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Topic: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-04-07 14:28:57 and read 30861 times.

Introduction



Dear A.net mates,

Last year September, a notification about the PhD graduation of my sister-in-law Valerie was delivered on our mailbox. It was a great achievement of people of her age and a reason for celebration for the whole family!

Since the ceremony was due sometime in March of this year, the timing was just perfect for me and Herman to come over to visit her in Western Australia.

Soon enough, our trip to the Land Down Under became a framework of other visits.   





Travel arrangement



What do you think that the most exciting part of our preparation would be? Especially when I took charge of it? Here is a hint. It starts with an ‘f’ and ends on ‘light’!   

Emirates came instantly across my mind after our memorable journey to India and yes, I was eagerly watching out for the company’s special offer.

Weeks were passing, unfortunately without any single offer bound to happen.

In vain, I got distracted.




Newsletter in Dutch version



To celebrate 25 year of service in Amsterdam, Cathay Pacific released her special offer for destinations in Asia and Oceania.

To be honest, I got intrigued by the company for the first time when I saw its TV advertisement as eleven year old boy. Even though, my admiration of CX was fading during the past couple of years due to circumstances.

One day, CX made a flashy comeback, advertising the qualities of its employees with appropriate slogan, ‘People, they make an airline’.

Anosh (SR103) made a great compilation of CX advertisements through the years on his exciting joint report with Roni (Ronerone) Cathay Pacific: Re-Discovering The Heart Of Asia (by SR 103 Nov 8 2011 in Trip Reports)

Triggered by theirs and Palmjet’s eye-catching Cathay "Reunion": BNE-CNS-HKG In J (by Palmjet Aug 6 2011 in Trip Reports) , I was wondering whether CX would have something in reserve for us.

There was indeed something!  




Cathay Pacific



Can you imagine the thrill after the delivery of our booking confirmation and subsequent E-tickets? We were entitled to the world behind Manage My Booking!  





Manage My Booking



Can you see how well-organized the functionalities are reproduced?

Once a particular flight is selected, you can consult and edit your details accordingly. Furthermore, how about the ability to pre-select your seat as a part of many online services?



Seat selection



These services will definitely get you in the mood for your flight. But do you know what else would get me in the mood?   




A.net meeting



What do you think if you can meet your A.net mates while going on holiday?

Robert (Parton87) was coming over to Netherlands in his quest of Fokker 70. He did not post his report yet, but you can read about his experience on
Eric (Airbuseric)’s Comparing BA With KL? AMS-LGW-MAN/LPL-AMS (by airbuseric Mar 26 2012 in Trip Reports)
Or Lee (AlwaysOnAPlane)’s Flying Before Route Axing (by AlwaysOnAPlane Mar 8 2012 in Trip Reports)

Coincidentally, Robert would fly back to Sweden on the same day as our departure. Knowing this, we agreed to meet at Schiphol. Yes, I was excited!

I got even more excited as Eric proposed to see off all of us after I told him about my plan. Together with best wishes from Markus (FLIEGER67) on my mobile, it became a memorable farewell party before holiday.  




Online check in



Boy, how I was looking forward to this trip that I found myself sitting in front of our home desktop minutes before the online check-in opened up.

13.55! Finally!




Online check-in input mask



Upon pressing ‘Continue’ button, I was in!  





Flight check-in selection



To my surprise, I could not check through. But, it did not matter. I was yet happy that online check-in was accessible 48 hours prior to departure.

What about our advance seat reservation?




Our seat reservation



How about switching to another seat?




Row 88 available



Well, I would rather keep our seats and proceeded to complete our details.




Passenger details field



Details were correct. Time to confirm…




Confirmation




And obtain our boarding passes!




My boarding pass




Mates, will you join us to find out how people make an airline from Amsterdam to Hong Kong?



[Edited 2012-04-07 15:17:51]

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-04-07 14:33:16 and read 31341 times.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol






Can you imagine my excitement when the following view…




Display screen



…changed into this?




FIDS




I felt like flying again and row 24 would be the first stop.  




Airport check in





Overview



Seven check-in desks were set up for our flight. One for First Class, two for Business Class and remaining four for Economy Class.




Signage



The signage lead you to two entrances, one on the left for Y and one on the right for premium travelers.

Just as Herman and I were about to proceed, we were spotted by customer service officer Marvin.

“Are you flying with Cathay Pacific?” Marvin greeted us.
“Yes,”
“Please proceed through this side,” Marvin waived us to the left entrance to join the queue of Y passengers.
We would have obeyed. The only thing was that we had another booking.

“What about Business Class?”
“Are you flying Business Class? In that case, please come this way,”




Premium signage



“Do you mind waiting here for a moment? My colleague will attend you very soon,”




Occupied premium check-in desks



Rather busy Y check-in desks



Y check-in queue



Soon enough, we were invited to come to the left J check-in desk.




J check-in desk screen



Friendly customer service officer Steve took our documents to be processed.

“How many luggage do you have?”
“We have got two of them,”

The scale indicated 18.1 kilograms once I put our joint suitcase.




Our joint suitcase



The other one, filled with souvenirs and prescription free medicines, followed, making a total of 37.7 kilograms. Not bad, was it not?

Either because of his one and a half year working experience with CX or his oriental look, Steve was mysteriously attractive.

Once I told him about my boarding pass collection, he said, “In that case, I will not tear them at the gate and return you the entire stub,”
“That would be great,” I replied.
“I have a better idea. I will just print you another one,”
“What a novelty!”

I was about to ask about Steve’s origin but he forestalled me.
“Where do you come from?”
“I was born Indonesian,”
“Well, me too,”
“Really? How nice!”
“And so does he,” Steve smirked while pointing at his colleague officer Joy at the other J desk.
Joy just cracked a smile as he was busy. Nevertheless, he was as equally charming.

Do you notice the little girl on the earlier picture? She and her sister got each a little present from Joy as they were behaving while Joy checked in their dad, the bald guy in white sweater. How about that?  

However, Steve had to insert our details in two different systems and even send a telex to reconfirm our rather complicated itinerary. It eventually took some half an hour to finalize our check-in.

I felt uneasy as Robert was already waiting nearby, basically for that half an hour. Thank you for your patience, Robert!   

“I am sorry to keep you waiting that long,” Steve got off his chair and returned our documents along with a booklet.




Booklet



The booklet contained our boarding passes and lounge invitations.




My boarding pass



My lounge invitation



Steve really took his time to explain us the content of the booklet.

“Do you have any more question?” Steve asked at the end.
“No, thank you. Everything is clear,”
“Then, I wish you a pleasant flight with us,”
“Thanks, Steve,”

We caught up with Robert and proceeded to Touch Down Restaurant for some coffee.




Espresso for me and regular coffee for Herman



As soon as Eric joined us, everything just went too fast. That half an hour was simply not enough for our chit-chat and suddenly, it was time to say goodbye. Eric, Robert, thanks again for the sweet, but short meeting.   

When we reached the entrance before ticket control, it was rather crowded.




Ticket control



The subsequent passport control was busy as well.




Passport control



I did not expect to see so many Premium travelers and Elite members judging on the equally busy two Priority lanes and single regular lane. Anyway, we were through some five minutes later and ready for lounging.




Lounge signage





British Airways Galleries Lounge






Our single visit to this lounge dated back from April 2009. That time, CX premium passengers were housed at Japan Airlines’ Sakura Lounge as Eric told me.




Lounge entrance



What do you think of the following?




Reception front



Once satisfied with our invitations, friendly BA customer service agent just offered to tidy up the desk for my photo session.  
I regretted for not asking his name.  

As we proceeded, a magazine rack became visible on the right side.




Magazine rack



‘Do you not think that those BA Highlife magazines look too eager to come along with you?’
‘Oh, Ariel. It has been a while. No, I just do not deserve them. I am not flying BA this time, you know?’
‘That is fair enough. So, you are having a drink now?’
‘Sure!’




Bar overview



‘Bubbly, I assume?’
‘Good idea!’




Wine corner



‘No bubbly, I am afraid,’
‘Never mind. I will go for white wine just like Herman. We can have bubbly on board,’
‘Alright. What about sandwiches?’




Egg bacon sandwiches



‘Well, I would rather wait,’
‘Do you want to check your e-mail? The laptop station is available,’




PC and laptop corner



‘I do not think it is necessary,’
‘How about checking your mobile in case of last minute messages?’
‘I do not think there will be any last minute message popping up. Besides, I want to enjoy the interior,’




Paintings



Mates, I wish I did check my mobile as I was in no rush while finishing my wine.

I found a message from Eric later on that I should look out of the window as soon as I got into the lounge. He would have been on the other side waving to me .  





Lounge 3



‘Into last minute shopping?’




NL+. Note people on the foreground



‘Oh, no. I was a bit distracted by passing EK crew members. I am more into last minute spotting actually,’




Korean Air HL7733 in Skyteam livery



China Airlines B-18205



‘Look who is coming!’



CX crew members



‘It looks like our plane has arrived on time from Paris,’
‘Are you saying that you wish to better stay up to date?’




Schiphol App advertisement



‘Well, I am saying that we can go straight to Gate G seven,’
‘Alright. Enjoy,’




Gate G7



Mates, which screen do you prefer? This one…




Gate screen



…or this one?




Gate screen



What do you think of the window view?




Our Queen of The Sky B-HOS



And close up of the “brushwing” livery?




Nose



Tail



What about this overview of our gate?




Pre-security area



And some five minutes later from the other side?




Post security



Can you recognize the labgate interior colors on our Queen?  





B-HOS from another angle



I was mesmerized, though for a second as a cacophony of voices around me reminded that Herman and I were not the only ones flying.




Holding room overview. Note the queue



While the boarding time was just some ten minutes away.




Boarding



“We are ready for boarding. Families with small children, First and Business Class passengers as well as our Elite members are invited to go on board now,”

On the resounding call, the queue kept growing and barely no one budged an inch.




Boarding crowd



We decided to cut the line and not to bother whether there would be another premium passengers in the queue.

Soon enough, we were inside the air bridge.




Gorgeous B-HOS. I cannot help it



Branching. Guess which way we went?



Then, I got very excited.  





Newspaper trolley



Well, not by the one above, but by the following.




Before entrance



I was about to lose my virginity on CX.

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-04-07 14:38:41 and read 31295 times.

On board






Flights Status

Route: AMS-HKG
Date: 3 March 2012
ETD/ATD: 13.55 / 13.55
ETA/ATA: 07.50 / 08.10
Flight number: CX 272
Plane: Boeing 747-467
Registration: B-HOS
Delivered: 11 May 1990
Flight deck: Captain Kim Steward



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Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Lukas Bogie




“Welcome on board. Your seat is on the right,” Indian Senior Purser Nimi waived us on upon a glance at our boarding passes.

Mates, it was such a feeling to find a cozy retreat of my own…




My seat 87K



With direct access to the aisle…




Legroom



And control units within arm’s reach.




In-flight entertainment controller, 110V AC power supply and seat controller



Too bad, my single window was a bit out of reach.




My window



Japanese Flight Purser Yuko appeared with a tray of welcome drinks. There were orange juice, water and champagne on offer.

“Good afternoon, Sir. May I offer you anything to drink?”
“Yes, please. I will have the champagne.”
“Certainly, Sir,”




My glass of champagne on cocktail side table



Amenity kits were soon distributed.




Amenity kit by Agnès



Followed with hot towel service.




Yuko distributing hot towel



Mates, do you see what I see?   





Open cockpit door



Five minutes before our STD, Captain Steward made a short introduction.

“Our cruising time will be eleven hours. We expect a temperature of 24 Centigrade on our arrival in Hong Kong,”

He then called upon Philippine In-flight Service Manager Joy.

“We are ready for boarding. We request our ground personnel to leave the aircraft now,” Joy said after wishing us a pleasant flight.

Can you imagine the thrill as pushback commenced right after and our Queen’s Rolls Royce RB’s sprung into life? Can you think any better symphony to accompany the in-flight safety video show or another background music for reading up on the safety card?




Front page



Back page





Taxi and take off



Our Queen set out graciously for Kaagbaan.




Past D-pier. Note BA G-EUYE and sister ship further up



Lining up in front of awed followers.




Posing before take-off



Our Queen moved slowly but steadily as the soprano’s joined in, then accelerated along increasing voice axis.




Powerful take-off roll



As soon as the soprano’s reached the climax.




Rotate



Waving to the surrounding.




Bastion Hotel and NH Schiphol Hotel on bottom left



Being determined to battle the cloud layers.




Above the cloud



She won and leveled off.  





In flight



The past sequences were way too exciting that I needed to freshen up as soon as the fasten seat belt signs were switched off.




Washbasin



Cleansing milk, all-in-one lotion and hand lotion



To measure whether I felt refreshed enough…




Purple orchid



And ready for some lectures.





Magazine stowage



In an exceptional upper deck ambience.




Cabin overview



Waiting for Nimi’s presentation of menu and wine list…




Lunch menu. Note wine list covering the opposite page



And distribution of water bottle by Yuko.




Evian



Cocktail service soon commenced.




Nimi with cocktail trolley



Herman and I made a choice out of the wine list.




Champagne for Herman



Cloud Nine for me



The cocktail tray came in sight.




Soft drinks, juices and spirits on top



Evian water bottles and wines on the bottom



How about making it easy for Nimi by preparing the table on my own?




Folded position



Unfolded and extra large with lovely wooden panel



“Can I offer you anything to drink? Beer, wine or soft drink?” Nimi asked while serving a bowl of warm nuts.




Bowl of warm nuts along with napkin



“Can I have Cloud Nine, please?”
“Sure. Just a moment, please,”

Nimi whispered my drink order to Yuko who just appeared to replenish Evian water bottles.
Yuko nodded and returned to the galley.

“Any other drink while waiting?”
“I am fine. Thank you,”

In the mean time, I could find out what I got to see with the 15 inch widescreen TV in front of me.

Not without an appropriate tool.  





Noise-cancelling headset



Ready?




Homepage. Choose your favorite language



Set? Go!




Entertainment, Infotainment or In-flight Services



Moving map belongs to entertainment in my opinion.




Entertainment



Apparently no moving map on the list.

“Your Cloud Nine, sir,” Yuko served my drink with a smile.
“Thank you,”




Cloud Nine. Note the sugar layer on the rim



How refreshing the first sip was. It called for music!




888 CD’s divided in 24 genres



‘Dance? Yes!’  





Sweat by David Guetta



Night Nurse by Cascada



‘Because the night belongs to lovers, because the night…’
I had to stop Cascada’s singing because Yuko was setting my table.




Crisp table linen



Yuko returned with my meal tray as soon as I finished my Cloud Nine.




My table set



Before a close up of the starter, look at the top right of the tray.




Salt and pepper container



You would feel like seasoning your meal just because of the presentation.  





Mixed salad with pine nuts and a nicely presented mini bottle of lemon tarragon vinaigrette



Clockwise from right: scallop, salmon, prawn on wakame salad and a half capsicum filled with mango fennel slightly on top of yuzu mayonnaise



Clockwise was the key. Tickling your taste bud with silky scallop which blended perfectly into downy salmon. Munching your way to the climax of savory explosion of wakame salad and full bodied shrimp. Then relaxing with calm sensation of mango fennel and feeling prepared for the next course. No seasoning needed!   

How about another music in the meantime?




Pause by Pitbull



‘Now don’t stop… ‘




Joy and Nimi



Joy joined CX twenty five years ago and has ever since been gaining experience on board of all 747 series, TriStar and Airbus. While Nimi with her twenty three years of service will soon become In-flight Service Manager.  

About one and a half hour into the flight, Captain Steward was on the microphone, “We will be experiencing some turbulences. Please return to your seat and fasten your seat belt,”

Indeed, as soon as fasten seat belt signs were illuminated, our Queen started shaking. Well, I do not think it was because of Pitbull.  

As the turbulences worsened, Captain Steward summoned his colleagues to return to their seats. ‘…drop it…’

I rearranged my tray table as everything on it felt like dancing, but one.




’Discover the Shop’ booklet



Instead, I discovered something else.




Discovery in-flight magazine



Which found the way into our hand luggage at the end. 

‘…pause,’ The turbulences were over.

The main course trolley made its appearance.




Choice of fillets of sole, ravioloni with Reypenaer cheese or roast chicken breast with red skin potato gratin



What do you think of the presentation?




Herman’s choice: Fillets of sole with tomato, almond and mushroom butter, new potatoes, carrots and asparagus



“What would you like to have for the main course?” Nimi asked me, “I have sole, ravioloni or roast chicken breast,”
“Actually, I would rather have the stir-fried beef,”
“I will check for you if there is any. Do you want some wine to go with it?”
“Red wine, please,”
“The French or the promotion one?”




Promotion red wine



“The promotion one, please,”
“I will get back to you for the beef,” Nimi promised after serving my wine.
“That would be great,”

Yuko must have felt called upon as she appeared with two dishes of stir-fried beef.
“You are lucky,” Nimi smiled.




My stir-fried beef with pineapple, egg fried rice and stir-fried vegetables



The beef was definitely worth asking for. So tender with sweet and sour tone, alternated by rich flavored fried rice and a medley of vegetables, cooked into perfection.

“Can I clear your table?” Natsuko, another Japanese Flight Purser, appeared on my side.
“Oh, yes, sure,”

Cantonese Flight Purser Bonnie also joined in clearing the tables of other passengers.

The whole scene made me wonder why I did not see them earlier. But soon, it became clear what was going on. Natsuko and Bonnie were in charge of the lower deck. Once they finished their duties, they came to assist Nimi and Yuko. That is what I call teamwork!  

Natsuko and Nimi returned with cheese trolley.

“Can I offer you selection of cheese? We have Rochebaron, clove cheese and Young goats cheese,” Natsuko showed me her collection.
“Yes, please,”
“Would you care for port wine?”
“Certainly,”




My cheese plate, consisting of slices of clove cheese on top, Rochebaron in the middle and young goats cheese against a bunch of grapes and pre-packed crackers accompanied with a glass of port wine



It was an indulgence one should not skip. Inspired by Anosh.   

“Some fruit as well?”
“No, thank you,”

It did not feel right to skip the healthy option, but I was nearly full. Besides, another indulgence was coming.

“Do you care for dessert, tea or coffee?”
“Yes, please. Can I have the pie first and order the coffee later on?”
“Sure,”




Bannoffee pie



The creamy pie texture on crumbly bottom was so sinfully sweet and what do you think of the caramel layer in between?  

Once the dessert plate was cleared, Natsuko promptly brought my double espresso and a glass of Cognac. Yuko followed her with a box of pralines.




Pralines



With hot towel distribution, our extensive meal round came to an end.

Soon enough as no one seemed to care for duty free and opted to lay down instead, cabin lights were dimmed.

It was time to find out how Agnès B would make you comfortable…




Clockwise from bottom: tooth paste, Murad Cleansing shave, toothbrush, shoe horn, amenity case, knitted socks, eye mask and supplier information cards



Before turning your seat into a fully flat bed…




78-inch flat bed



And off to the dreamland!

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-04-07 14:41:36 and read 31112 times.

