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

February 20, 2013 at 6:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Dragonair, Delta and Frontier Serve Up This Week's New Routes

January 11, 2013 at 9:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· Dragonair:
If you’re looking to head over to Vietnam anytime soon, be sure to pay attention to this latest new route announcement from Dragonair—Cathay Pacific’s little sibling. The carrier is still waiting on government approval, but assuming everything goes as planned Dragonair will start nonstop service between Da Nang and Hong Kong beginning on March 28.

Airbus A320s will do the flying fun between the two cities—and countries—and the flights will do their thing on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Just be sure to do more than admire Danang Beach, as there are three UNESCO World Heritage sites to cross off your bucket list as well.

· Delta:
The latest new route news from Delta probably won't make or break your vacation plans for 2013, but when it comes to new route news we love each and every tidbit. Earlier this week Delta started nonstop flights between Dayton, Ohio and New York-LaGuardia. Obviously this is geared primarily toward business travelers, but we’re sure some leisure travelers will sneak aboard for a quick weekend Big Apple getaway. During the week there are a pair of departures scheduled to depart Dayton around 7am and 7pm, and on the weekends things depart at 7am on Saturday and around 7pm on Sunday.

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Icelandair, Alaska Airlines and Dragonair Fly Out Some New Routes

October 19, 2012 at 7:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· Alaska Airlines:
We might have mentioned this one in the past, but now it’s time to finally start flying. Alaska Airlines is now ready to start the newest nonstop flights between San Diego and Orlando. We’re not sure if the “salmon-thirty-salmon” will be an option between the two cities, but we do know that flights will run back and forth on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

The timings of the flights mean red-eyes over to the east coast, and 8am departures back to California. To celebrate the new city pair they’re even offering up double frequent flyer miles between the two cities, but just ensure that you register for the promotion before booking and flying.

· Copa Airlines:
If you’re looking to head somewhere warm and sunny just check out the latest option available from Copa Airlines. They are increasing the number of flights available between their hub over in Panama and Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

The flights over to Jamaica will start running four times per week beginning around December 17, and it sounds like the flights will do their thing on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. It’ll be Boeing 737s completing all the flying fun between the two cities—and two countries—just so you know.

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The Country That Put an Airport on Its Currency

Where: Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong
April 27, 2012 at 1:11 PM | by | Comment (1)

Countries love to put dead people and big monuments on their currency; it's just a thing, Costa Rica's badass shark bills being an excellent exception. That said, we fully admit to flipping over bills in the hopes that something fresher, newer will be featured. Hong Kong (a "Special Administrative Region," not really a country) currently takes that prize, as we just today noticed that the rear of some of the 500 HKD bills ($64.45 USD) feature Chek Lap Kok/Hong Kong International Airport.

Sweeeeeet.

It only makes sense for Hong Kong to place HKIA so prominently; they built a whole island to house the freaking thing and the documentary on it—"Extreme Engineering: Building Hong Kong's Airport"—is a must-Netflix show. And don't get us started on the infamous aviation heritage of HK. Two words: Kai Tak.

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The Time We Flew on a Dragon...Air Flight

Where: China
February 7, 2012 at 5:20 PM | by | Comment (1)

Yesterday, we showed you around the Dragonair lounge at Hong Kong International. Now today, we're taking you on board with us!

Being major travel geeks, we took a second before we boarded our flight on Dragonair from Hong Kong to Beijing to soak in what was happening--we were about to fly on an airline called Dragonair. And we weren't at a Harry Potter theme park. Win!

Of course, onboard things weren't nearly as exciting. Business class sports some very well-kept but still rather aged seats. We had a little flashback to the 90s sitting in these chairs.

But as with so many Asian airlines, the experience was completely sublime compared to American domestic carriers. The boarding process from start to finish was entirely calm. Service was friendly and incredibly helpful. They even offer three different types of vegetarian fare (Asian, Indian and Western but you still have to order pre-flight.)

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Inside Dragonair's G16 Lounge at Hong Kong International

February 6, 2012 at 4:20 PM | by | Comment (1)

We've given you a glorious tour of the unbelievable Cathay Pacific airport lounges at the Hong Kong International Airport from The Wing to The Pier but today we're taking you inside the less-exciting G16 Lounge of Dragonair, a regional carrier of Cathay Pacific.

Located at, as its name indicates, Gate 16, the lounge overlooks the gate area up on high—sort of like a Loft Lounge. The seating areas are very traditional (no Solus pods here) although plentiful. The self-service refreshment counter features plenty of drinks and finger snacks (both Western and Asian, alcoholic and non) as well as coffee and cappuccino.

There's also a kitchen with an on-site chef to prepare Hong Kong specialties like fishball noodles. (We were hoping for some Dan dan noodles like the ones we ate at SFO but alas, we were out of luck.)

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