British Airways long-awaited refurbishment of its New York JFK Terminal 7 first class lounge has been completed.
The lounge is the airline’s first long haul lounge to debut a new design direction that passengers have seen in Rome and Aberdeen, and which will also be rolled out to Geneva, San Francisco and Johannesburg.
The refurbishment forms part of a £52 million investment made by British Airways at JFK’s Terminal 7.
The Concorde Room at JFK, for First customers was refreshed earlier this year and customers flying in First and Club World have also seen an improved check-in experience at the Terminal’s new Premium Zone, with direct access to Fast Track security. The new First Wing and First check-in are also open.
The airline has also upgraded the main concourse for all customers adding extra seating in the gate areas and increasing access to power for customers to charge their electronic devices before flying. Security and check-in zones have been redesigned to improve the look and feel of the terminal and speed up the process of travelling through the airport. There are also updated washrooms and a new customer service desk, in the departures area.
British Airways will complete its refurbishment of Terminal 7 in 2019, after the upgrade of the Galleries (business class) lounge has been completed.
The new first class lounge is 60 per cent larger than its predecessor, covering more than 5,480 square feet.
There is a new wine room with an enomatic dispenser (which enables customers to enjoy wines at exactly the right temperature that have been oxidized to the correct level).
Customers will also be able to enjoy “Flights of Wine” – a selection of different wines linked to a theme. The current theme is “Chardonnays of the World”.
Other features includes a new First bar and a quiet work area.
There is an upgraded dining room with a new boutique menu created by Executive chefs Gavin Mackenzie and Waylon Walker. This will include dishes influenced by the season, as well as a new ‘bowl food’ concept designed to offer customers a chance for a lighter option before they fly.
For more photos of the lounge see the Flickr photos below.
Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said: “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.
“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.”