BA's 2020 lounge roadmap: LHR T5, ORD, EDI and TXL

Old Yesterday, 3:37 am
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BA's 2020 lounge roadmap: LHR T5, ORD, EDI and TXL

First details coming out now but certainly not the last, as BA is keeping its powder dry on exactly which T5 lounges will be refreshed and exactly what we'll see.

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That is just a a blogger's re-hash of information in this thread and Mediacentre release. The reference to the "Scottish capital's downtrodden lounge" suggests a travel life blessed by not having the inconvenience of visiting said downtrodden lounge....

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I don't see much wrong with EDI lounge !
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I personally think the Edi lounge is very good .

I wonder what et would have said if they had visited the old Ba lounge ie prior to taking over bmi
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That is just a a blogger's re-hash of information in this thread and Mediacentre release.
Hi CWS – respectfully have to disagree there, this is update info direct from BA which was not included in the '2020 resolutions' release you've cited and linked to, expect to see BA's own release on this land later this morning.
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I wonder if the absence of the now ancient MAN lounge suggests a move to the new T2 at some point soon.
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You mean this update

https://mediacentre.britishairways.c...11970?ref=News
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Originally Posted by djsflynn View Post
Hi CWS – respectfully have to disagree there, this is update info direct from BA which was not included in the '2020 resolutions' release you've cited and linked to, expect to see BA's own release on this land later this morning.
OK, well let's put the Media Centre release then, I still don't think we've learned very much more here, but it's not your fault that today's Media Centre press release isn't telling us anything significant. I guess some people may think the marble inlayed tables with charging points is a significant detail, but that's the best I can find in here. I think my point about EDI lounge holds good, mind!
Customer to benefit from more relaxing atmosphere, extra charging points, and new interactive welcome

Lounges to be refreshed as part of £6.5bn investment for customers
Thursday January 16, 2020 – British Airways has today announced it is refreshing its First and Club lounges at Chicago O’Hare Airport, as well as revealing more details on its lounge improvements at Edinburgh and Berlin, all part of the airline’s £6.5bn investment plan for customers.

Due to be completed in Spring 2020, customers travelling through Chicago in the First or Club lounges will receive a personal and more interactive welcome in new look reception areas. The lounge will have a lighter and more relaxing atmosphere for customers with new décor, flooring and furnishings. There will be more charging ports, built into new marble tables, as well as specially crafted chairs to help customers to relax. In terms of dining, there will be redesigned serving stations which will continue to offer customers a wide range of local and international cuisines.

British Airways is also refreshing its lounge in Edinburgh. As in Chicago, customers will enjoy a fresh, brighter look, with new furniture and carpeting, as well as a more interactive welcome experience. There will also be enhanced levels of comfort with bespoke armchairs while reconfigured working and dining areas will give customers more room to work or eat.

The Edinburgh lounge serves customers travelling in Club Europe on one of the up-to-20 flights to London each day, from which all carbon emissions are offset by the airline as part of its commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The lounge is also open to those connecting on to a Club World or First flight, or those with Silver or higher Executive Club status. Changes will be complete by the end of Spring 2020.

Finally, by early Spring customers using the airline’s lounge in Berlin will see new furnishings, carpet and décor, with up to 10 daily flights between the two capital cities.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said: “Lounges are incredibly important to our customers travelling in our Club and First cabins, or to those with Executive Club status, and they are rightly a focus of our £6.5bn customer investment. We’ve recently refurbished nine lounges across the network, and we’re looking forward to refurbishing more in 2020.”

As part of its 2020 lounge upgrade activity the airline will also be refreshing a number of its lounges at Heathrow Terminal 5 as well as redesigning and relaunching the Elemis Spa at JFK. More details on this will follow in due course.

Other investments (please see details in notes to editors for lounge activity) across the airline include 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. Last year the airline introduced its Club Suite, a new business class seat with direct aisle access.
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I think my point about EDI lounge holds good, mind!
Fair enough, I was guided by advice of a very frequent flying colleague who calls EDI home, who has visited tonnes of lounges (F and J) and described EDI to me in the terms wot I used.

I think upgrading TXL is an odd one, given the clear use-by date on TXL - it's supposed to close in Nov, so that's barely six months after the refresh is done.
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"more interactive welcome experience"

Whats the bettinbg this means you put your boarding pass onto a reader yourself rather than hand it to a person
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Interesting that they are doing TXL when as it stands, the airport is due to close in October 2020 and all ops transfer to BER (although i'll believe it when i see it!)
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Every time I read the descriptions of the Edinburgh lounge on these blogs I wonder if I'm managing to go to a alternate universe lounge every time I'm in it - still seems new and spacious to me and the charge points work, unlike T5 South. The only thing I'd change, like I said before, is the hot food, although I will be looking out for the toasted ham and cheese crossiants that apparently should be there on my next morning flight in a couple of weeks!
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The lounge at Berlin Tegel, though dated, is actually one of the most pleasant and relaxing outpost lounges on the network, with a decent selection of cold snacks and drinks. There's even a freezer full of ice cream.

With TXL's remaining lifespan very limited, whether BER opens this year or not, I really don't understand why BA would spend money on its lounge there right now.

(However, a new coffee machine would be good, as the existing one has been unable to dispense lattes and cappuccinos for months).
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Originally Posted by IslingtonFlyer View Post
Interesting that they are doing TXL when as it stands, the airport is due to close in October 2020 and all ops transfer to BER (although i'll believe it when i see it!)
My thoughts exactly!
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