‘Suryo…’

’Suryo…’
‘Ariel?’





‘Suryo…’






‘Ariel, where are you?’
‘Suryo…’






‘Are you down there?’
‘Suryo…’





‘Ariel, are you behind the curtain?’
‘Suryo…’
‘I am coming,’

As soon as I drew the curtain, a stern voiced female red phantom immediately blocked my way.

“Can I help you?”
“I just want to go backwards for a walk,”
“If you want to take pictures of the cabin, you will have to ask permission first! Where is your seat?”
“Eighty seven K. Upstairs,”
“You cannot go through as you will disturb the comfort of other passengers!”

I was flabbergasted as the curtain got abruptly closed again.
‘This cannot be true. Ariel, did you hear what she said? Ariel? Ariel?’
I got no reply.
’What is going on here? This is so unreal! I am having a bad dream! This must be a bad dream!’

I urgently needed a change.




Infotainment



Moving map was on the list, but I was not really into it. Instead I was curious about a specific detail of our Queen.




CX Info



Of sixteen cabin crew members, four were actually providing great in-flight services.




In-flight Services



Natsuko was on duty as I went to the galley.

“Can I get you anything?”
“I would like to have something refreshing. Do you have any suggestion?”
“How about our signature cocktail? Cloud Nine?”
“Oh, yes, please,”
“Sure. I will bring it to your seat,”
“Thank you,”
“We have some snacks as well if you like,”




Contra clockwise from left: Apples, whole meal sandwiches with salami, sandwiches met cheese, praline, macadamia nut and blueberry shortbread, a packet of spring onion crackers, non fried apple chips, KitKat and peanuts



“Thank you. I am fine,”
“Sure. Your drink will be ready soon,”

Natsuko kept her promise.
“Do you want some nuts?”
“No, thank you. I am fine,”
“Sure,”

My drink called for music again, but this time for another, more calming genre.




Enya



Before I knew, cabin lights were illuminated in preparation for breakfast.




Forward cabin view



The breakfast service started with hot towel distribution.

Boy, how I enjoyed the steam penetrating the pores of my face. All my cares were somehow left behind. I was set for the menu...




Breakfast menu



And awakened by caring voice of Nimi.

“Do you want any juice? I have apple, orange, tomato or peach smoothie?” She asked while guiding me along her tray offering.
“Can I have the smoothie, please?”
“Certainly. Do you want any coffee or tea?”
“Coffee, please,”
“Sugar?”
“No, thank you,”




My glass of peach and apricot smoothie and cup of coffee



With Yuko’s first table dressing…




My drinking utensils on crisp white linen



And the finishing.




My breakfast tray



Luckily, I could pay my due.





Fresh seasonal fruit slices. Clockwise from right: Kiwi, strawberry, melon, orange and pineapple



Richly filled bread basket was offered.




Blueberry muffins, croissants and a baguette on the left. Honey and preserves on the right



Everything looked so fresh and tasty, but I knew a friend would appreciate if I decided on one thing.   





Muffin



The muffin was so moist and fluffy. I did not regret it at all!  

Nimi and Natsuko appeared with second breakfast trolley set.

“Would you care for yoghurt, muesli or some cereals?”

I briefly looked at Natsuko who was about to prepare the yoghurt, then turned to Nimi who was in charge of muesli, “I will have the muesli, please. I am sorry, Natsuko,”

Natsuko just smiled, “Certainly. No problem,”




Bircher muesli



The velvety muesli mixture felt like a massage on your taste bud, preparing for the next course.




Seafood conge. Note the bowl of spring onion rings and ginger slices on the left



Savory, silky sensation of congee along rich flavored sea food were pepped up with spicy bite of ginger and spring onion. I was all tingled!  

And what do you think of Herman’s choice?




Cheese and egg soufflé with Hollandaise sauce, veal sausage, back bacon, tomato and sautéed mushrooms



By the way, do you remember the four crew members I have mentioned earlier? They happened to be Nimi, Yuko, Natsuko and … Joy.

After engaging a conversation with Joy at dinnertime, she proposed at one stage, “Do you want me to write something on your book?”
“Sure, that would be great,” I said.
“I will come back to you after dinner,”

Well, she did not come back right away and I could understand it as she was undoubtedly busy with her job as In-flight Service Manager.

But she kept her promise after breakfast.  





Mabuhay from Joy



As I glanced at my screen, I got to see the following.




Connecting flight information



It could only mean one thing. Our flight came to an end.  





Landing




Some thirty minutes before our ATA, Captain Steward was on the microphone to make his farewell announcement, “I hope you have enjoyed our flight. It has been a pleasure of serving you. Flight attendants, prepare for landing,”

Steadily and graciously, our Queen made her way through the thick cloud layers while gradually revealing foggy scenery around Lantau Island.




Tai O



Sham Wat



At 08.05 Hong Kong time, she smoothly touched down on 7L runway.




Seconds after touchdown



Even after exhausting eleven hours of journey and in need of well-deserved rest, our Queen still managed to greet her household.




Dragonair B-HTE



B-HXD



Finally, she came to a complete stop at 08.10.




Disembarking




I wished to show my gratitude to the four the appropriate way. So…

Dhanyavād,” I did the folded arm to Nimi.
I never saw her smiling so broadly at me.


Arigatō gozaimasu,” I said while bending over to Yuko.
Dō itashimashite,” Yuko returned my greeting.

Salamat,” I did the folded arm to Joy once I was downstairs.
Salamat,” Joy followed my example.

One last goodbye to our Queen.




Xièxie B-HOS



Unfortunately, Natsuko was nowhere to see.  







[Edited 2012-04-07 15:08:09]

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-04-07 14:45:45 and read 31005 times.

Hong Kong International Airport






Just like in Dubai, there were customer service officers at the end of the air bridge holding up the name of destinations whose flights were near boarding time.

“Taipei? Passengers for Taipei?”
“Ho Chi Minh? Ho Chi Minh?”
“Sydney? Passengers for Sydney?”

No one was calling our onward destination which was not that surprising.




FIDS



It was a good thing as I could indulge in my excitement of marking my first footprint in Hong Kong, another spotter’s heaven on earth! 





ANA JA626A



B-KPF



Mates, our farewell to B-HOS actually has put an end to the first part of our journey to the Land Down Under.





Conclusion




First of all, my gratitude to
Eric, Robert and Markus for the memorable farewell party;
Herman for being a great travel companion all the time.


Secondly, I wish to thank
Steve, who has been a great host at Schiphol;
Nimi, Yuko, Natsuko and Joy for taking good care of us on board.


With all of their efforts, I will just regard my unpleasant encounter with the red phantom as a bad dream.

Furthermore, my appreciation for Anosh, Roni and Palmjet for the inspiration for flying CX.

Last but not least, my gratitude to all of you for joining me all the way from Amsterdam to Hong Kong.

I sincerely hope that you enjoy my report. My last contribution has been a while ago, so please feel free to leave comments. I am sure there is always room for improvement.


Warmest regards,
Suryo

[Edited 2012-04-07 15:16:37]

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: filoflyer
Posted 2012-04-07 15:31:42 and read 30617 times.

very nice tr! CX has a very good cabin service... unfortunately its just the seats that held me back flying with them but better days are coming ...! great shots of the queen of the sky.! Our hearts will always skip a beat whenever we see her..

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: virginvsbritish
Posted 2012-04-07 15:45:25 and read 30542 times.

FANTASTIC TR! I really enjoyed reading it. I felt like I was right there on the Queen of the Skies right with you. Great job    

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: lukeyboy95
Posted 2012-04-07 16:09:40 and read 30441 times.

Hi Suryo,

Well done on a great report. It was beautifully details, and members of this forum should be honoured by how much time and effort you put into these reports. But of course, it is a labour of love.

CX looked great. Some aspects were a little naff - the main courses looked messy and cluttered, the red phantom is running a risky business talking to passengers like that and it is a shame to use BA lounge with no bubbly!

Some parts of the meals looked great though. I thought the atmosphere looked like a sleep-over on the upper-deck. Great. And, those fares are pretty damn impressive.

Let hope CX can maintain the standards and keep up.

Great too see the Queen of the Skies. I am worried she is becoming more and more rare these days.

Thanks

Luke

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: signol
Posted 2012-04-07 16:13:11 and read 30427 times.

Hi Suryo,

I've been waiting for you report, and I was certainly not disappointed - another up to your usual standard, thank you!

One thing I've noticed is that you rarely have any bad flight attendants - I am convinced that even if any were having a bad day, you seem to cheer them up! A shame about the photos from downstairs, but I guess the crew had a point.

CX in C looks great, the product itself well worthy of a try.

And congratulations to your sister-in-law, my wife earned her PhD only a couple of years ago. I know from first hand experience how hard they are.

Thanks again

signol

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: luv2fly
Posted 2012-04-07 16:16:42 and read 30402 times.

What a treat, it was a pleasure to read and experience your travels along with you. I could not have enjoyed it more. Eagerly waiting for the next parts. Don't make us wait to long.

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: airbuseric
Posted 2012-04-07 16:17:43 and read 30406 times.

Hi, Suryo,

actually it seems so quick after I waved you goodbye at Schiphol on that Saturday, still time flies you know and you're back with this fantastic report!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Either because of his one and a half year working experience with CX or his oriental look, Steve was mysteriously attractive.

Hehe... Steve is working for Menzies groundhandling, before he went to CX he was one of our loyal and dedicated staff at JL   A fantastic charming guy and really good in his job!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
That half an hour was simply not enough for our chit-chat and suddenly, it was time to say goodbye. Eric, Robert, thanks again for the sweet, but short meeting.

Always too soon, but nevertheless we had a nice Dutch coffee together (with stroopwafel, and my free muffin  )

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
That time, CX premium passengers were housed at Japan Airlines’ Sakura Lounge as Eric told me.

Shame these times are over  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I found a message from Eric later on that I should look out of the window as soon as I got into the lounge. He would have been on the other side waving to me

Yes, it's visible from the observation deck, but me and Robert had enough planes to watch, too.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
What about this overview of our gate?

Yes, very nice and specially designed for the CX flights. Only gate G7 offers this design.

Overall, great catering I think, great crew too according to your impressions. Dislike: the seat layout, definitely not my taste. But I heard, this is going to change again soon, isn't it?

Happy Easter,
Eric

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: mxp
Posted 2012-04-07 16:22:06 and read 30379 times.

Suryo
that another wonderful TR. Thanx for sharing.
Business class on CX look very very good. I will try some business in 2 months on my next holiday too but i think i will not be able to write so a good TR like you and others famous trip reporter here do.
Greetings from Milan
Alberto

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: aflyingkiwi
Posted 2012-04-07 16:46:37 and read 30306 times.

Hi Suryo,

Fantastic report & fantastic pictures. Cathay's J looks like one of the best in it's class. The food looked great & substantial & the crew as it seems on your flights were fantastic.

Also it's great to see an upper deck 747 report. It's saddening to see the plane get slowly more extinct with carriers like SQ retiring them.

Looking forward to your next report.

Regards,
aflyingkiwi

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: Knightsofmalta
Posted 2012-04-07 17:29:01 and read 30187 times.

Hi Suryo

What a lovely trip report. Cathay Pacific looks wonderful. The presentation of the food looks excellent and I especially like their salt and pepper shakers.

So what do you think of the seat? It's similar to the one Air Canada has, which I have tried. It's comfy enough but somehow not being able to look out the window always seems like a bit of a let down for me.

Thanks for posting!

Cheers,
William

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: flightsimboy
Posted 2012-04-07 18:25:06 and read 30006 times.

Hello Suryo,

So this is where you disappeared to!! I knew your absence would only be a sign of good things to come...And how they came to me this sunny Saturday afternoon here. It was a delight to read about your Business Class flight on Cathay Pacific on the upper deck!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
‘Suryo…’
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
‘Ariel, where are you?’
‘Suryo…’
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
‘Are you down there?’
‘Suryo…’
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
‘Ariel, are you behind the curtain?’
‘Suryo…’
‘I am coming,’

As soon as I drew the curtain, a stern voiced female red phantom immediately blocked my way.

“Can I help you?”
“I just want to go backwards for a walk,”
“If you want to take pictures of the cabin, you will have to ask permission first! Where is your seat?”
“Eighty seven K. Upstairs,”
“You cannot go through as you will disturb the comfort of other passengers!”

I was flabbergasted as the curtain got abruptly closed again.
‘This cannot be true. Ariel, did you hear what she said? Ariel? Ariel?’
I got no reply.
’What is going on here? This is so unreal! I am having a bad dream! This must be a bad dream!’

Let's start with Ariel!! It really seemed like you almost descended into hell quite literally only to meet the red phantom below!! Loved how Ariel was calling out to you, leading you to the bottom only for poor Ariel to be scared off in the end!! Have you found Ariel...he was missing for the rest of the story!!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
FIDS

Looks very DXB!!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Please proceed through this side,” Marvin waived us to the left entrance to join the queue of Y passengers.

Quite a bit of shortcoming there on the part of Marvin to think you and Herman (and Ariel) were flying Y

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Our joint suitcase

Is that one of those hard shelled Samsonite suitcase, the type the EK crews fly with? They weigh in so fast with barely anything in it.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The scale indicated 18.1 kilograms once I put our joint suitcase.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The other one, filled with souvenirs and prescription free medicines, followed, making a total of 37.7 kilograms. Not bad, was it not?

Why would you not want to distribute the weight between the two evenly?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
As soon as Eric joined us, everything just went too fast. That half an hour was simply not enough for our chit-chat and suddenly, it was time to say goodbye. Eric, Robert, thanks again for the sweet, but short meeting.

Ah, it must be so nice to meet up with fellow A.netters before a flight!!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Bar overview

And an overview of you too lol

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘It looks like our plane has arrived on time from Paris,’

Had no idea they did the HKG-CDG-AMS-HKG route

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

What do you think of the window view?

Always great to have a clear window view of your aircraft!! Just like the windows in Abu Dhabi!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
“Welcome on board. Your seat is on the right,” Indian Senior Purser Nimi waived us on upon a glance at our boarding passes.

CX has Indian cabin crew too? I know SQ advertises their Indian crews in their ads, where as CX has been advertising their Oriental crews, as far as I can recall.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Open cockpit door

Did you not ask for a visit to the cockpit? Or did Ariel fail to remind you? lol

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):

Too bad, my single window was a bit out of reach.

Hate the way those seats are positioned. Call me old fashioned I need to have my window in clear view and easy access!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Can you think any better symphony to accompany the in-flight safety video show or another background music for reading up on the safety card?

The most magical moments of the pre-take off. So far Thai Airways safety demonstration videos are the most soothing one out there!! Someday I hope to experience this video first hand, perhaps in Business Class  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Japanese Flight Purser Yuko
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Cantonese Flight Purser Bonnie
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Natsuko, another Japanese Flight Purser,

Just how many pursers are there on this flight? Isn't it standard for a flight to have a single purser?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Clockwise from right: scallop, salmon, prawn on wakame salad and a half capsicum filled with mango fennel slightly on top of yuzu mayonnaise

Hmm seafood...and how nicely arranged. Though I have to say the rest of the meal presentations look terrible for a J class product!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Richly filled bread basket was offered.

Sugar and carbs!!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Seafood conge. Note the bowl of spring onion rings and ginger slices on the left

Hmm seafood....and that too in the form of seafood congee.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Mabuhay from Joy

What a lovely handwriting Joy has....Penmanship is certainly dying in this world we live in with all our electronic devices where we hardly write as much as say a few years back!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
“Dhanyavād,” I did the folded arm to Nimi.
I never saw her smiling so broadly at me.

“Arigatō gozaimasu,” I said while bending over to Yuko.
“Dō itashimashite,” Yuko returned my greeting.

“Salamat,” I did the folded arm to Joy once I was downstairs.
“Salamat,” Joy followed my example.
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Xièxie B-HOS

Such a cultural ambassador you are, Suryo!!

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: 767747
Posted 2012-04-07 20:52:20 and read 29628 times.

Great report, Suryo!

Looks like you had a good flight with CX in J! How great you got to be on the upper deck of the 747. The food looks good, and the service looks like it was up to the normal service standard of Cathay.

Hope you have a great trip in Hong Kong. Its definitely a city I'd like to visit!  

Best,

Matthew

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: Avianca
Posted 2012-04-07 21:46:40 and read 29525 times.

great report as usual my friend!

its time that you have to come down to SouthAmerica and visit us - we always see only reports to Asia  

CX in J seems to be really good! also I do not like the hearing bone layout... also have to addmit I never used it by my own...

I am looking forward to use soon again CX also I think it would be a long shoot.

cheers
Avianca

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: Quokkas
Posted 2012-04-07 21:52:46 and read 29508 times.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
the PhD graduation of my sister-in-law Valerie

Belated congratulations to the sister-in-law.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
What do you think if you can meet your A.net mates while going on holiday?

What a lovely way to start the adventure.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
once I put our joint suitcase.

Well and truly battered: a sign of a frequent traveller.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“I have a better idea. I will just print you another one,”

That is a nice touch and heralded the kindnesses that you received along the way.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Mates, it was such a feeling to find a cozy retreat of my own…

...Too bad, my single window was a bit out of reach

I am not too keen on the angled seating. Sure, everyone has direct aisle access but it can be awkward seeing out, which defeats the object of a window seat. I am not too sure about having to look at peoples' socks either. Judging by the look on Nimi's face some of them may be "a bit on the nose."  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Herman and I made a choice out of the wine list.

I note the Rocky Gully from Western Australia, your ultimate destination. Sensibly you waited till you got here before sampling any of the local wines.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Moving map belongs to entertainment in my opinion...
...Apparently no moving map on the list.

Did you find the map in the end? First item listed on the "Infotainment" menu and it looks like someone had it on their screen in your forward cabin photo.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
As soon as I drew the curtain, a stern voiced female red phantom immediately blocked my way.

“Can I help you?”
“I just want to go backwards for a walk,”
“If you want to take pictures of the cabin, you will have to ask permission first! Where is your seat?”
“Eighty seven K. Upstairs,”
“You cannot go through as you will disturb the comfort of other passengers!”

It seems a bit abrupt but she does have a point about the comfort of the passengers who may be trying to sleep. We know that you are very considerate but she obviously hasn't read your trip reports. Shame on her.   How pleasant was Natsuko in contrast:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
“Can I get you anything?”
“I would like to have something refreshing. Do you have any suggestion?”
“How about our signature cocktail? Cloud Nine?”
“Oh, yes, please,”
“Sure. I will bring it to your seat,”
“Thank you,”
“We have some snacks as well if you like,”
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
“Dhanyavād,” I did the folded arm to Nimi.
...
“Arigatō gozaimasu,” I said while bending over to Yuko.
...
“Salamat,” I did the folded arm to Joy once I was downstairs.

I can't wait to see what you will say in the Larrakia, Pitjantjatjara and Wardandi languages.  
Thank you Suryo for bringing your experience aboard CX. The crew looked after you and it seems that overall you had a pleasant journey. The Red Phantom simply highlights the fact that the rest of the journey was good.

