Cathay Pacific's new lounge at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport is now open – and it'll be a welcome sight for Qantas travellers, who enjoy access to the lounge courtesy of both airlines' membership in the Oneworld group.
Yes, Qantas has its own lounge at Bangkok, but it's a rather tired space compared to the new Cathay Pacific lounge, handily located just around the corner on the same Concourse G.
And with room for some 140 passengers the new Cathay Pacific lounge is almost twice the size of the old one, as the airline has also taken over lounge space vacated by British Airways (and subsequently shuttered its old Concourse D shoebox).
The result is arguably Bangkok airport's best business lounge.
It follows Cathay Pacific's new-look lounge design template which is now in place at Haneda, Manila and will be seen to best effect on June 20th in the airline's new flagship The Pier First Class lounge at Hong Kong.
The vibe is "understated luxury" to create "an environment that helps passengers feel relaxed, engaging the senses and focusing on wellbeing as a core principle," the airline says.
"The overall feeling of the lounge is of a domestic space, more like a living room than an airline lounge."
The dining area features Cathay Pacific's signature The Noodle Bar, which offers a selection of freshly-prepared Asian noodles including wonton noodle soup and tom yam soup, with an authentic Thai breakfast served until 11am.
There's also the self-serve Food Bar, where passengers can enjoy a wide selection of lighter items such as salads, pastries and other desserts.
In addition, freshly blended cocktails and a variety of non-alcoholic drinks are served at The Bar.
Work facilities include three iMac desktops, printing and of course fast and free WiFi.
Next up for Cathay Pacific's lounge make-over program is The Pier First Class at Hong Kong, followed by Vancouver – at the end of this year or possibly early 2016 – and then London Heathrow, which CX exec Toby Smith readily admits "is two generations old now."
Hong Kong's The Pier Business Class will be closed for renovations later this month and is expected to reopen in early 2016.
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