This week saw the opening of SkyTeam’s latest beautiful lounge in Hong Kong International Airport. This is the latest major SkyTeam lounge opening since Sydney earlier this year. The ‘Exclusive’ Lounge is the result of a partnership between China Airlines and China Eastern airlines. It is SkyTeam’s first VIP Lounge in the Greater China region and the fourth to be opened after London, Istanbul and Sydney. Its opening represents a new milestone in the SkyTeam partnership within the Greater China region.
“China Airlines and China Eastern Airlines have set a precedent for SkyTeam members working together to set up an exclusive lounge. This is a major breakthrough.” Huang-hsiang Sun, China Airlines’ chairman hinted at the newest lounges to open up. “In the future, China Airlines will work even more closely with China Eastern Airlines on flights and air/ground operations and will also actively push for a role in SkyTeam’s planning on exclusive lounges at Frankfurt, Vancouver and Kuala Lumpur airports. China Airlines passengers will be able to enjoy an even more convenient and comfortable travel experience.”
Predominantly catering to CAL’s 10 flights a day to Taipei and China Eastern’s 9 to Shanghai, the lounge design hasn’t got any of the styling elements unique to China Airlines very impressive flagship lounge at Taipei, though it does follow the design cues of the lounges currently found in London, Istanbul and Sydney with same curved lines, clean design finishes and signature living walls.
The new lounge was designed by Brandimage, who is in charge of the design for all SkyTeam lounges (London Heathrow, Istanbul, Sydney, Hong Kong and soon to open Dubai and Beijing). “It conforms with SkyTeam guidelines in not highlighting individual airline brands. The design conveys a sense of stylish chic and lounge management is handled by Plaza Premium Lounge Management Limited, a first-class VIP lounge management company.” stated China Airlines in their press release.
The lounge, which offers seating for 230 passengers is found near Gate 15 on the Departures level of Terminal 1. It occupies a total of 1,038 sq.m. and includes a VIP room, lounge area, dining area with a hot and cold buffet of international cuisine,an extensive bar selection, business center, TV room and yoga room (that’s a first we think!).
It’s no surprise that gourmet Asian cuisine is the signature of the SkyTeam Exclusive Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport. The “On-demand Noodle Bar” (a successful product, already found in lounges by China Airlines and Cathay Pacific) provides three types of noodles cooked on demand that will appeal to more than 80% of Asian customers’ tastes. For passengers on long-distance flights wishing to relax their minds and bodies, a private “Yoga Room” is available where they can meditate and stretch their limbs. The iconic ‘Living Wall’ boasts 50 different plant species – which brings a touch of nature to the travel experience at each of SkyTeam’s lounge around the world.
We love the look of the new SkyTeam lounge. Whilst we may have mentioned in the past about the dated neutral decor in the Heathrow lounge, it was the blueprint and has certainly aged over the years. However, Brandimage has obviously learned from the previous lounges on offer, simplifying the product, offering high-quality finishes, and pairing back the design, to allow it to be more architectural, peaceful and timeless.
The SkyTeam Exclusive Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport welcomes Business Class passengers, Dynasty Flyer Paragon/ Emerald/ Gold Card members and SkyTeam Elite Plus members. Dynasty Flyer Paragon/Emerald card-holders and SkyTeam Elite Plus members may also invite one companion traveling on the same SkyTeam flight to the lounge.
The opening hours are currently 5:30 a.m – 1:30 a.m. The lounge will therefore be open three hours before the first regular flight operated by member airlines takes off and will close after the final flight of member airlines takes off (adjusted depending on flight schedules).