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.
‘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.”
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.
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”)