Hong Kong Cathay Pacific The Wing - Business Class Section

 

Hong Kong Cathay Pacific The Wing Lounge
Hong Kong Cathay Pacific The Wing Lounge - Business Class Section
For many passengers the Cathay Pacific The Wing Hong Kong Lounge is the main Cathay Pacific lounge at its hub in Hong Kong. It isn't - but it's really the first one many passengers come to, because of its right at the "root" of the airport.

There are two levels to the Wing Lounge Hong Hong.

On the ground floor first is to the left, and business to the right, while upstairs business dominates the entire area. The Hong Kong Cathay Pacific The Wing lounge has an open-air granite design which gives it a spacious feel (but also means that there is a greater noise level when flights are departing from one of the gates underneath it).

The Hong Kong Wing Lounge has published opening hours afrom 6.30am, but they generally start opening the doors with basic service at 5am. The Wing is also used by Aeroflot, Shenzen Airlines, plus the Star Alliance interlopers, Swiss, and South African Airways (perhaps a hangover from when they were closely aligned with oneWorld).

Hong Kong Cathay Pacific The Wing Lounge
Hong Kong Cathay Pacific The Wing Lounge - Business Class Section

There is a small lounge on the ground floor, and then a much larger lounge upstairs, which is vast; as a result the edge is slightly taken off its elegant and stylish interior. Indeed, it can seem a bit formulaic with red and yellow armchairs in long lines, facing coffee tables, separated by room dividers.

Revamped in the latter half of 2011 and 2012, the Hong Kong Cathay Pacific The Wing renovations were designed by London-based architects Foster & Partners. They did a very good job. Major changes introduced as part of the revamp are that the computers and the showers have moved downstairs, as part of the concept to have the upstairs much more airy and open plan.

The refurbished Cathay Pacific The Wing Lounge downstairs offers 28 comfortable armchairs in rather revolting orange leather, and nine of the unique Cathay Solus Chairs against the rear wall. These ones, unlike the ones in the Cabin, are made out of grey leather, but feature the usual flip down tray and slightly uncomfortable padded leather seat.

Cathay Pacific Hong Kong The Wing Business Lounge
Hong Kong Cathay Pacific The Wing Lounge - Business Class Section

These chairs line the wall of the room, while in the centre are red leather armchairs, and at the windows, black leather swivel chairs.

Downstairs at the far end of the Hong Kong Wing Lounge there is also a new self-serve buffet counter featuring the usual selection of Asian and Western hot dishes along with cold food selections, in large brushed aluminium tureens. Alas, this all means that the old smoking bar has bitten the dust (partly because it is also now illegal).

The Level 6 Business Class Lounge is now also downstairs, and has 26 brand new fast computers, of course free Wireless internet access, and a fax and photocopier in one corner.

Upstairs it's a rather different beast, although the good news is a new arrival: The Coffee Loft where you can look out onto truly amazing views of the airport below, and the hills of Hong Kong through the window. They also brew a mean cup of tea in the Hong Kong Cathay Pacific The Wing.

Cathay Pacific The Wing Hong Kong Lounge
Hong Kong Cathay Pacific The Wing Lounge - Business Class Section

Also upstairs, don't miss the "The Long Bar". It's easy to skip it and think that there isn't a bar in the Wing Hong Kong Business Class lounge. There is: to get to it wiggle up the corridor beside the upstairs reception, and there there is a large bright open space with a long low bar, overlooking the airport and the runway. It's great, if only because few people find it.

Food

Food is well catered for with "The Noodlebar". It offers a vast range of fresh prepared Asian noodle dishes from an a la carte menu. To get the true Wagamama feeling, you even sit on long wooden benches, at high wooden tables. Just pop up to the serving hatch with your order. If this sounds a bit to ethnic for your tastes, there is the choice of more western food, like sandwiches, from the usual buffet corner.
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong The Wing Business Lounge
Hong Kong Cathay Pacific The Wing Lounge - Business Class Section

"The Short Bar" is the smaller brother in the corner, with just four high stools, but it's well worth while investigating, as it offers Haagen Dazs ice cream, and a fridge with cakes, crisps, salads, and even a basket with fresh fruit. Tucked away around the Corner is another bar, in of all places, the middle of the Smoking Room.

Bar

Drinks are well catered for at "The Long Bar" in the Cathay Pacific The Wing Lounge, that curiously, it is 28.5 meters long, which still allows Swiss to claim that their Long Bar half a world away in Zurich is the longest airline lounge bar in the world, even if by just 10cm. Alas, the seats here are nearly as uncomfortable as the ones in Switzerland, being square lumpy stools.

Thankfully the drinks selection is great, with champagne and cocktails mixed by a waiter, however to keep the minimalist look, all the drinks are kept out of sight.

Hong Kong Cathay Pacific The Wing Lounge
Hong Kong Cathay Pacific The Wing Lounge - Business Class Section
There are snacks at the long bar too, with Dan Dan Mien (chicken in Spicey Crushed peanut sauce), Won Ton Noodles and soup, Ramen, and Beef Brisket, under the small metal heater.

Bathrooms

Downstairs in the Hong Kong Wing Lounge are some very nice showers - each equipped with own toilet and wash basin. The vastly uprated showers (24 in total) are very good indeed offering a large shower cubical lined with large sandstone tiles, access off a dark black granite corridor. Biotherm cosmetic products are left in the cubicles.

Business Facilities

There is a vast business centre in the downstairs section, with lots of working desks with phones and laptop network sockets, around strange twins of brown armchairs, and a desk with one chair: just spot and see how many business people seat their other halves at the chair, while they work at the desk and totally ignore them.
Hong Kong Cathay Pacific The Wing Lounge
Hong Kong Cathay Pacific The Wing Lounge - Business Class Section

Food is theoretically banned in this part of the lounge, but it's rare to see this policed.

There is of course free Wireless internet access, and lots of PCs if you need one. There is a fax and photocopier in one corner, if you really need it.

Upstairs is "The Reading Room" with very uncomfortable chairs, and a vast selection of international newspapers and magazines, on the rack by the door. There are all the usual Hong Kong and Chinese papers, plus The Sydney Morning Herald and Australia, Financial Time, Times, Guardian, and even the Observer on Sundays. Such is the Cathay Pacific The Wing Hong Kong - you get a lot, and you get quality.

There used to be a Lounge Entertainment System in the Hong Kong Wing Lounge, which was very similar to the entertainment system you'll get on the plane, with a small LCD screen and headsets, but in a hard plastic shell called "The Pebble".

Cathay Pacific Hong Kong The Wing Business Lounge
Hong Kong Cathay Pacific The Wing Lounge - Business Class Section

Alas The Pebble has bitten the dust. However on the walls there are large flat screen TVs, and on these you can select channels (Mainly Domestic Chinese ones). There is also a Flight Information screen by reception.

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