Qatar Airways will move to London Heathrow T5 on July 27

The consolidation of Oneworld airlines at Heathrow T5 continues, with Qatar Airways and JAL making the move next week.

By David Flynn , July 24 2020
Qatar Airways will move to London Heathrow T5 on July 27

Qatar Airways will change terminals at London's Heathrow Airport on July 27, moving into the T5 home of Oneworld partner British Airways.

Heathrow Airport has confirmed the shift, while also adding that Japan Airlines will follow on July 29.

The Gulf carrier was forced to abandon its long-standing Terminal 4 base – along with plans to expand its T4 Premium Lounge lounge and adopt a new-look design – when the terminal was closed following an unprecedented slump in air travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this month, Heathrow Airport CEO John Holland-Kaye revealed that Terminal 4 will remain closed until 2021.

American Airlines has already relocated to T5, and several other Oneworld member airlines are tipped to follow, although some – such as Cathay Pacific and Qantas – will be eager to return to Terminal 3, given their lounge investments there.

Eligible Qatar Airways passengers – including business class travellers plus Platinum and Gold members of Qatar Airways' Privilege Club loyalty program – will have access to BA's reopened T5 First and Galleries Club (business class) lounges.

BA has now reopened some of its T5 lounges, with a difference...
BA has now reopened some of its T5 lounges, with a difference...

However, they'll be a definite step down compared to Qatar's T4 lounge, which boasts a superb dining room with a restaurant-grade à la carte menu.

Review: Qatar Airways Premium Lounge, London Heathrow Airport

Qatar Airways Privilege Club Platinum members will also enjoy use of BA's First Wing, which offers its own fast-track immigration and security lanes plus direct entry into the First lounge.

As previously reported, Qatar Airways intends to begin flying its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners next year, and they'll sport a new business class seat that's a crossover between the current Dreamliner seat and the Qsuite.

Read more: Qatar's Boeing 787-9, with all-new business class, to debut in 2021

This will be followed in 2022 by the airline's Airbus A321neo and A321neo LR jets, crowned by what something akin to a single-aisle Qsuite (sans sliding door).

Read more: Qatar Airways Airbus A321neo business class will be a 'mini-Qsuite'

The retirement of Qatar's Airbus A380s will commence in 2024, with the last of the ten superjumbos being put out to pasture by 2028, at which point the airline may be flying luxurious new first class suites on some of its Boeing 777X jets.

However, those cushy cocoons would appear on “just a handful” of the Gulf carrier’s Boeing 777-9 aircraft, which in turn would feature on only a few premium-heavy European routes.

“We have huge demand here in Qatar to two or three European destinations” such as London and Paris, Qatar Airways Group CEO His Excellency Akbar Al Baker told Executive Traveller last month, “so we may introduce a very small first class cabin for our local passengers who want a very exclusive first class product.”

Read more: Qatar Airways plans "exclusive" Boeing 777X first class suites

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.

17 Jun 2020

Total posts 35

I guess it makes sense for all OW airlines to fly in and out of T5 for now. Better for those that have to connect to BA, but a shame for perhaps the next year or so that one cannot access the Qantas, CX and Qatar lounges.

Qatar Airways

06 Jul 2016

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It will be sad to say goodbye to the QR T4 lounge. And to T4 come to that.

I'm surprised about the move because I thought T5 wasn't even big enough for BA pre-pandemic, with it operating some flights from T3. Unless almost 100% on-time departures can be achieved, I predict that arriving aircraft will regularly end up waiting on taxiways for stands to become available. Or maybe more bussing to aircraft.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

05 Jun 2014

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I'd assume AA, QR and other's will be reverted back to other terminals as BA ops ramp up and T4 reopens as the market recovers.

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

Total posts 570

What does BA's pre Covid traffic have to do with it? The move is temporary as T4 (And FYI T3) is closed. Since the T4 closure they have been operating out of T2. This at least puts them into a terminal with access to a One World lounge.

Presumably when T4 reopens next year they will move back.

Qatar Airways

06 Jul 2016

Total posts 43

AJW, the article does not say the move is temporary, whereas you 'presume' a return to T4?

AJW
AJW

16 Nov 2011

Total posts 570

What does pre Covid traffic levels have to do with what is happening now? Well, traffic at Heathrow has decreased so much that two terminals have temporarily closed, what the situation pre Covid doesn't come into the equation.

My comment presuming Qatar will move back is because I don't have a crystal ball to determine when Covid will be over and when things return to a level is semi normality. But what is given is Qatar's move, and Cathay Pacific's move to T2, are not permanent.


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