30 Sep 2010
Cathay Pacific Airways today announced the opening of The Cabin, the airline’s latest passenger lounge at Hong Kong International Airport. The 1,339-square-metre space, designed by London-based architectural firm Foster + Partners, is located by Gate 23 on the airport’s central concourse, offering passengers a new level of comfort and convenience before their flight out of Hong Kong.
The Cabin is the latest addition to the collection of Cathay Pacific Group lounges at Hong Kong International Airport, which includes three other departure lounges - The Wing, The Pier, G16 - and The Arrival for passengers flying into Hong Kong.
Cathay Pacific Chief Operating Officer John Slosar said: “The opening of The Cabin highlights our commitment to offering the highest level of product and service to our valued customers. Hong Kong is the home hub of Cathay Pacific and we will continue to make significant investments to ensure our customers can enjoy an unparalleled pre-flight experience.”
Described as “contemporary, refreshing and dynamic”, The Cabin features an ultra-modern design that introduces brand-new seating and dining concepts for the benefit of passengers. The new lounge is separated into five zones - The Reception, The IT Zone, The Deli, The Health Bar, and The Relaxing Zone – and the design features a blend of warm wood, bamboo, white marble and dark granite that builds on the airline’s existing lounge palette.
The Cabin employs state-of-the-art technology to ensure passengers are kept in touch and entertained. New dining concepts include a delicatessen, where made-to-order hot sandwiches, fresh antipasti and salads are available, and The Health Bar – a reworking of Cathay Pacific’s popular Long Bar concept which also serves freshly squeezed juices and hot or cold Chinese herbal teas.
A number of style innovations have been employed including a reception wall made of Venetian glass tiles by Fabbian of Italy, and the “Cathay Pacific Signature Plate” in The Deli, produced by Noritake of Japan. A big talking point in the new lounge will be the innovative new Cathay Solus Chair - a purpose-built unit where lounge guests can eat, work and relax.
As with all Cathay Pacific lounges, The Cabin is a premium lounge open to First and Business Class passengers, Silver and above Marco Polo Club members, and Sapphire and above oneworld members. Opening hours are from 5:30am until the last departure. With the opening of The Cabin, Cathay Pacific will begin a phased renovation of its flagship lounge, The Wing, beginning from the fourth quarter of 2010.
See Appendix for a full description of the features of The Cabin.
The Cabin - Cathay Pacific’s newest lounge at Hong Kong International Airport
The Cabin is the latest addition to the collection of Cathay Pacific Group lounges at Hong Kong International Airport, joining The Wing, The Pier, G16 and The Arrival. The Cabin – a 1,339-square-metre space designed by London-based architectural firm Foster + Partners - is conveniently located by Gate 23 on the central concourse. Contemporary, refreshing and dynamic, The Cabin is ultra-modern in design and introduces some brand-new seating and dining concepts.
The Cabin is an uplifting place intended to give passengers a pre-flight boost. It is a fast-paced lounge, from the up-close view of the energetic airport to the use of state-of-the-art technology.
The Cabin is separated into five different zones: The Reception, The IT Zone, The Deli, The Health Bar, and The Relaxing Zone. Foremost among the range of seating is the innovative and unique Cathay Solus Chair that has been designed around passenger’s needs to provide a space in which to eat, work, read or simply relax.
Cathay Pacific’s aim with The Cabin is to have guests leaving feeling refreshed and inspired.
The Cabin sees the launch of a newly designed reception wall for the Cathay Pacific Group lounges. The wall is made of Venetian glass tiles by Fabbian of Italy, with two layers of tiles backlit from the top and bottom to create a sparkling abstract impression of bamboo. The bright surface provides the ideal backdrop for our friendly and professional customer service staff. On the opposite wall, patterned bamboo wood adds warmth to the space, while the high-gloss black ceiling reflects a pure white marble floor and the familiar cantilevered marble reception desk.
