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HKG To PEK On CX A330 (With Pics)  
User currently offlineThai744 From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 303 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 11 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 21572 times:
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HONG KONG - BEIJING
CATHAY PACIFIC
AIRBUS A330
REG: B-HLS
LOAD FACTOR: 100%
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 07 2008
FLIGHT ON TIME

I was heading up to China for a work trip, and as last time I flew KA (Dragonair) between HKG and China, this time I thought I would stick to CX for 100% of my itinerary to and from SYD.

I also took 4 domestic flights within China which I will write-up soon. They were very interesting and full of surprises.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this report. I know airlines like CX get reported on a lot, and it may not be that interesting to you, but I just enjoy writing the reports and seeing the final product. Also, I don't get to fly a lot of really "interesting" airlines, so you'll have to cope with the airlines I travel on for work. So be it!  Smile

I tend to let the pictures fo the talking rather than write a lot of words. It's not that I'm lazy - I just find that the pics tell a much better story than a lot of words describing the obvious.

To the journey...

I checked in online and then dropped my bag at the Airport Train Terminal on Hong Kong Island. There were only 2 check-in desks, and the lines were super-long and took forever to process. I found it hard to believe there wasn't a dedicated bag-drop for internet check-in pax.

http://images46.fotki.com/v1395/photos/4/42209/6945198/HKGAirportTrainStation-vi.jpg?1227170473

http://images48.fotki.com/v1408/photos/4/42209/6945198/CheckInAirportTrainHKG-vi.jpg?1227171538

http://images43.fotki.com/v1367/photos/4/42209/6945198/CheckInDesks-vi.jpg?1227171541

The train out to the airport is excellent. The moving-blue line is kind-of hypnotic to watch as it moves slowly along the route.

http://images45.fotki.com/v1257/photos/4/42209/6945198/OnTheAirportTrain-vi.jpg?1227170505

http://images43.fotki.com/v1381/photos/4/42209/6945198/AirportTrainSeats-vi.jpg?1227171519

http://images48.fotki.com/v1410/photos/4/42209/6945198/ProgressOnTheAirportTrain-vi.jpg?

And so it was into the terminal. It's great being able to check your bags in at the city train station - it makes life so much easier! As you can see from the departure screens... HKG ain't a quiet place!! Big grin

http://images47.fotki.com/v1398/photos/4/42209/6945198/DepartureScreensHKG-vi.jpg?1227170452

I always think of HKG as a "beautiful airport" - especially when compared with the new Suvannabhumi in BKK which I detest (as a passenger, spotter and enthusiast!)

http://images45.fotki.com/v1257/photos/4/42209/6945198/FConcourse-vi.jpg?1227170457

HKG is just so user-friendly!!
http://images46.fotki.com/v1414/photos/4/42209/6945198/Shops-vi.jpg?1227170519

I went up to the upstairs food court.... Burger King was pretty packed, so I thought I'd try Popeye's which I had never had before. It was decidedly ordinary!
http://images47.fotki.com/v1402/photos/4/42209/6945198/FoodCourt-vi.jpg?1227170461

HKG has free internet terminals here-and-there... but it's hard to find one that's free!
[img]http://images42.fotki.com/v1375/photos/4/42209/6945198/FreeInternet-vi.jpg?1227170464 [/img]

There were also signs advertising free wireless internet for laptop users, but as much as I tried, I couldn't get it to connect at all.  Sad
http://images42.fotki.com/v1365/photos/4/42209/6945198/AdvertisementForFreeWiFi-vi.jpg?

Then it was off for some spotting! HKG has to be one of the greatest airports I have been to for watching aircraft - parked, taking off, taxiing, landing... whatever! I could sit there all day and be transfixed. There is no point describing the aircraft in the pictures to you as you will know what they are from merely looking at them. Suffice it to say, the variety was great - particularly coming from somewhere like Australia where we don't have the sheer number of different and (for me!) unusual carriers you see in a place like HKG.

I'm sorry about the reflection off the glass in some pics - it was the middle of the day. Does anyone know how to reduce this when taking pics at airports? Any tips would be appreciated for a novice photographer like me!

