Air France Lounge Review JFK in NYC

Air France Lounge

This is a review of the Air France Lounge located in terminal 1 on John F Kennedy Airport in New York City. This lounge used to be contract for Japan Airlines which is how we visited the lounge on our Japan Airlines first class flight to Tokyo. However as of January 2018, Japan Airlines has changed their lounge access and now contract out to the Lufthansa Senator Lounge for first class, Lufthansa Business lounge for business class and Air France Lounge for premium economy class. I wonder if this had to do with over crowding at the Air France lounge given that it is also part of Priority Pass. The lounge is open from 06:00 to 01:00.

Air France Lounge Seating
Seating

Layout

Air France Lounge is broken up into two floors. The first floor is their business class lounge and the upstairs in their dedicated section for first class passengers. I am still not sure how I feel about having combined first and business class lounges with separate seating. What do you all think?. It is quite a large lounge at approximately 9700 square feet and has great views of the tarmac as well as New York City skyline. We had a great view of our Japan Airlines 777 coming into gate.

Japan Airlines 777 viewed from Air France Lounge
Japan Airlines 777 viewed from Air France Lounge

The wrap around windows also provide for significant natural light which compliment the decor. The decor is minimalist in nature with and their is a separate dining area.

Air France Lounge Seating
Seating

Food

The Air France lounge does not have a dedicated bartender. Therefore, their alcohol selection is self serve. As you can imagine they have French champagne and when we visited it consisted of Mumm Brut which I think is a very respectable champagne for a lounge. We made sure to sip a glass with the great views of the tarmac.

Along the same line of self serve bar, this is also the car for the food as there is no table service. This was not a problem for us as we were super excited for Japan Airlines first class on board catering service.

Air France Lounge Food Selection
Buffet Selection

There are a selection of hot and cold canapés. We tried the smoked salmon, fresh fruit and finger sandwich which consisted of turkey and an artichoke spread. Oh we cannot forget the glass of champagne. They also had some soup options as well as dry cereal and yogurt.

Air France Lounge Food Selection
Food Selection

Along the same lines as having authentic French champagne, they had fantastic espresso and coffee machine which we put to good use. Look at the foam on that espresso.

Coffee Machine with image of a coffee being prepared
Coffee Machine

Conclusion

Overall, Air France lounge at John F Kennedy airport is a pleasant stop prior to your flight but has limited food as well as alcohol options. I am a huge fan of Champagne and therefore it met my needs. I enjoyed the natural light and fantastic views of the runway. However, the lack of privacy and tendency to become quite crowded detracted from our overall experience. As is too true of my lounges in the United States, they lack in comparison to those in Asia such as Japan Airlines first class lounge. What do you guys think.

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