Sweet Home Chicago
The Cathay Pacific Lounge (Business Class), Heathrow Airport
- Well, it’s been a long two years, hasn’t it?
- Testing, Testing, Swab 1-2-3…
- Off to Heathrow (Take the coach they say. It’s fun they say)
- Cathay Pacific T3 lounge, Heathrow Airport
- AA87 London Heathrow to Chicago O’Hare International (Main Cabin Extra)
- Into the USA, Crown Plaza O’Hare
- Hyatt Regency O’Hare
- Airplane Art from the Hyatt Regency O’Hare
- Fooding around Chicago… Badly
- Starbucks Reserve Rosterary, North Michigan Avenue
- Exploring Chicago with a smartphone
- Back to O’Hare, British Airways Lounge
- BA296 Chicago O’Hare to London Heathrow (World Traveller Plus – Premium Economy)
- Welcome back to the UK, or how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory
- To the Journey
Cathay Pacific Lounge (Business Class)
I headed up on the elevator and was checked in at reception. With that, I was asked if I had been to this lounge before. When I confirmed this wasn’t my first time, I was welcomed back.
Of course, the first order of business at the lounge is to get noodles and dim sum. You might have other priorities when getting in a lounge, like securing a seat or getting bubbly, however, this was mine.
Because an order of Dan Dan Mein and Dim Sum is a priority after the morning I had.
I found a seat facing the runway and settled in with a glass of bubbly. Yes. This was a good start to a trip (and it is nice not to have to deal with the mediocrity of the BA lounges).
I took a look at the other food options – which had been heavily paired back thanks to the Human Malware, with basic breakfast offerings.
Nonetheless, the buzzer went, meaning it was time to collect my breakfast offerings. And noodles are a perfectly good breakfast option – especially when paired with bubbly.
From here, I sat and watched the world go by, stopping now and again to pick up a few shots of espresso (so I could be awake for the boarding call).
Of course, the desire for more nibbles came again. This time, I went for the fried rice and some dim sum. The dim sum basket is made up of a Char Sui bun (Steamed bun with roast spiced pork), a Har Gow (shrimp dumpling) and a generic meat dumpling – not the biggest selection (a shumai would have been nice to see), but not the worst.
Internet is pretty much the same as it always was in the Cathay Pacific lounge – passable, but nothing too exciting.
The lounge itself had not changed much since the human malware, just a few extra protections for staff.
And that’s a good thing – I’ve always rated the Cathay lounge highly compared to some of the options in Terminal 3.
A boarding call was made from the lounge, and I made my way out. It seems the Cathay Lounge was acting as an AA overflow lounge, with every flight called being an American Airlines flight.
I gathered my crap and headed down to the public level, to encounter a passenger thinking they had found the toilets.
From the lounge, I began a classic Heathrow hike. Gate 42 – to put it mildly, is in the third extension satellite heading eastwards – if you were to go any further eastwards, you’d be heading into the fuel farm and T5C. In walking terms, they recommend 20 minutes to get to the gate. I don’t doubt it this time, even with travellators.
Making the gate in a reasonable time, Group 1 were boarding, with people still confused about what group numbers meant on their boarding passes.
Yes, friends – travel is back.
With Group 2 called, I put myself forward. My boarding pass was beeped, as well as a check of the face sans mask.
With that, it was time to do something I hadn’t done for two years – fly long haul.
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