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Cathay Pacific’s flagship first class lounge, The Wing, at Hong Kong International recently re-opened after a 2.5 year renovation. They’ve doubled the size of their a la carte restaurant, added a Champagne bar, and have 12 shower suites and 5 cabanas including full size baths. So is The Wing now the best Oneworld First Class lounge?!
No, but it is still pretty awesome.
I spent a morning/afternoon at the The Wing and found the lounge to be fantastic on many levels however I feel the Qantas First Class Lounge at Sydney is still the top dog.
A la carte restaurant
The Haven is the a la carte restaurant at The Wing. It was already crowded on a Thursday morning when I entered. I grabbed a seat and visited the buffet first. There was a good mix of western and eastern options. Perusing the menu I found the only a la carte options offered were egg dishes. Everything else on the menu were items I could have grabbed from the buffet. The Peninsula co-branding was pretty cool but the service was standard restaurant quality and by no means personalized.
Compare that to the sit down restaurant in Sydney which featured a breakfast menu that rivaled a strong restaurant.
I loved the Champagne bar at The Wing which was a self-serve bar that featured 3 top notch champagnes. The Wing also had a 10 seat bar featuring top shelf liquors.
Qantas Sydney had a similar Champagne offering though it was not self-serve. They also had a larger full service top shelf bar.
I found the views from The Wing a bit frustrating because they could be good except the ledge means you can’t see the airfield seated. You unfortunately need to stand.
In Sydney you can sit on your butt and see downtown along with all the jumbo jets your heart desires.
The bottom line
Both Cathay Pacific’s newly renovated, “The Wing” first class lounge and Qantas’ First Class Lounge in Sydney are fantastic first class lounges. Us Oneworld Emerald members should thank our lucky stars we can access such high quality lounges while flying on economy tickets. If your desire is to experience the very best First Class lounge Oneworld lounge has to offer, head down under.
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