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.