A Look Inside Cathay Pacific’s Renovated Lounge In Shanghai


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Cathay Pacific has reopened its lounge at Shanghai Pudong airport and anyone who has visited a renovated (or new) Cathay Pacific lounge in the past couple of years will immediately recognize the décor which has been used – the space looks great.

Image courtesy of Cathay Pacific

Location

Adjacent to Gate D69 in Terminal 2 of Shanghai Pudong airport.

Opening Hours

05:30 – 21:00 Daily

Access

  • First and Business Class passengers
  • Marco Polo Club Silver and above members
  • oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members
  • Members of all tiers who have earned lounge passes and/or their friends and family members

All flyers must be traveling on a oneworld marketed and operated flight.

Guests

  • First Class passengers may invite one guest to join them in the lounge. The guest must also be traveling on a flight operated and marketed by a oneworld airline.
  • Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire members may invite one guest to join them in the lounge. The guest must also be traveling on a flight operated and marketed by a oneworld carrier.

The Lounge

The refurbished Cathay Pacific lounge in Shanghai occupies a space of approximately 10,400 square feet (970 square metres), houses 305 seats, and brings to China a design that flyers will recognize from lounges in Hong Kong, London and just about anywhere else Cathay Pacific has opened or renovated a lounge in recent years.

Image courtesy of Cathay Pacific

The airline says that its refurbished space has been designed to reflect the comforts of a modern apartment with natural materials (cherry wood, limestone, leather, etc…) used where possible.

A highlight of the lounge is an L-shaped open-ceiling verandah which offers panoramic views of the airport apron and allows in a considerable amount of natural light.

Image courtesy of Cathay Pacific

An open-ceiling ‘food hall’ offers guests self-serve hot and cold dishes from around the globe, baked goods, cheeses, and cold cuts…

Image courtesy of Cathay Pacific

…while guests can use the self-serve bar to help themselves to “a variety of wines and spirits”.

Cathay fans will be pleased to know that the airline’s much-loved noodle bar makes its mainland China debut at the refurbished Shanghai lounge and, as the following description from the press release will show, it sounds very nice!

Channelling Hong Kong’s beloved tea houses, the open-kitchen Noodle Bar offers a combination of communal long tables and private booths set within a stylish dining area complete with hanging lights and dark-wood ceiling fans. Here visitors to the lounge can get a comforting taste of Hong Kong by ordering freshly prepared wonton egg noodles with soup – a Cantonese classic – or perk up before their flight with a spicy Sichuan province special in the form of dan dan noodles. Of course, guests can also enjoy some of Shanghai’s own delectable culinary culture with hand-made, soup-filled xiao long bao dumplings among the dim sum dishes served daily.

Image courtesy of Cathay Pacific
Image courtesy of Cathay Pacific

Bottom Line

I’ve visited a few of Cathay Pacific’s new and refurbished lounges over the past couple of years and, on the whole, I like their feel.

The images of the lounge in Shanghai suggest that the new space is straight out of the same mold as its fellow refurbished lounges and that means that visitors should find the space full of natural light and furnished to a very good standard.

Combine that with the fact that the lounge comes with the famous Cathay Pacific noodle bar and I can see this being a very popular space to pass some time before a oneworld flight.

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