Cathay Pacific have finally previewed their latest outstation lounge in Terminal 3 of London’s Heathrow Airport. Featuring separate First and Business Class areas, the London lounge which has been long awaited, matches the design template that Stusdioilse has brought to the other recent lounge openings.
The lounge, which officially opens its doors on Wednesday, 7 December features separate First and Business Class areas and is the only Cathay Pacific lounge outside of Hong Kong with these distinct zones. This highlights the importance of the London market to Cathay Pacific, where there is already considerable brand recognition due to its 5 daily Heathrow flights as well as Manchester and Gatwick routes that recently started.
The airline has managed to increase the footprint of the lounge. At 1,200 square metres, the new London lounge is 30 per cent larger than its predecessor. Although the lounge features floor-to-ceiling windows providing panoramic views of the airport’s apron and northerly runway, all eyes will initially be turned inwards, to the new furniture and interior design the lounge is boasting.
Naturally, being a new generation Cathay lounge similar to Bangkok, Haneda (Tokyo), Manila, Taipei and Vancouver, the space offers a calming environment and myriad of amenities that reflect Cathay Pacific’s brand ethos of a “Life Well Travelled”.
The London lounge has taken design cues from Cathay’s The Pier First Class lounge. In addition to LHR’s ‘The 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 delicacies with items changing throughout the day.
The Business Class area, meanwhile, is no less impressive, featuring Cathay Pacific’s signature Noodle Bar (an upgrade from the previous hole in the wall) and introducing ‘The Food Hall’, a vibrant space offering a wide range of Western and international dishes, including traditional British fare. There is also a full-service bar.
The lounge is further equipped with bespoke Solo Chairs, eight shower suites, giving First and Business Class passengers a calm and stress-free environment in which to unwind before their journeys, and The Bureau for those who may need somewhere quieter to work.
“Adorned with an abundance of plants and specially sourced artwork by noted Chinese artist Han Feng, this is a lounge that truly engages the senses, one that exemplifies the high regard that the airline places in Heathrow as a destination,” states the press release.
Cathay Pacific’s Heathrow stunning new lounge is open to First and Business Class passengers, Silver or above Marco Polo Club members, and Sapphire or above oneworld members. Opening hours are from 5:30am from Monday to Saturday and 7:30am on Sunday until 10:30pm.