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Cathay Pacific launches award-winning lounge in mainland China

Jul 25. 2019
Photo by: Cathay Pacific
Photo by: Cathay Pacific
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By The Nation

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Cathay Pacific reopened its Shanghai Pudong Cathay Pacific Lounge last week and simultaneously introduced the airline’s award-winning lounge design to mainland China for the first time.

The new lounge will be another reason for customers to arrive early, rest and recharge in a welcoming atmosphere before their flight.

Located near Departure Gate D69 in Pudong Airport’s Terminal 2 building, the new lounge occupies a space of 970 square metres and follows the inviting style developed by Studioilse, the London-based studio led by Ilse Crawford, seen in Cathay Pacific’s newest lounges across its global network.

“Our premium passengers can now look forward to a multitude of new and improved features at the lounge, especially when it comes to the F&B options they can enjoy,” enthused Cathay Pacific chief customer and commercial officer Paul Loo. 

Passengers leave the hustle and bustle of the airport behind as soon as they reach the reception area, where they are transported to an oasis of serenity designed to reflect the comforts of a modern apartment. The space is stylishly accentuated with natural materials such as cherry wood and limestone, while the medley of different leather and Alcantara-upholstered designer furniture is set up in such a way as to allow guests to socialise in open areas or wind down more privately in peace and solitude.

A highlight of the lounge is the Terrace, an L-shaped, open-ceiling verandah that allows guests to take in views of the apron and runway while seated at one of the dining tables or in bespoke Solo Chairs, which come with a built-in reading lamp and individual side table.

The design of the Terrace is similarly reflected in the open-ceiling food hall, where passengers wanting pre-flight refreshment can enjoy self-serve international hot and cold dishes, freshly baked treats, cheeses and cold cuts. A variety of wines and spirits are also available at the self-service bar, giving guests the ability to mix their favourite pre-flight cocktails.

The always-popular Noodle Bar, a signature feature of Cathay Pacific’s global lounges, is also making its debut in mainland China. Channelling Hong Kong’s beloved tea houses, the open-kitchen Noodle Bar offers a combination of communal long tables and private booths within a stylish dining area complete with hanging lights and dark-wood ceiling fans. Here visitors can order freshly prepared wonton egg noodles with soup – a Cantonese classic – or perk up before their flight with a spicy Sichuan province special in the form of dan dan noodles. Also on the menu are some Shanghai specialities including hand-made, soup-filled xiao long bao dumplings among the dim sum dishes served daily.

High-speed Wi-Fi and Flight Information Display System screens ensure passengers are able to relax, refresh and recharge without worry before their flight.

The Shanghai Pudong Cathay Pacific Lounge is open to First and Business Class passengers, Marco Polo Club Silver members and above, oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members, and members of all tiers holding a valid lounge pass. It operates from 5.30am to 9pm daily.

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