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Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge - Los Angeles (LAX)

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The Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)is located at level 5 of the Tom Bradley International Terminal. Access to this lounge is limited to premium passengers who are flying with OneWorld carriers operating from the terminal as well as OneWorld Emerald or Sapphire tier frequent flyer cardholders from any OneWorld member airline when they are flying on the alliance's carriers. (Click here for the list of OneWorld Airline Alliance Members.) (CLICK HERE TO READ OUR HOTEL AND RESTAURANT REVIEWS FOR LOS ANGELES AND CLICK HERE TO BROWSE OUR HOTEL, RESORT AND RESTAURANT REVIEWS BY COUNTRY AND CITY.)

We arrived at Cathay Pacific LAX well ahead of our flight. As we had about 40 minutes to spare before reporting at the gate, we decided to check out the Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge. When we arrived at the lounge, we were informed that it was full. I really don’t understand the purpose of an airline having a first class lounge if it cannot accommodate its customers. Sure, the lounge emptied out after a few flights were called, but by then it was time for us to leave.

The Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge followed a modern design with neutral colors. The lounge was long and narrow with seating on one side and the food counter on the other side. The seating consisted of upholstered chairs next to small coffee tables, really not allowing much space if you have a laptop and want to eat. There was also a long bar with stools down the middle of the lounge that offered additional seating. But overall there was just too much packed into the small space. The lounge also offered shower and toilet facilities along with complimentary toiletries.

A number of computer workstations with Internet connections and printing facilities were available at the lounge. Though Wi-Fi was complimentary throughout, it was so slow that I could not connect. I assume this happened due to the sheer number of people present in the lounge.

The long food counter usually serves buffet for breakfast and dinner. Sandwiches or bread rolls are available during lunch time. A selection of juices, soft drinks, beers, wines and self pour spirits are also available.

Overall, the Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge was not much better than being out in the general boarding area. While most first class airline lounges are quiet and relaxing, this one was over-packed and loud. Our rating for this lounge is Almost Not Bombastic.

Rating: Almost Not Bombastic

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