Best wishes,
Roy

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: infodesk
Posted 2012-04-07 22:12:20 and read 29441 times.

Hi Suryo,

Well, what a nice surprise to find this report on Easter Sunday morning. It's been too long since your last one, you need to go flying more often  

I didn't realise you & Herman have family in Australia. How nice of you to travel so far to see your sister-in-law's graduation, I'm sure she really appreciated it. And of course how wonderful to meet up with Robert & Eric and be seen off in style!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Can you imagine my excitement when the following view…
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
…changed into this?

Yep, the plane wins everytime!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
That would be great,” I replied.
“I have a better idea. I will just print you another one,”
“What a novelty!”

How kind of Steve. I'm sure there aren't too many staff who would do that.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I regretted for not asking his name.

You must be kept quite busy, writing all these names down on your travels!

What beautiful retro posters they have in the BA lounge, I really like them.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Mates, which screen do you prefer? This one…

The first one. I love those big, clear screens they have at AMS.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I was about to lose my virginity on CX.

What great photos of the 747, such a gorgeous bird.

I was intrigued by the seatplan when you checked in as it appeared that you would be sitting behind each other, but after seeing your pictures it all makes sense. On the one hand I like it, but on the other I too would find it strange having the window behind me.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Amenity kits were soon distributed.

So tasteful! I'm sure the bag will come in handy.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Salt and pepper container

You had me there. I wondered why you had two pebbles on your tray  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The creamy pie texture on crumbly bottom was so sinfully sweet and what do you think of the caramel layer in between?

Looks divine!

I liked the game of hide & seek you played with Ariel!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Everything looked so fresh and tasty, but I knew a friend would appreciate if I decided on one thing.

Glad to hear the muffin passed the test. How nice of CX to offer the Swiss speciality of Bircher muesli, it looked good too.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
. I am sure there is always room for improvement.

No way Suryo! Your reports are the best  

As it is now not long until our big trip, you have got me excited about all that lies ahead!

Happy flying
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: ROGERBCN
Posted 2012-04-08 00:53:38 and read 29073 times.

Hola Suryo!

Another of your great TRs... nice to see you had such an exciting farewell at AMS surrounded by so many anetter friends, great; it adds more excitement to such a great trip to visit family on the other side of the world.

CX looks like a great airline though the sided seats prevent you from having a good view from the window, this would be my only opposition to that seating.

The crew seemed, according to your description, very nice and gentle and the food offered on board was more than acceptable, although I would have chosen Herman's breakfast main course.

Pity they did not allow you to stretch your legs at the back of the plane, although I can agree in the statement of the passenger's comfort I cannot agree on the rude way the FA addressed you, this FA needs to read your reports, send CX a copy and be sure they forward it.

Looking forward to reading the next trips.

Salut!

Roger

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-04-08 02:08:14 and read 28883 times.

Hi Suryo, my friend,

what a great surprise to find this fantastic report here today! I had been looking forward to your new series - so many months have passed since your last report.

As usual I'm amazed by all the details you present perfectly in your reports. How do you remember all these conversations?

CX has always been one of my favorite carriers. I still remember some great flights on my first journey to Australia in 2000 (A333, A343 and 744). I had several flight deck visits and I was even invited to take the jumpseat for landing at HKG. Good old times!

However, I'm not a fan of the today's herringbone layout. And I'm a bit disappointed by the presentation of some of the meals you got. But the J Class product in general looks fine.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
To celebrate 25 year of service in Amsterdam, Cathay Pacific released her special offer for destinations in Asia and Oceania.

Wow, great deals. But where are the J Class fares?  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Amenity kits were soon distributed.

Nice design.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Can you imagine the thrill as pushback commenced right after and our Queen’s Rolls Royce RB’s sprung into life?

Of course! I'm glad you had one of the "real" CX 744s, equipped with RR engines. There are also 5 PW-powered ex-SIA 744s in the fleet.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

In an exceptional upper deck ambience.

Honestly, I don't like seeing all these feet. Reminds me a bit of a sickbay.  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Soft drinks, juices and spirits on top

Do I see Schweppes Dry Ginger Ale? Excellent!   

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Apparently no moving map on the list.

You initially shocked me, I thought the map was totally missing.

Btw - I followed your plane on Flightradar24 for a short while. I had been hoping you would fly over my area, but CX chose a totally different route.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Clockwise from right: scallop, salmon, prawn on wakame salad and a half capsicum filled with mango fennel slightly on top of yuzu mayonnaise

That looks great!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
What do you think of the presentation?

I doesn't look good at all - CX could do better!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The creamy pie texture on crumbly bottom was so sinfully sweet and what do you think of the caramel layer in between?

That's looks much better again!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
As soon as I drew the curtain, a stern voiced female red phantom immediately blocked my way.

“Can I help you?”
“I just want to go backwards for a walk,”
“If you want to take pictures of the cabin, you will have to ask permission first! Where is your seat?”
“Eighty seven K. Upstairs,”
“You cannot go through as you will disturb the comfort of other passengers!”

I was flabbergasted as the curtain got abruptly closed again.

What? Are you sure this was real? Permission? Why don't they allow J Class passengers to pass through Y Class? Never heard that.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Moving map was on the list, but I was not really into it.

Excuse me?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
My glass of peach and apricot smoothie

I would have tried that, too!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Bircher muesli

Nice. I'm not a fan of muesli, but SWISS had an excellent Bircher muesli on my LAX-ZRH flight last year.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

And what do you think of Herman’s choice?

Again I'm disappointed by the presentation.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
It was a good thing as I could indulge in my excitement of marking my first footprint in Hong Kong, another spotter’s heaven on earth!

That's an appropriate description!


Thanks again for taking the time to create that outstanding report! I'm already looking forward to part II!

Happy Easter!
PH

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-04-08 05:16:40 and read 28549 times.

Hey Suryo ,
A great report and lovely read as always . Congratulations to your Sister in law.

I love the gate area at AMS . CX looks really nice. I love the Salt and Pepper shakers   Nice touch. The CX J Class product looks really nice and you covered it really well. Thanks for giving us an in depth insight to the CX experience.

PS . Hermans breakfast choice would have been mine also .

Looking forward to more from you soon  

Regards

Philip  

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: LH4116
Posted 2012-04-08 08:00:24 and read 28102 times.

Hello Suryo,

First of all I would like to thank you for the long awaited report. I have very much been looking forward to read about your experiences on Cathay, and I was very surprised to see the report up so soon. As usual it was a delightful read, and I enjoyed every single sentence of it. You have an excellent writing style, and reading your reports is as if being on the flight myself. Truly excellent work, and keep it up!  

Now some additional points:

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Since the ceremony was due sometime in March of this year, the timing was just perfect for me and Herman to come over to visit her in Western Australia.

Well that sounds like a great reason to travel. Hope you had a nice time with your dearest in Austalia.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Boy, how I was looking forward to this trip that I found myself sitting in front of our home desktop minutes before the online check-in opened up.

Well isn't that the case prior to all flights? 
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Please proceed through this side,” Marvin waived us to the left entrance to join the queue of Y passengers.

That's quite rude of him to assume that. But then again maybe he misjudged you by your casual style of clothing?  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The scale indicated 18.1 kilograms once I put our joint suitcase.

Hmm, that's not much luggage at all. Seems like I am up for some competition in the travel light fight!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
It eventually took some half an hour to finalize our check-in.

Wow, that's indeed a very long time, but I assume it passed by very quickly with the lovely company of your check-in agent.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Espresso for me and regular coffee for Herman

Looks quite delicious. Love the coffee they have in Holland, especially with that creamy milk, and not to forget the caramel cookies   

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I did not expect to see so many Premium travelers and Elite members judging on the equally busy two Priority lanes and single regular lane.

Well isn't that a problem in Amsterdam. A lot of passengers from Economy use the priority lanes despite not having access to them, and the staff doesn't even bother to make anything about it.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Bar overview

And Bailey's for Airbuseric to enjoy?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
What about this overview of our gate?

That looks just like a lounge! Well minus the free food/drinks of course.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
In an exceptional upper deck ambience.

Must say I don't like the herringbone configuration. Not only does it look very cramped, and give a sore neck after trying to peek out the window, it seems very un-private as well, and people's feet visible through the aisle does not look good at all. Gives Business Class a very un-exclusive feeling.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The main course trolley made its appearance.

Like how they display all the food options, to make an easier assessment of which dish to chose. Presentation wise though they look like merely enhanced Economy Class main courses. They better plate it up properly instead, like SQ or EK (i.e the airlines CX claim to be competing against). Also EU carriers like LH, LX, BA manage to plate the food up more properly than that. Oh well just my opinion, and I'm at least glad you enjoyed your meal so well  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
“If you want to take pictures of the cabin, you will have to ask permission first! Where is your seat?”
“Eighty seven K. Upstairs,”
“You cannot go through as you will disturb the comfort of other passengers!”

Now that is perhaps the rudest behavior a flight attendant could ever give to someone in Business Class. Not good at all, and it would really put me off from flying that airline if I were in your shoes. Luckily the other crew members seemed very friendly, and compensated for their rude colleague. Did you get an explanation from the others regarding the bad behavior?

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: The777Man
Posted 2012-04-08 11:35:21 and read 27719 times.

Hi Suryo!

Thanks for posting a report again;it's been too long !

Amazing report as always with fantastic pictures !

I'm glad you had a great flight on CX and very nice to fly on the upper deck on a 747; it's been a long time since I last was on a flight up there.

Not a a great layout upstairs since it's very difficult to look out of the window. Perhaps downstairs it's the same. On the plus side, everyone has aisle access but to me the view out of a window is more important than aisle access.

I also have to say that I'm VERY disappointed in the meals served for lunch; both the presentation but also the actual dish served. I had much better food recently on United recently both in terms of presentation and in what was offered.

Not very friendly flight attendant in Economy class....

Very much looking forward to your next report in this series!

The777Man

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-04-08 12:09:57 and read 27646 times.

Dear filoflyer, virginvsbritish, Luke, signol, TEW, Eric, Alberto, aflyingkiwi, William, flightsimboy, Matthew, Avianca, Roy, Hannah, Roger, PH, Philip, Jonas, Lars,


First of all, Happy Easter to all of you, my friends. I am truly overwhelmed by your replies. Thank you so much.  



filoflyer, virginvsbritish, Luke, aflyingkiwi, William, Matthew, Avianca, Roger, Philip:

Quoting filoflyer (Reply 5):
very nice tr!
Quoting virginvsbritish (Reply 6):
FANTASTIC TR! I really enjoyed reading it.
Quoting virginvsbritish (Reply 6):
Great job   
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 7):
Well done on a great report.
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 12):
Fantastic report & fantastic pictures.
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 13):
What a lovely trip report. Cathay Pacific looks wonderful.
Quoting 767747 (Reply 15):
Great report, Suryo!
Quoting Avianca (Reply 16):
great report as usual my friend!
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 19):
Another of your great TRs...
Quoting OA260 (Reply 21):
A great report and lovely read as always
Quoting OA260 (Reply 21):
The CX J Class product looks really nice and you covered it really well.
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
As usual it was a delightful read, and I enjoyed every single sentence of it.
Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):
Amazing report as always with fantastic pictures !

Thank you. I am very happy to know that you like my report.  



filoflyer, Hannah:

Quoting filoflyer (Reply 5):
great shots of the queen of the sky.!
Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
What great photos of the 747, such a gorgeous bird.

Thank you.


virginvsbritish, Luke, TEW, Hannah, Jonas:

Quoting virginvsbritish (Reply 6):
I felt like I was right there on the Queen of the Skies right with you.
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 7):
It was beautifully details, and members of this forum should be honoured by how much time and effort you put into these reports.
Quoting luv2fly (Reply 9):
What a treat, it was a pleasure to read and experience your travels along with you. I could not have enjoyed it more.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
No way Suryo! Your reports are the best  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
You have an excellent writing style, and reading your reports is as if being on the flight myself. Truly excellent work, and keep it up!  

I am truly honored with your kind words. Thank you.   



signol, Alberto, William, Roy, PH, Philip:

Quoting signol (Reply 8):
another up to your usual standard, thank you!
Quoting mxp (Reply 11):
that another wonderful TR. Thanx for sharing.
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 13):
Thanks for posting!
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 17):
Thank you Suryo for bringing your experience aboard CX.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Thanks again for taking the time to create that outstanding report!
Quoting OA260 (Reply 21):
Thanks for giving us an in depth insight to the CX experience.

You are welcome. Thank you for taking your time to read my report.  



Eric, aflyingkiwi, Roy, Roger, Philip:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
Overall, great catering I think, great crew too according to your impressions.
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 12):
The food looked great & substantial & the crew as it seems on your flights were fantastic.
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 17):
The crew looked after you and it seems that overall you had a pleasant journey.
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 19):
The crew seemed, according to your description, very nice and gentle and the food offered on board was more than acceptable,
Quoting OA260 (Reply 21):
CX looks really nice.

I enjoyed the service very much and loved the food.


Luke, aflyingkiwi:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 7):
Great too see the Queen of the Skies. I am worried she is becoming more and more rare these days.
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 12):
It's saddening to see the plane get slowly more extinct with carriers like SQ retiring them.

The Queen of the Skies will still be ruling. No worries!


Luke, flightsimboy, PH, Jonas, Lars:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 7):
the main courses looked messy and cluttered,
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
Though I have to say the rest of the meal presentations look terrible for a J class product!
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
And I'm a bit disappointed by the presentation of some of the meals you got.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
I doesn't look good at all - CX could do better!
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Again I'm disappointed by the presentation.
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
Presentation wise though they look like merely enhanced Economy Class main courses. They better plate it up properly instead, like SQ or EK (i.e the airlines CX claim to be competing against.) Also EU carriers like LH, LX, BA manage to plate the food up more properly than that.
Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):
I also have to say that I'm VERY disappointed in the meals served for lunch; both the presentation but also the actual dish served.

Herman had similar thoughts too.  



signol, aflyingkiwi, Matthew, Avianca, PH:

Quoting signol (Reply 8):
CX in C looks great, the product itself well worthy of a try.
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 12):
Cathay's J looks like one of the best in it's class.
Quoting 767747 (Reply 15):
Looks like you had a good flight with CX in J!
Quoting Avianca (Reply 16):
CX in J seems to be really good!
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
But the J Class product in general looks fine.

Absolutely.


signol, Roy, Philip:

Quoting signol (Reply 8):
And congratulations to your sister-in-law
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 17):
Belated congratulations to the sister-in-law.
Quoting OA260 (Reply 21):
Congratulations to your Sister in law.

Thank you. I will pass your wishes on to her.  



signol, Roy, Roger, Jonas, Lars:

Quoting signol (Reply 8):
A shame about the photos from downstairs, but I guess the crew had a point.
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 17):
It seems a bit abrupt but she does have a point about the comfort of the passengers who may be trying to sleep. We know that you are very considerate but she obviously hasn't read your trip reports. Shame on her.   
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 19):
Pity they did not allow you to stretch your legs at the back of the plane, although I can agree in the statement of the passenger's comfort I cannot agree on the rude way the FA addressed you,
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
Now that is perhaps the rudest behavior a flight attendant could ever give to someone in Business Class. Not good at all, and it would really put me off from flying that airline if I were in your shoes
Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):
Not very friendly flight attendant in Economy class....

I understand her purpose for not letting me through, thanks to you all. I just wish that she had told me the much friendlier way.


signol, Hannah, PH, Jonas, Lars:

Quoting signol (Reply 8):
I've been waiting for you report, and I was certainly not disappointed -
Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
Well, what a nice surprise to find this report on Easter Sunday morning. It's been too long since your last one, you need to go flying more often   
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
what a great surprise to find this fantastic report here today! I had been looking forward to your new series - so many months have passed since your last report.
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
First of all I would like to thank you for the long awaited report. I have very much been looking forward to read about your experiences on Cathay, and I was very surprised to see the report up so soon.
Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):
Thanks for posting a report again;it's been too long !

What a warm welcome. Thank you so much for your patience!  



TEW, aflyingkiwi, Roger, PH, Philip, Lars:

Quoting luv2fly (Reply 9):
Eagerly waiting for the next parts. Don't make us wait to long.
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 12):
Looking forward to your next report.
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 19):
Looking forward to reading the next trips.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
I'm already looking forward to part II!
Quoting OA260 (Reply 21):
Looking forward to more from you soon  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):
Very much looking forward to your next report in this series!

I will do my best.


Eric, William, Avianca, Roy, Hannah, Roger, PH, Jonas, Lars:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
Dislike: the seat layout, definitely not my taste.
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 13):
So what do you think of the seat? It's similar to the one Air Canada has, which I have tried. It's comfy enough but somehow not being able to look out the window always seems like a bit of a let down for me.
Quoting Avianca (Reply 16):
also I do not like the hearing bone layout... also have to addmit I never used it by my own...
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 17):
but it can be awkward seeing out, which defeats the object of a window seat.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
On the one hand I like it, but on the other I too would find it strange having the window behind me.
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 19):
CX looks like a great airline though the sided seats prevent you from having a good view from the window, this would be my only opposition to that seating.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
However, I'm not a fan of the today's herringbone layout.
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
Must say I don't like the herringbone configuration. Not only does it look very cramped, and give a sore neck after trying to peek out the window, it seems very un-private as well,
Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):
Not a a great layout upstairs since it's very difficult to look out of the window.

The only let-down was the window position. For the rest, the herringbone layout was comfortable.


Eric, Roy, Hannah, Jonas:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
Hehe... Steve is working for Menzies groundhandling, before he went to CX he was one of our loyal and dedicated staff at JL    A fantastic charming guy and really good in his job!
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 17):
That is a nice touch and heralded the kindnesses that you received along the way.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
How kind of Steve. I'm sure there aren't too many staff who would do that.
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
Wow, that's indeed a very long time, but I assume it passed by very quickly with the lovely company of your check-in agent.

Affirmative! I am glad to meet him in person. Steve was just wonderful!


aflyingkiwi, Matthew, Lars:

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 12):
Also it's great to see an upper deck 747 report.
Quoting 767747 (Reply 15):
How great you got to be on the upper deck of the 747.
Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):
I'm glad you had a great flight on CX and very nice to fly on the upper deck on a 747

Thank you. Upper deck experience was just special for me.


William, Matthew, PH:

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 13):
The presentation of the food looks excellent
Quoting 767747 (Reply 15):


Quoting PlaneHunter,reply=20:
That looks great!
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
That's looks much better again!

The food looks good,

Exactly my thoughts.  



William, Hannah, Philip:

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 13):
I especially like their salt and pepper shakers.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
You had me there. I wondered why you had two pebbles on your tray  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 21):
I love the Salt and Pepper shakers   Nice touch

So cute, are they not?


flightsimboy, Roy, Hannah, Roger:

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
Ah, it must be so nice to meet up with fellow A.netters before a flight!!
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 17):
What a lovely way to start the adventure.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
And of course how wonderful to meet up with Robert & Eric and be seen off in style!
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 19):
nice to see you had such an exciting farewell at AMS surrounded by so many anetter friends, great; it adds more excitement to such a great trip to visit family on the other side of the world.

