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

AA: The Next New Premium Class Seats

Back in late January 2012 American Airlines announced that it had ordered and would roll out the new Premium Class design for both the First Class and the Business Class. At first glance of the new business class seats, I told one American Airlines Senior Analyst at DFW of how the design looked eerily similar to the upcoming Cathay Pacific’s new business class seat design, known in the industry as the Cirrus Seats. I asked if the same designer had been used to design the seats for all oneWorld partners’ fleet. He responded by saying that indeed American Airlines had tried to minimize differences across the brands, including the seat design.

See for yourself if you agree with me. With the exception of the color scheme, the Cathay Continue reading