British Airways is working through its lounge collection – this time opening a new lounge at Rome Fiumicino Airport.
According to the airline, it’s a new design concept that mixes British and Europe design with a luxurious and contemporary look and feel.
It’s sized at 460 square metres, with the ability to host 140 passengers. Here’s some of the seating areas.
For those who like their drinks – they’ll like the centrepiece of the lounge – a granite topped feature bar. At peak times, this will be staffed by a mixologist to make drinks for them. At quieter times, this will be a help-your-self zone.
More importantly for those who are working and travelling, there will be power and USB points through the lounge, and wireless printing too.,
On the launch of the lounge, Sarah Klatt-Walsh, British Airways’ head of product, states
“Lounges are an important element of the journey for our customers and we’re investing in their future as part of our current £4.5bn spend programme.
“The lounges need to cater to the very varying needs of our customers. The same traveller may be flying with us one day for business and need the space and technology to work and be travelling the next week on holiday when they will want to relax with a drink and some food ahead of their flight.
“The new design lounges will deliver bespoke zones that work for our customers with a new look and feel we think they’ll love.”
Onto the important bit – with Rome-Fiumicino done and dusted – the next lounge to get the upgrade treatment will be New York’s JFK Terminal 7.
Following this, a new lounge will be opened in Aberdeen this year, and investment is planned in lounges at Geneva, San Francisco, Johannesburg and Chicago.
It’s a step forward for the British Airways lounges – which at some locations are getting tired (to be polite). Hopefully this new concept will go beyond the destinations listed above – and across the British Airways network.
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