Sky Team have opened their new communal lounge and check-in area in Heathrow’s Terminal 4, saying it will be a “template” for the future.

With all the Alliance’s carriers moving to the newly revamped terminal, the new facilities will available to Sky Team passengers irrespective of their route or airline –  a theme which they plan to replicate at other airports
“The move to Terminal 4 gives us an opportunity to present ourselves as an Alliance rather than in a fragmented way. This is a template to be used in other parts of the network” Sky Team’s chairman Leo van Wijk told journalists
Travellers with the alliance’s members, which include Air France, KLM, Alitalia, Delta and Aeroflot, will use shared check-in desks, self-service kiosk and bag drop off locations.

Once airside, premium passenger can use the lounge where designers have created a light, airy feel with features such as the ‘living wall’ – a mass of carefully nurtured plants – an oxygen room, a spa and a wine bar. Sky Team say that the move will bring imroved facilities for passengers and cost saving for its members.