On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, Cathay Pacific Lounge will open its doors to the very first guests. Located in Heathrow Terminal 3, the new lounge features separate Business Class and First Class areas. For Cathay Pacific Heathrow separating Business and First Class lounges are not traditional…
though this time the air-carrier decided to produce a unique product. The new Cathay lounge is 1,200 sq.m. big and 30% larger than its predecessor, SilverKris lounge by Singapore Airlines. The new design includes huge panoramic windows overlooking the airport runway, however, nothing can compete with the beauty of its interior design.
The new lounge
… areas took design cues from the warm residential vibe created by Cathay Pacific lounge designer Ilse Crawford. In addition to traditional ‘Dining Room’, which offers table service with freshly prepared dishes made-to-order by the chef, there is also “The Pantry”, where visitors can enjoy grab-and-go snacks, available through the whole day. Cathay Pacific General Manager Products, Leslie Lu, has told Australian Business Traveller that both lounges will reflect some of the elements of the airline’s superior concept, “The Pier” lounges.
“It’s not a small lounge but it’s not generous either, so we have a lot more limitations to balancing seating capacity and facilities like showers.”
Despite their modest size, the lounges will both feature a bar, the signature Noodle Bar in Business Class area. “On-the-go” food station, a la carte restaurant for First Class and workspace. AlosCathay’s signature offers, the airline makes an effort to incorporate local accents. In the case of the Heathrow lounges, so passengers may find such menu items fish and chips, burgers, curry and a specially selected craft beer.
The Noodle bar
The signature Noodle bar offers it’s visitors a choice of three dishes to choose from, for instance:
- Shrimp and pork wonton noodles, served with pak choi and spring onion in a clear soup broth.
- Dan Dan noodles: wheat noodles in a spicy peanut broth.
- Rick stick noodles, served with crab sticks, poku mushroom and spring onion in a clear broth.
Altogether with the richness of green plants and artwork by noted Chinese artist Han Feng, this lounge interior is a piece of art. Following, the lounges are further equipped with bespoke Solo Chairs, eight shower suites, giving First and Business Class passengers relaxing environment to unwind before their journeys, and as well “The Bureau” for those who may need somewhere quieter to work. Also there are comfortable tables and charging sockets for your gadgets, as well as free wi-fi.
In conclusion, Heathrow Cathay’s Business Class lounge will be available to all Cathay Pacific Business Class travelers. Plus Marco Polo Club Gold members and their Oneworld equivalents (including Qantas Gold and British Airways Silver). And of course, to all business class passengers of other Oneworld airlines departing from Heathrow Terminal 3 (including Qantas and BA). The First Class lounge welcomes first class travelers with Cathay Pacific and other Oneworld airlines from T3 (including Qantas and BA), Marco Polo Club Diamond members and their Oneworld equivalents (including Qantas Platinum and British Airways Gold). Opening hours are from 5:30am from Monday to Saturday and 7:30am on Sunday until 10:30pm.
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Credit to – Australian Business Traveler, Thedesignair, Cathay Pacific.