British Airways has unveiled the latest in a series of refurbished airport lounges, with a new single lounge facility at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International.
The former business and first class lounges at the airport – which have been closed since May – have been converted into one space, with a new “dedicated boutique dining area for First customers”.
The 880 sqm lounge can accommodate up to 247 guests, and features a lobby bar, brasserie dining areas, a separate area with armchairs and banquette seating, and a business zone with workstations and power outlets.
The carrier said that lighting in the lounge “has been carefully planned by zone and dimmable to reflect the time of day”.
Hot and cold dining options include Cape Malay curry, fresh seasonal salads, mezze, local charcuterie and Indezi river cheeses, while First customers benefit from a pre-flight a la carte menu in the new dining area.
The lounge is open to customers travelling in Club World as well as Executive Club Gold and Silver cardholders and Oneworld, Emerald and Sapphire members.
British Airways is in the process of refurbishing several of its lounges with a new design concept – the carrier recently unveiled its revamped San Francisco facility following a six-month renovation project, and has also rolled out the design at at airports including New York JFK, Rome Fiumicino, Aberdeen and Milan Linate.
Further investment is also planned at Geneva, Chicago and London Heathrow.
Business Traveller recently interviewed Jude Winstanley, Head of Ground Product at British Airways, regarding the rollout of the new design.