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We've been to a few airports around the world and seen our fair share of those that are poorly designed or are operational nightmares. One airport that's the opposite of all that and manages to take our breath away is Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok.
As the world's 12th busiest airport, Hong Kong is a major hub linking the East to the West, so you can only imagine what kind of plane-spotting can be had. Cathay Pacific calls this place home, but other airlines make sure to show off some of their biggest and best aircraft as they parade around the terminal. If you're lucky to arrive flying Cathay in a premium cabin, you also get access to their arrival lounge.
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Roissy Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport in Paris doesn’t have the best reputation for a number of reasons. There's the confusing layout, poor signage, and brusque French staff to name a few. Escaping to an airline lounge can help make many a journey more pleasant, and over the last few years the improvement works at CDG have included new lounges for both American Airlines and Cathay Pacific, two options for those flying with any Oneworld alliance partner.
We recently flew through Paris and had a chance to explore both lounges to see what’s what. The good news is that no matter which of the two you find yourself in, they are a major improvement from before. Literally next door to each other, both are now exterior facing and have windows for walls, giving views across the apron and one of the runways. The left door leads to the Admirals Club, and the right to the Cathay Pacific First and Business Class lounge.
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Hong Kong may be clear on the other side of the world from New York, but Cathay Pacific's 777-300ER airplanes can make the journey in one swift hop over the North Pole. Come next spring, they'll even be doing so often with a new nonstop route from Newark-Liberty International Airport to Hong Kong.
To celebrate, and to fill up their first month of flights with smiling faces, they've launched a deep discount airfare sale on the new route, with roundtrip tickets going for a total of $758.37 (or even $742.90, on some dates).
So, maybe we talk about Hong Kong a lot. And maybe we're pretty clear about our preference for flying 15 hours rather than, say, just 5. Regardless, rest assured that we'll always let you know when there's an awesome, easy-to-enter contest aimed at letting you enjoy some of that sweet, sweet long-haul travel for free.
Currently Cathay Pacific is looking to give away a dream of a Hong Kong trip, aimed at foodies who wouldn't mind a long weekend away, on the other side of the world, dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
If that describes you, read on for the contest entry details...
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Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.
· Cathay Pacific:
There were some rumors that Cathay Pacific had their eyes on a new destination, and this week the big secret was revealed. They’ll be flying to the exotic and exciting location that is Newark, New Jersey. Let’s just say we’re looking forward to the other end of this new route. Cathay Pacific will be flying nonstop from Newark to Hong Kong beginning on March 1 assuming that they can get all of the necessary government paperwork in order. Boeing 777-300ERs will do all of the flying fun on this new option, and of course if you’re willing to pay for the pleasure—Cathay Pacific has a heck of a business class option for the journey.
If you want to fly aboard one of the world’s newest airplanes just contact Lufthansa, as they’ve been enjoying the Boeing 747-8 for quite some time. One of the newest options is a nonstop flight between Frankfurt and Mexico City. The flights depart Germany around 2pm local time out of the airport’s terminal 1, and after plenty of time in the air, things touch down over in Mexico at around 7pm local time. Of course there could be aircraft swaps or scheduled changes, but look for flight numbers LH499 and LH498—that way you can enjoy the new airplane smell.
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2013 has been quite the year so far for passengers at the pointy end of the plane. The new American wowed us so we hardly believed it was American Airlines at all. We were among the very few to explore British Airways’ latest First cabin on its A380. Just a few weeks ago, we drooled all over Singapore Airlines’ new First Class. And now, Cathay Pacific is ready to throw down with all of them, with its very own refreshed First Class product.
We've flown the existing First Class already, and loved it so much we wished we could have stayed in our suite, all cozy in the Shanghai Tang pajamas, for even longer than the flight. So what more is the new First Class going to bring?
What's that saying? Ah yes, "the best camera is the one you have on you." Since we're never without a camera and hardly ever not traveling, we've managed to capture a serious collection of travel photos in our numerous Photo Galleries.
To start the week off right, let's venture behind the tight doors of the Arrival Lounges of three airlines: Lufthansa at Frankfurt Airport, Cathay Pacific at Hong Kong Airport and Delta at London-Heathrow. We say "tight doors" because typically entrance to these loungeslounges which sit outside security on the Arrivals levelonly admit international travelers coming off their flights, holding tickets for Business or First Class.
The spaces may be small, but the comfort of Arrivals lounges are large. You can count on a private shower, breakfast, cozy chairs, free WiFi, and a quiet corner to read the day's paper before heading into the city for a meeting or while awaiting your ride.
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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."
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If you were planning on flying to London yesterday, you're probably scrambling to figure out how to make that happen today as the Nor'easter storm blizzard struck New York City and closed the area airports for nearly 24 hours.
We were one of the lucky onesone of those flights not marked with an angry orange "cancelled" on the departure board. And now here we sit in the 72-degree beauty of Hong Kong after Cathay Pacific flight 831 not only left JFK on time, but even managed to soar for 16 hours without turbulence.
The airports of the East Coast are returning to normal as airplanes return and salt trucks and plows work overtime, so here's hoping no one has to see a board with flight statuses like this again anytime soon.
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You're at Los Angeles International AIrport and preparing to wing your way to another continent and you'll be spending those in-air hours in either Business or First Class. First off, that sounds like you planned an excellent tripcongratulations. Second, you'll want to hit up the lounge for a last-minute tipple or email check, and if you're traveling on a Oneworld alliance airline (like Qantas, LAN, Cathay Pacific, British Airways and Japan Airlines), then the lounge for you is on Level 5 of the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
As it's a combined lounge, the amenities here are generic but plentiful. This means more than 10 shiny Mac desktops, a long buffet bar with both and hot and cold food options, two extensive self-serve beverage areas plus a full bar with bartender, private shower rooms, and plenty of modern, comfy chairs nearby power outlets. The design isn't exactly revolutionary or even notable, but it is clean, modern and spacious.
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We love a good, easy Instagram contest where the prize will have you traveling thousands of miles away for the effort of posting a single photo. This is why you've just go to enter Cathay Pacific's "Snap & Share Your Wishes" contest to celebrate Chinese New Year.
The concept is simple: just post an Instagram (with the proper hashtags noted below) and well wishes for Chinese New Year 2013. There'll be winners for Cathay goodies every week, but a single Grand Prize will bring the lucky Instagrammer a pair of roundtrip tickets to Hong Kong for the 2014 Chinese New Year festivities, including passes to the official Cathay Pacific International Night Parade.
Here's how to enter:
Yep, it's time for yet another travel flash mob as Cathay Pacific, for the first time, joins in the trend for holiday synchronized dancing. Forget for a moment that the flight crew are due to stop smiling and reserve service to argue for a pay increase this season, and just enjoy that they can still get together for a good cause. This performance of 115 crew at their Hong Kong HQ (named Cathay City) helped solicit donations for the charity Operation Santa Claus.
It's too bad that they didn't pull this off inside an airport terminal, but the touch of the Macarena is nice, as is the moment of simulated airplane seating when the attendant walks down the "aisle" with the holiday decoration bedecked cart, but we won't spoil anything else for you. Just watch it, below.