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Inside Cathay Pacific's 'The Arrival' Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport

February 20, 2013 at 6:19 PM | by | ()

Flying Cathay Pacific or Dragonair in Business or First Class to Hong Kong? Lucky you, not just because you'll be kicking back in bigger seats on what is a very long flight, but you're heading for one of our absolute favorite places in the entire world. Sure, Hong Kong is excellent, but we're talking about the airport itself!

Cathay Pacific, being the flag carrier and largest airline at HKG, takes huge pride in their elite lounges. Airside, we've already toured you through the premium playgrounds that are The Wing, The Cabin and The Pier, but there's also one sweet little secret lurking on the lower level of the arrival hall, outside security. It's simply called "The Arrival."

The Arrival is what we'd call a recombobulation zone for Biz & First Class flyers whose destination is Hong Kong. Exit immigration and customs, and head here for a freshening up, a full shower, breakfast, a snack, or just to get some work done. All restrooms have shower facilities, there's a small buffet of hot and cold items plus a menu of made-to-order noodles and small dishes, and workstations are available.

Reasons you'd want to chillax in The Arrival:
· You're waiting for someone coming in on a later flight
· Your flight was an early arrival and your ride or hotel reservation isn't for a while
· You've got to straight to a meeting or work and want to look your best
· You're hungry and want to grab a little something before heading out into the city
· It just sounds like a good idea

The design follows that of the other Cathay lounges, so frequent CX flyers will recognize the bar and spa-like elements. The only thing The Arrival doesn't have? Those awesome, custom-designed Solus chairs, but that's because the privacy they afford in a large lounge isn't needed here; it's very likely you'll have the entirety of The Arrival completely to yourself.

Photos: Cynthia Drescher for Jaunted

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