If you’re flying out of Beijing as a Star Alliance Gold customer or in Business class, chances are that you will be using the Air China Business Class T3E lounge, which serves numerous airlines in addition to Air China.
Air China International Business Class Lounge design
The sizeable facility, located on a mezzanine that overlooks the concourse, is dimensioned appropriately – even at peak times, it is unlikely to be crowded, and the layout, while perhaps a bit confusing at first, offers plenty of seating options and reveals numerous semi-private spaces.
Several large open areas are equipped with comfortable chairs and power outlets at every seat. The light fixtures, indoor plants and the sound of the water feature emanating from the concourse foster a relaxing and zen feeling. Passengers who wish to enjoy a bit more privacy may use the more secluded seats at the edge of the room, or sit within the “rotunda” at the center, under a palm tree. A theater room with a large flat screen TV features reclining seats, often doubling as an impromptu napping room. The furniture could use an upgrade but remains nonetheless very comfortable.
Air China International Business Class Lounge amenities
Self-serve snack areas dot the lounge and offer a simple selection of cookies, packaged snacks, tea, coffee and soft drinks. A much more substantial buffet is available within the dining area at the very back of the lounge – the location is surprisingly easy to miss. A variety of hot and cold entrees is available, including tasty Chinese specialties and dim sum. Unfortunately, meal hours are somewhat limited (see the Food and Beverages tab) and passengers traveling in the morning are likely to be disappointed since the buffet promptly closes after breakfast and doesn’t reopen until lunch, leaving a significant gap during which only snacks are available.
Also in a somewhat obscure location (hint: tour the lounge!) is a self-serve bar with a small selection of international wines and beers.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available, but as in many places in Beijing, it is tightly controlled – users need to scan their passport at the kiosk by the reception desk in order to obtain a code, which is valid for a few hours (but can be renewed and works on multiple devices.) Chinese cell phone owners can skip the kiosk and authenticate by receiving a text message. The Wi-Fi signal can be weak at times – if the lounge network doesn’t work reliably, use the airport’s network which accepts the same credentials.
A few shower rooms are available, a must on hot Beijing summer days. The facilities are functional but basic, though: the stalls provide just enough space to store a small bag and undress, ventilation is weak, and the doors could use repairs. Basic amenities (towels, soap) are provided. Considering the sheer size of the lounge, it’s somewhat unfortunate that Air China did not invest in larger and better equipped shower suites.
Air China International Business Class Lounge bottom line
Overall, the Air China Business Class Lounge at Beijing T3E is an enjoyable and relaxing business class lounge which provides all the basic necessities, a fair amount of privacy, and a generous buffet – but only at meal times. Ironically though, Air China’s new domestic lounge in terminal T3D provides a far superior experience, and we hope that the international lounges will eventually be upgraded. Also note that the central location of the lounge makes it inconvenient to a number of gates, so it may be advisable to leave early.
Snacks, soft drinks, coffee, and wine are available throughout the day. Breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Lunch and dinner are served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Hot entrees are available. Supper is served from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and features a limited selection of dishes.
You may have access to Air China International Business Class Lounge as a premium customer of one of the following airlines, or as an elite member of their frequent flyer program. Check the Access rules tab for more details.
Access for eligible customers traveling on the following Star Alliance member airlines only.
ANA (NH) Adria Airways (JP) Aegean (A3) Air Canada (AC) Air China (CA) Air India (AI) Air New Zealand (NZ) Asiana (OZ) Austrian (OS) Avianca (AV) Brussels Airlines (SN) Copa Airlines (CM) Croatia Airlines (OU) EVA Air (BR) Egyptair (MS) Ethiopian Airlines (ET) LOT Polish Airlines (LO) Lufthansa (LH) SAS (SK) Shenzhen Airlines (ZH) Singapore Airlines (SQ) South African Air (SA) Thai Airways (TG) Turkish Airlines (TK) United (UA)
Access for eligible customers traveling on the following oneworld member airlines only.
American Airlines (AA) Finnair (AY) Qatar Airways (QR)
Access for eligible customers traveling on the following SkyTeam member airlines only.
China Airlines (CI)
Air Macau (NX) Air Mauritius (MK) El Al (LY) Hawaiian Airlines (HA) Iraqi Airways (IA) MIAT Mongolian Airlines (OM) Mahan Air (W5) TransAero (UN) Ural Airlines (U6)
Air China International Business Class Lounge at Beijing - Capital International (PEK) welcomes:
- Air China First Class passengers (+1 guest)
- Air China Business class passengers (+1 guest)
- Air China Platinum card, Gold Card and Silver card holders departing on an Air China flight.
- First Class passengers departing on an international Star Alliance flight (+1 guest)
- Star Alliance Gold members departing on an international Star Alliance flight (+1 guest)
- United Club members departing on an international Star Alliance flight (no guests)
- Air Canada Maple Leaf Club members departing on an international Star Alliance flight (no guests)
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