Sponsor Message:
Aviation Trip Reports Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Cathay Pacific First Class: CX745 HKG-DXB A340-300  
User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 34
Posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

This is the next episode of my Oneworld F class trip – flight CX 745 from Hong Kong to Dubai.
Previous part here: JAL Seasons Executive Class: JL735 NRT-HKG B747 (by Lufthansa747 Jun 12 2009 in Trip Reports)

At booking time, I was able to snag a First Class seat on CX 745 –a three-class A330-300. Back then, F awards were very difficult to find on CX, not so anymore I guess with the downturn. However, to my utter disappointment, the flight was later changed to a 2-class A340. Another month passed by, and it was now showing 34C, a 3-class A340-300 in other words. However, no Z availability whatsoever.

I was flying on an Emirates 777-300ER DXB-FRA, and decided to try how the inflight SMS works. My friend replied by saying that there is a Z class seat available now on my flight… Couldn’t wait to get to FRA. However, the AAdvantage international desk had no availability when I called. I decided to pay a visit to the AA FRA ticketing desk the next day and the excellent agent sorted it all out – I was back in F on CX745. They had trouble reissuing my ticket though – it was too long for Sabre for automatic ticketing. But after about half an hour, the excellent AA staff at FRA had my new ticket waiting.

I honestly don’t get this CX aircraft roulette on regional flights (yes, they consider Middle East as regional). Who on their right mind would pay for F when you might just end up in regional business? CX should just drop regional F altogether or ensure certain flights always have it available.

20 March 2009
Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok (HKG/VHHH) – Dubai International (DXB/OMDB)
Cathay Pacific Airways CX/CPA 745
Airbus A340-313X
B-HXM
2355-0505+1 – On Time
First Class, Seat 2K


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © James Mepsted
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Gianluca Mantellini



View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Andrew Hunt - AirTeamImages
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Kok Chwee SIM



Both Finnair and JAL were unable to print my boarding pass for CX- no idea if it was because of online check-in or what. The F cabin filled up in a week from 0/8 to 6/8, but thankfully I was able to snag 2K at the transfer desk, usually reserved for passengers with infants as it is a bassinet location. Best seat in the house if you ask me, very private.

Boarding pass and lounge invitation
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/14.jpg

CX was forced to come up with these F-class boarding pass holders due to negative feedback when they changed to a generic BP for all classes
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/11.jpg

Departure was from gate 67, so I took the train and headed to The Pier which is located nearby.

Entrance
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/22.jpg

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/21.jpg

Decided to have some food as the JL Japanese meal was not too filling. Love CX selection of food at the restaurants at The Wing and The Pier F sections.

Buffet spread
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/16.jpg

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/17.jpg

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/18.jpg

My selection, accompanied by champagne
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/15.jpg

Could have spent more time in the lounge easily, but soon it was time to go
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/19.jpg

My flight to DXB and BAH boarding now
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/20.jpg

On my way to the gate
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/23.jpg

Gate 67
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/24.jpg

I wish I could always use this entrance, but most of my travels are in Y
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/25.jpg

A friendly greeting, and I was escorted to my seat. Asked for my drink choice – champagne of course. I was not sure what CX would have on this flight, but the Filipina purser pouring Krug next to my seat brought a smile to my face.
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/26.jpg

Cabin views – CX old First Class
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/27.jpg

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/28.jpg

The pre-departure drinks were followed by the usual drill – menus, amenity kits, pyjamas, hot towels, newspapers and magazines. Apart from the one Filipina purser in F, the rest of the crew seemed mostly from HK/China, and service was poor compared to the Filipina. I had to ask for a Krug refill for example. The decision to hire HK/Chinese/Korean crew instead of Filipina/Thai/Malaysian/Indian F/As must be one of the worst decisions ever for CX, the young HK F/As provide just poor service no matter what cabin usually.

