It’s Not the 1950’s And It’s Not Mad Men’s latest set. This is in fact British Airways‘ latest lounge to open, in Aberdeen. It might not have the most footfall of all BA lounges with only a handful of flights each day on regional aircraft, but the space will be welcome to passengers. We can’t help but feel relieved there isn’t a paisley print or flocked piece of furniture in sight, bringing the carrier up to date with a contemporary finish not too dissimilar to those found in Qantas’ or Cathay Pacific’s latest airside products.
The 380sq metre new lounge, located within the recently completed extension of the airport, is the second to open under the airline’s new design concept. This follows the recent unveiling of the first in the new series of lounges at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport.
While the lounge houses bespoke furniture and fittings such as the feature walls, lighting and marble topped tables, the feature piece of the lounge is the beautifully crafted granite topped bar. This new signature element to the lounge is similar to the space offered in the Rome lounge.
British Airways’ new Aberdeen lounge also features local artwork from the airline’s Art Collection, including ‘The Long Winding Shores’ by Maddie Rose Hills inspired by Kinlochewe in the Scottish Highlands.
Sarah Klatt-Walsh, British Airways’ Head of Product, said: “We are committed to investing in our lounges as part of our £4.5bn investment programme and are delighted to be opening the next one in the series in Aberdeen.
“Our new design concept has been created to make better use of the space in our lounges, while still making it feel contemporary and luxurious. We have focused on technology, offering complimentary WiFi and ensuring there is plenty of access to USB and power points, enabling customers to work, surf online and charge personal devices.”
However, all eyes will be quickly turning to a lounge currently in construction across the pond. British Airways’ New York JFK Terminal 7 will be the next lounge to open under the new design concept, with improvements also being made there to the customer experience at check-in. The airline also has also announced further investment planned in Geneva, San Francisco, Johannesburg, Chicago and the best news, to its lounges at Heathrow.