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The new British Airways First Class Lounge has opened at New York’s JFK Terminal 7

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In April 2017 British Airways announced a £52 million refurbishment to its Terminal 7 at New York’s JFK airport.  This was to include an update of the check-in areas, lounges and departure gates.

The Concorde Room was refreshed earlier this year and so were the First and Club World check-in areas.  This included a new Premium Zone with direct access to Fast Track security for Club World travellers, and the new First Wing and First check-in for First Class passengers and BAEC Gold members.  For the rest of you, the main concourse has received additional seating in the gate areas and a number of new power outlets.

Earlier this week the new First Lounge opened its doors.  The pictures look very promising.

As a reminder, this lounge is not for First Class passengers who are able to use the Concorde Room.  The First Lounge is for British Airways Executive Club Gold card holders.

BA JFK T7 new first lounge

The new First Lounge is 60% larger than its predecessor and split into several zones.

There is a special wine room with fridges and shelves to keep every wine at the right temperature:

BA JFK T7 new first lounge


BA JFK T7 new first lounge

The new First bar is stocked with, apparently, ‘premium’ beverages:

BA JFK T7 new first lounge

The lounge has a dining room for (only) Club World passengers who would prefer to eat before an overnight flight and go straight to sleep on the plane:

BA JFK T7 new first lounge

….. and those who need to do some work before their flight can use the quiet work area:

BA JFK T7 new first lounge

Executive chefs Gavin Mackenzie and Waylon Walker have ‘created a boutique menu with seasonal dishes’ as well as a new ‘bowl food’ concept which was apparently designed to offer customers a chance for a lighter option before they fly.

A reader called Antony dropped us an email on Friday night to say that he had just been in and:

“Have to say, I’m super impressed with the variety and quality of food.”

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said – not entirely unpredictably:

“We fly thousands of customers between London and New York every week so we’re absolutely dedicated to making the experience as relaxing, comfortable and enjoyable as possible. We are investing £52 million in to our home at JFK this year as part of the £4.5 billion investment we’re making in our customer experience globally, and there will be further investments at JFK planned for the future. We hope our guests enjoy using the new facilities as much as we’ve enjoyed designing them.”

The refurbishment of Terminal 7 is due to be completed in 2019.  Next up is the upgrade of the Galleries Club lounge.

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Comments (33)

  • Alex says:

    Nothing to do with this article, but I’m currently sitting in a packed No.1 lounge at bhx, which appears to have been booked out to a stag party. I’m surrounded by a cacophony of course language and various noises playing from mobile phones. The staff look very stressed, and there is no attempt to enforce a basic standard of behaviour (i.e. don’t play noise on your phone). I don’t resent people having a good time, but surely the point of these lounges is to offer an escape from this kind of thing? I supposed I should count myself lucky to have been granted entry on my PP!!

    Oh well, over to Aspire for me, but I feel sorry for the people who have paid good money for what should have been a relaxing time before their flight, not fthe equivalent of free-bar-at Wetherspoon’s night.

    • Crafty says:

      If it makes you feel any better (it won’t), this happens elsewhere too. In Hamburg the other night there were 3 of us in the lounge and one guy decided it was ok to watch a film on his tablet without headphones!

    • Charles says:

      You’re in a No. 1 lounge at BHX. What else do you rationally expect?

  • Dan says:

    OT but looking to fly out of LHR T3 in December. Planning to leave the car for a few days and wonder what the best option is for hotel and parking?

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