Cathay Pacific is set to open their all-new First Class and Business Class lounges at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 3 this August. This comes as no surprise as London is Cathay’s most popular international destination.
The floor space of both lounges has been increased by 30% and the new spaces will take their design cues from that of Cathay lounge designer Ilse Crawford and their warm residential feel.
The Cathay Pacific Manager Product Leslie Lu has hinted that the First Class lounge is set to be a scaled-back version of The Pier First Class Lounge at Hong Kong airport. It should therefore include a small dining room and bar.
The Business Class lounge is also set to borrow elements from it’s cousin in Hong Kong as well as what we have seen at the lounges at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, Manila, Bangkok and Taipei. These elements will include a tended bar, the signature Noodle Bar dining room, a ‘Food Hall’ and the Bureau workspace.
“It’s not a small lounge, but it’s not generous either, so we have a lot more limitations to balancing seating capacity and facilities like showers," Lu said.
The lounges in London are also set to introduce some local elements.
“The Noodle Bar is a signature element of our business lounges, but for each location we will try to bring a local flavour as well, so we will look at what are popular items in the London market," said Sabrina Klick, the airline’s Product Manager for Worldwide Lounges.
“There could be some sort of curry dish and of course fish and chips will be on the menu, and burgers as well."
“At The Pier First Class Lounge in Hong Kong we’ve introduced a craft beer selection with a Hong Kong beer, so for London we could pick a local craft beer partner," explains Klick.
The lounges will be located adjacent to the new Qantas London Lounge, which is slated to be opened in March 2017.