The recently opened new Star Alliance Lounge, developed and managed by Air New Zealand, provides a new premium customer facility which offers space for around 400 Business Class and Star Alliance Gold passengers. Final phases are now complete for the USD $1.9 billion LAX project, the new Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT). Source = ETB News: S.W. Qantas is set to open a new One World Airlines lounge at TBIT in the second half of 2014. Complete with a wine bar, open kitchen communal fireplace and central glass atrium, the lounge will offer guests nearly 600 seats, making it one of the largest of its kind in the USA. Furthermore, Air New Zealand is set to relocate to TBIT mid this year, offering passengers more shopping and food choices, thanks to Westfield’s multi-million dollar investment in transforming the terminal into a shopping and dining mecca, as well as more space while in transit. It includes an exclusive area for First Class passengers as well as an outdoor terrace providing passengers with an unparalleled sensory experience, complete with fire pits and a water wall. Considered the crown jewel of the USD $4.1-billion LAX Capital Improvements Program-Phase 1, TBIT now has a total of 18 new aircraft boarding gates, of which half can accommodate larger, new-generation aircraft, such as the Airbus 380 and Boeing 747-8. Finally, the unique architectural design capturing Los Angeles’ unique spirit combined with TBIT’s advanced multi-media environment, is sure to offer an unprecedented passenger experience like no other. The new gates feature laser-based, visual guidance systems that allow airlines to board passengers through as many as three doors on the double-decker Airbus A380, with airlines such as Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Lufthansa now able to unload up to 700 passengers within 12 minutes.