Amenity kit – poor, business class style
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/12.jpg

Very nice Shanghai Tang PJs as usual


And here’s the menu and wine list


http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/2.jpg



http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/3.jpg

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/5.jpg



http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/7.jpg

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/8.jpg

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/9.jpg

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/10.jpg

Had some more Krug and nuts after takeoff, followed by the excellent dinner. Full longhaul service, including the Caviar and Balik Salmon. Service was excellent, mostly thanks to the Filipina f/a serving my aisle. She was from Mindanao like my wife, had a nice chat with her about working for CX etc. She later brought me some CX stuff to bring to my son. Little did I know what the Mrs was planning back home while I was enjoying CX F… Anyway, back to the meal service, let the pictures do the talking.

My favourite of all airline meals, and yes I asked for a second plate
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/29.jpg

Excellent soup
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/30.jpg

Salad
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/31.jpg

Lamb main course
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/32.jpg

Cheese
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/33.jpg

Dessert with cappuccino and cognac
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/34.jpg

Fantastic meal and loads of Krug – this was undoubtedly the best flight of the trip. I was very glad I managed to get my F seat back, it would have been a shame to be sitting in J on this flight. The meal was obviously full dinner, no idea why they call it supper. One of the best meals I’ve had. “My” f/a later stopped by and told me she was taking a rest and would be back for breakfast.

I then asked for my bed to be made, and decided to sleep for a bit. The old CX F seat is certainly still very comfortable for that.

Just before going to sleep – much prefer the 747 for F, note all the light coming from the galley
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/35.jpg

I slept well until breakfast – undoubtedly partly thanks to the couple of bottles of Krug I downed with the meal. I was not really hungry, but decided to have breakfast anyway.

Fruit
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/36.jpg

Accompanied by peppermint tea, apple juice and later Krug of course
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/37.jpg

Asked for just one egg, but they thought I might be hungry… Freshly prepared on board, excellent
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/38.jpg

Sadly all too soon we landed at Dubai-I always wish the flights were longer in CX, SQ or EK F… Dubai was rather deserted at this hour, and after saying goodbye to the crew, I was in a taxi about 15 minutes later. And that involves the long walk in the tunnel to immigration at DXB T1.

Crowne Plaza Dubai

I was planning to stay at the Le Meridien Dar Al Sondos thanks to my SPG status, but the Crowne Plaza popped up on Priority Club PointBreaks –too cheap to resist at 5000 points. Thought I’d have a long wait for a room, but after dozing off for just an hour in the lobby, my room was ready – upgrade to a junior suite thanks to my Gold status. PC Gold isn’t supposed to get any upgrades but who am I to complain – got a bargain and a half!

Living area
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/39.jpg

Enough fruit for a small village
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/40.jpg

Bed
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/41.jpg

Working desk
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/42.jpg

Molton Brown amenities – nice!
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/43.jpg

Large bathtub
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q61/lufthansa747/cx745/44.jpg

The Crowne Plaza might not be the newest and shiniest DXB hotel, but for 5000 points and upgraded to the suite, it was one of the best bargains ever. There is also a McDonald’s downstairs that is open late in case the room service feels too expensive. Also a bar downstairs, seemed basically like a pick up joint like most DXB hotel discos. The lobby lounge looked like one too…

CX F was certainly great, and I’m glad to see it has not gone down with their J and Y offerings that are nothing to write home about anymore. Crowne Plaza Dubai was a bargain for the PointBreaks deal, but there are probably better options if paying

Hope you enjoyed.

Lufthansa747


Air Asia Super Elite, Cebu Pacific Titanium
14 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineKLM685 From Mexico, joined May 2005, 1577 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

What a nice trip report! Loved the pictures and everything. I can see you had a very nice flight. Do you think the light coming from the galley is a minus for F class in A340 compared to th 747? Does it bothers too much?


KLM- The Best Airline in the World!
User currently offlineB-HXB From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 745 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

The boarding pass holder actually acts as a claim receipt/baggage tag - nothing to do with the change to generic boarding pass at all.

