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American Airlines and British Airways co-locate in New York JFK’s newly-expanded Terminal 8

Terminal 8 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport is ready to receive passengers from American Airlines and British Airways

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The newly renovated Terminal 8 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport is ready to receive passengers from American Airlines and British Airways. Customers will benefit from an improved travel experience with seamless travel connections starting on December 1, 2022 as the two airlines co-locate operations as part of a $400 million investment. This marks the completion of the first phase of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s redevelopment of the airport.

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To celebrate British Airways’ move from Terminal 7 to Terminal 8; New York Governor Kathy Hochul, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, American Airlines, and British Airways today announced the opening of a newly expanded Terminal 8, marking the completion of the first phase of the historic JFK Vision Plan that is transforming the international airport into a world-class global hub.

Operational enhancements of Terminal 8 include five new widebody gates, four new widebody parking positions, and an expanded and upgraded baggage handling system that will together support additional transatlantic flights. The terminal has also been expanded with approximately 130,000 square feet of additional and refurbished space.

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Premium customers traveling on both airlines will be able to enjoy an elevated travel journey. Upon arrival at JFK, premium customers will be greeted at the brand-new co-branded premium check-in area providing personalized, concierge-style service. Thoughtfully designed architectural elements will also define an exclusive check-in space for eligible customers.

The two brand new lounges – Chelsea and Soho – have been designed with original high-end finishes — evoking a unique sense of space while elevating the experience and service offered to every guest. Gensler, the world’s leading architecture and design firm, was commissioned to design the premium check-in area and lounges, and Sodexo Magic will deliver an outstanding offering of food and drinks to lounge customers.

Terminal 8’s expansion is a critical component of the JFK Vision Plan that is transforming the airport into what will be one of the world’s finest international gateways with a 21st-century customer experience and increased connectivity for travelers. The move by British Airways will bring the storied carrier closer to its partner airlines as Terminal 8 becomes home for five oneworld® Alliance carriers. Iberia plans to move into Terminal 8 on Dec. 1, and Japan Airlines expects to move its operations to Terminal 8 in May 2023.

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Korean Air Rolls Out Next-Generation Business Class: ‘Prestige Suites 2.0’

Korean Air Rolls Out Next-Generation Business Class: ‘Prestige Suites 2.0’

Korean Air has introduced its latest business class offering, the Prestige Suites 2.0, set to make its debut aboard the airline’s new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner fleet.

This new product marks a significant upgrade from the previous Collins Apex forward-facing staggered seats, known as Prestige Suites. The Prestige Suites 2.0 is designed in a staggered 1-2-1 configuration, ensuring each passenger direct aisle access and ample privacy.

The seats offer 46 inches of pitch, 21 inches of width, and can be transformed into a flat bed measuring between 78.2 and 79.2 inches. A standout feature of these seats is the inclusion of privacy doors that stand 52 inches high, offering a more secluded experience even when positioned closer to the aisle.

Tech-savvy travelers will appreciate the suite’s cutting-edge features, which include a 23.8-inch ultra-high-definition entertainment monitor, 60W USB-C charging, AC power outlets, and wireless charging capabilities.

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Moreover, Korean Air’s Boeing 787-10s will be the first in the fleet to offer Wi-Fi, enhancing connectivity for passengers. The new business class seats come with a range of amenities aimed at maximizing comfort and convenience. These include a storage cubby, a handheld remote, USB-C charging ports, and universal outlets.

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The wireless charging pad is a notable highlight, reflecting the suite’s advanced technological integration. The layout of the Prestige Suites 2.0 comprises 10 rows of seats in a 1-2-1 arrangement, specifically rows 7-16 in the business class cabin. The cabin is flanked by lavatories and galleys at both the front and the rear, ensuring easy access for all passengers.

A striking departure from Korean Air’s traditional design, the new seats feature a bold brown color palette. This is a significant change from the airline’s iconic Morning Calm blue and bright white interiors.

The new design incorporates semi-matte deep brown side consoles with metallic tops, brushed coppery-almond cabinet doors, and textured tan interior shrouds, giving the cabin a modern and sophisticated look.

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