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Back in October 2018 British Airways announced that it would be investing $65million to enhance the passenger experience in JFK Terminal 7 and today, less that 3 months after making that announcement, British Airways has confirmed that it will be moving its operations to JFK Terminal 8 in 2022.
American Airlines is based in JFK Terminal 8 so, as both airlines are part of the same transatlantic
legalised fare rigging operation joint venture, it makes sense for both to be housed under the same roof and this should make BA to AA transfers a lot simpler going forward.
Over the next 4 years British Airways, American Airlines and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will all be part of a $344m (£250m) investment project to bring JFK Terminal 8 into the modern age.
The changes we’re being told to expect at JFK T8 include additional stands, state-of-the-art baggage systems, new lounges, premium check-in areas and upgraded concessions.
British Airways will remain a JFK Terminal 7 tenant until 2022 and has reaffirmed its commitment to the $65m investment in the facilities on offer at its current JFK home which, so far, have included a new First Class Lounge…..
…a refurbished Concorde Room, an enhanced Business Class/Premium check-in zone with direct access to Fast Track security and a new First Class wing offering swifter check-in and access to security for First Class passengers and oneworld Emerald members.
The refurbishment of BA’s facilities at JFK T7 are expected to be completed this year with the refurbishment of the airline’s Business Class lounge.
I don’t really know what to make of British Airways right now. On the one hand it splashes out $65m on a terminal refurbishment that its passengers will enjoy for no more than 4 years while, on the other hand, it cuts costs (under the guise of striving for better on-time performance) by not cleaning some aircraft cabins between flights – it’s like the airline has two personalities.
Still, ignoring the Jekyll and Hyde characteristics that BA is demonstrating this news should be good for oneworld flyers connecting at JFK.
With American and BA working ever more closely together it’s an obvious move to have them both under the same roof wherever possible (it’s just a shame this can’t be done at Heathrow).
I am, however, left with one question – who gets the shiny new lounges and the new check-in facilities at JFK T7 once British Airways has moved out?
Featured image courtesy of British Airways