Sad to see the Oasis 744 parked-up and destitute. Great colour scheme and pity this airline never really made it.
http://images45.fotki.com/v1259/photos/4/42209/6945198/9VSYISQ777-vi.jpg?1227171497

http://images43.fotki.com/v1367/photos/4/42209/6945198/CX-vi.jpg?1227170447

Why would you need to light up? Just walk inside and breath in! Yuk!
http://images43.fotki.com/v1382/photos/4/42209/6945198/CrowdedSmokingRoom-vi.jpg?1227171547

http://images48.fotki.com/v1411/photos/4/42209/6945198/ThaiA340Petchaburi-vi.jpg?1227170528

My bird that took me to PEK. B-HLS.
http://images45.fotki.com/v1259/photos/4/42209/6945198/A330BHLS-vi.jpg?1227171500

http://images43.fotki.com/v1386/photos/4/42209/6945198/HongKongAirlines737800-vi.jpg?

http://images48.fotki.com/v1411/photos/4/42209/6945198/CXCargo744-vi.jpg?1227171553

http://images46.fotki.com/v1393/photos/4/42209/6945198/OffToMUC-vi.jpg?1227170499

http://images46.fotki.com/v1396/photos/4/42209/6945198/767300ERShanghaiAirlines-vi.jpg?

http://images47.fotki.com/v1397/photos/4/42209/6945198/AirHongKongCargo767-vi.jpg?1227171512

http://images45.fotki.com/v1257/photos/4/42209/6945198/CX777BHNA-vi.jpg?1227171549

http://images46.fotki.com/v1396/photos/4/42209/6945198/AC777-vi.jpg?1227171506

I have never seen this airline before! East Star Air.
http://images42.fotki.com/v1379/photos/4/42209/6945198/B6390OfEastStarAir-vi.jpg?1227171532

http://images42.fotki.com/v1377/photos/4/42209/6945198/DragonAirA330-vi.jpg?1227170455

This airport just has so much space!
http://images43.fotki.com/v1385/photos/4/42209/6945198/SoSpacious-vi.jpg?1227170526

http://images43.fotki.com/v1384/photos/4/42209/6945198/HSTEAA300-vi.jpg?1227170480

One of my favourite schemes.. you don't see green enough on airliners in my opinion!
http://images42.fotki.com/v1377/photos/4/42209/6945198/B16408744OfEvaAir-vi.jpg?1227171529

http://images47.fotki.com/v1400/photos/4/42209/6945198/SAA340-vi.jpg?1227170513

Time to take a break from the spotting and have a snack. I thought this was cool - a TV screen that comes out from the wall. So as a solo diner you don't have to sit there looking like an idiot and feeling self-concious by yourself. Nice idea!
http://images45.fotki.com/v1310/photos/4/42209/6945198/TVAtRestaurant-vi.jpg?1227170532

Then, with a belly full of noodles, it was back to some spotting. There's just so much to see here!
http://images43.fotki.com/v1368/photos/4/42209/6945198/777PushingBack-vi.jpg?1227171492

http://images48.fotki.com/v1412/photos/4/42209/6945198/Arriving744-vi.jpg?1227171525

http://images43.fotki.com/v1369/photos/4/42209/6945198/MagnificentAircraft-vi.jpg?1227170493

http://images46.fotki.com/v1396/photos/4/42209/6945198/9VSWMArriving-vi.jpg?1227171494

http://images47.fotki.com/v1399/photos/4/42209/6945198/BeautifulNose-vi.jpg?1227171535

http://images43.fotki.com/v1388/photos/4/42209/6945198/A340ArrivingFromSGN-vi.jpg?1227171504

http://images48.fotki.com/v1406/photos/4/42209/6945198/PuffOfSmoke-vi.jpg?1227170511

http://images45.fotki.com/v1259/photos/4/42209/6945198/LHA340-vi.jpg?1227170485

http://images42.fotki.com/v1373/photos/4/42209/6945198/ShanghaiAirlines-vi.jpg?1227170516

Finally - something we get to see in Australia too!! Big grin
http://images43.fotki.com/v1388/photos/4/42209/6945198/GarudaA300FromJKT-vi.jpg?1227170466

http://images43.fotki.com/v1382/photos/4/42209/6945198/ANAAirJapanOffToOsaka-vi.jpg?

http://images48.fotki.com/v1411/photos/4/42209/6945198/MH737400-vi.jpg?1227170496

http://images48.fotki.com/v1412/photos/4/42209/6945198/LoadingUp-vi.jpg?1227170489

http://images43.fotki.com/v1388/photos/4/42209/6945198/V8RBGComingInFromBSB-vi.jpg?

http://images42.fotki.com/v1364/photos/4/42209/6945198/BackToTPE-vi.jpg?1227170538

Finally, its was time to go to the gate. Boarding was chaotic (as when flying most Asian carriers - so much for boarding by row numbers!) but I just hung-back and waited until most had boarded. This aircraft was an older A330 with the old-style Y seats. It featured PTV's, but not AVOD. Fine for a 3 hour flight. And I find these old seats perfectly comfortable, and with good pitch.

