London’s Heathrow Terminal 2 celebrated its soft launch this week with the inaugural flight flown by United Airlines. The terminal will serve as the airport’s hub for Star Alliance carriers, making seamless connections for the 26 airlines that it will eventually house. Star carriers including Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, and South African Airways will utilitize the new US$4.2 billion terminal. There are currently more Star Alliance airlines at Heathrow than any other airport in the world. Previously the oldest of Heathrow’s five terminals, the entire building was demolished as part of an airport revitalization plan. Along with a sleek new design, including a massive 78-meter aluminum sculpture titled “Slipstream” by artist Richard Wilson, the terminal includes new innovations including printable baggage tag machines allowing passengers to alight without lengthy lines for service. Named The Queen’s Terminal, the terminal can handle 330 flights per day and about 20 million passengers per year.
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