OR Tambo lounge reopens

The refurbished British Airways lounge at OR Tambo

British Airways has opened its refurbished Johannesburg lounge, part of its £6.5 billion customer investment plan

Situated on the first floor in international departures, the 880m2 floor space has been converted into one spacious lounge, with a dedicated boutique dining area for First customers.

A new design concept, which debuted in 2018 incorporates local design features with the best of British to deliver a luxurious and contemporary look with warm, welcoming African notes.

Seats in the refurbished British Airways lounge at OR Tambo

Comfortably hosting 247 customers, the lounge offers a modern, lobby bar area for socialising, a brasserie dining area,and office space with ample work stations and power outlets. A peaceful, separate area with elegant armchairs, banquette seating and complementary magazines and newspapers is available for customers who want to relax ahead of their journey.

Zoned areas enable guests to select their preferred area. The lighting is specifically tailored for each zone and adjusted to be appropriate for the time of day.

The lobby bar, with its signature lighting, offers an extensive display of spirts, beers, soft drinks, and a selection of fine South African wines.

Comfort is key in the newly refurbished British Airways lounge at OR Tambo

Catering in the onsite kitchen is provided by Food Directions, also serving the award-winning SLOW lounges, popular with customers flying on on Comair’s domestic and regional services.

The menu includes fresh seasonal salads, mezze, local charcuterie and Indezi River cheeses as well as traditional comfort-food favourites such as Cape Malay curry.

The newly introduced First Boutique Dining pairs a pre-flight al-la-carte menu, designed by the in-house chef, with an extensive wine list.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said: “We’re delighted to present the next step in our significant customer investment with the re-opening of the Johannesburg lounge.

Every detail has been carefully designed and we’ve created a space to meet our customers’ needs – whether they want to relax with a hot meal, work in peace or enjoy a drink at the lobby bar.”

British Airways has completed the renovation of its First and Club lounges in New York’s JFK Terminal 7. A new contemporary lounge has also been unveiled in San Francisco, with sweeping views of the runways. Further investment is planned with a new British Airways lounge in Geneva, set to open this year.

The new OR Tambo lounge opens as the airline is investing £6.5 billion for its customers over five years, including the installation of the best-quality Wi-Fi and power in every aircraft seat, fitting 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors and taking delivery of 72 new aircraft. This year the airline has also introduced its Club Suite, a new business class seat with direct aisle access.