October 10 2018  |  Airline & Terminal News

BA opens new First lounge at JFK T7

By Rick Lundstrom

Wine at the perfect temperature and oxidation dispensed at the BA First lounge

British Airways has officially opened the doors to a new First lounge at New York’s JFK Terminal 7, to gold cardholders and passengers traveling in the First cabin on the airline’s trans-Atlantic route.

The space BA's first long-haul lounge to showcase the new design direction found in lounges at Rome and Aberdeen. Next up will be Geneva, San Francisco and Johannesburg. The refurbishment forms part of a £52 million (US$68 million) investment in the British Airways passenger experience at JFK’s Terminal 7.

At 60% larger than its predecessor, and covering more than 5,480 square feet the lounge has been designed with thoughtfully tailored zones. A new wine room forms the centerpiece boasting a dispenser that enables passengers to enjoy wines at exactly the right temperature that have also been oxidized to the correct level. Passengers will also be able to enjoy “Flights of Wine” – a selection of different wines linked to a theme. The current theme is “Chardonnays of the World”.

Other features include a First bar with a wide range of premium beverages and a quiet work area.

First Bar features premium beverages and a quiet area

Lounge passengers can also dine in the airline’s upgraded dining room before they fly to maximize rest on their flight. A new boutique menu created by Executive chefs Gavin Mackenzie and Waylon Walker will include dishes influenced by the season, as well as a new ‘bowl food’ concept designed to offer customers a chance for a lighter option before they fly.

The Concorde Room at JFK, for First customers was refreshed earlier this year and passengers flying in First and Club World now also enjoy an enhanced check-in experience at the exclusive new Premium Zone, with direct access to fast track security.

The new First Wing and First check-in are also open to ensure a smooth start to the journey.

The airline has upgraded added extra seating in the gate areas and increased access to power for electronic devices before flying. Security and check-in zones have been redesigned to enhance the look and feel of the terminal and speed up the process of travelling through the airport. BA has updated the washrooms and added a new customer service desk, providing further assistance in the departures area.

British Airways will complete its refurbishment of Terminal 7 in 2019, after the upgrade of the Galleries (business class) lounge has been completed.

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