Cathay Pacific’s First and Business class lounge offers understated luxury for travellers at Vancouver International Airport. Located between departure gates D66 and D67 in the International Terminal, the Cathay Pacific Lounge adopts the airlines contemporary and elegant design template which has already been rolled out in their other lounges in Hong Kong, Manila, Bangkok, Taipei and Japan (Haneda Airport.)
The Cathay Pacific Lounge measures 510 square metres with a seating capacity of 108 people. It offers a comfortable exclusive environment where passengers can relax before their flight out of Vancouver.
Designed by Studioilse, a London-based design firm, the Cathay Pacific Lounge features softened acoustics and natural materials like wood and stone that are surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows. Bespoke chairs and side tables with built-in lamps are thoughtfully placed so guests can enjoy the unobstructed views of the North Shore Mountains and the runway.
Business travellers can take advantage of the shower rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi and three individual work stations with iMac computers and printers.
A dining highlight is The Pantry. Located at the back of the lounge, passengers can enjoy hot and cold refreshments, libations, cold cuts, cheese, salads, fruits, and assorted desserts.
Adjacent to the lounge sits The Noodle Bar. It offers a selection of made to order soups including wonton noodle soup, dan-dan noodle soup and authentic Hong Kong- style fish ball noodle soup.
I tried Dan-Dan noodles with a side of Shrimp Dumplings, Wonton Noodle soup and a BBQ Pork Bun. A satisfying meal before my flight to New York.
The lounge is open to First and Business Class passengers travelling on Cathay Pacific and members of the Marco Polo Club. However, some restrictions do apply. The Cathay Pacific Lounge is open daily from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm and then from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am. The hours are adjusted seasonally in accordance with the Cathay Pacific flight schedule.
This was my first time flying in Cathay Pacific’s Business Class so I was excited to experience this red-eye flight from Vancouver, B.C. to New York.
Cathay Pacific Business cabin is a 1-2-1 configuration with each row in a reverse herringbone seating. Each award-winning business class seat adapts to your preferences, with two pre-set settings for sitting and sleeping; and controls for smaller adjustments. When it’s time to sleep the seat transforms into a flat bed.
Each seat comes with fluffy pillows, a soft-fabric duvet and outfitted with a state-of-the-art in-flight StudioCX entertainment system: a personal 15′ touchscreen TV loaded with the latest in movies, and music.
Tucked away behind the control centre are large headphones for your personal use.
Minutes into my flight I was given a welcoming drink; champagne or juices. I was also provided with an amenity kit filled with Jurlique skincare products, soft socks, a special sleep mask, and toiletries.
A late meal was presented on the flight to New York and I was given three meal options; a choice of Lemon Thyme Chicken, Aloo Ghobi Vegetable on rice or Wok fried cod with rice. The meal was served with a side salad, dessert and drink.
I’ve experienced Cathay Pacific’s economy class many times and I was always impressed with their service and amenities, but to experience business class was top-notch.
Disclosure: I was a guest of the airline and the opinions are completely my own.