AZ747 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 20 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1707 times:
I am thinking about taking advantage of some outstanding vacations deals to HKG and I am very interested in flying CX...I have never flown with them and was wondering how this particular flight is...and finally what's with the departure time of nearly 2:00am?
AS739X From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 5930 posts, RR: 22 Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1639 times:
Its a great flight. I took it a few years ago when the A340 was on the route. Wonderful service! The 1:45A departure is great, I stayed up all day and took a sleeping pill after dinner was served. I woke up over Japan 4-5 hours out of HKG. Then you arrive at 6am and are refreshed for a whole day of tourism! The train into the city is the cleanest I have ever seen. Hope its still the same.Remember with the departure time, its 11:45P during the winter (daylight savings time), so the plane still arrives at 6am since they dont change thier clocks in HKG. Hope this helps.
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Gamps From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 469 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1617 times:
Great flight, though very long.
But as previous posters said you take off at 2AM and reach Hongkong early morning. If you manage to get a good sleep during this 14-15 hrs flight you will be fresh in Hongkong all set for biz meeting or onward connections. My trip was to Singapore and had to wait 3 hours at HKG for connecting CX flight to Singapore. They have PTV, food was good though FAs English can be bit tricky.
The return trip can be pain - considering you leave around 4PM at HKG and reach SF around mid-day. Lot of sun and some passengers insist on keeping the binds open! It felt one hell of a long flight for me atleast while flying back.
CX773 From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2001, 365 posts, RR: 7 Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1544 times:
Now HKG-SFO-HKG is using 747-400. The business class is nice esp. with the almost flat bed (~160 degrees). you can sleep all the way to HKG. You won't be tired if you travel in business class. Also don't miss the meals!
Agmyvr From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 143 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1454 times:
Guys CX is currently using 74B with the old Biz Class seat and old IFE system in stead of the 744 with the near flat bed new seat with the over 20 Movies and short features IFE system untill furter notice.
PresRDC From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 651 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1327 times:
CX is using the 74B, with the old business class seats. These airplanes do not feature StudioCX, which is CX's on demand audio and video entertainment system (which is excellent). Through August, this flight is operating, at least on some days, with the A340-600, or so I'm told (I have not verified this independently).
If you are in F or J class, you will access to the JAL Sakura Lounge in SFO. It is a very basic lounge, with few amenities. I would not arrive early just to use this facility.
I often take this flight connecting on AA from JFK as its 4:30 AM eastern time departure pretty much guarantees that I will be out cold for the bulk of the flight.
I wrote a detailed trip report about this flight in First Class, which is posted on the trip report board on this site.
As for HKG, it is an amazing city that offers plently for a tourist to do. These are my top attractions:
1. Star Ferry (runs from Central and Wan Chai to Kowloon and offers a great view of the skyline and Victoria Harbor -- splurge and go first class, it only costs a little over US$1.00)
2. Victoria Peak (highest point on Hong Kong Island, offers a great view of the city and the more rural areas on the other side -- take the funicular railroad up to the top)
3. Nathan Road (shopping area on Kowloon, focusing on electronics, which are very cheap)
4. Hollywood Road (shops specializing in Chinese antiquities -- very expensive, but fun for window shopping)
5. Hong Kong Art Musuem (located on Kowloon, contains an excellent collection of Chinese art)
6. Macau (former Portuguese colony that makes a great day trip from HKG, take the high speed ferry to get there)
7. The Back Side of Hong Kong Island (the communities of Stanley, Shek-O and Aberdeen offer an interesting contrast to the main part of Hong Kong, offers nice views of the South China Sea as well)
8. Dim Sum (a Catonese dining tradition, better with a large crowd, but still fun for an individual)
9. Lantau Island (a rural island connected to Hong Kong by a ferry, famous for the Po-Lin monestary and its large sitting Buddha, Lantau is next to Chep Lap Kok island, where the airport is located)
10. Custom-made suits (Hong Kong tailors specialize in custom made suits for a fraction of what they would cost in New York, London, etc., excellen craftsmanship and will be done in days -- or hours if need be)
I have stayed in the following hotels:
1. Regal HongKong Hotel (five star property in Causeway Bay, which is often available on Hotels.com for US$99/night, maybe even cheaper now)
2. Conrad International Hotel (part of Hilton chain, very nice upscale property with great views, located in Admiralty above the Pacific Place mall)
3. Sheraton Hong Kong (decent hotel located in Kowlooon that is undergoing a renovation, Harbor view rooms offer great views of the Harbor and Central)
A popular and cheaper option is the Salibury YMCA, which is located next to the venerable Penninsula Hotel in a prime location on the tip of the Kowloon Penninsula. Not at all like a YMCA, it is basically a hotel with decent prices.