Must-read Earlier Installments:
- Singapore, Cathay, and Qantas First Class.. Some of the Best Meals of My Life, and a Tour of Hyatts in Bangkok, Singapore, and Sydney
- Inside the New Oneworld Lounge at LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal
- Cathay Pacific First Class, Los Angeles – Hong Kong
On arrival in Hong Kong you head to the nearest transit point where you show your connecting boarding pass and proceed through security. Laptop out, shoes stay on, there’s rarely much of a line. Once past the checkpoint you head up the escalator (or elevator, as you wish) to the departures level and on to your gate or lounge.
Cathay Pacific’s flagship lounge is ‘The Wing’. For departing passengers originating in Hong Kong it’s just past immigration (turn left). It’s near the lowest numbered gates one through four.
Hong Kong’s airport is a huge sprawling complex with a ton of walking, so if I had arrived at a far gate, and especially if I was departing from one, I’d have used a different lounge like The Pier. But since I both arrived and would connect onward from close-in gates I used the Wing for a quick shower and to catch up on e-mail before my onward connection to Bangkok.
The open lounge’s refresh is most apparent in the restaurant space which is larger and brighter, more aesthetically interesting, and now with better food including options cooked-to-order rather than jsut a buffet and also in the cabanas which are enlarged and made more modern. The cabanas are the best airport showers anywhere.
On this visit, though, for the first time I wasn’t able to get a cabana and had to settle for one of the shower rooms… also nice, just smaller.
After a quick refresh I went into the lounge. I wasn’t hungry so I didn’t pop into the restaurant this visit, I just found myself a seat to get some work done.
It’s worth noting, since I’ve given other lounges criticism for this, the Wing has only local-style electric outlets. It’s apparently an airport regulation, although The Bridge lounge has USB power ports as well.
No bar time for me, no champers either. It was early, and I had to head to my next flight.