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Best Seats For HKG Approach And Departure?  
User currently offlineworkhorse From France, joined Jul 2005, 219 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3631 times:

I am currently planning a trip to Hong Kong and Shanghai (on CX ) and facing a typical a-nutter problem: which window seat to select to get the best view of Hong Kong on take off and landing  

I have three flights to book: CDG-HKG, PVG-HKG and HKG-CDG. Looking at the map, it seems to me that if I'm lucky to get an approach from the east and a take off to the east, it's better to select a seat on the left when landing and on the right when taking off. But of course I would be happy if any board member with better knowledge of HKG flying patterns could tell me if I am guessing right.

P.S. Don't know if it has an incidence, but both CDG-HKG and HKG-CDG are A340, and the PVG-HKG is an A330.

Thank you very much in advance to anyone who can help!

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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3621 times:

I'm afraid it all depends on the wind direction on the day....

If flights are landing from the east by the way they will (usually) take off to the west  



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User currently offlineworkhorse From France, joined Jul 2005, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3608 times:

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 1):
I'm afraid it all depends on the wind direction on the day....

If flights are landing from the east by the way they will (usually) take off to the west

Sure  

But since I will not arrive and leave on the same day, I'm bold enough to hope that I'll get the "right" wind direction both days.  


User currently offlinefrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3790 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3532 times:

Landings and TO are usually eastward on the 07s, I'd say 60-70% of the time, but you might get the 25s too, there's no telling.

If you land on the 07s, from the north, there won't be much to see on either side. If you land on the 25s, then you'll want the left side.
Taking off from either runway, going Northbound to Europe, you're better off sitting on the left side as flights initially go eastward south of HK island regardless of the TO runway.

So all in all, put your money on left. Then again, this is HK, and 7 times out of ten the visibility will be so bad there won't be anything to see out anyway...



Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...
User currently offlineworkhorse From France, joined Jul 2005, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3491 times:

Quoting francoflier (Reply 3):
If you land on the 25s, then you'll want the left side.
Taking off from either runway, going Northbound to Europe, you're better off sitting on the left side as flights initially go eastward south of HK island regardless of the TO runway.

So all in all, put your money on left.

Thank you!


User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3421 times:

Quoting workhorse (Reply 2):
But since I will not arrive and leave on the same day, I'm bold enough to hope that I'll get the "right" wind direction both days

Ah my bad sorry!  



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