LOUNGE UP­GRADES

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Pas­sen­gers can also ex­pect to see the “life­style” at­mos­phere be­ing em­braced by lounge op­er­a­tors. Plaza Pre­mium is set to open two new lounges by the end of 2017, ad­ja­cent to the East Hall. One of th­ese will be the “Plaza Pre­mium First”– an en­tirely new brand that aims to ex­ceed cur­rent stan­dards of busi­ness and first class lounge of­fer­ings.

“In terms of the ser­vice pro­vi­sion, it’s def­i­nitely higher than what the ex­ist­ing air­port lounges can pro­vide, be­cause we’re talk­ing about a va­ri­ety of quite ex­pe­ri­en­tial of­fer­ings,” says James Yap, gen­eral man­ager of Plaza Pre­mium Hong Kong.“The whole idea is to sur­pass all the other lounges.”

Among th­ese of­fer­ings will be a co-branded whisky bar with high-end cham­pagne and whisky brands, plus an à la carte din­ing area with live cook­ing sta­tions, manned on oc­ca­sion by celebrity chefs. A sep­a­rate event space (that can dou­ble up as an over­flow area at peak times) will also be avail­able for VIP events such as wine-tast­ing ses­sions.

Hong Kong Airlines will also de­but a new lounge this month. Lo­cated in the MFC, the of­fer­ing will be dou­ble the size of the cur­rent Club Bauhinia in Ter­mi­nal 1, and boast a mod­ern de­sign. New fea­tures will in­clude a num­ber of VIP rooms with au­dio­vi­sual tech­nol­ogy to cater to meet­ings and con­fer­ence calls; rest ar­eas with shower fa­cil­i­ties; and ex­cit­ing new din­ing op­tions fo­cused on pro­vid­ing a lo­cal ex­pe­ri­ence with Hong Kong street food spe­cial­i­ties such as egg waf­fles.

An­other highly an­tic­i­pated lounge will be the launch of Amer­i­can Ex­press’s Cen­tu­rion Lounge when it opens in Ter­mi­nal 1 later this year. Card mem­bers will be able to en­joy com­pli­men­tary food, pre­mium wines and cock­tails from top som­me­liers and mixol­o­gists, high-speed wifi, shower fa­cil­i­ties, noise-buffer­ing work sta­tions and more.

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