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Inside a First Class Cabana at Cathay Pacific's 'The Wing' Hong Kong Airport Lounge

June 2, 2014 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hong Kong gets a lot of love from us for many reasons, not least among which is its awesome airport, Chek Lap Kok. No matter how you pass through HKG, you’re likely to have a pleasant experience, but this being the home of Cathay Pacific, flying in a premium cabin or having the right status with oneworld alliance means you’re in for a real treat.

The airline lounges here are among the best in existence, and they're regularly updated with the newest lounge niceties. When we flew out of Hong Kong earlier this month, we made sure to build in enough time to explore them all. Naturally we first aimed straight for the top, with the private cabanas in the redesigned Cathay Pacific “The Wing” First Class lounge.

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Review: Trying Out the New Lie-Flat Seats Being Installed By Finnair

May 30, 2014 at 1:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve previously talked about Finnish carrier Finnair because of the continuing upgrade of its business class to (frosty blue) lie-flat seats and our first-hand experience of the latest product to and from Asia.

During a recent trip, we were able to see just how big a difference the upgrade is going to make once complete, spending one overnight flight in the newest seat and one in the very, very old one you see above. And despite the solid progress of phasing out the remaining angled lie-flat seats (more on that in a second), we expect this particular seat to be around for a while, as three of the airline’s oldest Airbus A340s will not be upgraded at all, remaining in the fleet until replaced by Airbus A350s, arriving from 2015 onwards.

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

May 30, 2014 at 12:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

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 are continuing with the latest Cathay addition: “The Bridge”.

With “The Wing,” “The Pier,” and “The Cabin,” you’d think Cathay wouldn’t need another airline lounge, but they went ahead and did it anyway, opening “The Bridge” late last year. The lounge is located at the far end of the terminal, just after gates 35 and 36, "bridging" the base of the Y that the building splits into at this point.

The Bridge is a combined business & first class lounge, and depending on your departure gate it might be a bit of a longer walk / detour, but we’d likely seek out The Bridge regardless of proximity to our gate the next time we’re in Hong Kong – read on to find out why.

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The Days of This Qantas Business Class Seat are Numbered

Where: Australia
May 28, 2014 at 2:22 PM | by | Comment (1)

What you see above is the original Qantas “Skybed,” the angled flat seats which are still found on the airline’s Airbus A330s and which we experienced on a recent flight from Bangkok to Sydney. They wont be around for much longer though, as an improved business class seat—fully flat, and all seats with aisle access—is being rolled out from the end of this year.

While we had a pretty good flight on this overnight sector, and spent most of it stretched out in our window seat trying to get some sleep, we’ll be looking forward to the refurb for a number of reasons. We’ll give you a quick rundown of what things are like today, and what you can expect going forward:

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Inside the Amenity Kit: Qantas' Jack Spade Business Class Men's Pouch

Where: Australia
May 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

We come across some downright awesome airline amenity kits in our travels, and the surprises of each zippered pouch can often make or break comfort on a premium flight. With this in mind, here's to our new series: Inside the Amenity Kit, wherein we unzip, unwrap, and expose the loot inside:

We'll admit it; we love being handed kits filled with goodies to make a flight a little more comfortable. What we love even more is when those kits include the good stuff, like designer pouches or top-of-the-line skincare. Both are a major part of Qantas' kits, as the Aussie airline calls upon two New York brands for their long-haul business class amenity kits.

First off is the pouch itself; the men's kit comes from Kate Spade's men's line, Jack Spade. We've talked about them before, when the airline started sharing a runway with the design name, but being greeted with the familiar coated canvas zip pouch is like a little slice of home.

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Flight Review: Air Berlin Looking Much Better with New A330s

May 15, 2014 at 11:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we reviewed a flight from JFK to Berlin via Air Berlin a few summers ago, we thought they still had some work to do after joining the One World Alliance. The planes were a bit outdated at the time, but the carrier has since added new A330s and lie-flat business class seats to its fleet for long-haul routes.

Last week, we flew the airline from Chicago to Berlin, riding in economy class one way and business class the other. It was good to see that most of the problems previously reported in economy have been solved thanks to a spruced-up interior cabin with individual entertainment systems. Unlike last time, there was plenty of content (movies, TV, music) to keep our attention, free headphones, and several free alcoholic beverages before and during dinner service.