Absolutely! I never had such memorable farewell party before.


flightsimboy, Jonas:

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
Quite a bit of shortcoming there on the part of Marvin to think you and Herman (and Ariel) were flying Y
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
But then again maybe he misjudged you by your casual style of clothing?

You know, we love to surprise people. 



Roger, Philip:

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 19):
although I would have chosen Herman's breakfast main course.
Quoting OA260 (Reply 21):
PS . Hermans breakfast choice would have been mine also .

He he, his main course was not bad either. It is just my weakness to opt for an Asian one whenever possible.


PH, Jonas:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Honestly, I don't like seeing all these feet. Reminds me a bit of a sickbay.   
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
and people's feet visible through the aisle does not look good at all. Gives Business Class a very un-exclusive feeling.

That is why I call it exceptional. 



filoflyer:

Quoting filoflyer (Reply 5):
but better days are coming ...!

I hope you can tell us about your experience with the new seat.

Quoting filoflyer (Reply 5):
Our hearts will always skip a beat whenever we see her..

Her graciousness will live forever in our minds.


Luke:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 7):
But of course, it is a labour of love.

I can only agree. You know how to put it into words.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 7):
Some aspects were a little naff

You are right. There is room for improvement.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 7):
the red phantom is running a risky business talking to passengers like that

I wish she could have been nicer.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 7):
it is a shame to use BA lounge with no bubbly!

Bubbly would have been greatly appreciated in the lounge.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 7):
And, those fares are pretty damn impressive.

I did not regret taking advantage of it.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 7):
Let hope CX can maintain the standards and keep up.

I really hope so.


signol:



Quoting signol (Reply 8):
One thing I've noticed is that you rarely have any bad flight attendants - I am convinced that even if any were having a bad day, you seem to cheer them up!

What a sweet recognition of yours. You make me blush.   


Quoting signol (Reply 8):
my wife earned her PhD only a couple of years ago. I know from first hand experience how hard they are.

In that case, though belated, congratulations to your wife.  



Eric:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
actually it seems so quick after I waved you goodbye at Schiphol on that Saturday, still time flies you know and you're back with this fantastic report!

I was like dreaming overnight. Thanks again for your companion.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
but nevertheless we had a nice Dutch coffee together (with stroopwafel, and my free muffin    )

Oh yes, that free muffin. It was a great treat! 


Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
Shame these times are over  

Sakura Lounge must have been better than the BA one, if I understand you correctly.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
but me and Robert had enough planes to watch, too.

Otherwise, I would have felt even more uncomfortable.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
Yes, very nice and specially designed for the CX flights. Only gate G7 offers this design.

You indeed told me about that.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
But I heard, this is going to change again soon, isn't it?

Correct. But not the interior on the 747’s unfortunately.


Alberto:

Quoting mxp (Reply 11):
Business class on CX look very very good. I will try some business in 2 months on my next holiday too

Great! I am sure you will enjoy your trip.

Quoting mxp (Reply 11):
but i think i will not be able to write so a good TR like you and others famous trip reporter here do.

Do not underestimate yourself. I would love to experience the trip through your eyes.  


Quoting mxp (Reply 11):
Greetings from Milan

Greetings from Wageningen.


flightsimboy:

First of all, thank you so much your extensive reply.  bigthumbsup 


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
So this is where you disappeared to!! I knew your absence would only be a sign of good things to come...And how they came to me this sunny Saturday afternoon here. It was a delight to read about your Business Class flight on Cathay Pacific on the upper deck!!

Do you know that I always look forward to your reply? I feel encouraged every time I read your comments because you point me out at things I may have overlooked and therefore help me put matters in perspective.  


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
Let's start with Ariel!! It really seemed like you almost descended into hell quite literally only to meet the red phantom below!! Loved how Ariel was calling out to you, leading you to the bottom only for poor Ariel to be scared off in the end!!

Though I hate to admit, it was not a pleasant experience.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
Have you found Ariel...he was missing for the rest of the story!!

I can assure you he is alright.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
Looks very DXB!!

Add Emirates logo’s and you are in DXB.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
Is that one of those hard shelled Samsonite suitcase, the type the EK crews fly with? They weigh in so fast with barely anything in it.

Our suitcase is a light Carlton one.  


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
Why would you not want to distribute the weight between the two evenly?

Because we did not have to repack the suitcase and could just give it away along with the content.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
And an overview of you too lol

Eagle eyed flightsimboy.  


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
Had no idea they did the HKG-CDG-AMS-HKG route

They actually do HKG-AMS-CDG-AMS-HKG. Unfortunately without fifth freedom rights on AMS-CDG-AMS segment.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
Always great to have a clear window view of your aircraft!! Just like the windows in Abu Dhabi!!

I remember that from your latest report.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
CX has Indian cabin crew too? I know SQ advertises their Indian crews in their ads, where as CX has been advertising their Oriental crews, as far as I can recall.

CX employs cabin crews from seventeen nationalities including Indian.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
Did you not ask for a visit to the cockpit? Or did Ariel fail to remind you? lol

I think both of us failed to remind myself.   


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
Call me old fashioned I need to have my window in clear view and easy access!!

In that case, I am old fashioned too, just like you.  


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
The most magical moments of the pre-take off.

  


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
So far Thai Airways safety demonstration videos are the most soothing one out there!! Someday I hope to experience this video first hand, perhaps in Business Class  

I wish I will be reading a trip report of yours flying Thai Business Class soon.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
Just how many pursers are there on this flight? Isn't it standard for a flight to have a single purser?

I think the purser you mean is called In-flight Service Manager with Cathay. Your carrier path within Cathay will be Flight Attendant, Flight Purser, Senior Purser and In-flight Service Manager at the top.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
Sugar and carbs!!!

So sinful, but oh so delicious! 


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
Hmm seafood....and that too in the form of seafood congee.

You would undoubtedly love it!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
What a lovely handwriting Joy has....Penmanship is certainly dying in this world we live in with all our electronic devices where we hardly write as much as say a few years back!!

Handwritings of crew members on my book are those to be kept.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
Such a cultural ambassador you are, Suryo!!

Thank you.





[Edited 2012-04-08 12:29:55]

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-04-08 12:14:35 and read 27661 times.

Matthew:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 15):
and the service looks like it was up to the normal service standard of Cathay.

Really? Good to hear that Cathay provides consistently good service.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 15):
Hope you have a great trip in Hong Kong. Its definitely a city I'd like to visit!  

We visited Hong Kong on our return journey and yes, we liked Hong Kong.  



Avianca:

Quoting Avianca (Reply 16):
its time that you have to come down to SouthAmerica and visit us - we always see only reports to Asia  

Well, there is indeed a continent we love to discover.   


Quoting Avianca (Reply 16):
I am looking forward to use soon again CX also I think it would be a long shoot.

Then, you will get more chance to fly the new Business class seat.


Roy:

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 17):
Well and truly battered: a sign of a frequent traveller.

And still going strong. 


Quoting Quokkas (Reply 17):
Judging by the look on Nimi's face some of them may be "a bit on the nose."   

     


Quoting Quokkas (Reply 17):
I note the Rocky Gully from Western Australia, your ultimate destination. Sensibly you waited till you got here before sampling any of the local wines.

  


Quoting Quokkas (Reply 17):
Did you find the map in the end? First item listed on the "Infotainment" menu and it looks like someone had it on their screen in your forward cabin photo.

Yes, I did.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 17):
How pleasant was Natsuko in contrast:

Definitely! Natsuko was lovely.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 17):
I can't wait to see what you will say in the Larrakia, Pitjantjatjara and Wardandi languages.  

OMG, that is tough!

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 17):
The Red Phantom simply highlights the fact that the rest of the journey was good

Thank you, Roy. This is how I have to put things in perspective.  



Hannah:

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
How nice of you to travel so far to see your sister-in-law's graduation, I'm sure she really appreciated it.

Oh yes, she did.  


Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
Yep, the plane wins everytime!

  


Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
You must be kept quite busy, writing all these names down on your travels!

I am doing my best.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
What beautiful retro posters they have in the BA lounge, I really like them.

They simply remind us at the romance of flying back then.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
I'm sure the bag will come in handy.

Definitely.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
Looks divine!

So yummy!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
I liked the game of hide & seek you played with Ariel!

Too bad, I did not find Ariel at the end.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
Glad to hear the muffin passed the test.

  


Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
How nice of CX to offer the Swiss speciality of Bircher muesli, it looked good too.

and tasteful!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
As it is now not long until our big trip, you have got me excited about all that lies ahead!

I know how you feel. I really hope that you will have a marvelous trip to New Zealand and share your memorable experience with us.  



Hola Roger:

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 19):
this FA needs to read your reports, send CX a copy and be sure they forward it.

Good idea. I will forward the link of my report to CX.


PH, my friend:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
As usual I'm amazed by all the details you present perfectly in your reports.

By this saying of yours as a legendary trip reporter, I feel honored.  


Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
How do you remember all these conversations?

I just write down as many key words as I can remember immediately after each conversation.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
CX has always been one of my favorite carriers. I still remember some great flights on my first journey to Australia in 2000 (A333, A343 and 744). I had several flight deck visits and I was even invited to take the jumpseat for landing at HKG. Good old times!

Oh wow, they were good old times indeed. I wish the 9-11 had never happened.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Wow, great deals. But where are the J Class fares?   

Eagle eyed PH.   I forgot to capture the part with J class fares.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Nice design.

To keep or to give away.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Of course! I'm glad you had one of the "real" CX 744s, equipped with RR engines. There are also 5 PW-powered ex-SIA 744s in the fleet.

Thank you for the reminder. I was blessed with B-HOS.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Do I see Schweppes Dry Ginger Ale? Excellent!   

One obvious reason why CX has been your favorite carrier.  


Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
You initially shocked me, I thought the map was totally missing.

Oops! I just got lost in the in-flight entertainment world.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Btw - I followed your plane on Flightradar24 for a short while. I had been hoping you would fly over my area, but CX chose a totally different route.

Really? How I appreciate it.   


Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
What? Are you sure this was real? Permission?

I wish it was not true, but that is what she literally said to me. P-E-R-M-I-S-S-I-O-N!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Why don't they allow J Class passengers to pass through Y Class? Never heard that.

I was just flabbergasted.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Excuse me?

Forgive me for my sin.   


Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
I would have tried that, too!
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Nice. I'm not a fan of muesli, but SWISS had an excellent Bircher muesli on my LAX-ZRH flight last year.

Now, I know what we could have for breakfast together.   


Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
That's an appropriate description!

 



Philip:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 21):
I love the gate area at AMS .

Specially designed for CX.


Jonas:

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
Well that sounds like a great reason to travel. Hope you had a nice time with your dearest in Austalia.

Definitely. Not only in Australia, but also in Indonesia.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
Well isn't that the case prior to all flights? 

You know me. 


Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
Hmm, that's not much luggage at all. Seems like I am up for some competition in the travel light fight!

Tell me the weight of your luggage next time.   


Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
Love the coffee they have in Holland, especially with that creamy milk, and not to forget the caramel cookies   

This makes me proud of being a Dutchman.  


Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
A lot of passengers from Economy use the priority lanes despite not having access to them, and the staff doesn't even bother to make anything about it.

One man in front of us was holding an Economy boarding pass, but he could be an Elite member as well. So, it is hard to judge on first appearance.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
And Bailey's for Airbuseric to enjoy?

Absolutely.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
Oh well just my opinion, and I'm at least glad you enjoyed your meal so well  

That is fair enough.  


Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
Luckily the other crew members seemed very friendly, and compensated for their rude colleague.

True. It would have been unfair not to recognize the efforts of Nimi, Yuko, Natsuko and Joy.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
Did you get an explanation from the others regarding the bad behavior?

Actually no. I did not bother asking either. I just wanted to be reminded at the nice treatment I got.


Lars:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):
it's been a long time since I last was on a flight up there.

I can imagine that. You have got something else in return. Something special which has rightly deserved a recognition. The777Man!  


Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):
Perhaps downstairs it's the same.

And the cabin feels less private.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):
On the plus side, everyone has aisle access but to me the view out of a window is more important than aisle access.

To be honest, I am with you about the window.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 23):
I had much better food recently on United recently both in terms of presentation and in what was offered.

Really? Good to hear that United has improved the premium in-flight products.


My friends, you are just great! I am very grateful to know all of you.   


Warmest regards,
Suryo

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: flightsimboy
Posted 2012-04-08 13:50:20 and read 27458 times.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
flightsimboy:

First of all, thank you so much your extensive reply. bigthumbsup

I'm glad you don't see it as a nuisance  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
Do you know that I always look forward to your reply? I feel encouraged every time I read your comments because you point me out at things I may have overlooked and therefore help me put matters in perspective.


You can blame me for being the one to cause you to give Herman and Ariel their rightful due, as being addressed by name  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
Because we did not have to repack the suitcase and could just give it away along with the content.

Ah much like me, go with two fully loaded suitcases, and come back with just a hand carry if I could. But family always make me come back with a smaller single suitcase!!

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: eicvd
Posted 2012-04-08 13:55:01 and read 27463 times.

Hi Suryo
Was really looking forward to reading this report since last night & I was not dissapointed, thanks for posting such a great report   I dont think I can ever see myself flying F or J longhaul, im such a fussy eater I dont think I would eat a thing!    Good choice of music too listening to David Guetta, not so sure about Pitbull though  
Looking forward to the next part  

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: LH4532
Posted 2012-04-08 14:03:07 and read 27432 times.

Guten Abend Suryo ,

I have been looking to the first part of your TR series . It has been worth the time waiting for it .

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Boy, how I was looking forward to this trip that I found myself sitting in front of our home desktop minutes before the online check-in opened up.

It is the same with me . I never can´t wait to do OLCI .

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“In that case, I will not tear them at the gate and return you the entire stub,”

That is very nice offer . I´m sure that does not that often .

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Amenity kit by Agnès

The design looks quite nice .

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Choose your favorite language

I will choose Deutsch . May I ?  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘Ariel?’

Who is Ariel ?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The muffin was so moist and fluffy.

I enjoyed a very tasty muffin while flying ARN-FRA . It tasted very good .

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
And what do you think of Herman’s choice?

I think Herman´s choice was very good . It looks very tasty and filling . How did he like it ?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“You cannot go through as you will disturb the comfort of other passengers!”

She is right about it . But I think she could have told you it in a friendly way .



I have enjoyed reading the first part of your TR series . Keep up the good work .


Daniel ( LH4532 )

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: roberts87
Posted 2012-04-08 14:06:52 and read 27419 times.

Very nice trip report, thanks for sharing!
CX sure looks like a great J experience.

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: NZ107
Posted 2012-04-08 19:57:19 and read 26911 times.

Hi Suryo,

Great TR as usual. Nice to know you enjoyed CX though I bet the experience would much better in their new J cabin. A shame about that rude flight attendant preventing you from exploring the Y cabin. Not really much to see apart from a mess!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
The subsequent passport control was busy as well.


Something I remember about Schiphol - this brings back memories!


Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
“We are ready for boarding. Families with small children, First and Business Class passengers as well as our Elite members are invited to go on board now,”


On the resounding call, the queue kept growing and barely no one budged an inch.

Sounds familiar. Having a bigger gate area does help in situations like this - In Paris, the Economy queue stretches in one direction and the First/Business one goes the other way.


A shame the main couldn't be presented as nicely as the starter. It looks like slightly bigger portions could be used too.

Did you feel claustrophobic in the seat at all?

It's good that they do have mood lighting in the premium classes.. If only they'd use it in Economy too - it's not like it's expensive to do or anything!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
“We have some snacks as well if you like,”

Nice selection. Much better than in Economy where there is a small selection of mainly biscuits.

Breakfast looks quite nice too!


Looking forward to reading your next part!

Thanks for sharing!


Nicholas

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: rvxkaz
Posted 2012-04-08 20:54:19 and read 26819 times.

Dear Suryo,

Its been so long since you last thrilled us with your beautiful TRs! But you're back with a vengeance! Thank you for sharing this perfect TR on Cathay Pacific Airways! You have covered every intimate detail which really makes this TR a most excellent reference for anyone considering booking a flight with Cathay Pacific! I am amazed by the intricate details that you have captured, image or memories, that has made this such a awe-inspiring read!

Let me in your magical journey...

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Since the ceremony was due sometime in March of this year, the timing was just perfect for me and Herman to come over to visit her in Western Australia.

Congratulations to your sister-in-law! Quite the joyous excuse to get off the ground!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
our trip to the Land Down Under became a framework of other visits.

I am pre-empted what other fine sequels you will be conjuring in the coming weeks!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
These services will definitely get you in the mood for your flight.

Yes, it always gets me in the mood as well. And I love getting in the mood! :p

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
And obtain our boarding passes!

Thanks for showing us step-by-step the process! Excellent and user-friendly website from a top-notch carrier!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Seven check-in desks were set up for our flight. One for First Class, two for Business Class and remaining four for Economy Class.

Something not many would have paid attention to!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
“What about Business Class?”
“Are you flying Business Class? In that case, please come this way,”

Haha! A slight service malfunction but glad it was remedied quickly!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
“I have a better idea. I will just print you another one,”

Service Excellence! I didn't even know its possible!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
I regretted for not asking his name.

A ha! Now I figured how do you get the names of people you meet!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
‘Oh, no. I was a bit distracted by passing EK crew members. I am more into last minute spotting actually,’

The one that got away, isn't it!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Mates, which screen do you prefer? This one…

Wow, AMS do have very modern-looking display boards!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
…or this one?

I'd very much like this one! Its a nice preview of what's coming for passengers at the end of the flight!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
What do you think of the window view?

Perfection.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
I was about to lose my virginity on CX.

Well, its about time!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Japanese Flight Purser Yuko appeared with a tray of welcome drinks.

Wow, I am most surprised to see a Japanese Flight Purser on a CX flight (AMS-HKG nonetheless!)

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Mates, it was such a feeling to find a cozy retreat of my own…

Thanks for taking us through the seat! Very comprehensive and looks comfy indeed!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Yuko distributing hot towel

Lovely and welcoming smile!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Five minutes before our STD, Captain Steward made a short introduction.

Oh my! Is it just me or is the Captain's name an oxymoron? 
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Nimi with cocktail trolley

Nicely-taken!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Cloud Nine. Note the sugar layer on the rim

This looks so refreshing! What went into it?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Night Nurse by Cascada

I searched it on Youtube and started listening immediately when I saw this and blasted it to accompany my reading your TR! I love the beat!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Clockwise from right: scallop, salmon, prawn on wakame salad and a half capsicum filled with mango fennel slightly on top of yuzu mayonnaise

I love these little munchies!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Choice of fillets of sole, ravioloni with Reypenaer cheese or roast chicken breast with red skin potato gratin

Quite strange for me as a back-of-the-plane resident to see the mains laid out like that!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Herman’s choice: Fillets of sole with tomato, almond and mushroom butter, new potatoes, carrots and asparagus

Most intriguing presentation indeed! Not something I have seen before on other inflight meals before!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Clockwise from bottom: tooth paste, Murad Cleansing shave, toothbrush, shoe horn, amenity case, knitted socks, eye mask and supplier information cards

Interesting that there's supplier information cards!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
“Can I help you?”
“I just want to go backwards for a walk,”
“If you want to take pictures of the cabin, you will have to ask permission first! Where is your seat?”
“Eighty seven K. Upstairs,”
“You cannot go through as you will disturb the comfort of other passengers!”

