Ever been to the OneWorld Lounge in the Bradley terminal at LAX? If not, you should! It is operated by Qantas, but is used by all of the OneWorld carriers operating out of the Bradley terminal. I had the chance to belatedly check it out (it opened in June, 2014), and it is a HUGE improvement over the old Bradley One World lounge. The old lounge was dark, had no natural light, cramped, and was so early 1990’s that I half expected Arnold to walk through while filming of Terminator.
The new lounge, while still partially under construction, is airy, bright, has great food and service, and is really cool! What other airline lounge have you been to with a taco bar and chef or an indoor fire pit? I tried the Spicy Korean Kimchi beef (picture below), and it was really very good. For those in a healthier mood, they also had a salad bar, with quinoa and tabouleh options as well as kale caesar salad (picture below)!
Food aside, the lounge is only about half built- part of the business class area is open, but the remainder of it as well as the entire first class area is scheduled to open in Spring, 2015. While the food, drink and service were all great, it was crowded. There were literally no empty seats, with quite a number of people standing! This was most likely because not 1, not 2, but 3 A380 flights were simultaneously using this lounge all with similar departure times (BA to London, plus Qantas to Sydney and Melbourne).
Hopefully, the new lounge will at least double the existing seating, but keep the excellent food and beverage choices and style. Below are a few pictures, but definitely check it out the next time you are flying internationally out of LAX!