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Now official, with pictures – ‘The First Wing’ comes to Terminal 5 in April

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Some good news from British Airways for a change.  Yesterday, the company officially announced the new First Class, Gold Executive Club and oneworld Emerald access route at Heathrow Terminal 5.

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The First Wing Heathrow Terminal 5 British Airways

‘The First Wing’ is being built in the area behind the current First Class check in area.  It will create a dedicated walkway from check-in to the lounges.

The First Wing Heathrow Terminal 5 British Airways

This will include a larger private check-in area and two dedicated security lanes.

Once you have passed through security, you will have immediate access to the Galleries First lounge or The Concorde Room without having to weave your way past Harrods, down the escalators, past all the shops and back up the escalators …..

The First Wing Heathrow Terminal 5 British Airways

It isn’t entirely clear what will change to make way for this.  There was talk of the Galleries First business centre and champagne bar disappearing but that is definitely not certain.

The First Wing is due to open in April 2017.


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In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

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Comments (50)

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  • barnaby100 says:

    Hopefully new toilets for the CCR as they are disgusting. I spend my life in schools/colleges and almost every one has nicer loos than the CCR.

    • Scallder says:

      Huge +1 on this. I honestly think the CW toilets on the A380 are nicer than the ones in the CCR. Absolute disgrace for a lounge of that type…

  • Nate1309 says:

    O/T I asked a few days ago about a lounge in San Diego airport, and Raffles said the Delta one was only for Delta passengers (thanks for the heads up). So I thought I would try the Airspace one, using my Amex Platinum worked fine, they have a dedicated desk for platinum card holders within the lounge just swiped it and show your boarding pass. The lounge itself is very bright and airy, and looks out over the airport. On checking into the lounge you are issued with a card for $10pp for premium goods. Standard drinks and nibbles are complementary on top of that. The wifi is of good standard. I would estimate about 80 seats and it’s 9am here and there are only about 10 people in here. All in all I like it. Hope this helps anyone else passing though San Diego.

  • Wyvern says:

    BA’s Zone R in T1 got it right – why not just bring the concept across to T5 (along with 30min check in for domestics)?

    • Rob says:

      Yes, those were the days!

      • Phillip says:

        So having downgraded their offering since the T1 days, BA will now claim to be making cast improvements for premium customers? I struggle to understand how they thought they could “get away with it” when T5 first opened, not having a proper First wing as they now seem to call it.

  • Tim says:

    I would like to travel First Class before I die.

    Raffles, what is the least Avios-cost BA First redemption? I may have to add, excluding the US.

    • william merrett says:

      Take a look at LHR-DME (moscow). An off peak return in First is 68,000 avios and £55 (as its reward flight saver zone unlike any other First cabin)

      That was my first ever first redemption, used a BA 241 ticket with it. Think it’s technically the best value redemption you may ever make.

    • william merrett says:

      Also worth considering one way from Hong Kong to LHR as there are strict rules on surcharges which can be applied one way out of Hong Kong. A first ticket on BA off peak is 102,000 +£29.70.

      You could also fly Cathay from HKG (better first product, on board Krug from memory) but I think it is about 120,000 avios one way as it won’t qualify for off peak pricing. Tax should be the same.

      • harry says:

        you might be able to get cheap/ affordable First in a short European segment of a long haul flight that lands somewhere in Europe before proceeding to end destination

        • harry says:

          not that no First in my life has ever kept me up at night! I did plenty of transatlantic Business and don’t exactly miss it, good though mostly BA was at the time.

          I wouldn’t ever even pay for Club Europe for my 2-3 hr flight, big waste of money when it’s about 6x standard fare to get what exactly? Lounge, fast track & a wee bitty better food, seats are the same but yep who likes a neighbour? I agree about that

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  • Chris Cannon says:

    No such luck at T3 I’m guessing? Flying First for wifey’s 50th birthday to LAS next Feb..

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