Gosh, she sounded like a very cold individual. I can't fathom how would you have cause disturbance to other passengers, when there would be other passengers moving about in the cabin as well. Talk about a resident door bitch on CX272! Thank goodness she wasn't serving your section!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Contra clockwise from left: Apples, whole meal sandwiches with salami, sandwiches met cheese, praline, macadamia nut and blueberry shortbread, a packet of spring onion crackers, non fried apple chips, KitKat and peanuts

mmm... looks like a nice spread indeed!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
My glass of peach and apricot smoothie and cup of coffee

The smoothie sounded so refreshing!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Fresh seasonal fruit slices. Clockwise from right: Kiwi, strawberry, melon, orange and pineapple

Another refreshing treat indeed! Must have been effective to soothe the amount of booze you downed! :p

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
“Yes, please. I will have the champagne.”
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
“Can I have Cloud Nine, please?”
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
“Red wine, please,”
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
“Would you care for port wine?”
“Certainly,”
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Natsuko promptly brought my double espresso and a glass of Cognac.
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
“How about our signature cocktail? Cloud Nine?”
“Oh, yes, please,”
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Everything looked so fresh and tasty, but I knew a friend would appreciate if I decided on one thing.

I would have chose the same! I love muffins

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Seafood conge. Note the bowl of spring onion rings and ginger slices on the left

Nice to try some Hong Kong cuisine!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Mabuhay from Joy

She was really sweet! Its very nice of her!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
As I glanced at my screen, I got to see the following.

Nice to see your connecting flight on the screen! Did it get you in the mood? :p

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
It could only mean one thing. Our flight came to an end.

And the beginning of a new adventure

Thank you for taking us through the explicit details of ahem.. deflowering by CX! You may have been virginal on CX but you were very good at it! :p It was certainly an eye-opener for me as I've never known CX to have such multi-cultural crew! Services looked great and I certainly felt happy for you to be enjoying the delightful cuisine and sampling of the different alcoholic beverages and thank you for sharing with us your CX experience. I know it must have been tedious to write this TR but nothing would stop you from writing a perfect TR (not even a nasty door bitch). Thank goodness you were in the upper deck which was truly an oasis. It was really fun flying with you through your CX mile-high club experience and it primes me all up for your next sequel.

Wonderful wishes to you and have a great week ahead of you!
Gavin

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: triple7man
Posted 2012-04-08 21:38:00 and read 26757 times.

I flew BKK-HKG on a CX 747-400 2 years ago with this same captain (Kim Steward). He was very nice. I had asked for a visit to the cockpit when boarding in BKK and the f/a too my name and seat number and said she would ask the captain. A little later she came back to my seat and said I would be welcome to visit the cockpit after landing in HKG. She asked me just to wait until everyone else deplaned and I could go up there. Captain Steward was very nice, and I enjoyed meeting him.
Several years ago I had the privilege of riding cockpit jumpseat on CX 747-400's and a 777-300. Sadly, these days are a thing of the past.
I have flown on CX many times but only in economy class. They're service is still very good and they are my favorite Asian airline.

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: MIAspotter
Posted 2012-04-09 03:26:14 and read 26258 times.

Suryo.

Thank you for sharing your CX experience with us, great pictures and a well written account of the flight.

CX certainly looks like a nice airline, I hope I get to fly them in the future (even if it´s just in good ole Eco) you should have broken the journey a bit with a stopover in Hong Kong, an amazing city full of life, colour (and smells) I loved it and cannot wait to come back (hopefully on CX)

As for the red courtain dragon... well let it pass, the job of the 4 wonderful crews you had canot be brought down by one witch.

Lookin forward to the rest of the reports.

MIAspotter.

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: CaptainRed
Posted 2012-04-09 04:05:29 and read 26187 times.

Hi Suryo,

wow, what a wonderful report, it almost felt like traveling with you on board, well done  

Good to read something about Cathay. I have seen the CX 747 a lot of times in FRA and always enjoyed the sight, one of these exotic airlines that sparked my desire to travel to these wonderful places they fly. And you even flew on the upper deck, certainly a great experience.

Great that you could even fit a small a.net meeting in your trip.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
She and her sister got each a little present from Joy as they were behaving while Joy checked in their dad, the bald guy in white sweater. How about that?

How nice, these are the small gestures that makes really a difference, well done by the ground staff here.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
What do you think of the window view?

Awesome, the 747-400 is truly the queen of the skies, so majestic, what a great plane. They just could have washed it before the flight, it looks a bit dirty to me.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Too bad, my single window was a bit out of reach.

That's the downside of these seats. The seats look quite comfortable though. Good that you have managed to take some outside pictures nonetheless.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Mates, do you see what I see?

Nice shot, to see the flight deck is always great, especially on a 747.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
As soon as the soprano’s reached the climax.

That was the most musical description of a take-off I have ever read, and it captured the atmosphere nicely.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
After engaging a conversation with Joy at dinnertime, she proposed at one stage, “Do you want me to write something on your book?”
“Sure, that would be great,” I said.

How sweet, must have been your charm for sure   ...

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
It could only mean one thing. Our flight came to an end.

Well, every good thing has come to an end eventually. But in that case you still had almost your entire trip before you and for sure some more exciting flights.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
B-KPF

Stunning livery, love it.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
With all of their efforts, I will just regard my unpleasant encounter with the red phantom as a bad dream.

Yes, that wasn't nice by the crew, but good that you didn't let this single event ruin your overall experience. Especially since the rest of the crew and the service seemed to be really good on CX.

Thanks again for putting this report together, really looking forward to read about your further adventures in Asia and Down Under

CaptainRed

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: jwhite9185
Posted 2012-04-09 06:10:32 and read 26043 times.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
“Can I help you?”
“I just want to go backwards for a walk,”
“If you want to take pictures of the cabin, you will have to ask permission first! Where is your seat?”
“Eighty seven K. Upstairs,”
“You cannot go through as you will disturb the comfort of other passengers!”

Thats a pretty bad way to treat premium customers. Whenever i fly long haul (admittedly only really with VS) they actively encourage you to move around the cabin, no matter where your seat is, either at the front or the back. I've gone from the front of the upper deck to the washrooms at the rear of economy plenty of times with no issues at all.

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-04-09 10:59:47 and read 25755 times.

Dear flightsimboy, Mark, Daniel, Robert, Nicholas, Gavin, Michael, Christian, CaptainRed, jwhite9185,


Thank you so much for your replies. You really make me happy.  



Mark, Daniel, Gavin, CaptainRed:

Quoting eicvd (Reply 27):
Was really looking forward to reading this report since last night & I was not dissapointed,
Quoting LH4532 (Reply 28):
I have been looking to the first part of your TR series . It has been worth the time waiting for it
Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Its been so long since you last thrilled us with your beautiful TRs! But you're back with a vengeance!
Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
You may have been virginal on CX but you were very good at it! :p
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
wow, what a wonderful report, it almost felt like traveling with you on board, well done  

Aw, you really make me feel special. Thank you.  



Mark, Daniel, Nicholas, Gavin, Christian, CaptainRed:

Quoting eicvd (Reply 27):
Looking forward to the next part
Quoting LH4532 (Reply 28):
I have enjoyed reading the first part of your TR series . Keep up the good work .
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 30):
Looking forward to reading your next part!
Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
It was really fun flying with you through your CX mile-high club experience and it primes me all up for your next sequel.
Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 33):
Lookin forward to the rest of the reports.
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
really looking forward to read about your further adventures in Asia and Down Under
Thank you for your support. I will do my best.


Mark, Robert, Nicholas, Gavin, Christian, CaptainRed:

Quoting eicvd (Reply 27):
thanks for posting such a great report  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 29):
Very nice trip report, thanks for sharing!
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 30):
Great TR as usual.
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 30):
Thanks for sharing!
Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Thank you for sharing this perfect TR on Cathay Pacific Airways!
Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Thank you for taking us through the explicit details of ahem.. deflowering by CX!
Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Services looked great and I certainly felt happy for you to be enjoying the delightful cuisine and sampling of the different alcoholic beverages and thank you for sharing with us your CX experience.
Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 33):
Thank you for sharing your CX experience with us, great pictures and a well written account of the flight.
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
Thanks again for putting this report together

It has been a pleasure.  



Nicholas, Gavin:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 30):
A shame about that rude flight attendant preventing you from exploring the Y cabin. Not really much to see apart from a mess!
Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Gosh, she sounded like a very cold individual. I can't fathom how would you have cause disturbance to other passengers, when there would be other passengers moving about in the cabin as well.

She made a point, though I would have appreciated more friendlier tone.


Christian, CaptainRed:

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 33):
As for the red courtain dragon... well let it pass, the job of the 4 wonderful crews you had canot be brought down by one witch.
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
Yes, that wasn't nice by the crew, but good that you didn't let this single event ruin your overall experience. Especially since the rest of the crew and the service seemed to be really good on CX.

You are absolutely right. I just regard the unpleasant encounter as a bad dream.


Daniel, jwhite9185:

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 28):
But I think she could have told you it in a friendly way .
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 35):
Thats a pretty bad way to treat premium customers.

I would indeed have appreciated a more friendlier tone.


flightsimboy:

How nice to see you again.  



Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 26):
I'm glad you don't see it as a nuisance  

Of course not.  


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 26):
You can blame me for being the one to cause you to give Herman and Ariel their rightful due, as being addressed by name  

I will never blame you for that. On the contrary, I am still very grateful of you.  


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 26):
Ah much like me, go with two fully loaded suitcases, and come back with just a hand carry if I could. But family always make me come back with a smaller single suitcase!!

You know how it works.  
But, there are two (or three) of us traveling together, so we still need a single checked luggage.   



Mark:

Quoting eicvd (Reply 27):
I dont think I can ever see myself flying F or J longhaul, im such a fussy eater I dont think I would eat a thing!  

Never say never, Mark.  


Quoting eicvd (Reply 27):
Good choice of music too listening to David Guetta

  


Quoting eicvd (Reply 27):
not so sure about Pitbull though   

Haha, that is fair.


Guten Abend Daniel:

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 28):
It is the same with me . I never can´t wait to do OLCI .

You know the excitement.  


Quoting LH4532 (Reply 28):
That is very nice offer . I´m sure that does not that often .

Steve was amazing. Do you know that he was a former colleague of Eric (Airbuseric)?

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 28):
The design looks quite nice .

Indeed!

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 28):
I will choose Deutsch . May I ?  

Sure. It is on the list.

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 28):
Who is Ariel ?

My conscience who occasionally tag along with me during my travel.

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 28):
I enjoyed a very tasty muffin while flying ARN-FRA . It tasted very good .

Lovely!

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 28):
I think Herman´s choice was very good . It looks very tasty and filling . How did he like it ?

He could not finish it, but someone else was willing to do it for him. 


Quoting LH4532 (Reply 28):
She is right about it .

She did make a point.


Robert:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 29):
CX sure looks like a great J experience.

Absolutely.


Nicholas:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 30):
Nice to know you enjoyed CX though I bet the experience would much better in their new J cabin.

Definitely as the window position would be much better.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 30):
Having a bigger gate area does help in situations like this

I would say, a common security check point for G-pier.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 30):
A shame the main couldn't be presented as nicely as the starter. It looks like slightly bigger portions could be used too.

Herman had similar thoughts.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 30):
Did you feel claustrophobic in the seat at all?

Not at all. My only disappointment was the window location.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 30):
If only they'd use it in Economy too - it's not like it's expensive to do or anything!

Oh, I thought there was mood lighting throughout the cabin.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 30):
Nice selection. Much better than in Economy where there is a small selection of mainly biscuits.

What a pity.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 30):
Breakfast looks quite nice too!

Oh yes, I really enjoyed the breakfast.


Gavin:

You always amaze me with your very well detailed reply. I greatly appreciate it.   


Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
You have covered every intimate detail which really makes this TR a most excellent reference for anyone considering booking a flight with Cathay Pacific!
Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Let me in your magical journey...

What a great recognition. You are too kind!   


Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
I am amazed by the intricate details that you have captured, image or memories, that has made this such a awe-inspiring read!

Gavin, you are the one whom I marvel every time I watch your blockbuster. So inspiring and so encouraging.  


Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Congratulations to your sister-in-law!

Thank you. I will pass it on to her.

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Quite the joyous excuse to get off the ground!

Absolutely!

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
I am pre-empted what other fine sequels you will be conjuring in the coming weeks!
Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
And the beginning of a new adventure

Especially when I was about to meet a very good friend in person.  


Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Yes, it always gets me in the mood as well. And I love getting in the mood! :p

I know.  


Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Thanks for showing us step-by-step the process! Excellent and user-friendly website from a top-notch carrier!

My pleasure.

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Something not many would have paid attention to!

Except for us.

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Haha! A slight service malfunction but glad it was remedied quickly!

Actually, we love to surprise people.   


Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Service Excellence! I didn't even know its possible!

Steve made it possible and he deserved the excellent recognition.

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
A ha! Now I figured how do you get the names of people you meet!

Yes. Name tags work miracles too.

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
The one that got away, isn't it!

  


Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Wow, AMS do have very modern-looking display boards!

So does SIN!

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
I'd very much like this one! Its a nice preview of what's coming for passengers at the end of the flight!

That makes two of us! 


Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Perfection.
Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Nicely-taken!

Thank you.

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Well, its about time!

How about you?   


Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Wow, I am most surprised to see a Japanese Flight Purser on a CX flight (AMS-HKG nonetheless!)
Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
It was certainly an eye-opener for me as I've never known CX to have such multi-cultural crew!
CX employs flight attendants from seventeen Asian nationalities.

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Thanks for taking us through the seat! Very comprehensive and looks comfy indeed!

You are welcome.

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Lovely and welcoming smile!

That’s Yuko.

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Oh my! Is it just me or is the Captain's name an oxymoron? 

Ain’t no mountain high enough, Gavin.   


Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
What went into it?

Vodka, cointreau, sprite and lemon.

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
I searched it on Youtube and started listening immediately when I saw this and blasted it to accompany my reading your TR! I love the beat!

You are my man! 


Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
I love these little munchies!

Indeed very nice starter.

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Quite strange for me as a back-of-the-plane resident to see the mains laid out like that!

It was my first time as well to see such presentation of main courses.

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Most intriguing presentation indeed! Not something I have seen before on other inflight meals before!

Herman did not really like the presentation.  


Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Interesting that there's supplier information cards!

Also interesting to get to know why CX collaborate with the suppliers.

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Talk about a resident door bitch on CX272! Thank goodness she wasn't serving your section!

I just put it this way. I was having a bad dream.

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
mmm... looks like a nice spread indeed!

Healthy, sweet, savory, anything you like.

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
The smoothie sounded so refreshing!

It was very refreshing.

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Another refreshing treat indeed! Must have been effective to soothe the amount of booze you downed! :p

Call it a weakness. 


Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
I would have chose the same! I love muffins

We, A.netters, love muffins. 


Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Nice to try some Hong Kong cuisine!

Definitely.

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
She was really sweet! Its very nice of her!

Joy was wonderful. She did set an example to her colleagues.

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Nice to see your connecting flight on the screen! Did it get you in the mood? :p

How could I say no?   


Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
I know it must have been tedious to write this TR but nothing would stop you from writing a perfect TR (not even a nasty door bitch).

Nothing will stop me writing a TR, thanks to your example after the encounter with that particular Tiger Airways’ flight attendant.

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Thank goodness you were in the upper deck which was truly an oasis.

I hate to admit this, but yes, the upper deck happened to be the oasis.

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 31):
Wonderful wishes to you and have a great week ahead of you!

I wish you the very same and you have made my week with your reply.


Michael:

Quoting triple7man (Reply 32):
I flew BKK-HKG on a CX 747-400 2 years ago with this same captain (Kim Steward).

You don’t say? How nice!

Quoting triple7man (Reply 32):
I had asked for a visit to the cockpit when boarding in BKK and the f/a too my name and seat number and said she would ask the captain. A little later she came back to my seat and said I would be welcome to visit the cockpit after landing in HKG. She asked me just to wait until everyone else deplaned and I could go up there. Captain Steward was very nice, and I enjoyed meeting him.

I envy you. I wish I had the courage that time to ask for the cockpit visit.

Quoting triple7man (Reply 32):
Sadly, these days are a thing of the past.

The 9-11 again…   


Quoting triple7man (Reply 32):
I have flown on CX many times but only in economy class. They're service is still very good and they are my favorite Asian airline.

Good to know CX offers consistent service in all classes.


Christian:

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 33):
CX certainly looks like a nice airline, I hope I get to fly them in the future (even if it´s just in good ole Eco)

You will love CX, even in good ole Eco. Michael has confirmed her consistently good service.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 33):
you should have broken the journey a bit with a stopover in Hong Kong, an amazing city full of life, colour (and smells) I loved it and cannot wait to come back (hopefully on CX)

We briefly visited Hong Kong on our way back. But yes, we should do a stopover next time.


CaptainRed:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
Good to read something about Cathay. I have seen the CX 747 a lot of times in FRA and always enjoyed the sight, one of these exotic airlines that sparked my desire to travel to these wonderful places they fly.

I hope you will fly CX soon. How about to Indonesia?  


Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
And you even flew on the upper deck, certainly a great experience.

The upper deck experience was just special.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
Great that you could even fit a small a.net meeting in your trip.

Thanks to Eric and Robert of course, for organizing a memorable farewell party.  


Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
How nice, these are the small gestures that makes really a difference, well done by the ground staff here.

Steve and Joy truly excelled and yes, they have made CX!  


Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
Awesome, the 747-400 is truly the queen of the skies, so majestic, what a great plane.

I can only agree.   


Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
They just could have washed it before the flight, it looks a bit dirty to me.

Our Queen indeed deserved a full beauty treatment.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
That's the downside of these seats. The seats look quite comfortable though. Good that you have managed to take some outside pictures nonetheless.

Thank you. The window position was just unlucky.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
Nice shot, to see the flight deck is always great, especially on a 747.

I wish I had asked for a cockpit visit.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
That was the most musical description of a take-off I have ever read, and it captured the atmosphere nicely.

Thank you.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
How sweet, must have been your charm for sure   ...

You make me blush.   


Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
Well, every good thing has come to an end eventually. But in that case you still had almost your entire trip before you and for sure some more exciting flights.

Very well said, Captain.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
Stunning livery, love it.

  



jwhite9184:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 35):
Whenever i fly long haul (admittedly only really with VS) they actively encourage you to move around the cabin, no matter where your seat is, either at the front or the back. I've gone from the front of the upper deck to the washrooms at the rear of economy plenty of times with no issues at all.
VS’ vision of passenger comfort obviously differs to CX and I am fine with that. I just wish to be informed about that the friendly way.


My friends, you are great! Thanks again for commenting.  


Warmest regards,
Suryo





[Edited 2012-04-09 11:32:16]

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: palmjet
Posted 2012-04-09 11:18:37 and read 25692 times.

