I doubt T5 investing in a seperate lounge, they and BA will both invest in the galleries lounge franchise at heathrow and improve that together to the level of BA's and AA's newly refurbished lounges in the states
More Lounge space is badly needed at T5 complex, even more if Covid meassures go on... It seems T5C is a suitable solution.
It is still unclear what will happen with the AArivals Lounge at T3. Right now BA longhaul passengers at T3 (and I think also QF) could use it. I guess now they'll have to make their way to T5 to use the BA arrivals lounge.
I agree, this doesn't all make sense on a long-term basis (and we are saying that being the point that levels get back to a vague normality). As much as people can rave about the easier connections coming off AA metal, for BA their first priority is keeping as many of their own flights under the same T5 roof. Sure AA is their most important partner but they have to focus on number 1 first and bringing AA into T5 means they have to shift more of their own flights to T3. Does anyone know what the status of T5D as was is, and further to that the extension of the underground link train to link T5D pier and T3? Given the original plan many moons ago was to have US pre-clearance there, that would make a little more sense for a transfer across.
T5D is not in HAL mind even with Runway3
So i doubt it changes just because AA and BA want to share facilities. T5D will take A LOT of work, time and money that is a priority elsewhere and it really doesn´t add that much. T3 is "scheduled" to go away, but first Heathrow East Phase 2 is to happen before
BA MUST... I will repeat again MUST operate out of another terminal because its entire (regular pre-COVID) operation does not fit at T3.
So they live with it. First, BA allocated several oneworld codeshared destinations (HEL, MAD/BCN... the QF Kangaroo JV...) and some others that could bear the 757 (LIS,NCE) to keep them away from T5... After the 757s were gone, they shuffled around vaious destinations from season to season to the point that this were the T3 flights pre-Covid out of T3:
Billund (from 27th October)
Hannover (from 27th October)
Luxembourg (until 27th October)
Lyon (until 27th October)
Pula (Summer only)
Zagreb (from 27th October)
NairobiPhoenix (until 27th October)
San Diego (from 27th October)
Give or take... again at a regular operation that we don't know when that would be... 20 more flights at T5 complex, means 20 more BA flights at T3. And it will not be the end of the world.
AA will benefit from shorter MCT to SOME BA flights. Some connecionts (+20 more flights) will still need to be bussed between T3-T5 for their onward connection.
The ones in bold could be trouble. You're having ALL AA FLIGHTS at T5, while some AA codeshares opereted by BA will be at T3. That will be fun for some passengers for sure at check-in...
the gates built for the 380 will be refurbished from Code F down to Code E which would mean more gates.
I don't know how much is to gain. the max number of parking spaces you see at a T5 satellite bulding is 9. (T5B west side). T5B east and T5C both sides are 8. WAY TOO MUCH hassle to gain one parking space that would be... remote. There is no jetway to attach. Notice T5 has only 12 jetway-capable parking spaces when there could be easily be 2 more... But it was a design/implementation choice.
There is no problem with gates at LHR, nor at any other european airport.
I read somewhere that the AA flights will all operate out of T5C, and that a oneworld-branded lounge will be built there. I understand there has always been provision for a lounge in T5CL but it was never built.
I can’t find the link, but I will keep searching and when I find it, I will post it.
A oneworld branded lounge sounds fine... but only IB-BA-AA will be using that terminal. Assuming it's T5C, altough it makes all the sense to be at that building. But I guess it's OK as long as all tier users of the terminal can use it...