Duration: 12h 40m
Aircraft type: Airbus A380
Class: Club World (Business)
Departure: 23:10 (on time)
Check in and lounge
As this was a connecting flight from Bangkok, I already had my onward boarding card so proceeded to Cathay Pacific’s “The Wing, First” lounge located near gate 1. Hong Kong International Airport is one of the biggest, and busiest, airports in the world so it is worth checking where your flight is departing from before choosing which lounge to use. The Wing and The Pier are two of the best lounges in my opinion, with dedicated First Class sections for those travelling in First or with Emerald level oneworld status. I was able to enter using my BA Gold card under the latter of these qualifying criteria.
If you are unable to access the Cathay lounges at HKG, there is also a superb new Centurion lounge by American Express which is open to those travelling with American Express Platinum and Centurion Charge Cards only.
I had the choice of two flights between Hong Kong and London with British Airways and deliberately chose to fly on the A380 option as I prefer this aircraft more than the Boeing 777 offered as the second flight. I was seated in 59A on this flight which allowed me to sleep comfortably for the majority of the flight, with unrestricted aisle access. Note that most window seats require you to ‘step over’ the passenger in the aisle seat next to you, so try to aim for one of these end of cabin seats if they are available. Alternatively, choose an aisle seat if you would rather not attempt amateur acrobatics at 33,000 feet.
Arrival into London Heathrow
We land into Heathrow ahead of schedule, and before I was able to collect my car from Avis, so I used this opportunity to visit the British Airways arrivals lounge in Terminal 5. This is a small but well equipped lounge, with a buffet breakfast option, Elemis spa, plenty of private showers and a wide range of newspapers and magazines. I was able to enter as an arriving Club World passenger, but would also have been able to access it using my BA Gold Card holder arriving in on a long haul flight (in any cabin).