British Airways opens updated lounge at Johannesburg

British Airways has unveiled its lounge refurbishment in Johannesburg.

Passengers can enjoy a warm welcome and a place to relax or work before flying to London Heathrow.

The lounge features the best of British and South African design, delivering a luxurious and contemporary look and feel.

The lounge can host up to 247 passengers in a modern bar area,  brasserie dining area and office space with 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 enable passengers to choose what area they would like to relax i, with a music system and bespoke playlist. Lighting has been planned by zone and dimmable to reflect the time of day.

The new lobby bar, illuminated by new feature lighting, has a mpting 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.

New kitchen facilities offer an enhanced menu of hot and cold options.

The lounge also features a dedicated boutique dining area for passengers in First. This offers a pre-flight a-la-carte menu complemented by an extensive wine list.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience:

“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.”

Johannesburg is a key business route and British Airways operates two Airbus A380 flights a day from there to London Heathrow.

British Airways has this year completed the renovation of its First and Club lounges in New York’s JFK Terminal 7. A new lounge has 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 passengers over five years, including the installation of 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.

N.B. Image credit: British Airways

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