Review – Cathay Pacific – The Wing Business Class Lounge

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Last stop before boarding our flight back to Vancouver was The Wing Business Class lounge. The Wing is Cathay Pacific’s flagship lounge at Hong Kong International, and has recently undergone renovations, since it was built quite a while ago in 1998.

Who can access the lounge?

The lounge can be used by First Class and Business Class passengers, Marco Polo Club members (Diamond/Gold), and OneWorld members (Emerald/Sapphire), as long as you are travelling with Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon or other OneWorld carriers.

If you have Marco Polo Silver status, you must be travelling with either Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon to be eligible.

More information on Cathay Pacific lounge admittance

The lounge is open daily from 5:30am until 12:30am.

Where is it?

The entrance to the lounge is located in Terminal 1 on level 6, near gates 1 – 4. It is very close to the South immigration channel. After passing South immigration, head down the escalators one level, and walk towards Gate 1 – 4. It’ll be hard to miss the entrance on the left side, which is marked by a reception desk in front of a brightly-lit LED wall.

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Cathay Pacific The Wing Business Class Lounge entrance
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Cathay Pacific The Wing Business Class Lounge reception

The Lounge

The lounge itself is quite large and spans two levels. The lower level consists of more enclosed seating areas, the business center, and the showers. The upper balcony level feels much more open with the high ceilings, and is where you’ll find the Noodle Bar and the Coffee Loft.

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Cathay Pacific The Wing Business Class Lounge stairwell to balcony level
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Elevator to the balcony level

As we were craving for some hot noodle soup, we first headed up to the balcony for the signature Noodle Bar. The Noodle Bar offers a variety of traditional noodle soups made to order, along with a small buffet of Chinese dishes such as dim sum and BBQ pork buns. You place your order directly at the bar, and you’ll be given a buzzer which will alert you once your meal is ready. Seating is plentiful, with spacious booth seating for large groups, or stool seating for individuals.

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The Wing Lounge signage
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Cathay Pacific The Wing Business Class Lounge Noodle Bar
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Noodle Bar menu
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Noodle Bar counter, where your meals can be picked up
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Noodle Bar condiments
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I ordered myself a Dan-Dan noodle soup
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Noodle Bar buffet spread
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Noodle Bar Dim sum buffet options
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Noodle Bar – beverage options

After enjoying our meal at the Noodle Bar, we found a spot to relax in the main seating area on the balcony level. The lounge was quite busy that day, so this took some effort. There were different seating options, including lounge chairs, bar seating facing a view of the apron, or Cathay Pacific’s signature “Solus” chairs, which contain individual power ports, and provide a lot more privacy for the solo traveler wishing to get some work done.

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The Wing main seating area
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The Wing main seating area
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Long table stool seating

Along one side of the main seating area was a buffet with hot foods and pastries. The selection was much more limited compared to The Pier or The Qantas Lounge.

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Buffet spread
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Buffet spread – sandwiches and cheese
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Magazine selection

Across from The Noodle Bar was The Coffee Loft, where you can order special beverages including various types of tea, cappuccino, or Hong Kong style milk tea. The area has a cafe-like atmosphere, with several iMac computers where you can work while enjoying fantastic views overlooking the apron.

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The Wing – Coffee Loft signage
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Cathay Pacific The Wing Business Class Lounge Coffee Loft
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Coffee Loft bar seating
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Coffee Loft menu

I wanted to feel as refreshed as possible for the long flight back to Vancouver, so I went to get myself a shower room. You can find the showers on the lower level, past reception on the right, following the hallway down to the very end, where you will find the shower attendant desk. The Wing has a total of 23 shower units, so although the lounge was packed, I was able to get a shower suite right away.

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Lower level hallway leading to shower suites
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Shower attendant desk

Oh man, is the shower AMAZING at The Wing! Everything about it felt upscale, including the gorgeous tiling along the entirety of the walls and the massive rainfall shower head. I loved the dark color of the floor tiles, the ambient lighting and the concrete accents. The drawer under the sink came stock full of amenities, including cotton buds, make up pads, shower cap, dental set and sanitary kit. Jurlique products were used throughout. I’d say the shower experience is the best part of The Wing Business Class Lounge.

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The Wing – Shower Suite
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The Wing – Shower Suite
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The Wing – Shower Suite faucet
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The Wing – Shower Suite Jurlique products
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The Wing – Shower Suite amenities
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The Wing – Shower Suite toilet
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The Wing – Shower Suite towel rack
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The Wing – Shower Suite walk-in shower
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The Wing – Shower Suite rainfall shower head

After my shower, I took a brief tour around the lower level. The seating area here is not as expansive as the one upstairs, but was less noisy. Additionally, the view does not face air-side, but instead faces the outer parking lot.

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The Wing – Lower level hallway and seating area

Beside the seating area was another buffet spread.

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Lower level buffet spread

There is also a more secluded seating area called ‘The Gallery’, which is meant to be a quiet area.

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“The Gallery”, a more secluded quiet area

As mentioned, you will find the business center on this level as well, which is called the “IT Zone”.

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The Wing – “IT Zone” aka Business Center

In Summary

The Wing Business Class Lounge is a great choice to spend time before your flight, especially if you want to shower, or your flight leaves from a lower numbered gate (1-30). The highlights of The Wing Business Class Lounge include the showers, the high ceilings and natural light on the balcony level, and fantastic views overlooking the apron.

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View of the apron from The Wing, balcony level

With that said, if I had to pick just one lounge to visit while in Hong Kong, I’d still prefer The Pier Business Class Lounge, for several reasons:

  • The Pier is much less crowded than The Wing, presumably because it is much further from immigration.
  • The Pier also has all the food options offered in The Wing and more.
  • Due to the recent renovations, The Pier also offers more updated and modern furnishings.
  • The view isn’t as expansive at The Pier, but you do get a better view of takeoffs / landings on runway 25R.
  • Finally, the showers at The Pier are very nice as well, and come stocked with Aesop amenities!

In the end, you can’t go wrong with either lounge. If you’re hungry and want more food options, go for The Pier. If you want the best Business Class shower experience, I’d recommend The Wing.

We would love to know, what’s your “go-to” lounge in Hong Kong, and why? Was there anything we missed in this review that you would have wanted to know? Be sure to let us know in the comments. If you want more reviews like this one, subscribe to our newsletter for regular updates and flight/hotel reviews.

3 thoughts on “Review – Cathay Pacific – The Wing Business Class Lounge

    1. I think gate 520 is a remote gate, so I would allocate at least 20-30 minutes, as you would have to take the bus shuttle.

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