The IT Zone
High speed Wi-Fi internet, 11 PCs, 6 iMacs and a video conference suite allow passengers to stay informed, in touch and entertained. For the first time guests can also use one of 20 Wi-Fi-enabled iPads that have been pre-loaded with the latest apps including newspapers, magazines and games.
A 10.5-metre IT glass wall with programmable LED lights provides a warm and energetic feel to this area. The Techno Bar and IT workstations are made from hardwearing black Italian stone and trimmed with stainless steel. The versatile LEM piston stool was selected for the Techno Bar as it is easy to move, swivel and adjust and has a small back on which to hang jackets. Inside the IT room are 11 individual workspaces with PCs, printers and reading lamps. The walls are lined with either reflective white glass or innovative and stylish sound-absorbent leather panels.
The Deli and Self-service Buffet
The Cabin offers a high standard self-service buffet where passengers can enjoy a variety of Asian and Western hot and cold dishes. To supplement this, Cathay Pacific has introduced its first delicatessen -The Deli - where passengers can enjoy made-to-order hot sandwiches, fresh antipasti and salads. The buffet counter and Deli are crafted from white Carrara marble and framed with a slatted bamboo wall to create a premium ambience. The dining tables are custom-made in white Corian and accompanied by the Catifa dining chair by Arper and leather banquette seats.
At The Deli, fresh food will be served up on the newly designed “Cathay Pacific Signature Plate”. This custom-made porcelain plate has a subtle abstract bamboo pattern and has been produced exclusively for Cathay Pacific by Noritake of Japan.
The Health Bar
At The Cabin, the signature Long Bar, which features at The Wing and The Pier, has been given a healthy twist. As well as the usual comprehensive selection of alcoholic drinks and soft beverages, passengers can also choose from a range of freshly squeezed juices and hot or cold Chinese herbal teas. The Health Bar is clad in white Carrara marble and accompanied by the new generation of Cathay barstool, which, while similar in design to the current barstool, is made from bamboo and offers even more comfort. Passengers can also choose to sit along the window in one of the cosy new “couple booths” or on a banquette set into the quiet alcoves.
The Relaxing Zone
In The Relaxing Zone, passengers can find a variety of premium lounge seating for their comfort. Lounge guests can enjoy the busy airport view while lounging in the Oscar chair designed by Pearson Lloyd and made by Walter Knoll. For those after more privacy, the alcoves contain Foster 503 arm chairs designed by Sir Norman Foster and again made by Walter Knoll.
The Cathay Solus Chair
Foremost among the range of seating in The Cabin is the innovative new Cathay Solus Chair - a purpose-built unit designed around the diverse needs of our lounge guests. To provide a place to eat, work and relax, Cathay Pacific and Foster + Partners jointly created a unique chair handcrafted by Poltrona Frau in Italy. After designing the concept, Cathay Pacific conducted multiple rounds of trials with Marco Polo Club members to refine the chair’s functionality and ergonomics.
Each Cathay Solus Chair has an individual power outlet, and all other non-dining seats are within arm’s reach of an outlet.
Design & Materials
As with The Wing and The Pier, The Cabin’s material specification called for the finest quality with a strong preference for locally sourced renewable materials. The core Cathay Pacific palette is clearly present with the liberal use of warm wood, white Carrara marble and dark granite.
The Cabin is bordered by a 90-metre-long red carpet along the floor-to-ceiling windows. White Carrara marble can be found at all service points including the buffet counter, The Deli and The Health Bar. All Carrara marble floor and wall tiles were specially selected from Italian quarries. The locally sourced “China Black” granite wall tiles provide a contemporary linkage to the current design in The Wing. Bamboo, a beautiful and highly sustainable material, has been used in multiple locations throughout the lounge to add warmth to the space. High-gloss ceiling panels are a key feature of The Cabin and reflect the modernity of the overall design.
The Cabin is a premium lounge for both First and Business Class passengers, Silver and above Marco Polo Club members, and Sapphire and above oneworld members.
Opening hours are from 5:30am until the last departure.