User currently offlineAndie007 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 875 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Fine that you haven't stayed at the Dar Al Sondos Suites Dubai.
Stayed there last year as a plat member and was rather disappointed...

And thanks for the nice trip report


User currently offline1stClassDiva From Australia, joined May 2009, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Enjoyed your trip report. I'd be asking for plate # 2 of the caviar dish also.

Diva
http://1stclassdiva.wordpress.com/


User currently offlineSq_ek_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1642 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
I was flying on an Emirates 777-300ER DXB-FRA,

And how did you like the flight!?

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
CX F was certainly great, and I’m glad to see it has not gone down with their J and Y offerings that are nothing to write home about anymore

Glad to hear that! Though I must say that a Victorinox amenity kit in F is kind of subpar to EK's Bvlgari offering on the same route, don't you think? Didn't CX have Shanghai Tang's kits in F for a while? Or is that only reserved for true long hauls?



Keep Discovering
User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6648 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent report as always!

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
My favourite of all airline meals, and yes I asked for a second plate

Couldn't agree more!

The lamb looked very good as well.

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Great stuff Lari,


Looks like a real good flight, thoroughly enjoyed.

Cheers

Mark



111,732,3,4,5,7,8,BBJ,741,742,743,744,752,762,763,764,772,77L,773,77W,L15,D10,30,40,AB3,AB6,A312.313,319,320,321,332,333
User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 34
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Thanks for the replies so far!

Quoting KLM685 (Reply 1):
Do you think the light coming from the galley is a minus for F class in A340 compared to th 747? Does it bothers too much?

Certainly a minus, I guess the 747 and A380 are in a class of their own regarding that. But nothing a bottle of Krug can't take care of. Big grin

Quoting B-HXB (Reply 2):
The boarding pass holder actually acts as a claim receipt/baggage tag - nothing to do with the change to generic boarding pass at all.

Ok, I just read in another forum that some F flyers wanted their distinctive boarding passes back. I certainly haven't gotten any such holders for my J/Y class flights recently.

Quoting Andie007 (Reply 3):
Fine that you haven't stayed at the Dar Al Sondos Suites Dubai.
Stayed there last year as a plat member and was rather disappointed...

I've stayed there before... A cheap way to boost your SPG stay count but otherwise a dump. Never got even any upgrade there as SPG Plat.

Quoting Sq_ek_freak (Reply 5):

And how did you like the flight!?

It was a FRA-DXB-BKK-DXB-FRA trip in Y (343/773/772/77W), great flights apart from the BKK-DXB where the crew was rather disinterested... But that happens. Also wonder why that BKK-DXB was downgraded to a 772, apparently some 20 pax were IDB'd at BKK.

My next EK trip will be LGW-DXB-CGK-DXB-LHR (77W/77W/77W/380). Finally ICE on all segments; I've had my share of A340-300s and non-refurbished 777-300s on the BKK-DXB-FRA runs.

Quoting Sq_ek_freak (Reply 5):
Though I must say that a Victorinox amenity kit in F is kind of subpar to EK's Bvlgari offering on the same route, don't you think? Didn't CX have Shanghai Tang's kits in F for a while? Or is that only reserved for true long hauls?

I don't actually recall them having Shanghai Tang kits... But the PJs are certainly very nice. Agree that the EK kits are top notch, especially nice for business where the contents seem to be the same as F.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 6):
Couldn't agree more!

The lamb looked very good as well.

Great food indeed! I'm on a diet and got hungry looking at those pics again...

Regards,

Lufthansa747



Air Asia Super Elite, Cebu Pacific Titanium
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6903 posts, RR: 77
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Lari, another fantastic report - well written and accompanied by excellent pictures. If you haven't much time, your reports are the ones to select...

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
I was flying on an Emirates 777-300ER DXB-FRA, and decided to try how the inflight SMS works.

Great feature, isn't it?

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
She later brought me some CX stuff to bring to my son.

