A touch of class at 36,000 feet
As a newbie to business class, I can confirm the ability to turn your seat into a bed is a godsend, the welcome drinks are lovely, and I could get used to being greeted by name when served a top-notch meal – not to mention having your own overhead compartment, which is great since I’ve stuffed so much into my carry-on. But the lounges are where it’s really at. Cathay Pacific has six business class lounges at Hong Kong International Airport, and a seventh due to open this month. The Pier, found just past gate 65 in Terminal 1, is the standout. If you feel peckish, you can order at the Noodle Bar, enjoy dim sum at the buffet, or simply nibble on a selection of almond, earl grey or pistachio biscuits with a tea or coffee. Not to mention the fresh juices in the Teahouse; the day we land, the selection includes ‘Go With The Flow’ for better circulation; ‘Charge Me Up’, to pep you up after a morning flight; and ‘Cathay Lullaby’, to help you drift off on the flight. Being able to freshen up after a 13-hour flight is a luxury; walking into the shower rooms is like walking into your personal spa. With a rain shower, Aesop products and all manner
of amenities, it’s bliss. If you need a little extra me-time, the Relaxation Room has portioned-off daybeds for a quick snooze before you board. Otherwise, take a seat and soak up the views of the surrounding hills. It’s almost like going on holiday again.