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“The Concorde Bar” – the new British Airways lounge concept for First Class ticket holders

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British Airways opened its refurbished airport lounge in Singapore recently.  As well as giving it a makeover with the ‘Galleries’ concept, the space was increased by over 40%.  This was driven by the introduction of daily A380 services to Singapore from December.

What is most noticeable about the lounge, however, is that it contains the first ‘Concorde Bar’.  This is a new concept which BA intends to roll out – the next one is due to open in Dubai.  As the name suggests, this is really just a separate room with additional seating and a dedicated attendant to fetch drinks – it will not offer separate dining.

British Airways lounge Singapore

‘The Concorde Bar’ will ONLY be available to ticketed First Class passengers.  It will NOT be accessible by British Airways Gold card holders.

To quote from the BA press release:

“The Concorde Bar Singapore is the first Concorde Bar to open anywhere in the world. An exclusive haven for First customers and their eligible guests only, the design is strikingly different in style from the main Galleries lounge with black timber, Nero marble and champagne metal finishes.

The Concorde Bar offers a variety of seating options including communal bar seating, more private sofa corners and dining booths. Customers can enjoy digital panoramic views of the Singapore skyline which will enable them to connect to the time of day outside when travelling through time zones.”

British Airways lounge Singapore 2

As far as passengers in Singapore – and soon Dubai – are concerned, this is an improvement on the old situation where there was no private space for First Class passengers.

As the previous lounges were ‘one class’, Gold card holders are not losing out from this development.  Very few British Airways outstations have dedicated First Class lounge facilities.

Concorde Bar Singapore

What will be interesting is whether “The Concorde Bar” appears in Gatwick South next year.   Next November, all of the BA services at Gatwick are moving from the North Terminal to the South Terminal.  This should be good news in terms of investment in new facilities.  However, it is still unclear whether a separate ‘Galleries First’ lounge will be built for Gold card holders.

It is possible that a “Concorde Bar” will be built instead, exclusively for ticketed First Class passengers out of Gatwick.  This would leave British Airways Gold card holders without their own lounge and would represent another small downgrade in benefits.

(NB.  All of the photographs in this article are of the main lounge and NOT of “The Concorde Bar”)


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Comments (53)

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  • Peter Taysum says:

    Presumably if you get the Concord room card, you get in…?

    • Rob says:

      Yes you do. As do BA Premier cardholders.

      • Stuart says:

        Rob, can you clarify what you mean by this… Are you referring to the BAPP?

        • Alan says:

          Haha not quite that easy, I’m afraid! He’s meaning BAEC Premier members – it’s the extreme top tier and by invitation only based on the BA board deciding to award it, as I understand it! It’s the level above Gold Guest List and Concorde Room card.

  • oyster says:

    Just to add my tuppence to the baby/toddler in premium cabins debate.
    On a flight in F recently, my toddler was disturbed in his sleep by a loud snorer in the cabin?
    So who should be kicked out of F?

  • Julian says:

    Just back from Singapore and have to say that the new BA lounge is way too small based on the 2 daily flights leaving close together and the number of biz / first passengers that it has to accommodate. The Concorde Bar is accessed via a key pad and after just 2 days the code was very easy to work out based on finger prints over the numbers…. there was a bit of tail gating going on from a few passengers who tried to sneak in to grab a seat and people hovering to see what the code was. There was no policing of people going in or checking boarding passes. Concorde bar is not fantastic and no cosy seats to enjoy a drink. The bar was pretty much empty as all pax were in main lounge eating. The seats in the main lounge are mainly sit up and beg high back chairs which after 30 mins give you a bad back. Sadly for me this was another BA lounge that may look pretty but is just not big enough or up to scratch in terms of F&B offering or overall quality.

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