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BA Johannesburg (JNB) Lounge - Refurbished 2019

BA Johannesburg (JNB) Lounge - Refurbished 2019

Old Nov 8, 19, 11:50 am
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BA Johannesburg (JNB) Lounge - Refurbished 2019

Here are the official BA images and press release for the refurbished Johannesburg Lounge.

British Airways has unveiled its latest lounge refurbishment in Johannesburg as part of its £6.5 billion investment for customers.

The lounge, based in O.R. Tambo International Airport, has undergone significant refurbishment with the new and improved space being converted into one large lounge with a dedicated boutique dining area for First customers. Guests will enjoy a warm welcome and a place to relax or work prior to their departure from Johannesburg to London Heathrow.

The carefully curated lounge follows a new design concept for the airline, which debuted in 2018, and features the very best of British and South African design, delivering a luxurious and contemporary look and feel.

The 880 square metre lounge can host up to 247 customers and offers a modern lobby bar area for socialising, a brasserie dining area and office space with ample work stations with power outlets. A peaceful, separate seating area with a mix of elegant armchairs and banquette seating is available for those who wish to recharge ahead of their journey with complementary magazines and newspapers.

Zoned areas in the lounge will enable guests to choose what area they would like to relax in depending on their mood, with a music system and bespoke playlist. Lighting has been carefully planned by zone and dimmable to reflect the time of day.

The new lobby bar, illuminated by brand new feature lighting, is stocked with a tempting display of spirits, beers and soft drinks together with a selection of fine wines. New kitchen facilities offer an enhanced dining menu of hot and cold options including Cape Malay curry, fresh seasonal salads, mezze, local charcuterie and Indezi river cheeses. First Boutique Dining offers a pre-flight a-la-carte menu carefully curated by the in-house chef, complemented by an extensive wine list.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said: “We’re delighted to present the next step in our significant customer investment with the re-opening of the Johannesburg lounge.

Every detail has been carefully designed and we’ve created a space to meet our customers’ needs – whether they want to relax with a hot meal, work in peace or enjoy a drink at the lobby bar, the lounge will get their travels off to the best start.”

British Airways has this year completed the renovation of its First and Club lounges in New York’s JFK Terminal 7, along with improvements to the customer experience at check-in, which are currently underway. A brand-new, contemporary lounge has also been unveiled in San Francisco, spread across 665 square metres with fantastic views of the runway. Further investment is planned with a new British Airways lounge in Geneva, which is also set to open in 2019.

The refurbished Johannesburg lounge comes as the airline is investing £6.5 billion for its customers over five years, including the installation of the best quality Wi-Fi and power in every aircraft seat, fitting 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors and taking delivery of 72 new aircraft. This year the airline has also introduced its Club Suite, a new business class seat with direct aisle access.









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Old Nov 8, 19, 11:52 am
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Superb! Really looking forward to trying it out next summer.
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Old Nov 10, 19, 10:33 am
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Seems it is now open. Given how cramped it was, not sure a F dining element was needed but could be nice if all else is cramped.

https://onemileatatime.com/british-a...esburg-lounge/
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Old Nov 10, 19, 1:45 pm
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It looks as though a GCH flying in business class will now get a downgraded product offering , previously they could access the First Lounge
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Old Nov 10, 19, 3:15 pm
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Question. I am flying lhr/jnb/wdh in April next year. The lhr/jnb segment is in F. Will I have access to the new lounge at jnb? The jnb/wdh is on Comair in Bus.
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Old Nov 10, 19, 4:21 pm
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Originally Posted by jmj9905 View Post
Question. I am flying lhr/jnb/wdh in April next year. The lhr/jnb segment is in F. Will I have access to the new lounge at jnb? The jnb/wdh is on Comair in Bus.
it wouldn’t be open at the time of your JNB-WDH flight. Plus the Slow Lounge is decent anyway.
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Old Nov 10, 19, 7:09 pm
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surryson you are right. I jjust got interested by seeing the new lounge. Thanks for your answer.
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Old Nov 10, 19, 8:10 pm
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Any word on shower facilities?
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Old Nov 10, 19, 11:45 pm
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Originally Posted by simonsmith View Post
It looks as though a GCH flying in business class will now get a downgraded product offering , previously they could access the First Lounge
While the new lounge may be very good, it is true that there is no longer any special provision for GCHs, continuing a trend that was seen at BOS and SIN and DXB (CCB for F only).

At least there is a dining section for First passengers at JNB, which is not available in CPT.

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Old Nov 11, 19, 4:06 am
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Have they fixed the really annoying fridge rattle that seemed to persist for years?
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Old Nov 11, 19, 4:25 am
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Originally Posted by simonsmith View Post
It looks as though a GCH flying in business class will now get a downgraded product offering , previously they could access the First Lounge
Is it really a downgraded product offering when it’s clearly a nicer lounge with more space and better furnishings? As long as you have access to the same level of food and drink as before, I can only see it as an improvement, not a downgrade. The previous F lounge was an over crowded, unpleasant place to wait. This looks so much better.
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Old Nov 11, 19, 2:17 pm
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The fridge rattle is indeed repaired.

It is now pleasantly cool (old lounge was frequently very warm indeed.)

Yes, there are showers as before, and yes they are also upgraded.

Much better food selection in the main lounge, a definite step up.

More visible staff around, and generally a more welcoming feel to the service style.

The lounge does feel under capacity. Though it has many seats, there is a limited area of ‘comfortable’ lounge seating and this was completely full, while there seemed to be an excess of less comfortable options which were less popular — hard table seating, the usual inexplicable ‘board room’ area occupying a lot of space, and hard seating and stools around the bar.

The First dining area had around 18 seats but these are grouped at tables which aren’t very suitable for sharing. So, it could be short of seating if there are many single travellers or a given day. It filled up the day I was there (Saturday) and some latecomers didn’t have space to come in. The menu was limited but fine. Ended up sitting in there despite not wanting to eat because of lack of comfort seating elsewhere.

The new lounge is a distinct improvement on both the old First and Club sides, though it still isn’t quite as large as it needs to be for two consecutive A380 services.
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Old Nov 11, 19, 2:22 pm
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Originally Posted by Thomathy View Post
The fridge rattle is indeed repaired.

It is now pleasantly cool (old lounge was frequently very warm indeed.)

Yes, there are showers as before, and yes they are also upgraded.
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Thanks for sharing. Did you manage any photos?
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Old Nov 13, 19, 3:15 am
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I didn’t unfortunately. However - the finish is very good and everything feels high quality and quite premium.

I often expect press release pictures to look very flattering and the reality less so. But in this case, I think the lounge looks as good as the pictures, and the press / BA pictures linked earlier in the thread are an accurate representation of the space.

Even the buffet looked as good in real life as in the pictures - and with the same items visible.
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Old Nov 13, 19, 5:55 am
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That looks lovely and indeed a great improvement. I wonder how it copes with the two nightly flights that go out as the old layout became VERY busy around 5-6pm.
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