HKG: Qantas and British Airways Lounges: Hi and Bye

Say Hi to the New: At the sixth level of the Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) Gate 15 is the new Qantas Airways (QF) and British Airways (BA) Joint Business Class Lounge. The Lounge, which originally was combined with the First Class lounge just a floor above it, opened in December 2009 was designed by Marc Newson, Australia’s premier interior and product designer.

Self-Service Beverages and Snack BarMain CorridorChaise-Longue AreaPeeking into the Main Lounge AreaiMac-Equipped Office AreaCommon Washroom Area
Common Washroom AreaPrivate Washroom AreaPrivate Shower AreaPrivate Washroom Area

And Say Bye to the Old: The former joint First/Business Class Lounge on the 7th floor, refurbished in 2009 and is currently a First Class lounge only, will soon be closed for a Continue reading

JFK: AA Flagship Lounge

American Airlines Admirals Club Flagship Lounge at Terminal 8, New York JFK International Airport. The Flagship Lounge is for First Class Passengers, as well as AA Executive Platinum and oneWorld Emerald members traveling internationally. It is located near the TSA Security Check Point, before the walkway to the satellite terminal. (The regular Admirals Club is located at the satellite terminal.)

Flagship Lounge Reception DeskLounge Seating by the WindowSeats Overlooking the TarmacWorking Desk with a ViewSemi Private Work BoothsTables at the Dining Area
Self Service Dining AreaSelf Service Dining AreaSeating at the Dining AreaCorridor in the Shower AreaToilet and Vanity Mirror in the Shower RoomVanity and Shower Stall
Shower StallShower RoomCorridor in the Shower Area

JFK: AA Flagship Lounge, a set on Flickr.

NRT: JAL’s Sakura First Class Lounge

There are two sections of the Sakura Lounge at the Main Terminal 2 of Narita International Airport (there is an additional Sakura Lounge at the Satellite Terminal): The First Class and the Business Class lounges. At the main entrance, guests either make a left turn to head for the FC section or a right turn for the BC section.

Immediately behind the check-in counter at the First Class lounge, one could find another counter, this one for Spa treatment. Each guest is allowed a 15-minute massage, courtesy of JAL: Full body massage, Head massage, or Foot massage (reflexology). But really, a 15- Continue reading

HKG: The [temporary] Wing Business Class Lounge

Corridor to the Shower AreaMain Seating AreaMain Seating AreaMen's Restroom: CorridorPC Computer Work AreaMen's Restroom: Urinals
Men's Restroom: Commode, with Small & Big Flush ButtonsMen's Restroom: Basin

Cathay Pacific’s the Wing’s Business Class Lounge at the Hong Kong International Airport is gearing to close its lounge for a renovation. The Lounge, located on the 7th floor near the Immigration and Customs area, and adjacent to the Wing’s First Class Lounge will temporarily be located on the lower floor (6th floor), closer to the boarding gates 1-4.

For LAX and SFO-bound passengers, this temporary Lounge will be convenient, especially if Cathay Pacific continues to use Gates 2 & 3 for LAX and SFO.

The renovation is slated to run this early summer of 2011. Afterwards, the Wing’s First Class Lounge will have its turn. Why they decide not to take care of the First Class Lounge first, I am not sure; but let’s hope that the result will be a welcome change. After almost a decade of using the Wing’s FC facilities, some elements start to deteriorate. Plumbing on the shower at the Cabanas causes so much rattling noises that it almost feels as if there were an earthquake.