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Inside the Amenity Kit: Air New Zealand's Business and Premium Economy Pouch

May 12, 2014 at 1:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

We come across some downright awesome airline amenity kits in our travels, and the surprises of each zippered pouch can often make or break comfort on a premium flight. With this in mind, here's to our new series: Inside the Amenity Kit, wherein we unzip, unwrap, and expose the loot inside:

Hopping across the Pacific is not a short, quick flight by any means. Thus, any little added comfort is a welcome bonus for passengers on flights that approach 12 or 13 hours, depending on the route. With this in mind, Air New Zealand provides an amenity kit both quirky and functional.

Passengers gearing up for extended period of time on the airline's 777-300s are greeted with a small, light grey felt pouch filled with goodies to ensure a comfy flight. We flew in Premium Economy one way and Business Class the other on a recent trip, and were offered the same exact amenity kit for both.

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Airlines Haven't Put Away the Decks of Playing Cards Just Yet

May 7, 2014 at 3:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Service on airplanes these days barely includes a soft drink or a bag of pretzels, much less any other little perks to improve comfort. One such perk to nearly bite the dust are branded playing cards, a method of passing the hours before iPads and in-flight movies existed.

There are a few airlines that stock decks of cards for passengers, although generally only available to their big spenders in the first and business class cabins or "by request."

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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: Three Courses on Qantas' Coast-to-Coast

Where: Australia
May 1, 2014 at 12:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right.

"What's there to eat?" The answer to this question can make or break a flight when you're hungry. For our recent 4.5-hour Qantas nonstop from Perth to Brisbane, we got comfy in the A330 Business Class cabin and perused the menu which, on this transcontinental, is somewhat similar to the airline's long-haul offerings.

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Inside the Amenity Kit: TAM Business Class to Brazil

Where: Brazil
April 29, 2014 at 3:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

We come across some downright awesome airline amenity kits in our travels, and the surprises of each zippered pouch can often make or break comfort on a premium flight. With this in mind, here's to our new series: Inside the Amenity Kit, wherein we unzip, unwrap, and expose the loot inside:

Brazil Brazil Brazil. With little more than a month until the World Cup dominates headlines and dictates travel plans for millions, we thought it time to show what flyers on TAM, the country's largest airline, will enjoy.

Although this kit is a standard Business amenity pouch, it is specifically from TAM flight 8079, one of only two nonstop flights between New York-JFK and Rio de Janeiro-GIG (the other is on TAM's Oneworld partner, American Airlines). That's a round 10 hours in the air, and the TAM 767-300 that operates the route is actually equipped with the interior typically found on their sister airline, LAN. This is because LAN and TAM recently joined up to form LATAM, and this 767 destined for LAN was instead handed over to TAM. The result is an airplane with no First Class, but improved Business and Economy seats.

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Inside the Amenity Kit: Cathay Pacific Business Class (Men)

Where: Hong Kong
April 22, 2014 at 1:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

We come across some downright awesome airline amenity kits in our travels, and the surprises of each zippered pouch can often make or break comfort on a premium flight. With this in mind, here's to our new series: Inside the Amenity Kit, wherein we unzip, unwrap, and expose the loot inside:

Traveling from North America or Europe to Hong Kong means a long flight no matter which way you play it, but it's HK's hometown airline Cathay Pacific that leads in premium plush to make the hours pass a little faster.

Up in business class, Cathay keeps passenger happy with lie-flat seats (all with aisle access), many-course meals complete with signature drinks, and luxe little amenity kits.

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Cathay Pacific's New Signature Sipper is Non-Alcoholic and Needing a Name

Where: Hong Kong
April 17, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you like drinking at 38,000 feet (who doesn't?) and have plans to pop over to Hong Kong, you may get a chance to sample Cathay Pacific's newest in-flight cocktail.

Similar to previous contests, which resulted in Cathay's other signature cocktails like the Cathay Delight, Pacific Sunrise, Cloud 9 and Oriental Breeze, this year's winner will be served in First and Business Class cabins. If you're a fan of the previous winning concoctions, don't worry as they'll still be on the cocktail menu.

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