It was mentioned that checkin facilities could be combined for all of the Star carriers. A quick question. Do you think that this will require more coordination between the Star carriers and explanation of policies towards premium passengers from each airline for the workers? One problem with travelling on other Star carriers that I have heard is that often premium members (like P.E. or 1K with United) get stuck at the back of the aircraft when they fly the other carriers. My mother hates flying LH
to Europe because they always stick her in the back of the plane instead of in Economy Plus and never gets upgraded or has the opportunity to upgrade when she is on LH
. By the way, nothing against LH
, it is just an example.
Also, another considerable savings opportunity will be in terms of airport lounges. I assume that they would just open up a few common use lounges for all of the Star Alliance carriers and their members to use....like they were starting to do at other airports a while ago (are they still doing this?) I have only been in the UA
Red Carpet Club in LHR
, and that was very nice and impressive. I can imagine that when you combine the quality requirements of the other airlines, those are going to be really nice and impressive facilities. They are really going to put the US Red Carpet Clubs to shame!
Finally, while reading all of these posts, numerous questions have been swirling in my head about which gates are which. I was wondering if some people can clear things up for me.
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My first question was which was T2
. I thought that it was the long pier that runs parallel to runway 27R. However, I now get the idea that T2
is the terminal that is on the southeast corner of the central terminal complex. Is T2
, those two concourses (piers) down there? My next question is which pier is the UK/ Rep. of Ireland pier? Is it that long one that runs on the north side of the terminal area alongside 27R? If not, what is that concourse. Next, I know that the Europier is the one that has the segment that runs parallel to the crosswinds runway, but what are the other two (what are they used for?) that extend to the east? I think that I have used to longer one when flying British Midland. Finally, is the 380 ready Pier G(?) in T3
the one that extends off to the west on the NW
side? Many thanks to any replies.