The new First Wing at Heathrow Terminal 5 is due to open in the next couple of months.
This should radically improve the journey through the terminal for British Airways Gold card holders and First Class passengers.
Situated behind the current First Class check in area, it offers an integrated check in and security screening area which feeds you DIRECTLY into the Galleries First lounges.
Here are a few new CGI images of how it will look. You start off here (click to enlarge):
… which looks similar to the new Gatwick premium check-in entrance. You move on to the check-in desks:
… with the boarding pass scanner at the back.
Immediately beyond that is security screening.
You then turn left and walk down a corridor which brings you here:
…. where you emerge by one of the bars in the Galleries First lounge (the area to your right if you enter via the current entrance).
If you have a First Class ticket, you may want to head to The Concorde Room instead. In which case, you need to walk through Galleries First, turn left and leave by the main entrance:
….. and enter The Concorde Room that way.
It isn’t clear if the current door at South Security which takes you directly into The Concorde Room will remain or not. It also, to be honest, isn’t clear if this is going to save much time for anyone flying from 5B or 5C, which is most long haul departures. You would need to leave Galleries First, head down the escalator and make a long walk over to the transit train. The big winners may be Golds flying short haul.
All in all, it looks impressive and represents a genuine investment by British Airways in improving the terminal experience for premium passengers. I look forward to giving it a try although I doubt it will be open by the time I fly to Asia in early April.