Qantas has announced it is switching terminals from JFK’s Terminal 7 to the American Airlines Terminal 8 from 3 April 2018.
Currently the airline operates a once daily flight in and out of JFK with a Boeing 747-400 which will then switch to Qantas’ brand new Boeing 787-9 from 1 September 2018.
Some will be daunted by the news of the switch as Terminal 8 is the largest passenger terminal in the JFK airport and is twice the size of Madison Square Garden. Check in and security will be manic but the move is a big win for premium travellers.
The move would provide all passengers easier connections from or to American Airlines flights, which all depart out of Terminal 8. In addition Qantas premium passengers and Oneworld elites will be able to take advantage of the express check in and security process by using the AA Flagship First Check-In.
Lounge lizards will also be in for a treat with the lounge experience upgraded from the tired British Airways lounges in Terminal 7 to American Airlines’ new Flagship Lounge. From experience the lounge was impressive in terms of ‘American standards’, even offering some decent beverage options including Taittinger NV and sometimes Bollinger.
I look forward to the changes but can’t deny that I will miss the personalised BA lounge service.
What do you think of the move? Are you excited by it or think this is a poor deal for travellers?