Nice!

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
The meal was obviously full dinner, no idea why they call it supper.

Everything looks delicious - and so much stuff!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 34
Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
another fantastic report - well written and accompanied by excellent pictures. If you haven't much time, your reports are the ones to select...

Thanks for the compliments!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
Great feature, isn't it?

Indeed it is. And very reasonably priced considering what some operarors charge for SMS when roaming.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
Everything looks delicious - and so much stuff!

Great food indeed in F still, but wait till you see the junk they served in J on their flagship HKG-JFK flight I took recently...

Regards,

Lari



Air Asia Super Elite, Cebu Pacific Titanium
User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (5 years 5 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

Great TR. You seem to be flying nonstop all the time, makes me a little envious. Funny how when I was flying all the time to CGK I could not wait for that part of my job to be over and I am now envious again. I guess that is the difference between work and leisure flying.

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 10):
Great food indeed in F still, but wait till you see the junk they served in J on their flagship HKG-JFK flight I took recently...

CX seems to be receiving a lot of flak for their new JCL product so i guess their catering hasn't been spared.



Welcome to my starry one world alliance, a team in the sky!
User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1697 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (5 years 5 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I expected this TR to be amazing and you did not dissapoint!

Great CX F product-shame that J and Y isn't that good. In the current economic climate, they need to bring back their customers to the premium cabins, not drive them away.


User currently offlineReadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3338 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (5 years 5 months 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Very good photos of the meals, you clearly love your food (& Krug) do you enjoy cooking at home? More TR in First pls.  Wink


you don't get a second chance to make a first impression!
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6903 posts, RR: 77
Reply 14, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 32610 times:



Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 10):
And very reasonably priced considering what some operarors charge for SMS when roaming.

Yes, indeed.

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 10):
Great food indeed in F still, but wait till you see the junk they served in J on their flagship HKG-JFK flight I took recently...

Wow, sounds bad. Can't wait to see the report.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
Top Of Page
Forum Index

Reply To This Topic Cathay Pacific First Class: CX745 HKG-DXB A340-300
Username:
No username? Sign up now!
Password: 


Forgot Password? Be reminded.
Remember me on this computer (uses cookies)
  • Trip reports only! Other topics here
  • If criticizing an airline, express yourself in a dignified manner.
  • No adverts of any kind. This includes web pages.
  • No hostile language or criticizing of others.
  • Do not post copyright protected material.
  • Use relevant and describing topics.
  • Check if your post already been discussed.
  • Check your spelling!
  • DETAILED RULES
Add Images Add SmiliesPosting Help

Please check your spelling (press "Check Spelling" above)


Similar topics:More similar topics...
Cathay Pacific First Class, LHR-HKG posted Mon Jan 27 2003 08:49:39 by B-HXB
Cathay Pacific First Class SYD-HKG (long) posted Thu May 30 2002 06:42:20 by B-HXB
Cathay Pacific First Class: HKG-BKK (w/pics) posted Sun Jun 22 2008 05:04:03 by Fbgdavidson
Cathay Pacific First Class JFK To HKG Nonstop posted Fri Jul 30 2004 16:38:10 by PresRDC
Cathay Pacific: First Class On The Legacy Milk-Run posted Mon Jan 26 2009 11:39:12 by Ronerone
Cathay Pacific First Class: BKK-SIN (w/pics) posted Sun Jun 22 2008 07:48:21 by Fbgdavidson
Cathay Pacific First Class To South Africa posted Mon Mar 15 2004 18:05:18 by PresRDC
Cathay Pacific New J Class On A330-300 KUL-HKG posted Wed Oct 10 2007 05:44:07 by Airpearl
HKG-LAX On Cathay Pacific Economy Class (With Pix) posted Fri Sep 2 2005 08:41:59 by CX 4ever
PEK-HKG - Cathay Pacific Business Class posted Thu Apr 7 2005 17:41:18 by ClassicLover

Sponsor Message:
Printer friendly format