Review: Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong

Introduction
Virgin Atlantic 207 787-9 Economy Class Hong Kong to London Heathrow
Swissport Lounge London Heathrow
Virgin Atlantic 206 787-9 Premium Economy Class London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong
United Club Hong Kong
Swiss 139 777-300ER Business Class Hong Kong to Zurich
Swiss Arrivals Lounge Zurich
Glacier Express 902 Zermatt to Andermatt
Hotel Victoria Jungfraujoch
Touring the Hotel Schynige Platte
Hotel Baur au Lac Zurich
Swiss Senator Lounge Terminal A
Swiss Panorama Business Class Lounge Terminal E
Swiss 138 777-300ER Business Class Zurich to Hong Kong


We got to the airport a couple of hours early in Hong Kong in anticipation for our Swiss flight at 11:35 PM. The check-in counter said that we could use the Plaza Premium lounge as well as the Singapore Airlines lounge, but I knew that the United and Thai lounges were open to all Star Alliance passengers, so I figured I’d wait.

We were through immigration pretty quickly, and I found the Plaza Premium Lounge near gate 1. After my lounge invitation was taken, I asked if I could take pictures. Rather rudely one of the attendants immediately said “sir, no pictures allowed”. Obviously, for you guys, I listened to them and took less pictures, so excuse the quality of the images, as they were with my iPhone as opposed to my camera.

The lounge was partitioned into separate areas. Immediately to the left of the lounge was a huge seating area, as well as some mini-work offices.

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Plaza Premium East Lounge Hong Kong Seating

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Cathay Pacific May Go Ten Abreast in Economy

Cathay Pacific is not having a good year. Having recently announced their (sort of) abysmal financial results with a significantly drop in yield, passenger demand and their continuing hedging loss. Additionally, they seem to lack the ability to stay out of local tabloids, with controversies ranging from security issues to incidents.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-200 Hong Kong Airport

However, the one thing that Cathay seems to be doing right are their inflight hard products, especially aboard their long haul aircraft, and in Economy. We’ve ranked Cathay Pacific’s Economy Class seat as one of the best in the industry, with an impressive amount of seat width, an adequate amount of legroom, exceedingly comfortable padding and an impressive amount of storage areas.

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Review: Virgin Atlantic 206 787-9 Premium Economy Class London Heathrow to Hong Kong

Introduction
Virgin Atlantic 207 787-9 Economy Class Hong Kong to London Heathrow
Swissport Lounge London Heathrow
Virgin Atlantic 206 787-9 Premium Economy Class London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong
United Club Hong Kong
Swiss 139 777-300ER Business Class Hong Kong to Zurich
Swiss Arrivals Lounge Zurich
Glacier Express 902 Zermatt to Andermatt
Hotel Victoria Jungfraujoch
Touring the Hotel Schynige Platte
Hotel Baur au Lac Zurich
Swiss Senator Lounge Terminal A
Swiss Panorama Business Class Lounge Terminal E
Swiss 138 777-300ER Business Class Zurich to Hong Kong


Virgin Atlantic Flight 206
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Origin: London Heathrow (LHR) Gate: 17 Dep: 22:25 (22:20)
Destination: Hong Kong (HKG) Gate: 25 Arr: 17:30 (17:00)
Duration: 12 h 5 min (11 h 40 min)
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
Seat: 25K (Premium Economy Class)

Upon boarding the aircraft, I was welcomed by the friendly economy purser and pointed to my seat on the right side of the aircraft.

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Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9 Premium Economy Cabin

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Review: Cathay Dragon 704 A320 Economy Class Hong Kong to Guilin

Around mid-May, I took a short trip with my school on a tour of Guilin and Yangshuo. Needless to say, I had an absolute blast during that week. Although we stayed at several hotels, I won’t be reviewing them as they weren’t really aspirational nor memorable. However, my flight from Hong Kong to Guilin was especially memorable, so I thought I’d review it sooner or later.

We checked in as a group. Although it was a long process, the ground staff helping us were really delightful to talk to. After a five-minute lunch which involved me stuffing McDonalds down my throat, we finally made our way to the remote stand where we were bussed to the aircraft. I didn’t get to take pictures of the aircraft as AVESCO staff are on the ground who strictly monitor and discourage picture taking.

We were welcomed by the really, really friendly Senior Purser as we boarded the flight.