http://images45.fotki.com/v1237/photos/4/42209/6945198/CXEconSeats-vi.jpg?1227170544

For an older aircraft, the cabin was in excellent condition - my traytable did need a wipe-down I noticed.

http://images45.fotki.com/v1256/photos/4/42209/6945198/Boarding-vi.jpg?1227170541

http://images45.fotki.com/v1310/photos/4/42209/6945198/LegRoom-vi.jpg?1227170551

Flying time on the schedule is 3 hours 30 mins. A bit quicker than that tonight - but that does included ground-time of course.
http://images45.fotki.com/v1237/photos/4/42209/6945198/FlightDetails-vi.jpg?1227170548

Push-back and taxi were fast and completed quickly. Before I knew it, we were lined-up on the runway ready to go! I forgot which runway we took off from, but it wasn't a long taxi, that's for sure!

http://images43.fotki.com/v1382/photos/4/42209/6945198/PushBack-vi.jpg?1227170554

What a fantastic colour scheme! Why the engine covers? Was it on its way to being delivered? Strange that it should be in HKG - unless that's where Hainan Airlines was collecting it from. But its not their home base.

http://images45.fotki.com/v1257/photos/4/42209/6945198/HainanAirlinesA340-vi.jpg?1227170556

One of the best 744 schemes around IMHO.
http://images48.fotki.com/v1411/photos/4/42209/6945198/Oasis744-vi.jpg?1227170560

What is that "clunking" sound during taxi on an A330? I've noticed it before. It sounds like it comes from the main landing gear area, and sounds like a metallic thump with a short expulation of air accompanying it. It's not just CX's aircraft that do it - I've noticed it on QF and TG A330's too. Any ideas? It's a strange sound!

http://images46.fotki.com/v1413/photos/4/42209/6945198/LiningUp-vi.jpg?1227170565

Lift Off!! I love this moment!
http://images43.fotki.com/v1390/photos/4/42209/6945198/TakingOff-vi.jpg?1227170570

http://images48.fotki.com/v1412/photos/4/42209/6945198/OverHKG-vi.jpg?1227170567

Nuts and drinks came around. I chose an OJ. It was no problem giving me a second packet of nuts too.
http://images47.fotki.com/v1398/photos/4/42209/6945198/NutsAndJuice-vi.jpg?1227171486

Then, of course, it was time for the meal service. There was a choice of 2 meals. I chose the western-style chicken. Nice ice-cream too! Very nice for a flight under 3 hours. A really nice meal.
http://images48.fotki.com/v1406/photos/4/42209/6945198/KCathayPacificSeptember2120081-vi.jpg?

This was the alternative offering - Asian beef. Nice of my travelling companion to let me take a snap-shot!  Smile
http://images42.fotki.com/v1364/photos/4/42209/6945198/KCathayPacificSeptember2120082-vi.jpg?

I missed the start of the AV cycle, so slipped in my iPod, read a little, dozed off and before I knew it we were in PEK.

As it was dark when we landed, I couldn't take any more pics that were worthwhile showing here.

The new terminal in PEK is spectacular, it has to be said. Very impressive!

All-in-all, after having a few flights with CX that could be described as "average" for various reasons, they seem to have come good again, in my eyes anyway. The flight from SYD - HKG was excellent with an excellent crew in the new Y class. Unfortunately, as it was a night flight I couldn't take any pics and do a report.

This flight, albeit a short one, was excellent, with an attentive, kind, smiling and professional crew. It was smooth as silk... oops! Wrong airline! Big grin

Hope you enjoyed the report. I will write-up the Chinese domestic sectors as soon as possible.

Thanks for reading.
Thai744.

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User currently offlineCalvin99 From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2001, 225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 21251 times:



Quoting Thai744 (Thread starter):
What a fantastic colour scheme! Why the engine covers? Was it on its way to being delivered? Strange that it should be in HKG - unless that's where Hainan Airlines was collecting it from. But its not their home base.

Can't realli see the a/c registration but thats ex-CX aircraft, either HQA/QB/QC, in which CX returned to ILFC and released it to Hainan Airline. Since your trip is around September, I would say the aircraft is ex-B-HQC.

Anyway, thats a really nice report, detailed with very nice pics. Really happy that you enjoy CX. I do agree that CX were going down a bit lately, but in this difficult time, I do believe CX will bounce back and continue to provide quality service.


User currently offlineAndrewtang From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 461 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 20986 times:

Great report! Anyway you departed on Rwy 07R

User currently offlineThai744 From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 20618 times:
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Thanks, Andrew for advising the runway of departure. Appreiciate it. Will add it to my log!

