Cathay Pacific today opened the long awaited lounge for passengers travelling out of Taiwan Taoyuen International Airport. Located at Level 4 in the Departure Hall of Terminal 1, the newly renovated Taipei lounge adopts the airline’s new lounge design ethos that has already won praise from passengers in other key Cathay Pacific destinations within the region including Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Manila and Bangkok.
Much larger than the Haneda lounge, the new Taipei lounge measures in at 1,253 square metres with seating for 245 people – approximately 100 more than the previous lounge, which will help the airline cater to its 114 weekly flights. The new facility, managed by Plaza Premium, features a comfortable environment, with an emphasis on understated luxury no matter which class the passengers fly, either First or Business class.
Like the rest of the outstation lounges that Cathay runs, there is an enhanced focus on food and beverage services, and the dining area in Taipei features the airline’s signature Noodle Bar, which offers a selection of noodle soup including Wonton Noodle soup, (our favourite) Dan Dan Noodles as well as authentic Taiwanese Beef Noodle soup for a taste of Taiwan.
Continuing the local influence, lounge guests can also enjoy Taiwanese favourites such as Minced Pork Rice and Bubble Milk Tea. Another dining highlight is the Food Hall, where passengers can enjoy a wide selection of lighter items such as cold cuts, cheeses, salads, fruits, desserts and tapas. Freshly blended cocktails and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages are served at the Bar.
Studioilse, the London-based design studio led by Ilse Crawford, has brought all the design sensibilities we have already seen in Cathay’s other lounges this year, working with warm, natural materials like wood and stone, softening the acoustics where possible and adopting a considered approach to lighting as well as offering strong visual statements such as the bronze bars and ceramic green fired tiles found in the noodle bar.
In a big move from Cathay’s signature Solus chairs, the three quarter circular booths that were synonymous with Cathay’s lounges around the world, the carrier has adopted a brand new design for 2016.
The Taipei lounge is the first to feature the new Solo Chair, a spacious seat that has been designed with high partitions on either side to give passengers extra privacy, similar in principle to the seats found in Singapore Airlines lounges.
Each chair is equipped with a side table, reading lamp and a coat hook, and provides the flexibility to either curl up and relax or catch up on last-minute emails prior to boarding a flight.
Naturally, Cathay have also thought about the business traveller’s needs as well, and their new workspace area dubbed ‘The Bureau’ provides five individual workstations with dual operating system iMacs and printers. Free Wi-Fi access is also available throughout the lounge. We love the new look Taipei lounge, which has successfully continued Cathay’s drive to offer residential feel spaces, offering greater warmth and comfort to their premium passengers throughout their journey.
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