NEWS: AA move to T3 confirmed, Could this tempt you to fly economy? and TLFL reader review competition

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American Airlines move to Terminal 3 confirmed

It has been confirmed that as well as the Iberia and British Airways moves to and from Terminal 3 and 5, all American Airlines flights will now depart from Heathrow Terminal 3 from 12 July 2022 instead of being spread across the two terminals. 

At present, it is not known if the changes are for the summer schedule or permanent. 


Could this tempt you to fly economy?

Although Air New Zealand is not currently flying to the UK there are usually a number of airfares that include Air New Zealand for the second leg to New Zealand. However, with the latest launch of economy beds, they could make an interesting redemption or add on to a flight you have bought to get part way to New Zealand. They are also launching new business class seats. 

I’d never normally consider economy on a long flight but having seen what Air New Zealand is planning I may have to reconsider. First, they brought us the Sky coach which was a row of economy seats that converted into a flat surface for sleeping. Now they have gone one better with proper beds. 

Air New Zealand’s new Dreamliners, due to arrive in 2024, will have a new Business Premier Luxe seat, designed for customers looking for more space and privacy, and Skynest, the world’s first sleep pods in the sky for Economy travellers. The eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners arriving from 2024 and retrofitted current 787-9 fleet will have either eight or four Business Premier Luxe seats, 42 or 22 Business Premier, 52 or 33 Premium Economy, 125 or 213 Economy seats, and specifically on the ultra-longhaul aircraft, six Skynest sleep pods.

Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty says the cabin’s interior design is inspired by the uniqueness of Aotearoa, from the forest inspired carpet to the seats that draw inspiration from New Zealand’s native bird, the Tui.

“Whether we are welcoming visitors or flying New Zealanders home, we want our customers to experience Aotearoa from the moment they step onboard – and get the best night’s rest.

“Research shows us the first night away from home is the hardest to get a good night’s sleep so everything we do onboard is to help create a sense of calm – from the lighting and sleep ritual including sleepy teas and balms, to the healthier food choices and breathable fabrics. Meditative onscreen content, Zentertainment, will also help customers unwind and get ready for rest.

The airline has also added a Sky Pantry to the Premium Economy and Economy cabins. Sustainability has been at the heart of the design process. Using modern fabrics, rather than leather, has saved around one kilogram in weight per Business Premier and Premium Economy seat, reducing overall carbon emissions. 


Business Premier Luxe

Business Premier Luxe

A luxury experience with all the features of Business Premier, but with a fully closing door and space for two to dine.


Economy Skynest

 The world’s first sleep pods in the sky, Skynest. Stretch out in one of six pods for part of your journey to sleep. We don’t know the exact details of how this will work – will you book part of the trip in a bunk or can you have it for the whole time?


TLFL reader review competition

If you have submitted a reader review since 1 June or plan to submit one by 31 July you could be in with a chance of winning a prize. Reader reviews allow us to publish a wider range of reviews and allow me an occasional day off too!

There will be three prizes:

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  • First prize – 25,000 Avios 
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7 Comments on "NEWS: AA move to T3 confirmed, Could this tempt you to fly economy? and TLFL reader review competition"

  1. Re skybed,

    You get 4 hour booking slots, with a 30 minute sanitisation window for the next pax. Not sure if they’ll let you book more than one slot.

  2. AA move is bad news.

    The intention was for BA and AA to share T5 so that they could introduce US border control at LHR.

    If that goes ahead then it is likely to be in T3 now and not T5.

    I hope that it is temporary. We will see.

    • I’d not heard that. Although there were only some of AAs flights at T5. I’d been told it was about connections

      • I had not heard of a potential US pre-clearance facility starting at LHR. I understood the original aim of moving some flights between T3/T5 was to facilitate better connections between AA/BA and reduce the need for the T3-T5 shuffle between flights thereby increasing revenue for both airlines as passengers may be more likely to fly codeshares if they dont have to transfer terminals to connect.

        I dont see the move of AA to T3 and BA to T5 as a completely bad thing. Given the potential upcoming industrial action by BA ground staff, I think consolodating the resources you have makes some sense – particularly as, even without a strike, BA are still short-staffed.

  3. If leaving from LHR with AA will you now still be able to use BA private terminal entrance and galleries first lounge if traveling AA first? Thanks in advance.

    • If you mean the first wing then no because that’s at T5. T3 does not have the equivalent. You can use the BA first lounge but you’d be much better off using the Cathay First lounge. The BA First lounge is nowhere near as nice as the Concorde Room. You can access any of the oneworld first lounges at T3 when flying AA.

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