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New London Heathrow LHR lounge (Now Open)

Old Nov 19, 15, 7:17 pm
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Reviews of other T3 lounges:

http://www.headforpoints.com/2015/11/25/review-american-airlines-lounge-london-heathrow-terminal-3/

http://jarvismarcos.com/2016/08/the-lounges-of-lhr-t3-ek-cx-and-ba-sept-2014/


Temporary closure of Cathay Pacific First and Business Class Lounge at Heathrow Airport

As part of our ongoing commitment to enhance our passenger experience, the Cathay Pacific First and Business Class Lounge at Terminal 3, Heathrow Airport, London will be temporarily closed from 26 November 2015 to June 2016 for expansion and renovation.

During this period, we would like to invite Silver, Gold and Diamond members of the Marco Polo Club as well as passengers travelling in First and Business Class to use the lounges of our partner airlines. All lounge invitations will be arranged for you upon check-in.

Reflecting our Life Well Travelled philosophy and our principle of considered design, this renovation follows updates to Cathay Pacific lounges in Tokyo (Haneda), Manila, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Taipei. With the addition of London, we look forward to providing you with an enhanced experience in the near future.
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New London Heathrow LHR lounge (Now Open)

Old Nov 28, 16, 8:12 am
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I am very happy that it has retained a separate first class section.
It makes flying to and from T3 pleasant again.

Thanks for the news! Hopefully someone will get a real look at it soon!

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Old Nov 28, 16, 8:17 am
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Lounge looks very nice .Does the business side serve champagne
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Old Nov 28, 16, 9:05 am
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Here's a press release from CX's parent I came across, with pics, probably one on the CX website as well.

http://www.swirepacific.com/en/media...?f=p161128.htm
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Old Nov 28, 16, 9:05 am
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Looking forward to checking the new F lounge out. The previous F lounge was OK, but if the new one is even close the Pier F @ HKG, then this will definitely become the lounge to visit when transiting through T3..
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Old Nov 28, 16, 1:30 pm
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Alas it'll be filled by FT BA Golds which I think will be sufficient.

What's interesting is how it'll be handled. If CX and BA actually charge each other id not be surprised to see people complain here that the lounge is "at max capacity".
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Old Nov 28, 16, 2:37 pm
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Originally Posted by dodgeflyer
Alas it'll be filled by FT BA Golds which I think will be sufficient.

What's interesting is how it'll be handled. If CX and BA actually charge each other id not be surprised to see people complain here that the lounge is "at max capacity".
Not to mention F/J/elite flyers from all the AA flights during the day...
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Originally Posted by dkc192
Not to mention F/J/elite flyers from all the AA flights during the day...
I resemble that remark
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Old Nov 28, 16, 11:02 pm
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Looks stunning! ^^^

And modelled on The Pier HKG, which is probably my favourite lounge globally.

Cannot wait to visit in a few weeks

The BA First lounge in T3 is just laughable in comparison to this, according to the photos.
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Old Nov 29, 16, 12:03 am
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Originally Posted by dkc192
Not to mention F/J/elite flyers from all the AA flights during the day...
You would be surprised how many people seem unaware that they can visit the lounges of other carriers. AA will tell them at check in that the lounge is the AA Flagship lounge and people will happily trot there.

But there will be the happy few moving over to the other side of the fence. But I guess they were already there in the old lounge....
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Old Nov 29, 16, 2:38 am
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Originally Posted by CPH-Flyer
You would be surprised how many people seem unaware that they can visit the lounges of other carriers. AA will tell them at check in that the lounge is the AA Flagship lounge and people will happily trot there.

But there will be the happy few moving over to the other side of the fence. But I guess they were already there in the old lounge....
I'm not so sure. My recollection was that the old lounges were certainly quiet, at least outside of the CX flight windows, with there never being more than 1 or 2 people in the F lounge. But, then again, the old CX lounges weren't anything particularly special. This revamped offering, on the other hand, looks outstanding - a significant improvement over both Galleries First and the Flagship Lounge, at least from the photos. My experience is also that most OWEs know the score when it comes to lounge options, and will seek out the best and newest alternatives when they can.

Another important factor to note is that BA and AA now have many more flights from T3 than they used to - including some that are operated by very large aircraft. There must be vast swathes of non-CX emeralds (and sapphires) who will be able to access these new lounges on a daily basis. It won't take many to be tempted to try it out and then get a taste for it before it becomes overrun. I wouldn't at all be surprised if they don't limit access in not-so-distant future (hopefully not until I get to visit of course - which is looking to be pretty much weekly for the next month or so!)

On a related issue, is LHR T3 the best equipped terminal for OWEs to engage in some serious first class lounge hopping? I can't think of anywhere else in the world where there's a choice between 3 different airlines' offerings.
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Old Nov 29, 16, 2:55 am
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Originally Posted by crazyanglaisy
I'm not so sure. My recollection was that the old lounges were certainly quiet, at least outside of the CX flight windows, with there never being more than 1 or 2 people in the F lounge. But, then again, the old CX lounges weren't anything particularly special. This revamped offering, on the other hand, looks outstanding - a significant improvement over both Galleries First and the Flagship Lounge, at least from the photos. My experience is also that most OWEs know the score when it comes to lounge options, and will seek out the best and newest alternatives when they can.

Another important factor to note is that BA and AA now have many more flights from T3 than they used to - including some that are operated by very large aircraft. There must be vast swathes of non-CX emeralds (and sapphires) who will be able to access these new lounges on a daily basis. It won't take many to be tempted to try it out and then get a taste for it before it becomes overrun. I wouldn't at all be surprised if they don't limit access in not-so-distant future (hopefully not until I get to visit of course - which is looking to be pretty much weekly for the next month or so!)

On a related issue, is LHR T3 the best equipped terminal for OWEs to engage in some serious first class lounge hopping? I can't think of anywhere else in the world where there's a choice between 3 different airlines' offerings.
The flight count is a part I had not thought about.

But I have had discussions with several AA ExPlats who happily trotted to the Admirals Club in Narita under the assumption that was what they were allowed to do when flying AA. As that's the lounge AA directed them to at check in.
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Old Nov 29, 16, 2:59 am
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Originally Posted by CPH-Flyer
The flight count is a part I had not thought about.

But I have had discussions with several AA ExPlats who happily trotted to the Admirals Club in Narita under the assumption that was what they were allowed to do when flying AA. As that's the lounge AA directed them to at check in.
Actually same for the case in Hong Kong.

I think majority of people don't know they can access to QF lounge with a CX flight, probably especially since CX issue lounge invitation cards and a lot of people assume lounge entries can only be made with that invitation card.
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Originally Posted by bart simpson
Actually same for the case in Hong Kong.

I think majority of people don't know they can access to QF lounge with a CX flight, probably especially since CX issue lounge invitation cards and a lot of people assume lounge entries can only be made with that invitation card.
Originally Posted by CPH-Flyer
The flight count is a part I had not thought about.

But I have had discussions with several AA ExPlats who happily trotted to the Admirals Club in Narita under the assumption that was what they were allowed to do when flying AA. As that's the lounge AA directed them to at check in.
Fair points. My intuitions could certainly be being influenced by life in the Flyertalk bubble! Time will tell, I guess...
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would be curious to know which Champagne is served in the new CX F lounge?
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Old Nov 29, 16, 5:17 am
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Originally Posted by bart simpson
Actually same for the case in Hong Kong.
The fact that BA at HKG specifically direct you the QF lounge shows that they would prefer you to use that, as opposed to the CX lounges.

Advice which is, of course, ignored
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