THE INSIDE TRACK • February 2023

Five fantastic airport lounges around the world

We know how important travel is, which is why we’re part of the oneworld® alliance that can take you to more than 900 destinations worldwide. Even better, depending on your tier, you can enjoy the lounges and privileges of other oneworld member airlines. Breanna Mroczek shares five of our favourites with unique benefits if you’re travelling in Business or First

British Airways Concorde Room

British Airways Concorde Room

London, Heathrow Airport
At this fresh and modern lounge in the capital, you can relax with a glass of luxury Laurent Perrier Grand Siècle Champagne (the same brand you receive in First on board our flights). Plus enjoy a made-to-order meal – the menu changes throughout the day and includes a full English breakfast and several vegetarian options. The spacious room and availability of cosy booths ensure you’ll find quiet and privacy, if needed. Get some fresh air before your flight and go for a stroll on the outdoor terrace. Or rest and recharge with a nap in a luxurious RestWorks sleep pod in the Forty Winks relaxation zone – you’ll also find a similar set-up in our First Lounge, also in Terminal 5.

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Lounge

Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Lounge

Doha, Hamad International Airport
Long layovers are no match for this enormous and tranquil lounge in Doha, which has amenities to meet the needs of any type of traveller. Get some work done in the business centre or refuel with a coffee in the café. No matter what time you arrive, you can order a selection of international dishes – from tenderloin steak and gobi saag masala – in the upscale main restaurant that’s open 24/7. After a more chill atmosphere? Grab a meal from the buffet (we recommend the Arabic mezze). Afterwards, recharge with a shower in the fully equipped bathroom space. Families will feel right at home in the ‘living room’, which is complete with personal televisions and an impressive games room that has a Formula 1 simulator.

British Airways and American Airlines Chelsea Lounge

British Airways and American Airlines Chelsea Lounge

New York City, John F Kennedy Airport
Recently opened at the end of 2022, this NYC lounge has a striking suspended fireplace in the centre of the room and plenty of marble and velour accents, plus a selection of unique experiences for those wanting to enjoy a drink or two. Sip a glass of bubbly from the list of 17 Champagnes and sparkling wines or try a Champagne flight – a suggested selection of three types of Champagne – to find a new favourite. A custom cocktail list has been developed especially for the Chelsea Lounge, or you can ask the bartender to mix up something special. Order a glass of wine and it’ll be poured from a speciality dispenser to ensure it is served at its perfect temperature.   

Japan Airlines First Class Lounge

Japan Airlines First Class Lounge

Tokyo, Narita Airport
This warm and elegant Tokyo lounge has its own mobile app to facilitate a smooth experience for all jetsetters. If you have a long day of travel, book a private shower room in advance. À la carte meals (think ramen and signature curry) can be customised through the app and enjoyed in the many seating areas across multiple floors. See master chefs at work at Sushi Tsurutei and indulge in fresh, high-quality sashimi, rolls and cones, plus a selection of sake (or order from the app if you want to sit elsewhere). Spend some time visiting the Red Suite for a drink and to see an impressive selection of aviation- and travel-themed artefacts and memorabilia.

Quantas departure board

Qantas International First Lounge

Sydney, Kingsford Smith Airport
This Sydney lounge ranks as one of the most architecturally magnificent airport hideaways in the world. Bathe in the soft light of a halo-shaped dome structure overhead, and listen to the ASMR clicks and clacks of a retro split-flap departures board as you enter this serene space. With striking wooden frames, signature Italian seating by Poltrona Frau and circular enclaves well stocked with magazines, the lounge is full of artistic finishes that’ll put you at ease pre-flight. Still after more calm? Head to the First Lounge spa for an hour-long Thai First Class massage. That’ll do the trick.

To find out all about British Airways’ Valentine’s lounge takeover and for a tease of more lounge surprises to come, click here 

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