September 2010 | Cathay Pacific is about to open ‘The Cabin’, its latest departure lounge at Hong Kong International Airport. Designed by Foster + Partners, the concept of the 1,300-square-metre space builds on several current consumer trends, such as connectivity, individuality and a healthy lifestyle. The Cabin is separated into five different zones – The Reception, The IT Zone, The Deli, The Health Bar, and The Relaxing Zone – and introduces some innovative seating and dining concepts. Furthermore, lounge guests can use one of 21 Wi-Fi enabled iPads, pre-loaded with apps such as newspapers, magazines and games, and unlimited Wi-Fi internet is accessible through the lounge, without the need for a password.
Cathay Solus Chair
A main feature of The Cabin is the new ‘Cathay Solus Chair’ – a futuristic bubble-like chair, which provides each person with a private space to eat, work and relax. The purpose-built unit consists of a small built-in table, coat hanger and power outlet, and each chair is hand finished by Poltrona Frau in Italy. In total there are 41 Solus chairs available in the entire lounge.
The IT Zone consists of two sections: the main area and an IT room. The main area is equipped with 21 Solus Chairs, 21 iPads and a ‘Techno Bar’ with 6 iMacs, as well as plenty of power outlets. The entire back wall is made of glass with LED lighting that pulsates every half an hour to help passengers keep track of the time. The IT room has 11 private workspaces, each equipped with an iMac, a printer and a telephone. The walls are lined with either reflective white glass or sound-absorbent leather panels. There is also a meeting room with videoconferencing facilities.
The Deli and The Health Bar
The Deli is a self-serving delicatessen bar with a range of made-to-order hot sandwiches, Italian antipasti and a range of fresh salads catered by The Peninsula Hotel. The signature Long Bar which also features at Cathay’s other lounges at HKIA – The Wing and The Pier – has been given a healthy twist. As well as the usual selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, The Health Bar also offers freshly blended fruit and vegetable smoothies and juices as well as hot or cold Chinese herbal teas.
Besides catering to passengers with a tech lifestyle with The Cabin, Cathay Pacific will roll-out inflight Wi-Fi across its fleet from early 2012 on, and was the first airline to offer a dedicated app for the iPad and, besides the iPhone, for a range of other personal devices.