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American Airlines and British Airways Co-Locate at New York JFK’s Renovated Terminal 8
From December 1st, 2022, American Airlines and British Airways will co-locate at the newly refurbished Terminal 8 at New York-JFK. With the airlines' $400 million joint investment, customers will now enjoy an enhanced travel experience and seamless connections.
On Tuesday (November 29, 2022), American Airlines announced that British Airways will co-locate with them in the newly refurbished Terminal 8 at New York-JFK starting December 1st, 2022. As part of the $400 million joint investment, customers of both airlines will now enjoy an enhanced travel experience with seamless connections. Some of the key improvements to the terminal include five new widebody gates, four new widebody parking positions, and an expanded and upgraded baggage handling system. Completion of the renovated Terminal 8 marks the first phase of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s redevelopment of JFK. Celebrating British Airways’ move from Terminal 7 to Terminal 8, the Port Authority’s Executive Director Rick Cotton joined American Airlines’ CEO Robert Isom and British Airways’ Chairman and CEO Sean Doyle to officially unveil the redesigned check-in area, new gates and world-class lounges.
At Tuesday’s event, American Airlines’ CEO, Robert Isom, said,
“We are thrilled to welcome our long-standing joint business partner, British Airways, as it joins American and other oneworld partners at Terminal 8. As part of our investment to transform JFK into a leading global airport, we are excited to offer customers expanded terminal space, new check-in areas and elegant lounges.”
British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, Sean Doyle, added,
“We announced our joint investment early in 2019 so it is an honor to reach this significant milestone with our business partner, American Airlines. From Dec. 1, our customers and colleagues will be able to enjoy all the benefits that Terminal 8 has to offer.”
The move brings British Airways closer to their partner oneworld® Alliance carriers, with Terminal 8 becoming home to eight of the alliance’s carriers. Iberia will move into Terminal eight on December 1st, followed by Japan Airlines in May 2023.
Premium guests traveling on both airlines will be now greeted by a brand new co-branded premium check-in area offering personalized concierge-style service. Once through security, guests will also enjoy three distinctive lounges, including the Chelsea, Soho and Greenwich, which combine the best of both brands and provide a welcoming preflight experience for eligible customers, based on cabin of travel and loyalty status.
The Newly Remodeled Terminal 8 at New York-JFK - Courtesy British Airways
Chelsea and Soho are both brand new lounges, and have been designed with high-end finishes, creating a unique sense of space, while elevating the experience and service for every guest. The Chelsea Lounge features a circular champagne bar, and elegant fireside lounge, luxury showers, and a dedicated a-la-carte dining space, while the Soho lounge offers floor-to-ceiling windows with fantastic airside views. American Airlines’ Flagship® Lounge has been rebranded as the Greenwich Lounge and will feature a premium wine table, chef-inspired meals and expansive guest seating.
1) Soho Lounge, 2) Chelsea Lounge, 3) Greenwich Lounge - Courtesy British Airways
British Airways is a global airline and the UK’s flag carrier, and has been flying customers to where they want to be for over 100 years. With their main base at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5, British Airways flies to destinations in 65 countries. The airline connects Britain with the world and the world with Britain, operating one of the most extensive international scheduled networks, together with joint business, codeshare and franchise partners. British Airways is also a founding member of the global oneworld alliance, which serves approximately 1,000 destinations worldwide. In September 2021, British Airways launched ‘BA Better World’, the carrier’s sustainability program, committing to put sustainability at the heart of everything the company does, including a clear roadmap to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
American Airlines’ purpose is to “Care for People on Life’s Journey.” Shares in the American Airlines Group, Inc., trade on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol AAL and the company’s stock is included in the S&P 500.
Source(s): American Airlines, British Airways