British Airways Opens New Galleries Lounge at Newark Airport
As part of an $8 million investment that British Airways is making over the next five years, the airline today opened its new Galleries lounge at Newark Liberty International Airport today. Double the size of the previous lounge, the new lounge is located closer to security, near gates B50-58, cutting walking time to the lounge in half.
In a phone interview today with Frequent Business Traveler, Simon Talling-Smith, executive vice president, Americas, at British Airways said, “BA is a premium airline. You can only win in the premium airline game if you keep up the pace of investing in products and services.”
“BA thinks Newark is a very important part of the North American market,” he added. “You can’t serve New York if you’re not serving Newark.”
Talling-Smith said that BA has taken many design cues from its lounges at Heathrow Terminal 5 for the Newark Galleries lounge. “What’s especially remarkable about Newark is that it’s easy to get to the lounge from check-in. And once there, you can look out of tremendous big windows, straight out onto the runway.”
The new Galleries lounge accommodates First and Club World guests in separate areas, with private dining booths featuring table service for First passengers, and self-serve pre-flight dining for Club World passengers.
The new lounge also features two new Silver Bars serving top-shelf spirits and wines, updated work and entertainment zones with computers, power outlets, TVs, and free Wi-Fi, and a new shower suite.