Before Terminal 2 at Heathrow has actually had its first passenger through, it is racking up some unique stats.
Ahead of its planned opening on June 4th 2014 the leisure and retail sectors within the terminal have clocked up several notable firsts.
Retail therapy lovers will be able to enjoy the world’s first personal shopping lounge complete with an accredited stylist to get your holiday or business trip off to the perfectly styled start regardless of ticket type!
British high street brand John Lewis will open its very first airport store whilst quirky Michelin starred chef Heston Blumenthal has gone slightly lower tech in one area of his kitchen and installed a wood-burning oven in his The Perfectionists Café, a UK airport first.
Not too far away from him four delightful female chefs have opened their very first airport business, the Gorgeous Kitchen and yes they are gorgeous to look at and so too is apparently the view from their restaurant of the airport itself!
Yet another first sees Hong Kong based businessman Song Hoi See open his very first and independent Plaza Premium Lounge anywhere in Europe. This top-notch product is open to any class of passenger and costs around £38 per person for lounge access with a food selection, drink, freshly baked bread, high speed Wifi Internet, TV, charging points, luxury showers, international spapers and magazines. Some services are extra, like champagne bar, relaxation rooms, massages and spa treatments.
CASE LUGGAGE AND SUN GLASS HUT
One beer supplier Fullers have brewed a very special beer that will be on tap and is called Wingman yet another first for an airport. The very feminine and floral clothing brand of have joined in with the firsts, as they have their first airport store in the terminal too.
Dixons will be expanding product ranges with some high end cameras at T2 with brands like Hasselblad and Leica on sale there for the first time in any of their airport stores.
Retailers like Thomas Pink and Sunglass Hut have embraced technology and you can digitally try dozens of sunglass styles to get the perfect pair or with Pink order a bespoke made shirt or blouse using their large table computer screen in the store.
Retail and catering names that passengers will also see at T2 are the likes of Caviar House, Case Luggage, Boots, Yoi Sushi, EAT, Ted Baker, Harrods, Hugo Boss, Bulgari, Burberry and of course World Duty Free.
There are some amazing facts about T2 itself:
1. It cost £2.5 Billion
2. 35,000 people have worked on the project
3. 80,000 passengers per day will use it
4. 24,000 people will be employed once opened
5. 25 airlines will use the terminal
6. 332 flights per day
7. 51 destinations to be served
8. 24 Departure gates
9. 52 Retail stores
10. 17 bars and restaurants
T2 will be home to Star Alliance airline members which includes operators like, Thai Airways, Air Canada, Austrian, Air New Zealand, Swiss, Turkish Airlines, Singapore Airlines, United, Air China with independent airlines such as Aer Lingus, Germanwings and Little Red part of Virgin also its customers.
In terms of its environmental credentials T2 is Heathrow’s most sustainable terminal, it allows natural light into its interior with huge 10 metre high windows, it has one of the largest biomass boilers in the UK. 20% of the terminal’s energy comes from reable and its CO2 emissions are 40.5% less than it would have been back under 2006 regulations.