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BRI­TISH AIR­WAYS’ new First Wing at Heathrow Ter­mi­nal 5 opened last month.

En­hanc­ing the pre­vi­ous First check-in area, the new “Wing” has a ded­i­cated se­cu­rity lane for first class pas­sen­gers (and top-tier BA Ex­ec­u­tive Club card­hold­ers, along with Emer­ald Oneworld). The fa­cil­ity also al­lows direct ac­cess to the Gal­leries First lounge, re­plac­ing the need for passh­old­ers to walk through the main ter­mi­nal.

The de­sign fea­tures an en­trance through a “scal­loped steel and glass en­clo­sure, with the cen­tre­piece car­ry­ing the iconic BA coat of arms”, and the checkin area has been ex­panded by some 250 per cent. Once in­side, a curved, fluted wall, three me­tres high and 29 me­tres long, “keeps the area sep­a­rate and pri­vate”.

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