaskaAir with the hashtag #MostWestCoast.
“We are thrilled to announce this landmark investment in the Bay Area that will provide guests flying through SFO with our modern and comfortable lounge experience,” said Annabel Chang, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of the Bay Area. “SFO is our second largest hub with an average of 150,000 passengers flying on a daily basis, and we want to ensure airport visitors can rest, relax and enjoy our wide array of lounge offerings.”
Featuring Bay Area brands and design elements, the Lounge’s warm finishes and welcoming vibe are tailored to make guests feel welcome and comfortable. Visitors can choose from a wide array of fresh and healthy food options, including Greek yogurt, steel cut oatmeal, and hardboiled eggs in the morning and seasonal salads, soups, and a tapas bar throughout the afternoon and evening. Those looking for something a bit more filling can purchase made to-order meals such as an Egg and Brioche sandwich with a cage-free egg, caramelized onions, and Tillamook cheddar, or a Korean Rice Bowl with steamed vegetables, gochujang sauce, and chicken or tofu.
As part of the elevated system-wide lounge program, guests can enjoy handcrafted espresso beverages or loose-leaf teas brewed by an Alaska Lounge barista. The lounge bar will offer a selection of local microbrews on draft, West Coast wines and top-shelf spirits, such as California’s own Hangar 1® vodka. No matter the mood a traveler may be in – looking to get some work done, socialize with others, or grab a bite to eat and recharge after a long day – each visitor will find different amenities and seating areas to fit their needs.
Alaska Airlines opened its first East Coast lounge in April 2018 at JFK International Airport, and the new flagship 15,800-square-foot lounge at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is expected to open in June. In addition to opening a new lounge in SFO, Alaska is revitalizing the look-and-feel and upgrading the amenities of its lounges in Portland, Anchorage, Los Angeles and the Seattle. Exciting changes are underway, and guests can soon expect new furniture and finishes, expanded seating and upgraded amenities, including a wide variety of food and beverage offerings.
A preliminary rendering of Alaska’s new SFO lounge, created in partnership with Graham Baba Architects, is available for download. For more information about the Alaska Lounge program, please visit www.alaskaair.com/content/airport-lounge.
Alaska Airlines and its regional partners fly 44 million guests a year to more than 115 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, guests can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide. Alaska Airlines ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America” in the J.D. Power North America Airline Satisfaction Study for 11 consecutive years from 2008 to 2018. Learn about Alaska’s award-winning service at newsroom.alaskaair.com and blog.alaskaair.com. Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group