Hi Suryo

What can I say? The level of detail you are able to provide on your trip reports is unlike any other report here. Great stuff! I really enjoyed this first instalment of your travels to Australia and beyond.

Very nice of you to reference my CX trip report too. Thanks for remembering me!

The flight to HKG looked very nice, even if you were somewhat surprised by that crew member's reaction to your photo taking. I guess some do not understand - but she could have been more polite for sure. Looks like you guys had great seats on the upper deck too - I guess you also must have found it very difficult to take pics from the window? I really struggled to get any decent pics but I guess they are now changing the layout completely. Personally I don't find the seat a problem at all - and did not find it too narrow I would be interested to try the new CX J seat.

Very much looking forward to the next sections.

Cheers Palmjet

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: dc9northwest
Posted 2012-04-09 11:26:53 and read 25670 times.

Hi, Suryo!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

What do you think that the most exciting part of our preparation would be? Especially when I took charge of it? Here is a hint. It starts with an ‘f’ and ends on ‘light’!   

Well... of course that's the most exciting part! It's the same for me!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
PhD graduation of my sister-in-law

Congratulations are in order!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
To be honest, I got intrigued by the company for the first time when I saw its TV advertisement as eleven year old boy.

Hmmm... I think I remember watching Eurosport and seeing CX commercials when I was young! This brings back some memories!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Can you imagine the thrill after the delivery of our booking confirmation and subsequent E-tickets? We were entitled to the world behind Manage My Booking!  

The CX website looks very good, I have to say!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
“What about Business Class?”
“Are you flying Business Class? In that case, please come this way,”

Maybe I understood this wrong... Did they just wave everyone to the Y queue, without asking?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Once I told him about my boarding pass collection, he said, “In that case, I will not tear them at the gate and return you the entire stub,”
“That would be great,” I replied.
“I have a better idea. I will just print you another one,”
“What a novelty!”

Excellent service  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Pre-security area

Is this something new at AMS? I haven't been to the G-gates in a while, but I don't remember anything of the sort...  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
My seat 87K

So, which would you prefer, if you had to choose, this herringbone configuration or a classic business class configuration?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Open cockpit door

Hah. A nice present, just for you  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
I sincerely hope that you enjoy my report. My last contribution has been a while ago, so please feel free to leave comments. I am sure there is always room for improvement.

Well, I can say for certain I've enjoyed your report. It was extremely detailed and structured. Well done, and thanks for taking your time to write everything up! Sorry if I've missed anything.

-Alex

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: lukeyboy95
Posted 2012-04-09 14:31:18 and read 25402 times.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 24):
virginvsbritish, Luke, TEW, Hannah, Jonas:

Quoting virginvsbritish (Reply 6):
I felt like I was right there on the Queen of the Skies right with you.
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 7):
It was beautifully details, and members of this forum should be honoured by how much time and effort you put into these reports.
Quoting luv2fly (Reply 9):
What a treat, it was a pleasure to read and experience your travels along with you. I could not have enjoyed it more.
Quoting infodesk (Reply 18):
No way Suryo! Your reports are the best  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 22):
You have an excellent writing style, and reading your reports is as if being on the flight myself. Truly excellent work, and keep it up!  

I am truly honored with your kind words. Thank you.   


signol, Alberto, William, Roy, PH, Philip:

Quoting signol (Reply 8):
another up to your usual standard, thank you!
Quoting mxp (Reply 11):
that another wonderful TR. Thanx for sharing.
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 13):
Thanks for posting!
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 17):
Thank you Suryo for bringing your experience aboard CX.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 20):
Thanks again for taking the time to create that outstanding report!
Quoting OA260 (Reply 21):
Thanks for giving us an in depth insight to the CX experience.

You are welcome. Thank you for taking your time to read my report.  


Eric, aflyingkiwi, Roy, Roger, Philip:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
Overall, great catering I think, great crew too according to your impressions.
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 12):
The food looked great & substantial & the crew as it seems on your flights were fantastic.
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 17):
The crew looked after you and it seems that overall you had a pleasant journey.
Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 19):
The crew seemed, according to your description, very nice and gentle and the food offered on board was more than acceptable,
Quoting OA260 (Reply 21):
CX looks really nice.

I enjoyed the service very much and loved the food.


Luke, aflyingkiwi:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 7):
Great too see the Queen of the Skies. I am worried she is becoming more and more rare these days.
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 12):
It's saddening to see the plane get slowly more extinct with carriers like SQ retiring them.

The Queen of the Skies will still be ruling. No worries!

And another thing Suryo... you have to be one of the best and most detailed repliers on this forum. This is also appreciated!

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: usdcaguy
Posted 2012-04-09 20:29:31 and read 25060 times.

Great post. Just a few of comments:

- The seat looks a little claustrophobic and narrow. Don't really like the angled seating. It's great, however, that a pillow stays at the top of the chair for you.

- The tray table looks strong, flat and is aesthetically pleasing.

- The presentation of the dishes makes them look like frozen dinners, fresh from the microwave. The food looks good, though, perhaps better and more sophisticated than on other carriers.

- The mood lighting rocks. The breakfast is the best I've seen in business class.

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: globalflyer
Posted 2012-04-10 11:01:03 and read 24557 times.

Hi Suryo. I finally had time to catch up on the reading of the TR's. What a great one to read and very detailed oriented. I have only flown CX in JCL and several times and each time the experience was fantastic! The service, the food, the wine, the entertainment, etc. Thanks for sharing and see you in BER. Cheers, Will

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-04-10 12:18:31 and read 24492 times.

Dear Palmjet, Alex, Luke, usdcaguy, Will,

You really make me very happy with your replies. Thank you very much.  



Palmjet, Alex, usdcaguy, Will:

Quoting palmjet (Reply 37):
Great stuff! I really enjoyed this first instalment of your travels to Australia and beyond.
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 38):
Well, I can say for certain I've enjoyed your report. It was extremely detailed and structured. Well done, and thanks for taking your time to write everything up!
Quoting usdcaguy (Reply 40):
Great post.
Quoting globalflyer (Reply 41):
What a great one to read and very detailed oriented.
Quoting globalflyer (Reply 41):
Thanks for sharing

It makes me happy to hear that. You are most welcome.


Palmjet:

Quoting palmjet (Reply 37):
What can I say? The level of detail you are able to provide on your trip reports is unlike any other report here.

You make me feel special by this. Thank you.   


Quoting palmjet (Reply 37):
Very nice of you to reference my CX trip report too. Thanks for remembering me!

Your CX trip report inspired me to fly CX. It just felt appropriate to make the reference.  


Quoting palmjet (Reply 37):
The flight to HKG looked very nice, even if you were somewhat surprised by that crew member's reaction to your photo taking. I guess some do not understand - but she could have been more polite for sure.

I wish she made her point with a friendlier tone. But overall, we had a great flight to HKG.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 37):
Looks like you guys had great seats on the upper deck too -
Quoting palmjet (Reply 37):
Personally I don't find the seat a problem at all - and did not find it too narrow

Herman managed to really sleep for the first time, though in three stretches. The seat itself was just fine.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 37):
I guess you also must have found it very difficult to take pics from the window? I really struggled to get any decent pics

So did I. I just pointed and shot as many as I could and hoping there would be enough decent pictures.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 37):
I guess they are now changing the layout completely.

Unfortunately not on 747’s.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 37):
I would be interested to try the new CX J seat.

Count me in.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 37):
Very much looking forward to the next sections.

I will do my best.


Alex:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 38):
Hi, Suryo!

Hi, Alex.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 38):
Well... of course that's the most exciting part! It's the same for me!

It is just the game we love to play.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 38):
Congratulations are in order!

Thank you. I will pass it on to Valerie.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 38):
Hmmm... I think I remember watching Eurosport and seeing CX commercials when I was young! This brings back some memories!

Is it not great to have these childhood memories?

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 38):
The CX website looks very good, I have to say!

So easy to navigate.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 38):
Maybe I understood this wrong... Did they just wave everyone to the Y queue, without asking?

I am not sure. Marvin just asked us whether we were flying with CX and subsequently directed us to the Y queue.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 38):
Excellent service  

Steve was marvelous!

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 38):
Is this something new at AMS? I haven't been to the G-gates in a while, but I don't remember anything of the sort...  
G7 is specially designed for CX.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 38):
So, which would you prefer, if you had to choose, this herringbone configuration or a classic business class configuration?

Well, it is not easy to answer. The herringbone was great for sleeping comfort, but the classic one was much better for window view.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 38):
Hah. A nice present, just for you  

I loved it! I wish I had written anything to thank Captain Steward.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 38):
Sorry if I've missed anything.

Please do not be sorry. It is great to have you on board of this first part of my journey.


Luke:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 39):
And another thing Suryo... you have to be one of the best and most detailed repliers on this forum. This is also appreciated!

Luke, I feel honored to meet you again and receive such great recognition. Thank you.   



usdcaguy:

Quoting usdcaguy (Reply 40):
The seat looks a little claustrophobic and narrow. Don't really like the angled seating.

The seat was fine for me.

Quoting usdcaguy (Reply 40):
It's great, however, that a pillow stays at the top of the chair for you.

To be honest, I liked to have the pillow that way.

Quoting usdcaguy (Reply 40):
The tray table looks strong, flat and is aesthetically pleasing.

Rightly a perfect design.

Quoting usdcaguy (Reply 40):
The presentation of the dishes makes them look like frozen dinners, fresh from the microwave.

Herman did not like the presentation either.  


Quoting usdcaguy (Reply 40):
The food looks good, though, perhaps better and more sophisticated than on other carriers.

The food was delicious. I would say equally good to other carrier we were flying with, but some dishes were culinary unique.

Quoting usdcaguy (Reply 40):
The mood lighting rocks.

I can only agree.

Quoting usdcaguy (Reply 40):
The breakfast is the best I've seen in business class.

Apparently, we were blessed with the breakfast.


Will:

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 41):
Hi Suryo. I finally had time to catch up on the reading of the TR's

No problem. Take your time.

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 41):
I have only flown CX in JCL and several times and each time the experience was fantastic! The service, the food, the wine, the entertainment, etc.

I am glad to hear CX provides consistently good service.

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 41):
see you in BER.

I look forward to meeting you.


Dear friends, thanks again for your encouraging words. You are wonderful!   

Warm regards,
Suryo



[Edited 2012-04-10 12:21:25]

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: nethkt
Posted 2012-04-10 23:23:16 and read 24090 times.

What a beautiful trip report. I enjoy following and reading the details.
Best presentations, clear hi-def pictures with real professionalism as a reviewer.

I'm sure you had great experience on this CX service.
I still love the upper deck of 747, such a small cozy place to be!!

Many thanks for sharing, and don't forget to let me know if you are planing to be around in Phuket!!
net-hkt

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: 717Flyer
Posted 2012-04-11 09:26:07 and read 23811 times.

Dear Suryo,

Opening this thread I was very much looking forward to reading your Cathay Pacific experience. But what caught my attention in the end was that you did it again! You captured the moment and shared with us in a way no one else can do - an amazing read I must say - accompanied by excellent commentary and many nice pictures. Yeah, it can't get any better!

And I really like the way you address the crew by name and call them your friends, I am sure their jobs would be much more enjoyable if all passengers would be like you.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Last year September, a notification about the PhD graduation of my sister-in-law Valerie was delivered on our mailbox. It was a great achievement of people of her age and a reason for celebration for the whole family!

Do pass on my congratulations to you sister-in-law! And good to know what made you leave for Australia (even though I am sure it would have been a tempting trip otherwise as well).

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Weeks were passing, unfortunately without any single offer bound to happen.

But Suryo, how could you? And most of all, did not Ariel let you know anything about your decision to leave out Emirates this time?  
Joking aside, it looks like Cathay did the job as well. But I guess Emirates will always be Emirates?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Newsletter in Dutch version

Hmm, these really are some good fares!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
One day, CX made a flashy comeback, advertising the qualities of its employees with appropriate slogan, ‘People, they make an airline’.

Yeah, they got my attention most of all because what they say is so true! And in the end I am sure you could come to the conclusion that people make Cathay. And people made your flight. Despite the certain red dragon. Or she was a part of your flight in her own way.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Once a particular flight is selected, you can consult and edit your details accordingly. Furthermore, how about the ability to pre-select your seat as a part of many online services?

Wait a moment, this doesn't look like economy class at all?
Hmm, were you trying to mislead us by showing the economy class birthday offers earlier? Or did you want to surprise us who kept reading on?  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
What do you think if you can meet your A.net mates while going on holiday?

It is great, most of all when it comes as a surprise. Just like I learned some weeks ago that Marc is booked on the same BER-BRU flight after the Berlin meeting.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Mates, will you join us to find out how people make an airline from Amsterdam to Hong Kong?

Yes - and I can't wait to do so!  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
J check-in desk screen

Ah, you've got the love the AMS monitors - they are so clean and informative!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I was about to ask about Steve’s origin but he forestalled me.
“Where do you come from?”
“I was born Indonesian,”
“Well, me too,”
“Really? How nice!”
“And so does he,” Steve smirked while pointing at his colleague officer Joy at the other J desk.
Joy just cracked a smile as he was busy. Nevertheless, he was as equally charming.

What a heartwarming encounter. Apparently the people of Cathay include ground staff as well.  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘Oh, Ariel. It has been a while. No, I just do not deserve them. I am not flying BA this time, you know?’

Oh, you would definitely have deserved them!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘Do you want to check your e-mail?

Or visit a website called Airliners.net?  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
What do you think of the window view?

Simply stunning! I can't wait for my first 747 flight in June this year. Even though it will be in economy class I am sure it will be a memorable experience.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I was about to lose my virginity on CX.

Now I am eagerly waiting for reading about you losing your virginity on a certain aircraft type. 
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Mates, it was such a feeling to find a cozy retreat of my own…

Indeed it looks very cozy! I still can't get used to the shape and the position of the seat.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The main course trolley made its appearance.

Ah, lovely!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Bannoffee pie

Mmmhmm....

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
’Suryo…’
‘Ariel?’

This is a familiar feeling.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
“Can I help you?”
“I just want to go backwards for a walk,”
“If you want to take pictures of the cabin, you will have to ask permission first! Where is your seat?”
“Eighty seven K. Upstairs,”
“You cannot go through as you will disturb the comfort of other passengers!”

But, what happened to the people of Cathay? I understand she had a point but the way she let you know, specially when she learned you had a seat upstairs, that is not very nice. You should have said "Well, if I need permission, can I ask for it now?".  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
the curtain got abruptly closed again.

Wow, that is simply unacceptable. I would immediately have opened the curtain again to get things on track, but then again I guess that is easier said than done. But yes, definitely not a very nice encounter.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Everything looked so fresh and tasty, but I knew a friend would appreciate if I decided on one thing.

My friend Suryo, may I congratulate you for making such a great choice!  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I am sure there is always room for improvement.

Well if that is the case then it certainly isn't very easy to find.  

Thank you for taking us with you on this wonderful journey! Hopefully we can soon follow your further travels.

Regards,
717Flyer

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: win1290
Posted 2012-04-11 10:02:29 and read 23757 times.

Hi Suryo,

Thanks for the amazing trip report with amazing photos, I was really enjoyed reading it! I think CX ground team in AMS was particularly nice, seems like a very good first impression of the airline.

On board looks very nice too, and great offering of food and drinks. Haven't been on CX myself, but I am waitlisting on a flight from BKK to LHR via HKG in 10 days. After reading this, I really hope I could get a confirmed reservation!

Thanks again for taking wonderful pictures and writing this up!

Win

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: CrimsonNL
Posted 2012-04-11 13:52:31 and read 23586 times.

Heya Suryo, great report as expected! Lucky you flying the rare RR powered 744, and on the upperdeck as well! I have to say the CX gate area at AMS, at G7 I believe, is definitely the nicest in the entire airport. Great to see some impressions of the service to HKG. Thanks for sharing!

Best regards,

Martijn

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: Sultanils
Posted 2012-04-13 01:46:09 and read 23055 times.

Hello Sahib Akhmad!

Yes, the 'akhmad' is back with a vengeance! Wow, what a lovely romantic and poetic story, it's like a work of art   What a wonderful experience you had on CX. It reminds me very much of my own CX flight from AMS to HKG/SGN in 2007 (on our honeymoon that was), albeit that was not on a B744 but on a A343 (lucky me!).
So does this plane really come from Paris or am I missing something here?
Very nice FA's and idem dito food. One thing that I maybe wouldn't like is the herringbone seating arrangement. How did you like that?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Either because of his one and a half year working experience with CX or his oriental look, Steve was mysteriously attractive.

Ha ha this made me chuckle  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
However, Steve had to insert our details in two different systems and even send a telex to reconfirm our rather complicated itinerary. It eventually took some half an hour to finalize our check-in.

Oh my, half an hour to xheck 2 people in. They didn't check you in for the whole iti, no? Or only the CX or OW legs?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
and ready for lounging.

And showering and meditating maybe?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Gate G7

The lucky one. That was also my departure gate back then   

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Gorgeous B-HOS. I cannot help it

I beg to differ, I'm not a big fan of CX's livery, nor of their colour scheme. But hey, opinions may vary, no  

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
But she kept her promise after breakfast.

How nice, I believe that FA is a true gem and a very good ambassador of the company she works for!

Sultanils

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-04-13 05:06:55 and read 22934 times.

Wonderful report Suryo!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

“Are you flying with Cathay Pacific?” Marvin greeted us.
“Yes,”
“Please proceed through this side,” Marvin waived us to the left entrance to join the queue of Y passengers.
We would have obeyed. The only thing was that we had another booking.
“What about Business Class?”
“Are you flying Business Class? In that case, please come this way,”

Shame you weren't greeted with: "Hello, are you flying CX this afternoon? Great, are you in F, C or Y?" Assuming premium pax are in Y is very annoying

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Indeed, as soon as fasten seat belt signs were illuminated, our Queen started shaking. Well, I do not think it was because of Pitbull.

Haha

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Joy joined CX twenty five years ago and has ever since been gaining experience on board of all 747 series, TriStar and Airbus. While Nimi with her twenty three years of service will soon become In-flight Service Manager.

Good that you had some experienced crew

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
What do you think of the presentation?

It's good for C, but such a step down from SQ

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

“Can I help you?”
“I just want to go backwards for a walk,”
“If you want to take pictures of the cabin, you will have to ask permission first! Where is your seat?”
“Eighty seven K. Upstairs,”
“You cannot go through as you will disturb the comfort of other passengers!”

Shame you couldn't have a look around, but I guess what she said is true, at least in part.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
The muffin was so moist and fluffy. I did not regret it at all!

Looks tasty!

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: SR 103
Posted 2012-04-13 09:33:12 and read 22811 times.

Fantastic trip report as always. As you know I have been looking forward to this one from you for quite some time and it did not disappoint.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
British Airways Galleries Lounge

After all these years of flying through AMS, I have never been inside anything other than the KL Lounge.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
What do you think of the window view?

