Check-in for my return flight to Los Angeles was super quick and with boarding pass and lounge invitation in hand, I made my way through security and immigration exit control with ease. Just past that area I was immediately greeted with a sign directing me to Cathay Pacific’s “The Wing” First Class lounge.
It’s a short walk down a narrow corridor on the balcony level overlooking gate areas below and large windows facing the tarmac.
I was greeted pleasantly having surrendered my lounge invitation and was directed around the corner to the main seating area. Before making my way there I took a quick look into “The Library” immediately adjacent to reception. Only one person was in there at that time using one of the workstations, so was able to take a quick video of this relaxing section, which is included below. Then I passed the restrooms on the left and several walk-in cubbies with a vast selection of international newspapers and magazines to the right.
The main seating area had several mini sections with comfortable chairs and sofas, as well as six single-sided workstation units with plenty of seats, outlets and a computer & printer at one end. Waiters were abundant and constantly circling around asking for your beverage order.
Near the back of the lounge was another sectioned off seating area with leather chairs and side tables, and here is where you would normally be able to access the Level 7 Business Class section. It, however, is closed for renovations until early 2012, so I was unable to see Cathay’s unique The Noodle Bar and The Long Bar.
First Class passengers have access to The Haven, a buffet style restaurant, and The Cabanas, private bath, shower & relaxation suites. The restaurant was absolutely jam-packed and I waited a few minutes for them to clear off a table. It was so busy, in fact, that I felt too awkward to even snap a shot of the area with my iPhone. I did manage to take a picture of my meager food selections of a scrambled egg “boat,” some kind of processed meat (I really don’t know what it was) and watermelon.
Afterwards, I asked if a cabana was open and was directed to one of the eight total that are available. Each private room features a bathtub, separate shower room, toilet, sink area and backyard with a chaise lounge chair on one side and longer flat bench-style seating on the other. The backyard is semi-private meaning that all the other cabanas open onto the same long community row of rocks facing the frosted wall where you can see people’s silhouettes as they pass. Here, you could literally step out onto the rocks and walk the length of the cabanas if you wanted to be weird. I sat down for a bit in the chair, but a couple that had the two cabanas to my right were talking to each other constantly from their backyards so it was anything but relaxing sitting out there. I took some video and then went back to the main seating area to relax for a while.
The tall ceilings and open-air feel are very nice, as is the view out to the tarmac. My only complaint here, though, is you have to actually stand up to look outside at the ramp as the frosted glass partitions rise too high when you’re seated. I ordered a coffee and orange juice, shot some video and worked a bit on my computer.
While nice, this lounge has seen its better days and it is slated for a makeover early next year. I was hoping for something more like Lufthansa’s First Class lounge offerings in Frankfurt or Thai’s in Bangkok, but this lounge came nowhere close to that level of service and ambiance. I’d consider it more of an upgraded Business Class lounge, actually.
After a while I decided to make the trek to Cathay’s “The Pier” First Class lounge and received a re-entry stamp on my boarding pass for admittance. That lounge review will be up next for this trip report and in the meantime, take a look at a bit more of “The Wing” in this video.