A CGI impression of the entrance to the new JFK Lounge

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British Airways has unveiled details of its multi-million-dollar redesign for New York JFK Terminal 7, the airline’s flagship US airport.

Scheduled for completion by the end of next year, the redesign will create a spacious, modern new check-in concourse with separate Club World and First areas, each designed with customer privacy in mind. The lounge will draw inspiration from The First Wing, which recently opened at Heathrow Terminal 5, and the new premium check-in area at Gatwick’s South Terminal.

First and Club class customers and Gold and Silver Executive Club cardholders will benefit from completely regenerated lounges with more space and restaurant-style pre-flight dining. The Concorde Room, which is available for First customers, will also undergo a refresh. Our new CGI image provides a first glimpse of what the terminal will look like following the $65m investment.

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BA has plans for better onboard food and drink, a better sleep experience and onboard Wi-Fi

“We are currently working behind the scenes with top architects and designers to create a beautiful new space for our customers to relax, dine and work in before they take off, says Abigail Comber, British Airways’ head of customer.  The new environment at Terminal 7 is designed for our customers to enjoy a smoother, faster and more relaxed airport experience. This will involve significantly increasing the number of people we can seat for pre-flight dining, restyling the space and adding new lighting, bars and furniture.”

The New York investment follows the opening of the airline’s new lounge at Boston, which features a beautiful horseshoe-shaped bar with breathtaking views of the city skyline and coincides with the start of A380 services on the route. The lounge is 30 per cent bigger than its predecessor and occupies almost 10,000 square feet. It includes a First section with enhanced pre-flight dining and direct gate access to the aircraft, providing maximum time before boarding for work or relaxation.

Further lounge investments are planned for Aberdeen, Rome, Geneva, San Francisco, Chicago, Johannesburg and Manchester.