One of my favorite airport views. Did I mention how much I love AMS?  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Cloud Nine. Note the sugar layer on the rim

One of my favorite in flight drinks of all time, this and the Singapore Sling!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
It was an indulgence one should not skip. Inspired by Anosh.

You would be so mad at me, I have done at least 12 Business class flights in the last four weeks and I skipped the cheese every time!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 2):
Bannoffee pie

If it were me,I would skip the cheese and save room for that!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Richly filled bread basket was offered.

The muffins looks mouth watering.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
But she kept her promise after breakfast.

Thats the CX crew I know and adore. There is a reason they are my all time favorite airline.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Hong Kong, another spotter’s heaven on earth! 

It sure it. Was just there last week and can't wait to go back. Its my retreat.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Furthermore, my appreciation for Anosh, Roni and Palmjet for the inspiration for flying CX.

Glad I could be of help. Now its time for me to inspire you to fly something else, how about good old KLM? I missing them quite a bit as of late. All I fly now is Lufthansa and its so boring, I need some blue!

Eagerly looking forward to the next set.

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: dkdaviator
Posted 2012-04-13 10:54:39 and read 22728 times.

Hi Suryo,

What a nice trip report of yours there on the upper deck experience on CX. All of the detail in the report is nice. Especially as that carrier is still on my "to be flown" list. Would be nice to do it in business class, as you were able to.  
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
What do you think if you can meet your A.net mates while going on holiday?

Definitely that is the way to do it, always nice to meet up with friends like that.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
Espresso for me and regular coffee for Herman

Looks really nice. A good "pre lounge" drink.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 1):
What about this overview of our gate?

Wow, that is a nice gate/holding area there. The colors and style must have prepared you well for the flight to come.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
I was flabbergasted as the curtain got abruptly closed again.
‘This cannot be true. Ariel, did you hear what she said? Ariel? Ariel?’
I got no reply.
’What is going on here? This is so unreal! I am having a bad dream! This must be a bad dream!’

It's unbeleivable (in a bad way) that they would talk to a passenger that way. Even if this is their policy, there has to be a better/more professional way to inform you. And you were in Buss Class too! At least it seems you were able to get over it, and it did not ruin the rest of your upper deck experience.

Thanks again for the report. I need to try them myself also sometime.

D.  

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-04-13 13:06:24 and read 22639 times.

Dear Atthaphon, 717Flyer, Win, Martijn, Nils, Gabriel, Anosh, D.,,

Thank you so much for your replies. You really make me happy.  



Atthaphon, 717Flyer, Win, Martijn, Gabriel, Anosh, D.:

Quoting nethkt (Reply 43):
What a beautiful trip report. I enjoy following and reading the details.
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
Opening this thread I was very much looking forward to reading your Cathay Pacific experience. But what caught my attention in the end was that you did it again!
Quoting win1290 (Reply 45):
Thanks for the amazing trip report with amazing photos, I was really enjoyed reading it!
Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 46):
Heya Suryo, great report as expected!
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 48):
Wonderful report Suryo!
Quoting SR 103 (Reply 49):
Fantastic trip report as always. As you know I have been looking forward to this one from you for quite some time and it did not disappoint.
Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 50):
What a nice trip report of yours there on the upper deck experience on CX. All of the detail in the report is nice.

Thank you. I am very happy to hear that.

Quoting nethkt (Reply 43):
Many thanks for sharing,
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
Thank you for taking us with you on this wonderful journey!
Quoting win1290 (Reply 45):
Thanks again for taking wonderful pictures and writing this up!
Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 46):
Great to see some impressions of the service to HKG. Thanks for sharing!
Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 50):
Thanks again for the report.

You are welcome.


Atthaphon, 717Flyer, Nils:

Quoting nethkt (Reply 43):
Best presentations, clear hi-def pictures with real professionalism as a reviewer.
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
You captured the moment and shared with us in a way no one else can do - an amazing read I must say - accompanied by excellent commentary and many nice pictures. Yeah, it can't get any better!
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
Well if that is the case then it certainly isn't very easy to find.  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 47):
Yes, the 'akhmad' is back with a vengeance! Wow, what a lovely romantic and poetic story, it's like a work of art  

I am truly honored by your kind words.   



Atthaphon, Martijn:

Quoting nethkt (Reply 43):
I still love the upper deck of 747, such a small cozy place to be!!
Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 46):
Lucky you flying the rare RR powered 744, and on the upperdeck as well!

Indeed, flying upper deck of RR powered 744 is a special experience.


Atthaphon, D.:

Quoting nethkt (Reply 43):
I'm sure you had great experience on this CX service.
Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 50):
At least it seems you were able to get over it, and it did not ruin the rest of your upper deck experience.

Thanks to Nimi, Yuko, Natsuko and Joy.


717Flyer, Nils:

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
I still can't get used to the shape and the position of the seat.
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 47):
One thing that I maybe wouldn't like is the herringbone seating arrangement. How did you like that?

The seat was alright. The only drawback was the window position.


717Flyer, Anosh:

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
Now I am eagerly waiting for reading about you losing your virginity on a certain aircraft type. 
Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
Hopefully we can soon follow your further travels.
Quoting SR 103 (Reply 49):
Eagerly looking forward to the next set.

I will do my best.


717Flyer, D.:

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
I understand she had a point but the way she let you know, specially when she learned you had a seat upstairs, that is not very nice.
Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 50):
It's unbeleivable (in a bad way) that they would talk to a passenger that way. Even if this is their policy, there has to be a better/more professional way to inform you. And you were in Buss Class too!

She had a point, but I wish she could have been friendlier.


Win, Nils:

Quoting win1290 (Reply 45):
On board looks very nice too, and great offering of food and drinks.
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 47):
What a wonderful experience you had on CX.

So true!


Gabriel, Anosh:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 48):
Looks tasty!
Quoting SR 103 (Reply 49):
The muffins looks mouth watering.

It was.   



Atthaphon:

Quoting nethkt (Reply 43):
don't forget to let me know if you are planing to be around in Phuket!!

I will not.


717Flyer:

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
And I really like the way you address the crew by name and call them your friends

I really appreciated their efforts. I hope I could give them better recognition this way.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
I am sure their jobs would be much more enjoyable if all passengers would be like you.

Or like you.   


Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
Do pass on my congratulations to you sister-in-law!

Thank you. I will pass it on to Valerie.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
(even though I am sure it would have been a tempting trip otherwise as well).

You know me too well.  


Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
But Suryo, how could you? And most of all, did not Ariel let you know anything about your decision to leave out Emirates this time?  

Well, he got distracted too.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
it looks like Cathay did the job as well. But I guess Emirates will always be Emirates?

Cathay and Emirates are different, but I like both of them in their own way.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
Hmm, these really are some good fares!

True!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
And in the end I am sure you could come to the conclusion that people make Cathay. And people made your flight. Despite the certain red dragon. Or she was a part of your flight in her own way.

This is how I know you, 717Flyer. So sensible.  


Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
Hmm, were you trying to mislead us by showing the economy class birthday offers earlier? Or did you want to surprise us who kept reading on?  

You got me. 


Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
Just like I learned some weeks ago that Marc is booked on the same BER-BRU flight after the Berlin meeting.

Oh really? I did not know that either. How nice!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
Yes - and I can't wait to do so!  

Let’s go then!  


Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
they are so clean and informative!

Really? Then I have got to appreciate the screens even more.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
Apparently the people of Cathay include ground staff as well.  

Is it not great?  


Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
Oh, you would definitely have deserved them!

Alright then, If you say so.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
Or visit a website called Airliners.net?  

A good one! Why did it not come across my mind?

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
I can't wait for my first 747 flight in June this year. Even though it will be in economy class I am sure it will be a memorable experience.

You will love the Queen of the Skies. I look forward to reading your experience.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
This is a familiar feeling.  

Oh yes.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
You should have said "Well, if I need permission, can I ask for it now?".  

My 717Flyer, so inventive and yet respectful. Yes, I will keep this expression in mind for the next occasion.   


Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
I would immediately have opened the curtain again to get things on track, but then again I guess that is easier said than done.

I was just perplexed.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
But yes, definitely not a very nice encounter.

It was just a bad dream.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 44):
My friend Suryo, may I congratulate you for making such a great choice!  

Sure! I was inspired by you! 



Win:

Quoting win1290 (Reply 45):
I think CX ground team in AMS was particularly nice, seems like a very good first impression of the airline.

Steve and Joy are undoubtedly great CX ambassadors in AMS.

Quoting win1290 (Reply 45):
Haven't been on CX myself, but I am waitlisting on a flight from BKK to LHR via HKG in 10 days. After reading this, I really hope I could get a confirmed reservation!

I hope you will be flying CX by then.


Martijn:

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 46):
I have to say the CX gate area at AMS, at G7 I believe, is definitely the nicest in the entire airport.

I believe you.


Sahib Nils:

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 47):
It reminds me very much of my own CX flight from AMS to HKG/SGN in 2007 (on our honeymoon that was), albeit that was not on a B744 but on a A343 (lucky me!).

It must have been a perfect honeymoon trip.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 47):
So does this plane really come from Paris or am I missing something here?

Yes, her routing was HKG-AMS-CDG-AMS-HKG. Unfortunately without fifth freedom rights on AMS-CDG-AMS segment.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 47):
Very nice FA's and idem dito food.

Delicious food served by Nimi, Yuko and Natsuko under Joy’s supervision. What else could you ask for?

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 47):
Ha ha this made me chuckle   

I could not help it. 


Quoting Sultanils (Reply 47):
Oh my, half an hour to xheck 2 people in. They didn't check you in for the whole iti, no? Or only the CX or OW legs?

Only CX . I will tell you why in the following installment.   


Quoting Sultanils (Reply 47):
And showering and meditating maybe?

Sure, working out would have been great too.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 47):
The lucky one. That was also my departure gate back then   

Nils, I have been at your gate in FRA last year and in AMS last month. It is time for a real meet-up at the gate.   


Quoting Sultanils (Reply 47):
I beg to differ, I'm not a big fan of CX's livery, nor of their colour scheme. But hey, opinions may vary, no   

Sure and I fully respect that.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 47):
How nice, I believe that FA is a true gem and a very good ambassador of the company she works for!

Joy definitely makes Cathay. Twenty five years by now and still going strong!


Gabriel:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 48):
Shame you weren't greeted with: "Hello, are you flying CX this afternoon? Great, are you in F, C or Y?" Assuming premium pax are in Y is very annoying

Herman and I just loved to surprise people.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 48):
Haha

  


Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 48):
Good that you had some experienced crew

Absolutely. Especially when they told me the nicest stories of their earlier years.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 48):
It's good for C, but such a step down from SQ

Judging on your SQ trip reports, I think you make a point.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 48):
Shame you couldn't have a look around, but I guess what she said is true, at least in part.

I was fine with her reference to the comfort of other passengers, but I was not really convinced about the other part.


Anosh:

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 49):
After all these years of flying through AMS, I have never been inside anything other than the KL Lounge.

How about flying EK to AMS next time? 


Quoting SR 103 (Reply 49):
One of my favorite airport views. Did I mention how much I love AMS?  

Oh yes. Anosh, KLM and AMS. The trinity!  


Quoting SR 103 (Reply 49):
One of my favorite in flight drinks of all time, this and the Singapore Sling!

The SQ’s Singapore Sling I assume? You and I are just the same.

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 49):
You would be so mad at me, I have done at least 12 Business class flights in the last four weeks and I skipped the cheese every time!

Have you been on diet?

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 49):
If it were me,I would skip the cheese and save room for that!

I just had to take both of them! 


Quoting SR 103 (Reply 49):
Thats the CX crew I know and adore. There is a reason they are my all time favorite airline.

I am glad to find out myself.

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 49):
It sure it. Was just there last week and can't wait to go back. Its my retreat.

We just spent a couple of hours in Hong Kong last time. Our next visit would definitely be much longer.

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 49):
Now its time for me to inspire you to fly something else, how about good old KLM? I missing them quite a bit as of late.

As the matter of fact, guess which airline I will be flying to Berlin next June?   


Quoting SR 103 (Reply 49):
All I fly now is Lufthansa and its so boring, I need some blue!

Poor Anosh!


D.:

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 50):
Especially as that carrier is still on my "to be flown" list. Would be nice to do it in business class, as you were able to.  
Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 50):
I need to try them myself also sometime.

I genuinely encourage you to do it.

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 50):
Definitely that is the way to do it, always nice to meet up with friends like that.   

It sure was a memorable farewell party.

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 50):
Looks really nice. A good "pre lounge" drink.

With a great companion of Eric and Robert.

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 50):
The colors and style must have prepared you well for the flight to come.

Absolutely!


Dear friends, thanks again for encouraging me. You are the best   


Warmest regards,
Suryo

[Edited 2012-04-13 13:23:35]

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-04-14 00:43:34 and read 22384 times.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 25):
By this saying of yours as a legendary trip reporter, I feel honored.

Thanks for your kind words, Suryo!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 25):
I just write down as many key words as I can remember immediately after each conversation.

Interesting, thanks!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 25):
Oh wow, they were good old times indeed. I wish the 9-11 had never happened.

  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 25):
Forgive me for my sin.

Of course.  

Quoting akhmad (Reply 25):
Now, I know what we could have for breakfast together.

  


PH

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2012-04-14 02:24:21 and read 22297 times.

Hi Suryo!

Another magnificent tripreport. It was a really enjoyable Saturday read.
Seems like you had an overall good experience with CX, it's an airline that I'd love to fly one day.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Do you notice the little girl on the earlier picture? She and her sister got each a little present from Joy as they were behaving while Joy checked in their dad, the bald guy in white sweater. How about that?

Seems like your first impression with CX was a really good one. The same can likely be said about those girls.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

What do you think of the window view?

Can't get much better than that.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Salt and pepper container

Wow, I really like those!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
%u201CCan I help you?%u201D
%u201CI just want to go backwards for a walk,%u201D
%u201CIf you want to take pictures of the cabin, you will have to ask permission first! Where is your seat?%u201D
%u201CEighty seven K. Upstairs,%u201D
%u201CYou cannot go through as you will disturb the comfort of other passengers!%u201D

I was flabbergasted as the curtain got abruptly closed again.

I can see why you chose to cover this up as a bad dream. Not a fun experience.

I'm really looking forward to reading the next part.

Martin

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-04-14 23:51:56 and read 21993 times.

Goedemorgen Suryo


Great trip report, I really like the detail put into this report. it was like flying the flight to HKG on B-HOS as well.
As usual, no bad words to day about this trip report. However, the main meal looks rather small for a Business class product IMO.

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: ronerone
Posted 2012-04-15 09:54:04 and read 21820 times.

Suryo,

Fantastic TR my friend   As always your TRs are so stimulated, and i can feel the excitement spilling out of the monitor   Like a journey into a candy store, where there is always a sweet surprise in the TR   Many thanks for keeping the happiness in your reports!

I was of course waiting to read all about your CX experience, with great anticipation. And i think you got a typical CX flight which is good. In terms on inflight service, CX's formula is very simple: Indian + Filipino senior crew = The absolute best of CX usually. These nationalities tend to be the more senior of crews and hence, they know the airline, its requirements, and its customers really well.

I am however noticing a slight decline in the quality of the food in their Business Class. Portions seem to be getting smaller and smaller. I am also surprised at how firm the crew was with your taking pictures on the main deck. For sure the comfort of other passengers is of utmost importance, but from my experience i have not been faced with such an issue on Cathay before.

I guess we will have to see what happens next in your following episode   .. By the way, what happened to Ariel? You seemed to have left her behind on board! Did she not deplane with you at HKG?  

Thank you once again for sharing this with us, and looking forward to the next!

Cheers,
Roni

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: ojas
Posted 2012-04-15 12:33:28 and read 21707 times.

Suryo, excellent TR as always .... superb .... apologies it took sometime to acknowledge your TR.


It is indeed good to see CX performing well from start till end, which is what I like about them. They may falter here and there but a good holistic experience is almost certain always.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
It was a good thing as I could indulge in my excitement of marking my first footprint in Hong Kong, another spotter’s heaven on earth!

It certainly is!

Thanks for sharing your TR,

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: Parton87
Posted 2012-04-16 09:38:11 and read 21330 times.

Hello Suryo!

Thanks for another amazing story of yours! Good reading and nice pictures as always! CX looks nice with good crews and service even if I can agree with some others that the meals dosn´t looks that good but the taste is the most important thing!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Especially when I took charge

But I guess you always take charge when it comes to flight-booking? 
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
pre-select your seat as a part of many online services?

Great. I always like when airlines have this feature

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
He did not post his report

But I will come eventually! I took a picture on your flight on take off roll which I will include  Pity it didn´t come out that good though 
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
have a better idea. I will just print you another one,”

Very nice service!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
uneasy as Robert was already waiting nearby, basically for that half an hour. Thank you for your patience,

Oh, it wasn´t that long since I was checking in my bag at the KLM terminal when I arrived at the airport and then walk over to your terminal

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
thanks again for the sweet, but short meeting

Indeed it was very nice but as you say, too short!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
tidy up the desk for my photo session.

Ha ha!

Nice to see some pictures from the BA lounge. Eric and I was there two days before 
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I found a message from Eric later on that I should look out of the window as soon as I got into the lounge. He would have been on the other side waving to me

We started to wonder were you were, stuck at security maybe? He he 
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Korean Air HL7733 in Skyteam livery

A really beautiful livery!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
It looks like our plane has arrived on time from Paris

Oh, so your flight flies CDG-AMS-HKG?

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
What do you think of the window view?

Great, I like CX´s livery!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
were inside the air bridge

These air bridges you have in AMS are really cool. Must be a special experience to board over the wing!

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
‘Dance? Yes

Not "Chinese Gold" ?:D

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
voiced female red phantom immediately blocked my way

Sorry to hear about this. Thankfully she wasn´t serving your cabin!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
or peach smoothie

Nice with a smoothie. Never heard that a airline served that before but maybe it´s common?

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Cheese and egg soufflé with Hollandaise sauce, veal sausage, back bacon, tomato and sautéed mushrooms

Looks really good. That would have been my choice 

Thanks again for the great story. Looking forward for the continuation. And it was very nice to meet you at AMS! Hope to see you again soon!

Greetings
Robert

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-04-18 10:21:58 and read 20836 times.

Dear PH, Martin, Marc, Roni, Ojas, Robert,

Thank you so much for your replies. You really make me happy.  



Martin, Marc, Roni, Ojas, Robert:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 53):
Another magnificent tripreport. It was a really enjoyable Saturday read.
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 54):
Great trip report, I really like the detail put into this report. it was like flying the flight to HKG on B-HOS as well. As usual, no bad words to day about this trip report.
Quoting ronerone (Reply 55):
Fantastic TR my friend  
Quoting ojas (Reply 56):
Suryo, excellent TR as always .... superb ....
Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
Thanks for another amazing story of yours! Good reading and nice pictures as always!

Thank you. I am very happy to hear that.  



Martin, Roni, Robert:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 53):
I'm really looking forward to reading the next part.
Quoting ronerone (Reply 55):
I guess we will have to see what happens next in your following episode  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 55):
and looking forward to the next!
Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
Looking forward for the continuation.

