I hope you’re ready for some noodles.
Yesterday marked the opening of Cathay Pacific’s newest lounge, the first operated by a non-Japanese carrier at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND). The Hong Kong-based airline is located on Level 6 near Gate 114 with room for almost 200 people in the nearly 11,000 sq. ft. space. They’re going for a living room vibe with natural lighting and cherry wood walls, so expect a more casual, comfortable feeling inside if you’re traveling First or Business on CX and need a place to relax for a bit at HND. The most exciting part of the lounge opening — in terms of Fly&Dine, at least — is the emphasis on food and beverage.
Check this out from the press release:
The lounge has a strong focus on food and beverage services, with the dining area featuring Cathay Pacific’s iconic The Noodle Bar, one of the most popular dining options in the airline’s world-renowned lounges at Hong Kong International Airport, offering a selection of freshly prepared Asian noodles including Dan Dan Noodles and Wonton Noodles in Soup. During the morning hours until 11am, authentic Japanese breakfast items and French toast will also be offered.
Another dining highlight is the Food Bar, where passengers can enjoy a wide selection of lighter items such as wraps, sandwiches, quiches and salads, as well as barista-made coffee, pastries and other desserts. In addition, freshly blended cocktails, including Cathay Pacific’s signature drinks, and a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be served at the Bar. The food and beverage facilities in the new lounge will be managed by the Hotel Okura Enterprise, internationally renowned for its quality services and hospitality.
I was able to check out the Cathay Pacific lounge for myself back in April when I was in Hong Kong and loved the experience. The Noodle Bar specifically is totally awesome. Made-to-order noodles? Yes, please. I think complimentary made-to-order anything is a big plus when you’re at a lounge and Cathay Pacific offers a fairly extensive menu. Now Japanese flyers get to experience the same level of luxury and CX is not one to disappoint.