Review: The Easy Way to North Korea – Korean Air Lounge Hong Kong

Introduction
Korean Air Business Class Lounge Hong Kong
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Korean Air Business Class Lounge Seoul Incheon
Korean Air 607 747-400 Business Class Seoul Incheon to Hong Kong


We checked in at the Airport Express station, where the blocked seat next to me was reassigned to my sister (as it was empty on the day that we checked in), and arrived the airport at around 9AM, where we went through the immigration line (much quicker than expected, given it was peak departures day, but more counters opened leading to quicker immigration times).

While my parents went shopping and met up with friends, I visited the Korean Air lounge with lots of work to do. The lounge is located at gate 15, next to the Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge, which I visited last time.

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Korean Air Lounge Hong Kong Entrance

The friendly lounge attendant had me admitted, and I explained (again) that my parents were shopping, and could be here soon.

There was a model 787 by the door, though it said “Boeing 787-800”, so I’m not sure who the model was owned by (for the record, Korean Air doesn’t have any 787s).

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Korean Air Lounge Hong Kong Entrance Model 787

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Korean Air Lounge Hong Kong Entrance Model 787

The lounge featured one big room with a television and plenty of seating.

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Korean Air Lounge Hong Kong Business Class Section

I felt like the lounge (apart from completely empty and small) was rather shabby, though the colour tones were pleasing enough. All the seats were comfortable, and the desk chairs were ergonomic, so all was good.

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Korean Air Lounge Hong Kong Business Class Section

The television was on CNN, but I wasn’t interested, and there was no sound, so…

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Korean Air Lounge Hong Kong Business Class Section TV

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Korean Air Lounge Hong Kong Business Class Section

There was some seating that was reserved for parties of three or more, though that rule wasn’t complied to.

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Korean Air Lounge Hong Kong Business Class Section Reserved Seating

There was a semi-partitioned off first class section which was off limits for me, but given that it was empty the lounge attendant let me take a picture.

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Korean Air Lounge Hong Kong First Class Section

I sat down, and the lounge attendant began a conversation on where (exactly) I was heading, what there was to do in Seoul etc. for a short while, before I checked out the food spread and began to work.

The food spread was between the first and business class areas of the lounge, and featured some simple cold food, such as sandwiches and danishes, and some (not perfectly made but still edible) dim sum. I didn’t use the coffee machine, but had some of their extra-classy seasonal fruit.

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Korean Air Lounge Hong Kong Food Spread

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Korean Air Lounge Hong Kong Food Spread

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Korean Air Lounge Hong Kong Food Spread

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Korean Air Lounge Hong Kong Food Spread

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Korean Air Lounge Hong Kong Food Spread

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Korean Air Lounge Hong Kong Food Spread

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Korean Air Lounge Hong Kong Food Spread Seasonal Fruit

At this point a few people entered the lounge, and the lounge attendant disappeared behind her desk. Peekaboo!

I settled in one of the pod offices at the side of the room. The pod office featured a chair, a desk, some Korean Air note paper, a Hong Kong style power port, a telephone and a Korean Air 747 model.

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Korean Air Lounge Hong Kong Business Class Section Pod Office

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Korean Air Lounge Hong Kong Business Class Section Pod Office Telephone

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Korean Air Lounge Hong Kong Business Class Section Pod Office Power Port

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Korean Air Lounge Hong Kong Business Class Section Pod Office Note Paper

WiFi at the lounge was free, fast, and named “Travel”.

I did a bit of work, and decided to go plane spotting given that there was limited food in the lounge and the terminal was less stuffy and a better place to hang out in, I went to take some pictures of the tarmac. I bid farewell to the lounge attendant.

In my little pre-flight quest I went and captured an Aeroflot 777-300ER, Cathay Pacific 777-300ER, Dragonair A321, Philippine Airlines A330, China Airlines 747, Air China A320, Dragonair A330, China Eastern 737, Cathay Pacific A330 and Xiamen Airlines 737…all before our Korean Air plane taxied in late at 11:30AM.

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Hong Kong International Airport Aeroflot 777-300ER

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Hong Kong International Airport Cathay Pacific 777-300ER

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Hong Kong International Airport Dragonair A321

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Hong Kong International Airport Philippine Airlines A330

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Hong Kong International Airport China Airlines 747

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Hong Kong International Airport Air China A320

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Hong Kong International Airport Dragonair A330

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Hong Kong International Airport China Eastern 737

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Hong Kong International Airport Cathay Pacific A330

The guy down there with the popsicle sticks…so that’s how they taxi in a plane.

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Hong Kong International Airport Xiamen Airlines 737

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Hong Kong International Airport Xiamen Airlines 737

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Hong Kong International Airport Xiamen Airlines 737 Popsicle Stick Man

The plane was late from Seoul, so there was a standard Korean Air board explaining the delay. While the delay wasn’t mentioned on the board, they explained that they were anticipating an on-time departure but a late boarding. Ambitious.

On the plus side I was just in time to see the plane arrive.

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Korean Air Airbus A330-300 Late Arrival Sign

I watched as the Korean Air Airbus A330 came in from Seoul Incheon, and took a few pictures. My family joined me at the gate while they were deplaning.

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Hong Kong International Airport Korean Air Airbus A330-300

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Hong Kong International Airport Korean Air Airbus A330-300

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Hong Kong International Airport Korean Air Airbus A330-300

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Hong Kong International Airport Korean Air Airbus A330-300

I was slightly surprised when I saw the Cathay Pacific Catering Services truck pulling up to the bird, but apparently it’s just because Korean Air doesn’t have trucks in Hong Kong, not catering services.

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Korean Air Airbus A330-300 Catering Services

Boarding began at 11:50, as timed, and I was second on the plane.

Bottom line on Korean Air’s Lounge Hong Kong

The lounge isn’t worth arriving early to visit, that’s for sure.

Otherwise, the lounge was a good place to relax and do some work, and while the terminal is airier, arrive a little earlier while the lounge is empty if you want to finish some work, and go for a bit of plane spotting like I did when the lounge fills up – it was a good start to the trip.

It’s worth noting that the airport website also lists that Korean Air has access to the Plaza Premium lounge, but they’ll only give you coupons to go there if the lounge is full, so you cannot be admitted (albeit the lounge being much nicer, it’s much more crowded) without the lounge attendant’s approval. I had a little chat with the lounge attendant about it, and she was completely correct about what she said, which I appreciated.

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