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BA & AA JFK T8 joint operations to begin Dec 2022

BA & AA JFK T8 joint operations to begin Dec 2022

Old Jan 25, 22, 8:56 am
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Originally Posted by Genius1 View Post
My understanding is the ‘most exclusive lounge’ will be the equivalent of the CCR, the ‘premium lounge’ will be the equivalent of the First lounge, and the ‘contiguous lounge’ will be the equivalent of the Club lounge.

There will still be three classes of lounge, albeit shared by AA equivalents.
Flagship lounge access was a big bonus for OW Sapphires. I hope the new ‘Club’ lounge is a significant step up from your average Admirals Club (AC)

I did see reference to AA retaining an AC in T8. So perhaps that will remain for AA domestic pax, and the new ‘Club’ lounge will be a genuine international J lounge.
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Old Jan 25, 22, 8:57 am
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One other thing, I hope this doesn't affect OW Sapphires getting Flagship Lounge access across the AA network.

Massive difference to any Admirals Clubs out there.
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Old Jan 25, 22, 8:57 am
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  • The most exclusive lounge will have an all-new champagne bar, fireside lounge and a la carte dining room, which reimagines American’s Flagship First Dining into a fully immersive experience.
  • Adjacent, another premium lounge — with sweeping airside views, a wine bar, cocktail lounge, library and buffet — will offer an elevated, lively experience.
Does the First Experience mean immersive as in seeming to surround the audience, player, so that one feel completely involved in? How does one feel completely involved in a La-Di-Da (as my old Mum would put it) Lounge? It sounds slightly sensual.

The second description could indeed fit that which I have heard about the Mile High Club.

Igenue I may be but this cannot be just hyperbolic blather surely?
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Old Jan 25, 22, 8:59 am
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Originally Posted by PUCCI GALORE View Post
Does the First Experience mean immersive as in seeming to surround the audience, player, so that one feel completely involved in? How does one feel completely involved in a La-Di-Da (as my old Mum would put it) Lounge? It sounds slightly sensual.

The second description could indeed fit that which I have heard about the Mile High Club.

Igenue I may be but this cannot be just hyperbolic blather surely?
Immersive because you’ll only be surrounded by F pax and GGLs/CKs? No longer having to wade through the mass of J pax to get to FFD 😁
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Old Jan 25, 22, 9:01 am
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Maybe we get proper TSA Pre benefits at T8. At T7(at least in 2019, we still had to remove laptops etc. given how they handled TSA Pre and the small priority security line didn't have it at all)
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Old Jan 25, 22, 9:05 am
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Enhancements!

BA seem to be planning to take “enhancements” to the next level by “enhancing” away dedicated British Airways lounges and a uniquely British experience in their most important overseas destination/departure airport.

Co-location at LHR T3 has never meant AA removing their American offering and, while being co-terminus with AA in T8 makes perfect sense, I really feel let down by BA with this planned implementation.

To allude to Robert Brooke - that corner of a foreign airport that is forever England and attributes a unique USP BA offering being lost on this most important route is a sad loss and retrograde step.
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Old Jan 25, 22, 9:09 am
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Originally Posted by krispy84 View Post
Immersive because you’ll only be surrounded by F pax and GGLs/CKs? No longer having to wade through the mass of J pax to get to FFD 😁
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Old Jan 25, 22, 9:14 am
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Considering a lot of the "British" experience with BA these days is nothing to be proud of, I'm looking forward to this.
I've been flying AA from JFK recently as I prefer the T8 experience.
Hopefully I'll be GGL later this year, so will get to experience everything during a pre-Xmas trip.

Is the terminal actually big enough to add BA planes on top of AA's own? What of any partners? Would mention CX, but not sure of their situation.
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Old Jan 25, 22, 9:18 am
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One other thing, I hope this doesn't affect OW Sapphires getting Flagship Lounge access across the AA network.

Massive difference to any Admirals Clubs out there.
That is so true. Recent experience in Admirals Club in Tampa - the only complimentary beer was Coors Light on tap. All other drinks were charged. Food was just about non-existent; just a tapas selection.

In contrast, the Flagship Lounge in Miami was pretty good.
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Old Jan 25, 22, 9:22 am
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I wonder if the next announcement will be that this will be reciprocated in T5 along with have the Customs/Immigration Pre Clearance done there.
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I don't think that's going to happen.

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Old Jan 25, 22, 9:25 am
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Originally Posted by xenole View Post

Is the terminal actually big enough to add BA planes on top of AA's own? What of any partners? Would mention CX, but not sure of their situation.
There will be 2 new contact stands added at the end of the current terminal, plus 3 remote stands for BA to bus passengers to.
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Old Jan 25, 22, 9:34 am
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well this is certainly exciting. and i am surprised how the renderings are very much in the BA style language more than the AA style language.

all this lounge language does make it seem we will have three options with the highest being similar to CCR with a standard flagship style lounge and of course then normal AC left alone in terminal C -- and i gather they will use all the lounge space upstairs in the area with the current flagship lounge?

what im stressed by is the temporary closure of flagship first check in as the exit door is direct to the TSA pre check agents which is the best feature of that checkin!
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Old Jan 25, 22, 9:36 am
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I wonder if the "most exclusive" lounge will be called the Premier Lounge? Just a thought from this thread: Flagship Business Plus??? - FlyerTalk Forums
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Old Jan 25, 22, 9:39 am
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Can T8 accommodate A380s?
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Old Jan 25, 22, 9:40 am
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Travelling next December is certainly going to be exciting. I for one am going to watch from a distance to see what BA have learnt from their opening of T5.
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