After spending two days in Hong Kong, it was now time to fly to Osaka. Our final destination was Kyoto, but that is an easy, hour long train ride from the Osaka Kansai airport. When I first booked this flight the equipment was a 747-400, but a schedule change occurred and the flight ended up being flown by a 777-300 with the new “regional” business class.
This trip report will cover the Wing lounge at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) and the Cathay Pacific flight from HKG to Osaka Kansai (KIX).
Check-In at Hong Kong Airport Express Station
I was staying on Hong Kong Island and utilized check-in at the Hong Kong Airport Express station. The Hong Kong Airport Express train goes from the Airport to Central and vice versa in about 25 minutes with only a few stops. Furthermore, the Hong Kong station has check-in desks for most airlines, so one can even check their luggage in the city.
There were a couple of people ahead of me and it only took a few minutes. The wait would have been shorter except one guy in front of me was refusing to check his bag and making a big scene about it. I have to admit the check-in agents really were calm and kept their composure in that situation.
After a short train ride, we were at the Hong Kong airport. This airport is one of my favorites in the world. I actually wrote a term paper about this airport when I was at university. It is a marvel, not only from an airport engineering perspective, but also because the airport has so many fun things to do.
Cathay Pacific’s The Wing lounge at HKG
Cathay Pacific is based at HKG and it is the airline’s premier hub. As such, the Cathay Pacific lounges at HKG are truly aspirational. There are three of them at the airport: The Wing, The Pier, and The Cabin. For this flight, we chose to visit The Wing, which had been recently renovated.