American Airlines and British Airways have announced further details of their plans to co-locate operations at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 8.

Made possible by a $400m investment to redevelop, expand and enhance the terminal, the move, expected to take effect on December 1, 2022, will bring the Atlantic Joint Business partners closer together. Jointly, the terminal investments and co-location will offer a more seamless customer experience while supporting the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s ambitious plan to transform JFK into a leading global airport.

American and British Airways were the first carriers to begin redevelopment efforts at JFK, breaking ground in January 2020 on five new wide-body gates, four new wide-body hardstand parking positions, an enhanced baggage handling system, new customer amenities and expanded premium guest offerings — including approximately 130,000ft2 of new and renovated terminal space.

Tom Stevens, British Airways’ director of brand and customer experience, said: “New York holds a special place in our heart as one of our most well-loved and important destinations. Our move to the redeveloped and expanded Terminal 8 will bring a range of benefits for our customers, including a better transfer experience.

“British Airways will remain in Terminal 7 until December 1, 2022, and we have continued to invest in the experience for our customers, including our check-in area, concessions and lounges.”

When complete later this year, premium customers travelling on both airlines and other oneworld partners will have access to a reimagined journey through JFK.

As customers arrive at Terminal 8, a co-branded premium check-in area providing personalised, concierge-style service for top-tier guests will replace American’s former Flagship First Check-In space.

Once through security, three distinctive custom lounges will provide a welcoming pre-flight experience for select guests, based on cabin of travel and loyalty programme status. The expanded premium lounge offerings will incorporate seating for approximately 1,000.

The most exclusive of the three will have a champagne bar, fireside lounge and à la carte dining room.

Adjacent, another premium lounge will feature airside views, a wine bar, cocktail lounge, library and buffet. American’s Flagship Lounge and Concourse B Admirals Club will be repurposed into a lounge for eligible business class customers.

Work on Terminal 8 will be complete in December. Until then, British Airways will continue to operate at JFK’s Terminal 7.