London calling: Heathrow's new Oneworld lounges

By David Flynn , March 30 2016
London calling: Heathrow's new Oneworld lounges

With several daily flights from Qantas, Cathay Pacific, American Airlines and British Airways, London Heathrow Airport's Terminal 3 is something of a de facto hub for Oneworld carriers.

And as it happens, most of those airlines are working on new or radically revamped lounges which will progressively open from mid-year to early 2017.

In August we'll see fresh first class and business class lounges for Cathay Pacific.

Each space will take its design cues from the warm residential vibe already seen in CX lounges at Tokyo HanedaBangkokManila and most recently The Pier First Class at Hong Kong.

Photos, video: Cathay Pacific opens new The Pier First Class lounge

The combined lounges will also be around 30% larger than before, with a footprint extending the space previously occupied by Singapore Airlines’ SilverKris lounge, which has now shifted into Heathrow’s Star Alliance T2 hub.

Watch for a Pier-style a la carte dining room and cocktail bar in the London first class lounge, and a 'sit and slurp' Noodle Bar (below) in the business lounge.

Read more: Cathay Pacific's new London Heathrow lounges to open in August

Towards the end of the UK summer American Airlines will cut the red white and blue ribbon on its made-over Arrivals Lounge.

Part of the US carrier's US$3 billion overhaul of its premium lounge network, passengers will enjoy new private showers and dressing areas with a valet pressing service...

...  plus "an improved food and beverage service."

However, a spokesman for American Airlines tells Australian Business Traveller that there are currently no plans for AA's T3 departures lounges (below) to be refurbished, given that they were "most recently refreshed in 2010".

Of course, for Aussie travellers the main drawcard will be the all-new Qantas London Lounge.

Slated to open in March 2017, the split-level lounge will be conveniently nestled between the Cathay Pacific and British Airways lounges.

Head upstairs for the wine and cocktail bar, plenty of relaxed seating and views across the tarmac.

Stay downstairs for the "Rockpool menu and dining experience", which will use a seasonal menu to showcase British and European produce.

Read: Qantas plans ahead for London Heathrow lounge menu

The 230-seat lounge will adopt the same integrated 'premium passenger' approach as its Singapore and Hong Kong siblings, rather than offer separate first and business class zones as seen in Los Angeles.

However, it's expected that additional services – such as free clothes pressing, first dibs on shower bookings and some 'off-list' wines and champagne – will be available to travellers in first class along with members of the exclusive Chairman's Lounge and Platinum One frequent flyers.

Read more: Qantas to open new London Heathrow first, business class lounge

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David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Jul 2014

Total posts 144

Can't wait for the QF London Lounge.

Qantas

22 Oct 2012

Total posts 281

Indeed, and they'll have champagne that actually chilled, unlike the T3 BA lounges.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer - Chairmans Lounge

01 Sep 2011

Total posts 387

Really? I have always found it to be chilled whenever I have been in teh F lounge.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer - Chairmans Lounge

01 Sep 2011

Total posts 387

Certainly look forward to the new QF lounge at LHR, hopefully there will be a dress code enforced instead of the shabiness that is often seen at teh new lounges in HKG and SIN.

12 Dec 2012

Total posts 994

I do have to wonder why all three airlines are building new lounges in LHR T3 when the terminal is meant to be removed within the next 5 years to make way for the T2 and T5 expansions.

The current long term LHR plans call for T2 and T5 between the two existing runways with T4 to the south and a possible T6 and 3rd runway to the north.

Do the airlines know something that HAL isn't publicly releasing re the airport redevlopment timeline?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

19 Feb 2016

Total posts 11

Interesting.

All in favour of any OneWorld lounge upgrade anywhere, but - as you know - when you arrive at LHR T3 you feel you are re-living your 1970s Kangaroo Valley  bellbottoms and beads first trip.

I like retro. But not that much :)


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