The Cathay Pacific Lounge (Business Lounge), Heathrow Airport
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All hail the brushwing.
For once, I’m in the right lounge – as the Cathay Pacific lounge is the designated lounge for Finnair. Which is nice to use (compared say to a certain British Airline’s lounge).
I was checked in and asked if I had used this lounge before. With that, I was directed to the business class side of the lounge.
I found one of my spots, facing out on runway 09L. A perfect place to watch aircraft landing when slightly not with it.
I also made a beeline for the noodle bar – because momma needs her Dandan noodles to keep going.
Whilst these were being made, I headed over to the self-service area. Thankfully, it seems all the covid cuts have now vanished with the lounge offering a full hot and cold help yourself area too.
Jam and fruit
Meat-based things (Bacon and Sausages).
There were also bubbles, but at this lounge, it’s a given.
The lounge was a lot busier than I saw it in March, dealing with the first Finnair flights of the day, but mostly with the American Airlines flights being called from the lounge mostly.
The noodles and dim sum came, filling a nice spot to keep me going – as well as to wake me up.
I may have strayed into the fried rice later on.
This was perfect to watch aircraft go by and relax with the world. Because any chance to take a break is a good one in my book.
Singapore Airlines Airbus A380
Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from Perth.
Etihad Boeing 787-9
Jetblue Airbus A321LR
I spent the time mostly watching planes, nibbling food, drinking coffee and trying to get my new earbuds working (side note: anything that is sold in 2022 with a Micro USB end on it needs to be taken away and shot – or re-engineered for USB Type C).
I was feeling peckish for some rice, so I got some fried rice to make the morning go a little better too.
The perfect accompaniment to more watching more aircraft arrive.
Qatar Airways Airbus A380.
Air Canada Boeing 787-9
Flybe De Havilland Dash 8-400
With the “go to gate sign” lit up like a Christmas tree, it was time to get moving. Interestingly we would be departing from Gate 3 – a part of Terminal 3 I’ve never been to before.
This area is mainly for big aircraft – and by that, I mean the Airbus A380, with Emirates primarily using the area (and their lounge is located in this part of the terminal complex).
Emriates Dubai Expo 2020 logojet
I headed to the gate area – and it was pretty full. With the formalities of me being buzzed in complete, I headed to find a quiet spot. Finnair had the gate area opened up to expand in the next gate as they were expecting a full load out to Helsinki that day.
At around 10 minutes before departures, Group 1 boarding was called. I took my leave of Heathrow and headed aboard the waiting Airbus A350.
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