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Inside the Brand New Qantas Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport

June 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM | by | ()

Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok airport is not a bad place to spend a few hours pre-departure. In fact, it’s high on our list of favorite airports around, especially if you’re flying in a premium cabin on Cathay Pacific or another oneworld airline for the excellent airline lounge options. We just took you inside a private Cabana in the flagship “The Wing” First Class lounge and the latest Cathay addition “The Bridge,” and are finishing up with the even newer Qantas lounge, which arrived in April.

Located on level 7, but at the opposite end of Cathay Pacific’s The Wing Lounge, the new Qantas Hong Kong Lounge brings the previous underground Business Class Lounge up to where its separate First Class Lounge used to be, redesigning the whole space in the process. It's huge for a dedicated airline lounge at an airport where there already are a range of oneworld alliance lounge options, and it seats up to 300 passengers at a time.

All that space is probably not overkill, looking at the range of travelers with access: from the usual First and Business Class flyers, the list continues with the highest elite tiers at Qantas (and oneworld equivalents), to Qantas Club members (a fee-based membership which gets you lounge access regardless of class flown), as well as Emirates elite flyers based on the tie-up with the Australian carrier for its Europe to Asia-Pacific network.

It was not busy at all though during the short time we spent in the lounge, exploring the various seating areas and food & beverage options available, which starts with the long bar you see above shortly after you walk in. With flights to Australia departing late at night, everything in the lounge is geared to getting you ready for maximum sleep on the plane, from grabbing a bite to eat on the ground rather than in the air to having a shower to freshen up before boarding.

We liked the black-and-white wallpaper with a Hong Kong cityscape, one of many local touches that take the lounge away from the usual could-be-anywhere feeling of international airports. Like Cathay’s The Wing, the space is open to the terminal below.

The train station-style benches with greenery together with the different flooring divide the space into distinct areas, with the arm chairs you see being the dominant seating option, clad in grey, blue, or deep red.

There is a large self-serve buffet area, which had a range of yummy-looking dishes, with some groovy cubist wallpaper that worked well with the lighting and the wine glasses.

We spotted one or multiple power plugs near almost every seat, which makes catching up on some work or charging devices before your flight easy. At the far end of the lounge, behind the wall you see below, is a separate kids area.

The new Qantas lounge is a massive upgrade from what was there before; we hope the Flying Kangaroo will keep up the momentum to update more of its lounge network.

[Photos: JasonD]

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