A look at British Airways’ new first-class lounge at OR Tambo International airport

British Airways (BA) has opened its new lounge in O.R. Tambo International Airport.

The lounge has undergone significant refurbishment with the new and improved space being converted into one large lounge with a dedicated boutique dining area for First customers.

BA said that the carefully curated lounge follows a new design concept for the airline, which debuted in 2018, and features the very best of British and South African design

“The 880 square metre lounge can host up to 247 customers and offers a modern lobby bar area for socialising, a brasserie dining area and office space with ample work stations with power outlets,” it said.

“A peaceful, separate seating area with a mix of elegant armchairs and banquette seating is available for those who wish to recharge ahead of their journey with complimentary magazines and newspapers.”

It added that zoned areas in the lounge will enable guests to choose what area they would like to relax in depending on their mood, with a music system and bespoke playlist.


BA said its new lobby bar is stocked with a tempting display of spirits, beers and soft drinks together with a selection of fine wines.

The lounge also features new kitchen facilities which offer an enhanced dining menu of hot and cold options including Cape Malay curry, fresh seasonal salads, mezze, local charcuterie and Indezi river cheeses.

First Boutique Dining offers a pre-flight a-la-carte menu carefully curated by the in-house chef, complemented by an extensive wine list.




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

“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, the lounge will get their travels off to the best start.”

The refurbished Johannesburg lounge comes 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, she said.


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A look at British Airways’ new first-class lounge at OR Tambo International airport