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Bmi opens new lounge at Heathrow

1 Jun 2009 by Mark Caswell

Bmi has unveiled its new international lounge at Heathrow’s Terminal 1, with features including a custom-made Aga and a bar resembling a British pub.

Located above gate 5 in T1, the carrier has dubbed the lounge “No.1 Heathrow”, and has opened the facility today after several weeks of teasing emails to Diamond Club members and the media.

The lounge is divided into “informal zones”, including The Study (a work area with a boardroom-style tabel and free wifi), The Cafe (centred around a custom-made Aga), and The Local (a “sophisticated British pub environment” with a leather-buttoned horseshoe bar and Fullers London Pride on tap).

Guests will be able to sample ice creams created by chef and restaurateur Mark Hix, and from July 1 the lounge will also offer a dining-on-the-ground evening meal service for those wishing to sleep in-flight.

Instead of a formal reception desk guests are welcomed into the lounge by Bmi’s Lounge Team, and once inside passengers can enjoy seats by UK designer Mark Dixon and original artwork by Royal Academy of Art graduate Phil Shaw.

The lounge is open to Bmi business class, Diamond Club (Gold and Silver) and Star Alliance Gold customers travelling to Bmi international destinations (excluding Dublin as this destination is considered as a domestic route within the airport).

Business Traveller will be visiting the lounge later this week, and will be publishing a full review, but we’d love to hear below from anyone who has used the new facility.

It’s been a busy few weeks for lounge openings at Heathrow. BA recently unveiled its new facility at T3 (see online news May 6), and Skyteam is due to open its first dedicated lounge at T4 later this week (see online news June 1).

For more information visit flybmi.com.

Report by Mark Caswell

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