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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  1. We’re flying May so chances are it will be delayed to June…

  2. Can’t come soon enough. Next if BA would upgrade the cabanas in the concorde lounge to the same standard as the Cathay Wing First lounge in HKG, and match the quality of the food too, I would be impressed.

  3. Congratulations BA for finally providing a facility that Virgin has offered its BUSINESS CLASS passengers for years.

    At least BA match Virgin in offering their highest spending customers a limo service and an on-demand bistro menu in addition to the main meal.

    Oh wait ….

    • I’m pretty sure the Virgin premium lane in LHR takes you out of security the regular way (via the shops). Without a serious remodel it would be impossible to make security pop out near the lounge in T3.

      • No it doesn’t. You still have a long walk from Upper Class security via duty free and all the other shops to get to the lounge.

        • I’d say for hassle factor the regular T3 fast track (the one BA and other airlines use) is better as it doesn’t force you through the duty free shop and in T3 terms seems the shortest route possible to the lounge.

          Of course, once you get there the VS lounge wins by far, but I do quite like the Galleries First in T3 but miss the time when T3 had no BA longhaul (was it 2013?) as it was so quiet in that period.

  4. About time. Couldn’t they just allow Golds to use the Millionaire’s door and save a whole lot of construction work? It would be nice to the see the fast track security lanes to be a bit more of a premium experience too. Too often regular security lanes are faster but no one tells you.

  5. O/T – Curve Tweeting re Amex “Discussions are ongoing, although we don’t have any updates at the moment and are unlikely to for a while.”

    • not sure I will be up with the larks for the 1000 Curve freebies – I simply can’t see the point of Curve for somebody in my situation

      first – I actually like having a wallet with a few credit cards in it, not just 1
      second – I don’t need to pay commission to get cash at ATM either UK or at our place abroad
      third – yes I pay too much 3% on foreign credit card transactions but with BMI MBNA DC card (2 points £1) I didn’t exactly care – so I’ll just finally get prodded into getting Halifax Clarity now that card goes phut
      fourth – Curve don’t offer any other particular advantages for me, not sure why it works well for anybody else but hey!

  6. 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.

    • 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…

  7. 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.

  8. 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)?

    • Yes, those were the days!

      • 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.

  9. 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.

      • 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

        • 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

  10. 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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