Starting last week the new British Airways Club lounge at JFK airport in New York was opened in Terminal 7, to complement their latest First Lounge which opened in October last year.
This is all despite announcing just a couple of months ago that they will be moving to Terminal 8 in three years time. But given that they serve approximately twelve flights per day, it seems a worthwhile investment to make if it can convince some people to fly them instead of AA or even their Star Alliance competitors at Newark Airport instead.
According to the press release:
Spread across 22,000 sq. ft. (spanning over half acre), the Club lounge is carefully laid out to offer designated areas that are designed to meet different customer needs. The new space includes elegant, relaxed seating areas as well as ample work stations with power outlets to maximise time in the office. Other spots include an entertainment room with state-of-the-art entertainment and sound from Sony, and the reopened Elemis Spa offers a range of treatments to help travellers relax and recharge ahead of their journey.
For Club customers that plan to take advantage of their flat bed and luxurious White Company bedding on board, the new lounge offers the ultimate pre-flight dining experience with a brasserie-style dining room where travellers can enjoy freshly prepared dishes from an extensive menu or a range of smaller items chosen to allow customers to ‘grab and go’.
In collaboration with the Craigellachie Hotel in Speyside, Scotland, there will also be a Quaich Bar with bar-tenders serving up a few drinks (cocktails included!) at peak hours. Though someone will have to educate me whether travellers are expected to tip or not, because I really have not grasped the whole tipping in airports culture yet.
I did get invited to the lounge opening, though being inconveniently located some 3000 miles away at the time I had to postpone a visit until my next Stateside trip. Michele over at Turning Left for Less did head over, so here is her review of the lounge.
But you know what makes me want to visit this place most? The BrewDog craft beer room, as part of their collaboration with BA on the new Speedbird 100 IPA being served on board. But judging by her photo I think I'll let someone else pour my pint thanks!
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Enjoying trying out the new @british_airways Galleries Club lounge at @jfkairport. Not been in the new first lounge before either. Huge improvement! Not sure I have got the hang of pulling a @brewdogofficial beers yet though! #britishairways #luxurytravel #frequentflyer #ba100