Frequent travellers through Hong Kong will be no stranger to Cathay Pacific's The Wing Business Class Lounge, featuring on-demand dining, barista-made coffee and full bartender service, topped off by (French) Champagne.
As you wander through the lounge's two levels you'll also uncover 24 private shower suites, an IT nook and a dedicated quiet zone where you can relax before your flight.
Join Australian Business Traveller as we stop by Cathay Pacific's best-known home hub business class lounge.
Location & Impressions
(Cathay Pacific also has The Wing First Class Lounge which is accessible from the higher floor, but if you're bound for business class, you'll need to head downstairs first.)
First-time visitors to this lounge may become a tad confused by the layout, but it's easy to become familiar with.
... while downstairs are the showers and an 'IT Zone', plus a mini-lounge that provides extra space during peak times and can also be a nice place to visit before late-evening flights, as the lighting is darker and much more intimate in the evenings which helps when you're planning to sleep soon after take-off.
Being Cathay Pacific's home, boarding calls aren't usually made here in the aim of keeping things quiet – although when visiting the lounge later in the evenings, we still found it to be particularly busy.
We also stopped by the nearby Qantas Hong Kong Lounge at a similar time and discovered it was much more quiet, so if you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle before the near-midnight Cathay Pacific, British Airways and Finnair flights, consider detouring there instead.
- Business class and first class passengers of Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon (Dragonair), American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, S7 Airlines and SriLankan Airlines
- Marco Polo Club Silver members prior to Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon flights only
- Marco Polo Club Gold, Diamond, Diamond Plus and Diamond Invitation guests plus Cathay Pacific Cargo Clan Elite members prior to flights with Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon and all Oneworld airlines (including Qantas)
- Qantas Gold, Platinum, Platinum One and Chairmans Lounge members prior to the same
- Other Oneworld Sapphire and Oneworld Emerald cardholders travelling onwards with Cathay Pacific or a Oneworld airline
Marco Polo Club members can also earn lounge passes for one-off access in the case of Green members, to bring in a guest (Silver members) or to bring in extra guests or to share with friends and family travelling solo (Gold and Diamond members).
Naturally, first class passengers, Diamond cardholders and other Oneworld Emerald flyers (including Qantas Platinum) will likely gravitate towards Cathay Pacific's The Wing First Class and The Pier First Class lounges.
What we like about this lounge is that practically everywhere you turn, there's a station serving up some kind of food, drinks or both – perfect for when the lounge is busy as you're not stuck behind a large group of people at a single servery.
Sure, you could order your regular latte or flat white, but we took the chance to enjoy Cathay's delightful crème brûlée cappuccino instead (pictured), with Hong Kong-style milk tea also joining the typical cafe menu.
However, The Long Bar was so busy on our first visit that it went overlooked altogether – so if all you're seeking is a drop of Champagne, try visiting The Coffee Loft instead.
Last but certainly not least, Cathay Pacific's iconic Noodle Bar...
... with a range of items made fresh to order:
You'll receive a buzzer while you wait, but in keeping with the tranquillity of having no boarding calls, they'll merely flash brightly – and not beep – when your order is ready.
The only thing missing here is the more refined atmosphere you'll appreciate of Cathay Pacific's newer The Pier Business Class Lounge – but in saying that, the fare found at The Wing still meets our expectations.
... with options that either face the lounge and allow you to feel more 'connected' with your surroundings, plus those which angle away from the crowds to help you focus on your work while enjoying extra privacy:
... while more power points can also be found throughout the lounge – although you'll need to bring an adaptor to power-up any Australian devices, as local regulations don't allow Cathay Pacific to install universal or international power outlets:
However, USB power is also absent – but offered in the nearby Pier Business Class Lounge – and the WiFi here can prove quite slow, too, with our tests finding download speeds of just 2.5Mbps and uploads of 2.1Mbps.
... but in a darker environment that may have you reaching for your coffee cup to stay alert.
Overall, Cathay Pacific's The Wing Business Class Lounge is still a solid destination to enjoy before your flight, but being the first Cathay Pacific lounge you encounter after passport control, it can be significantly busier than your other lounge options in Hong Kong.
Chris Chamberlin travelled to Hong Kong as a guest of Cathay Pacific.