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BA and American Airlines unveil joint JFK lounge plans

British Airways and partner carrier American Airlines have unveiled details of their joint facilities which will open for passengers at JFK airport’s Terminal 8 in December.

An estimated $400 million is being spent on the redevelopment and expansion of the terminal, which is currently home to American.

The plans were announced in 2019 and the carriers will launch joint operations under one roof from December 1, 2022.

Tom Stevens, BA’s brand and customer experience director, said: “Our move to the redeveloped and expanded Terminal 8 will bring a range of benefits for our customers, including a better transfer experience, enabling them to travel to more than 30 destinations across the US, Caribbean and Latin America with American Airlines.

“British Airways will remain in Terminal 7 until December 1, 2022, and we have continued to invest in the experience for our customers, including our check-in area, concessions and lounges.”

Expanded joint premium check-in area for British Airways and American Airlines at Terminal 8, JFK
Joint premium check-in area for British Airways and American Airlines at Terminal 8, JFK

Alison Taylor, American’s chief customer officer, added: “American is eager to welcome British Airways to their new home at JFK.

“Their move to Terminal 8 further deepens our longstanding partnership and makes it easier than ever for customers travelling between New York and London or onward across our global networks.”

There will be a co-branded premium check-in area for top-tier passengers. Once through security, three lounges will offer a pre-flight experience for travellers based on their cabin of travel and loyalty programme status.

The expanded premium lounges will seat about 1,000 passengers.

American’s Flagship First Check-in at JFK is expected to close on February 1 for construction and eligible premium customers will be directed to temporary check-in counters nearby.

All lounge spaces will remain open during the redevelopment project.

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