Emirates is one of the handful of airlines that operates an extensive network of its own lounges. Instead of utilizing partner or contract lounges in outports, they offer their own lounges in over 30 destinations.
Prior to my flight from New York to Dubai, I visited the Emirates Lounge in JFK, which is available to Business Class and First Class passengers. Emirates operates out of Terminal 4 at JFK, and I proceeded to the lounge right after check-in. The lounge is located one level up from the main departure area.
I showed my boarding pass, and the agent at the reception desk invited me in right away.
Main Seating Area
The lounge consisted of a big L-shaped room, and the seating options were mostly just armchairs. They were arranged in groups of four or six, around coffee tables.
Tucked in the corner of the main seating area was a beverage station. For my morning visit, I opted for coffee and tea.
There was also a variety of alcoholic options available. The liquor selection was extensive, but mostly mid-shelf. The champagne on offer was Veuve Clicquot.
There was also a refrigerator stocked with soft drinks and beer. I liked that they have both Pepsi and Coke products, as well as both sparkling and still mineral water.
There wren’t any formal dividers, but a centerpiece and a few strategically placed plants helped create a few smaller sections. Though Emirates offer 3 daily flights from New York, they are spaced out pretty nicely. One in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one late at night. As a result, the lounge never got too crowded during my time there (unlike my experience in Lounge Istanbul).
In one corner of the lounge were a few work stations, and a more cozy seating area.
Many of the seats in the lounge faced a giant window with a fantastic view of the tarmac. The A380 aircraft that operated by flight was just taxiing in during my time in the lounge.
There were roses on many of the coffee tables, which was a nice touch.
A few “charging towers” were placed around the lounge. They featured both UK and US outlets, as well as a few USB ports.
When it came time for boarding, I was able to board directly from the lounge, thanks to a jet bridge that connects the lounge to the plane.
A pretty extensive buffet occupied the back of the lounge, with both cold and hot options. The buffet had its own seating area, with dining tables and bar tables that far the tarmac, but I was free to eat anywhere in the lounge.
For breakfast, the lounge offered some pretty upscale continental options. The signature Emirates circular display had lox and bagels, fruit plates, yogurts, deli meat, cereal, etc.
There were also pastry options at the other end of the dining room.
Finally, there was a nice setup of hot dishes, with both Western and Arabic choices.
I put together a small English breakfast for myself, with a fruit plate on the side.
Bathroom & Shower
There are two shower rooms at the Emirates Lounge at JFK, for passengers who might want to freshen up before the flight. I didn’t see any dedicated bathroom attendants, but the shower rooms were kept immaculately clean. The showers were not particularly fancy, but got the job done.
There was a set of plush towels, as well as toiletries from Timeless Spa.
The bathroom also featured Timeless Spa products, as well as amenities like dental kits, combs, and shaving kits.
Overall Impression of The Emirates Lounge JFK
I admite Emirates’ effort in providing a consistent experience by operating their own outport lounges. The Emirates Lounge at JFK is certainly a step up from any US domestic lounge offerings, and their breakfast spread was extensive and high-quality. I loved the fact that I could board directly from the lounge, which saved time from having to walk to the gate and wait in line. With a great view of the tarmac, it was a wonderful place to kill a few hours before my flight.
Have you visited The Emirates Lounge at JFK? What was your experience?