I will do my best.


Martin, Robert:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 53):
Seems like you had an overall good experience with CX,
Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
CX looks nice with good crews and service

Absolutely. Thanks to Nimi, Yuko, Natsuko and Joy.


Marc, Roni, Robert:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 54):
However, the main meal looks rather small for a Business class product IMO.
Quoting ronerone (Reply 55):
I am however noticing a slight decline in the quality of the food in their Business Class. Portions seem to be getting smaller and smaller.
Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
even if I can agree with some others that the meals dosn´t looks that good

Too bad about the deteriorating meal presentation. I guess you are right. To be honest, a bigger portion would have been nice indeed as the meal was so delicious.


Roni, Ojas, Robert:

Quoting ronerone (Reply 55):
Thank you once again for sharing this with us
Quoting ojas (Reply 56):
Thanks for sharing your TR,
Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
Thanks again for the great story.

You are welcome.


PH:

How nice to see you again.  



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 52):
Thanks for your kind words, Suryo!

Thanks for inspiring me.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 52):
Interesting, thanks!

You are welcome.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 52):
Of course.   

What a relief.  



Martin:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 53):
it's an airline that I'd love to fly one day.

I can only encourage you to do that.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 53):
Seems like your first impression with CX was a really good one.

CX must be proud of Steve and Joy.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 53):
The same can likely be said about those girls.

No doubt about it.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 53):
Can't get much better than that.

Our Queen remains gracious, even at her age.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 53):
Wow, I really like those!

So do I.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 53):
I can see why you chose to cover this up as a bad dream. Not a fun experience.

I wish she could have been friendlier.


Roni:

Quoting ronerone (Reply 55):
As always your TRs are so stimulated, and i can feel the excitement spilling out of the monitor   Like a journey into a candy store, where there is always a sweet surprise in the TR  

What a nice words of yours! Thank you.   


Quoting ronerone (Reply 55):
Many thanks for keeping the happiness in your reports!

It has been a pleasure to share my experiences.  


Quoting ronerone (Reply 55):
I was of course waiting to read all about your CX experience, with great anticipation. And i think you got a typical CX flight which is good. In terms on inflight service, CX's formula is very simple: Indian + Filipino senior crew = The absolute best of CX usually. These nationalities tend to be the more senior of crews and hence, they know the airline, its requirements, and its customers really well.

I am happy to know that. I was curious about your opinion as you being a well-experienced CX traveler.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 55):
I am also surprised at how firm the crew was with your taking pictures on the main deck. For sure the comfort of other passengers is of utmost importance, but from my experience i have not been faced with such an issue on Cathay before.

As you did not have any issue about this, I was somewhat unprepared for such firm reaction. She had a point, but I wish she could have told me the friendlier way.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 55):
By the way, what happened to Ariel? You seemed to have left her behind on board! Did she not deplane with you at HKG?   

Ariel was alright, just shocked a bit. That is why he remained silence until we deplaned.


Ojas:

Quoting ojas (Reply 56):
apologies it took sometime to acknowledge your TR.

No worries. I am very happy to hear from you again.  


Quoting ojas (Reply 56):
It is indeed good to see CX performing well from start till end, which is what I like about them. They may falter here and there but a good holistic experience is almost certain always.

You are absolutely right. I did not know you were an experienced CX traveler as well. How nice!  


Quoting ojas (Reply 56):
It certainly is!

  



Robert:

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
but the taste is the most important thing!

You are just like me. 


Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
But I guess you always take charge when it comes to flight-booking?   

As an A.netter becomes.   


Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
Great. I always like when airlines have this feature

  


Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
But I will come eventually!

I am looking forward to it.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
I took a picture on your flight on take off roll which I will include   

That would be great. Thanks!   


Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
it didn´t come out that good though  

Do not underestimate yourself.  


Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
Very nice service!

Steve was just great!

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
Oh, it wasn´t that long since I was checking in my bag at the KLM terminal when I arrived at the airport and then walk over to your terminal

Good to know. Otherwise, I would have felt even more uneasy.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
Ha ha!

Nice to see some pictures from the BA lounge. Eric and I was there two days before   

I know. The lounge became popular among us.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
We started to wonder were you were, stuck at security maybe? He he   

I will not be neglecting you again. I promise!

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
A really beautiful livery!

  


Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
Oh, so your flight flies CDG-AMS-HKG?

Correct.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
Great, I like CX´s livery!

One of the most beautiful liveries around.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
These air bridges you have in AMS are really cool. Must be a special experience to board over the wing!

My one and only experience dated back from 1991. It was indeed special when I deplaned over the wing.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
Not "Chinese Gold" ?:D

I will leave it to you.  


Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
Sorry to hear about this. Thankfully she wasn´t serving your cabin!

Indeed a cold comfort.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
Nice with a smoothie. Never heard that a airline served that before but maybe it´s common?

I had a smoothie as well on board of Qatar.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
Looks really good. That would have been my choice   

It was lovely. Herman could not finish his, so I gladly volunteered to help him out. 


Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
And it was very nice to meet you at AMS!

The pleasure was mine too.  


Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
Indeed it was very nice but as you say, too short!
Quoting Parton87 (Reply 57):
Hope to see you again soon!

How about making it up at BER?  



My friends, you are wonderful! Many thanks for dropping by.   

Warm regards,
Suryo

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2012-04-18 12:43:05 and read 20748 times.

Hoi, Suryo,

that is a superb written story, well done.
I like you´re pictures and style, you know.
I´ve read it in the lounge at MAD last week but there was no time to comment, so finally done it now.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
Together with best wishes from Markus (FLIEGER67) on my mobile, it became a memorable farewell party before holiday.
Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):

Eric, Robert and Markus for the memorable farewell party;

Sure, I will do it again this way!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: AlwaysOnAPlane
Posted 2012-04-18 14:41:36 and read 20680 times.

Hi Suryo.

What a fantastic start to your adventure. It was nice to see that J letter next to your booking.

Having never flown CX it was cool to see and read about your experience which looked very good indeed. Sure there is something so magical about the 747. What a way to travel.

I'm not so sure about the seating layout, but everything else looks top class. The food and drink selection had my mouth watering. I would love to try that smoothie for breakfast.

Great crew by the sounds (aside from the dragon in red on the main deck). Always good to have it this way.

Thanks for sharing the detail with us mate.
Cheers, Lee.

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-04-21 09:05:45 and read 20055 times.

Dear Markus, Lee,

Thank you so much for your replies. You really make me happy.  



Markus:

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 59):
that is a superb written story, well done.
I like you´re pictures and style, you know
I´ve read it in the lounge at MAD last week but there was no time to comment, so finally done it now.

No worries about the delay. I really appreciate that you have taken your time to comment despite your busy schedule.  


Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 59):
Sure, I will do it again this way!.

Markus, you are too kind!  



Lee:

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 60):
What a fantastic start to your adventure. It was nice to see that J letter next to your booking.

Thank you. I was all excited about this first segment.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 60):
Having never flown CX it was cool to see and read about your experience which looked very good indeed.

Thank you. I really enjoyed my CX flight and was eager to share my experience with you.  


Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 60):
Sure there is something so magical about the 747. What a way to travel.

747 will always be the Queen of the Skies.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 60):
I'm not so sure about the seating layout, but everything else looks top class.

I liked everything of the seat, except the window position.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 60):
The food and drink selection had my mouth watering.

Overall, it was a truly delightful culinary adventure in the air.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 60):
I would love to try that smoothie for breakfast.

Lovely! Now I know what PH, you and me can have together for breakfast.  


Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 60):
Great crew by the sounds (aside from the dragon in red on the main deck). Always good to have it this way.

Nimi, Yuko, Natsuko, Joy abundantly made it up for my main deck encounter.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 60):
Thanks for sharing the detail with us mate.

You are welcome, mate.


Markus, Lee, you are wonderful. Thanks again for commenting.   


Warm regards,
Suryo

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2012-04-21 11:25:34 and read 19912 times.

Hi Suryo,

Finally I managed to read a through this report of yours. Your stuff is always very hard code to read as you describe things in such an exhausting fashion with attention to the even tiniest bits of details, in true classic Suryo style.

Sure this report is no exception to that, very nice details and excellent observations of everything that was going on. Looks like an excellent ride on the upper deck of a classic CX 747, although sometimes I wonder have you ever actually been on a flight that wasn't just perfect and you didn't enjoy? Maybe that's just a matter of attitude - being a cynical bastard I've nowadays becoming more and more annoyed and disappointed by more and more flights whereas you always seem to find things just fine. The classic "half empty" vs. "half full" dilemma I guess.

Anyway great stuff, very much looking forward to more adventures on your way Down Under, although it might be a while before I've regathered the energy to read them...

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: abrelosojos
Posted 2012-04-24 12:26:10 and read 19301 times.

Thanks Suryo for a fantastic report with some great pictures. I wish I could take photos like you! CX seems to hold its own -- though as my recent experiences can relate to, the crew is NOT consistent. Personally, I really do wish they went back to hiring to represent the diversity of Asia. Thanks again.

Saludos,
A.

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: initious
Posted 2012-04-25 02:30:08 and read 19090 times.

Greetings Suryo.

Apologies for taking such a long time to reply to your TR(s). It's pretty tiring to be in the army at times and sometimes you just don't feel like typing..  .

It's pretty nice to see a fellow countrymen in your current country or sometimes even while travelling. Brings some sort of closeness, isn't it? Was the priority lane in AMS strictly adhered to? When I was in DXB anyone could go into the premium lane which was pretty much useless.

CX's AVOD system looks pretty impressive. I guess it makes a long flight shorter. The Cloud Nine cocktail looks wonderful. I especially love the sugar layer on the rim. Wonder did the sugar help to improve the taste of the drink for you?

The salt and pepper containers are simply cute and I'd be so tempted to liberate them! CX serves their main dish on a casserole dish? I'd have expected a plate or something seeing it's long haul and a premium airline. Looks very Economy-ish if you ask me. The muesli looks pretty interesting. Is it something like cereals?

The egg and cheese souffle was what caught my eye on the menu (also what I'd order if I were on the flight). Hope it tasted good!

Regards,
Daniel

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-04-29 09:31:18 and read 18464 times.

Dear P., Alex, Daniel,

Thank you so much for your replies.  



P., Alex:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 62):
Finally I managed to read a through this report of yours. Your stuff is always very hard code to read as you describe things in such an exhausting fashion with attention to the even tiniest bits of details, in true classic Suryo style.

Sure this report is no exception to that, very nice details and excellent observations of everything that was going on.
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 62):
Anyway great stuff,
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 63):
Thanks Suryo for a fantastic report with some great pictures. I wish I could take photos like you!
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 63):
Thanks again.

Thank you for acknowledging me that way. Your nice words really make me happy.  



P.:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 62):
Looks like an excellent ride on the upper deck of a classic CX 747

Absolutely. There is just something magical of traveling on the upper deck.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 62):
although sometimes I wonder have you ever actually been on a flight that wasn't just perfect and you didn't enjoy?

I must have had such flight, but somehow I tend to recall nicer moments of it.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 62):
Maybe that's just a matter of attitude - being a cynical bastard I've nowadays becoming more and more annoyed and disappointed by more and more flights whereas you always seem to find things just fine. The classic "half empty" vs. "half full" dilemma I guess.

Well, let’s just say we are unique and experiencing a similar situation in different way.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 62):
very much looking forward to more adventures on your way Down Under, although it might be a while before I've regathered the energy to read them...

Take your time. I will be waiting.


Alex:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 63):
CX seems to hold its own -- though as my recent experiences can relate to, the crew is NOT consistent.

I recall your disappointing FCL flight. But did you fly CX again recently?

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 63):
Personally, I really do wish they went back to hiring to represent the diversity of Asia.

I thought CX was still hiring flight attendants from outside Hong Kong. Am I missing something?


Daniel:

Quoting initious (Reply 64):
Apologies for taking such a long time to reply to your TR(s). It's pretty tiring to be in the army at times and sometimes you just don't feel like typing..   .

No worries. I understand that you are busy at the moment. Still thank you for taking your time to reply.

Quoting initious (Reply 64):
It's pretty nice to see a fellow countrymen in your current country or sometimes even while travelling. Brings some sort of closeness, isn't it?

Absolutely. It makes a trip even more momerable.

Quoting initious (Reply 64):
Was the priority lane in AMS strictly adhered to? When I was in DXB anyone could go into the premium lane which was pretty much useless.

I am not sure about it. The guy in front us was holding an Economy boarding pass, but you could not judge him on that as he might be a premium member.

Quoting initious (Reply 64):
CX's AVOD system looks pretty impressive. I guess it makes a long flight shorter.

Definitely, especially the extensive audio collection. I just loved it.

Quoting initious (Reply 64):
The Cloud Nine cocktail looks wonderful. I especially love the sugar layer on the rim. Wonder did the sugar help to improve the taste of the drink for you?

It tasted wonderful and the sugar saw to sweet crunchy sensation.

Quoting initious (Reply 64):
The salt and pepper containers are simply cute and I'd be so tempted to liberate them!

Who would not be?

Quoting initious (Reply 64):
CX serves their main dish on a casserole dish? I'd have expected a plate or something seeing it's long haul and a premium airline. Looks very Economy-ish if you ask me.

Well, you are not the only one who would like to see better main meal presentation.

Quoting initious (Reply 64):
The muesli looks pretty interesting. Is it something like cereals?

Yes, it is apparently typical Swiss as PH and Hannah said earlier.

Quoting initious (Reply 64):
The egg and cheese souffle was what caught my eye on the menu (also what I'd order if I were on the flight). Hope it tasted good!

It was lovely! I did not regret helping Herman out as he could not finish his. 



Mates, you are great. Thanks again for replying.   

Warm regards,
Suryo

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: burj
Posted 2012-05-13 11:07:53 and read 16849 times.

Hey! So I am totally tardy to this party but I am so glad I got a chance to catch up on trip reports!

As always an awesome trip report and very cool that you got to fly CX!

Last time I flew through AMS there was a CX crew in the passport line right ahead of me....their uniforms look much better in person!

The pilots were very adamant about buying some cheese before the flight!

(BTW Ariel is a guy?!)

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: don
Posted 2012-05-14 07:11:32 and read 16470 times.

Great report and photos.

Quoting akhmad (Thread starter):
I was about to lose my virginity on CX.

I didn't know that CX offered that type of inflight service.   

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: mk777
Posted 2012-05-14 13:06:56 and read 16161 times.

hi Suryo,

How are you doing? It seems you have been traveling and exploring new airlines...its always delightful to read a TR from you. CX seems like a nice solid product.

Food looks awesome but i think the main course could've had a better presentation, i guess its just my opinion.

Your TR's are jovial and you just have a knack of making them realistic.

The autograph from Joy was a nice touch, this is what sometimes sets one airline apart from another.

Keep em coming....

regards,
Mohit.

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: bAe146TOM
Posted 2012-05-14 18:36:39 and read 15995 times.

Hey  

Excellent report!
Great to see your views and experience of the CX J product!
The upper deck is second only to working in the nose on our Jumbos for myself!
Being a Cascada fan i was pleased to see you 'bopping away' to Cascada    Especially in J its made my day!
The greatest hits album 'Back on the dancefloor' is out which i only discovered after reading your post and rekindling my love with the lady herself!

Hope to see more from you also i keep telling Markus to jump about a certain British branded airline soon so we can spot together at LHR common guys!   

BAe146Tom  

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-05-18 10:09:30 and read 15182 times.

Dear Burj, Don, Mohit, BAe146TOM,

Thank you so much for your replies.  



Burj, Mohit, BAe146TOM:

Quoting burj (Reply 66):
As always an awesome trip report and very cool that you got to fly CX!
Quoting mk777 (Reply 68):
its always delightful to read a TR from you.
Quoting mk777 (Reply 68):
Your TR's are jovial and you just have a knack of making them realistic.
Quoting bAe146TOM (Reply 69):
Excellent report!
Quoting bAe146TOM (Reply 69):
Great to see your views and experience of the CX J product!

How sweet of you. Thank you.   



Mohit, BAe146TOM:

Quoting mk777 (Reply 68):
Keep em coming....
Quoting bAe146TOM (Reply 69):
Hope to see more from you

I am doing my best.


Burj:

Quoting burj (Reply 66):
Hey! So I am totally tardy to this party but I am so glad I got a chance to catch up on trip reports!

I am so glad to hear from you. I was looking forward to your reply.

Quoting burj (Reply 66):
Last time I flew through AMS there was a CX crew in the passport line right ahead of me....their uniforms look much better in person!

Everyone looks better in person.   


Quoting burj (Reply 66):
The pilots were very adamant about buying some cheese before the flight!

That is the spirit! 


Quoting burj (Reply 66):
(BTW Ariel is a guy?!)

Ariel is a guy indeed.  



Don:

Quoting don (Reply 67):
Great report and photos.
Arigatō gozaimasu  


Quoting don (Reply 67):
I didn't know that CX offered that type of inflight service.   

Every airline I have never been on, will offer that type of in-flight service.   



Mohit:

Quoting mk777 (Reply 68):
How are you doing?

I am fine, thank you. How are you doing yourself?

Quoting mk777 (Reply 68):
It seems you have been traveling and exploring new airlines...

Well, I just love doing both of them.

Quoting mk777 (Reply 68):
CX seems like a nice solid product.

Thanks to Nimi, Yuko, Natsuko and Joy.

Quoting mk777 (Reply 68):
Food looks awesome

I loved the food.

Quoting mk777 (Reply 68):
but i think the main course could've had a better presentation, i guess its just my opinion.

Well, you are not the only one saying that.

Quoting mk777 (Reply 68):
The autograph from Joy was a nice touch, this is what sometimes sets one airline apart from another.

It was just great to meet Joy.


BAe146TOM:

Quoting bAe146TOM (Reply 69):
The upper deck is second only to working in the nose on our Jumbos for myself!

I believe you. I hope I can experience the nose ambience on a Jumbo one day.

Quoting bAe146TOM (Reply 69):
Being a Cascada fan i was pleased to see you 'bopping away' to Cascada   

I love Cascada’s songs, especially ‘Evacuate The Dance Floor’, ‘Dangerous’ and of course ‘Night Nurse’.  


Quoting bAe146TOM (Reply 69):
Especially in J its made my day!

I wish you were there in J! We could have a party together!   


Quoting bAe146TOM (Reply 69):
The greatest hits album 'Back on the dancefloor' is out which i only discovered after reading your post and rekindling my love with the lady herself!

Awesome!

Quoting bAe146TOM (Reply 69):
also i keep telling Markus to jump about a certain British branded airline soon so we can spot together at LHR common guys!

Thanks for the invitation. I hope I can attend it one day.   



Burj, Don, Mohit, BAe146TOM,
You are great! Thanks again for dropping by!   


Warmest regards,
Suryo

[Edited 2012-05-18 10:11:52]

Topic: RE: Cathay Pacific AMS-HKG: An Upper Deck Experience
Username: roberts87
Posted 2012-05-18 13:36:24 and read 15061 times.

The post I quoted and replied too has been deleted. This post can be deleted too.

[Edited 2012-05-18 13:47:51]


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