Passengers aboard Qantas’ New York flights will soon arrive into and depart from Terminal 8 at JFK Airport: home to American Airlines, Qantas’ key Oneworld alliance partner in North America.
Qantas currently uses JFK’s Terminal 7, but will move across to T8 from April 3 2018, giving eligible passengers access to new lounges, and making for easier connections between Qantas and AA.
On the lounge front, all Qantas business class passengers will enjoy access to the newly-refurbished American Airlines Flagship Lounge in T8: a significant step above the British Airways Galleries Lounge these travellers currently have access to in Terminal 7.
With an upgraded look and feel, the lounge offers a range of zones catering to both productive and leisurely visits, with power points found near almost every seat…
… and a range of buffet dining options, plus DIY cocktails and Champagne (Taittinger NV on our last visit), along with other practical amenities like showers, a business centre and WiFi.
The Flagship Lounge will also welcome Qantas Gold, Platinum, Platinum One and Chairman’s Lounge frequent flyers prior to Qantas flights – including when travelling in premium economy or economy – plus other Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members.
Among that extensive roster are American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum, Platinum Pro, Executive Platinum and ConciergeKey cardholders, along with others like British Airways Executive Club Silver, Gold and Premier members.
Qantas Club and American Airlines Admirals Club members travelling in Qantas premium economy or economy will instead receive access to an American Airlines Admirals Club lounge.
The most popular choice here is the ‘main’ Admirals Club, situated adjacent to the Flagship Lounge in Concourse B, just beyond security, although a second Admirals Club can also be found near Gate 42 in Concourse C. The access requirements are the same for both lounges, and both have showers, handy before beginning the long journey home.
With Qantas and American Airlines using the same terminal, passengers with connections in New York will find it easier to change flights, as Qantas codeshares on several of AA’s New York services, including on routes to and from Boston, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Orlando, Raleigh Durham and Toronto, among others.
Qantas’ last day at JFK’s Terminal 7 will be April 2 2018 for both departures and arrivals, the airline's booking system confirms, with Qantas flight QF11 from Los Angeles arriving into Terminal 8 from April 3, and Qantas flight QF12 departing New York's Terminal 8 from the same date.
From September 1 2018, Qantas' daily Los Angeles-New York return flight – which carries passengers connecting to and from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – will also change from a Boeing 747 to the Boeing 787-9, continuing to offer business class, premium economy and economy.