Cathay Dragon Flight 704
Monday, May 11th, 2016
Origin: Hong Kong (HKG) Gate: 521 Dep: 14:10 (15:30)
Destination: Guilin (KWL) Gate: N/A Arr: 15:35 (16:55)
Duration: 1 hr 25 min (1 hr 25 min)
Aircraft: Airbus A320
Seat: 42K/42J

The cabin featured Dragonair’s older (but not oldest) generation of A320 seats, found exclusively on their all Economy 32M configuration. The seats are decked out in Dragonair’s latest Economy seat covers.

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Dragonair Airbus A320 Economy Class Cabin

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Review: Swissport Lounge London Heathrow

Introduction
Virgin Atlantic 207 787-9 Economy Class Hong Kong to London Heathrow
Swissport Lounge London Heathrow
Virgin Atlantic 206 787-9 Premium Economy Class London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong
United Club Hong Kong
Swiss 139 777-300ER Business Class Hong Kong to Zurich
Swiss Arrivals Lounge Zurich
Glacier Express 902 Zermatt to Andermatt
Hotel Victoria Jungfraujoch
Touring the Hotel Schynige Platte
Hotel Baur au Lac Zurich
Swiss Senator Lounge Terminal A
Swiss Panorama Business Class Lounge Terminal E
Swiss 138 777-300ER Business Class Zurich to Hong Kong


Before I carry on with the lounge report, my time at Oxford was amazing. Yes, it was education-based, but I also got to know the town really well during the period, as well as lots of new people. This isn’t an ORA review site, though, so I won’t be talking about that a lot – just email me if you want to know what it’s like, as it’s not really that much of something I’d write about on the blog.

I went into check-in at around 2 PM for my 10:30 PM flight, as that was as far as the buses left. The check-in agent confirmed my assigned seat, and while she didn’t tell me I soon found out that the Clubhouse was for 16+ only, so even with £60 I couldn’t pay myself into the lounge. I went to the Royal Jordanian counter to find my friend Emile (who has a Lounge Club card for unlimited members), and we were on our way.

I lost Emile on the way to the lounge, but soon we managed to catch up, as they had to go through secondary screening by security. We went and found the lounge area, and made our way to the Swissport lounge, located in aisle F with the pay-in lounges.

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London Heathrow Terminal 3 Lounge Aisle F

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How To Get To Athens In Business Class?

In Zermatt, Switzerland, we met a really adorable Greek couple that looked after us during our stay, particularly the husband, who had worked in multiple restaurants and taught me a whole bunch of new skills during my stay in Zermatt. They welcomed us to go to Greece sometime, so we’re thinking of doing that summer next year.

And as far as the airline hubs go, it’s pretty obvious where the major one is – Athens. That’s where all the major airlines fly to, but here’s the catch – my mom can’t stand connections of more than four hours, so we have to choose the best flights for ourselves.

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Athens, Greece

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Review: Virgin Atlantic 207 787-9 Economy Class Hong Kong to London Heathrow

Introduction
Virgin Atlantic 207 787-9 Economy Class Hong Kong to London Heathrow
Swissport Lounge London Heathrow
Virgin Atlantic 206 787-9 Premium Economy Class London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong
United Club Hong Kong
Swiss 139 777-300ER Business Class Hong Kong to Zurich
Swiss Arrivals Lounge Zurich
Glacier Express 902 Zermatt to Andermatt
Hotel Victoria Jungfraujoch
Touring the Hotel Schynige Platte
Hotel Baur au Lac Zurich
Swiss Senator Lounge Terminal A
Swiss Panorama Business Class Lounge Terminal E
Swiss 138 777-300ER Business Class Zurich to Hong Kong


I got to the airport around 2.5 hours early, expecting a long check-in line, only to find nothing. The agent checked me in quickly, and confirmed my assigned seat 46B, which I had chosen free as a Flying Club member (I quickly reverted the points to Singapore Airlines SilverKris after I assigned my seat). While I try to get the best seat I can in business class, I try to stick with who I’m travelling in economy, so I don’t need to be crammed together with a stranger during the flight.

My friend Chareese (who would be my seatmate throughout the flight) and I bid farewell to our parents, then got through immigration, which was a breeze. We hung out with a few friends also travelling on the day by our gate, in front of the 787.

Apart from it being my first time on a 787, the flight was also on Virgin’s newest 787-9, Pin Up Girl. Naturally I was excited – if only Virgin’s economy cabin didn’t look like it came out of the 90s.

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Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9 Hong Kong Airport

There was a business, premium economy and economy lane as you’d expect, though unfortunately there wasn’t a separate lane for Virgin Atlantic Red members. We were first in the economy lane, but within ten seconds after we lined up a huge study tour lined up behind us. We bid farewell to our friends and soon were on our way at around 11:05. Both lines were boarded simultaneously, but as an economy passenger, I’m not complaining!

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