User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8561 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 20329 times:
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Great stuff, really enjoyed, thanks!  Smile

Loved the pictures, really looking forward to my couple of days spotting in Hong Kong next year  Smile

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1107 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 20139 times:

Grate TR with some excellent pix.

Quoting Thai744 (Thread starter):
What is that "clunking" sound during taxi on an A330? I've noticed it before. It sounds like it comes from the main landing gear area, and sounds like a metallic thump with a short expulation of air accompanying it. It's not just CX's aircraft that do it - I've noticed it on QF and TG A330's too. Any ideas? It's a strange sound!

I also noticed this when I traveled on an MH A332. My family and I thought there was something seriously wrong with the aircraft but I guess it's just a normal sound with the A330.


User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 19891 times:



Quoting Thai744 (Thread starter):
I have never seen this airline before! East Star Air.

According to Wikipedia, they started operations in May 2006. They're based in Wuhan.
Their fleet consists of 2 A319 (+1 on order) and 8 A320.

Great report by the way....


User currently offlineAndrewtang From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 461 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 19307 times:



Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 5):
Quoting Thai744 (Thread starter):
What is that "clunking" sound during taxi on an A330? I've noticed it before. It sounds like it comes from the main landing gear area, and sounds like a metallic thump with a short expulation of air accompanying it. It's not just CX's aircraft that do it - I've noticed it on QF and TG A330's too. Any ideas? It's a strange sound!

I also noticed this when I traveled on an MH A332. My family and I thought there was something seriously wrong with the aircraft but I guess it's just a normal sound with the A330.

That's perfectly normal on A330 and A340. When brakes are applied and released, the clunking sound is produced. =)


User currently offlineThai744 From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 18582 times:
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Thanks for the explanation.

But I'm sure I heard it also during taxiing - not when the brakes were applied or released. i.e. As we were trundling along.

You say it also occurs on the A340? I don't remember that, but I have been on a lot more A330's than A340's it has to be said.

I'm flying from SYD - CHC tomorrow on EK's A340-500, so I'll listen out for it then.
 Smile


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 18569 times:

Hi Lachlan,

great report with many nice pictures from Hong Kong, finally found the time to read.

Quoting Thai744 (Thread starter):
The train out to the airport is excellent. The moving-blue line is kind-of hypnotic to watch as it moves slowly along the route.

Indeed, that train ride is very comfortable.

Quoting Thai744 (Thread starter):
HKG has to be one of the greatest airports I have been to for watching aircraft - parked, taking off, taxiing, landing... whatever!

No doubts, Hong Kong Airport rocks. Both the number of movements and the variety of airlines are excellent. However, while reg spotters will always find an acceptable place to hang around, it can be hard for photographers, depending on the approach direction.

Quoting Thai744 (Thread starter):
I have never seen this airline before! East Star Air.

We were interested in booking a last-minute flight on that carrier between Shenzhen and Wuhan recently, but fares were a bit too high.

Quoting Thai744 (Thread starter):
Then, of course, it was time for the meal service. There was a choice of 2 meals. I chose the western-style chicken. Nice ice-cream too! Very nice for a flight under 3 hours. A really nice meal.

Doesn't look bad - but why did they serve the ice cream together with the hot meal?

Quoting Thai744 (Thread starter):
I will write-up the Chinese domestic sectors as soon as possible.

Good to hear!


PH



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User currently offlineAndrewtang From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 461 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 18525 times:



Quoting Thai744 (Reply 8):
But I'm sure I heard it also during taxiing - not when the brakes were applied or released. i.e. As we were trundling along.

Nah nah. I was referring to the foot brake and not parking brake at the gate. So when the foot brakes are applied and released during taxiing, you will hear that sound  Smile.


User currently offlineCabinboy From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2000, 189 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 17919 times:

the "clunking" sound is the gearbox, located near the main landing gear

User currently offlineDavescj From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 2307 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 11 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 17812 times:

Great TR! Thanks for posting!

Dave



Can I have a mojito on this flight?
User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1663 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 17335 times:

Hi Thai744,

Another great TR! And excellent spotting pictures! .. I can spend all my life inside HKG terminal and never leave, and i won't complain! It is absolutely mind blowing!

Glad to see that CX is showing signs of improvement, because many have been complaining. Personally however, i have had nothing but the best experiences on them.

Only one drawback, is that i much preferred the older crockery and meal trays used, that had the bamboo-type designs.

You have also taken a picture of B-HNL  Smile One of my favorite aircraft of all time. It's a celebrity!

Thanks for sharing!

Regards,
Roni



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