Cathay Pacific will open a swish new Shanghai lounge next year

Cathay Pacific will open a swish new Shanghai lounge next year

Cathay Pacific will shutter its Shanghai Pudong airport lounge on October 29 2018 and begin the year-long process of transforming it into one of the airline's new-look lounges.

A spokesman for Cathay Pacific told Australian Business Traveller "we are targeting the third quarter of 2019" for the re-opening.

Travellers can look forward to Cathay Pacific's new Shanghai lounge taking its cues from the same Ilse Crawford design template as the airline's flagship The Pier lounges at Hong Kong, along with London, Tokyo/Haneda, Taipei, Bangkok and Singapore.

This will translate to a Noodle Bar and dedicated dining room...

... and potentially a tended bar, should space allow.

Cathay Pacific is also expected to reconfigure the current lounges' floorplan for an increase in seating.

The Shanghai - Hong Kong corridor is among the airline's most popular routes, with up to 16 Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon flights per day making the 2h30m dash between the two commercial hubs.

Also read: Why Cathay Pacific offers the best connections into China

Until Cathay cuts the ribbon on its new Shanghai lounge, eligible passengers – including business class travellers and Oneworld Emerald card-holders – will have access to the No. 77 China Eastern Plaza Premium Lounge, found only a few minutes' stroll from the Cathay Pacific lounge near Gate 77.

With 180 degree views across the airport runway, the lounge features a Chinese and Western buffet alongside freshly prepared Shanghai- and Hong Kong-style noodles at a live cooking station.

Cathay's all-new Shanghai lounge will likely arrive around the same time as the debut of a new regional business class seat on the factory-fresh Airbus A321neo jets of Cathay Dragon.

But whatever improvements it brings over today's regional business class seat (shown below), converting into a fully lie-flat bed won't be among them.

“I think it will be most likely reclinable because it is a narrow-body aircraft,” Vivian Lo, Cathay Pacific’s Head of Customer Experience & Design, told Australian Business Traveller earlier this year.

Instead, look for changes central to the passenger experience in technology and convenience, and evolution rather than revolution in design.

“Our average regional sector length for Cathay Dragon is two hours, for Cathay Pacific it’s three hours, so at the moment we think we’ve got a very comfortable product for that service," Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg told Australian Business Traveller in June 2018.

"We are in the early stage of design of the product for the A321neo but we're very excited about that. It will be a next-generational product for Cathay Dragon."

Also read: Cathay Pacific is closing its Hong Kong airport arrivals lounge

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

4 comments

  • Dane Lam

    dlam

    26 Oct, 2018 08:51 am

    So that’ll probably make it the best lounge in China then; not that competition is fierce ...
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  • Lake Pacific Airways

    lakepacificair

    27 Oct, 2018 10:54 pm

    Have you been to MU 77, 36, PVG 39 (JAL) and various other HU flagship lounges? One more, 21m Lounge in SHA, just to name a few. How do you draw the conclusion when CX lounge is only on the drawing board? By your arrogance and prejudice?
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  • Tony D

    StarTeam

    27 Oct, 2018 11:06 pm

    There are other ‘entity’ lounges by invitation only. Lounges inside terminals aren’t usually the best. And there are of course Emirates lounges, they are pretty good as well. The new China Southern Lounge in Guangzhou T2 is stunning.
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  • Neil Chen

    Neil Chen

    15 Apr, 2019 11:28 am

    It's not about arrogance or prejudice. It's about the level of service you expect. Have you been to LHR Concorde Room, JFK AA Flagship, HKG Wing first or SYD QF First? Those are proper Oneworld first lounges.

    I've been to both Plaza Premium (CX ticket) and China Eastern No. 37 in PVG (QF ticket) and they both fell short of First Class expectations.

    They are definitely not bad lounges but not "First Class Lounges" that they claim to be. I flew PVG-SYD last week with QF and stayed at the No. 37 and it was good enough. But definitely not first class good.

    The bar wasn't fully stocked and could only make Bourbon cola, the buffet had "Walmart styled" sandwiches. The seats were fantastic though and the service was acceptable.

    They're not bad by any means though, Manila airport generic lounge (PAGSS) is far worse than the forementioned lounges while its neighbouring CX Business lounge became such a better option with hot food made to order and a fully functional cocktail bar.


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