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British Airways unveils its refurbishment plans for Terminal 7 at New York JFK airport

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British Airways announced plans yesterday for a £52m refurbishment of its home at Terminal 7 at New York JFK.

British Airways refurbishment plans New York JFK Terminal 7

Scheduled for completion by the end of 2018, the plans include:

a new ‘spacious, modern’ check-in area, with the current separation of First and Club World to remain

Galleries Club and Galleries First lounges to be “completely regenerated” with more space and restaurant-style pre-flight dining

The Concorde Room to be “refreshed” – which is usually BA-speak for some new chairs!

British Airways refurbishment plans New York JFK Terminal 7

The pre-flight dining areas are to be substantially expanded.  This may be linked to the recent announcement that New York flights are to get a new service standard in Club World which allow five hours of sleep.  

The only way I can see this working is if one meal is removed – with passengers encouraged to eat in the lounge beforehand – or if one meal is reduced to an on-demand tray service which does not require trolley movements.

British Airways refurbishment plans New York JFK Terminal 7

There will also be changes made to the public areas of the terminal:

The introduction of “an authentic New York culinary experience” with local food and beverage concepts to satisfy a variety of tastes

“An immersive retail environment” for duty free shopping and concessions

New gate seating areas with additional power outlets

British Airways refurbishment plans New York JFK Terminal 7

It all sounds promising – to be honest, The Concorde Room was in decent shape when I was there last Summer (see my review) so the lack of major change there is not a problem.  Let’s see what materialises.

The British Airways ‘What’s New?’ site, covering all of the current investment initiatives, is here.


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Comments (9)

  • James A says:

    Long overdue. I wish them well.

  • Alex W says:

    Great. What about all BA’s other outstations that have terrible lounges? I thought JFK was quite good in comparison.

  • Catalan says:

    Looks to be very nice after waiting years for United to move out! This refurbishment is well over due, at the only terminal in the world actually owned by BA.

  • John G says:

    Interesting to hear that Alaska Air / Virgin America will be moving into T7 so it might get a little more crowded.

  • Neil says:

    Good news – Terminal 7 is dire. Absolutely nothing to do there, and small and cramped. (Never done Club out of it though, so never used the lounge).

    The introduction of “an authentic New York culinary experience” with local food and beverage concepts to satisfy a variety of tastes

    ^^^ I’m assuming this means a bagel and coffee cart!

  • daftboy says:

    Good to hear, and well overdue – the terminal is mostly fine and certainly has short walking distances, but the premium security channel is over capacity (and on a slope!) and the lounges are seriously tatty by now, particularly the First lounge which is quite dilapidated.

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