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My First Cathay Flight YVR-JFK-YVR In J, Y (pics)  
User currently offlineNewYorkCityBoi From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 193 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 18554 times:

Welcome to my first trip report. I really enjoyed the first flight with CX I took last week and decided to write a trip report for the first time. I live in Seattle and fly to New York about 6-7 times a year (many of these are just to stop in NYC for few days before heading to Asia, Europe, or South America). This time I feel bored to fly the same route even lots of time I tried to choose to stop at different airports so I booked the flight from Vancouver, BC instead.
Thursday Nov 19th, I drove up from Seattle to Vancouver to pick up my new passport from the consulate there. It rains 90% throughout the high way I-5 all the way to Canada. After having early dinner in downtown Vancouver, I drove to park the car at the long term parking at YVR and took the shuttle to the international terminal. I went almost exactly 3 hours before the flight so I have more time to check out new airport and the lounge.
I was the second passenger to check in and got the seat that I had chosen 12A. The check in process went smoothly and the agent was so nice.

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CX lounge at Vancouver airport
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AC A330 at domestic terminal at YVR


After taking a little walk to see planes and some shops, it was time to go to the lounge. The Cathay Lounge in Vancouver has some sandwiches, noodles, Dim Sum, and various drinks to offer. It may not have lots of choices of food like the one in HKG airport (that I will check out next month when I fly CX to HKG), but it is pretty decent.
When it is time of the flight, I walked over to gate D73 and half of the passengers are already on board.

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B777-300ER B-KPL at gate D74 at YVR airport


Flight 1: CX888 YVR-JFK
Aircraft: B777-300ER B-KPL
Seat: Business 12A
Gate: D73
Depart: 21.45 pm (Nov 19th)
Arrive: 6.00 am (Nov 20th)

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First class with no overhead bin
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My seat 12A


When I was seated, the flight attendant came to greet me and called my last name and offering me a drink. I asked for Cathay delight but was told later that they changed the signature drinks for the flight, so I went the champagne instead. The seat 12A was in the first section of the Business class and connected to the first class so I got a chance to go get some photos from the First class cabin.
Because the seat in this section has only 2 rows (11-12), it gives more privacy to the passengers (only 8 seats in the section). I thought I wouldn’t have liked the seat because it turns toward the aisle but it actually work just fine on the 777 and you can still see the window quite easy.
The Menu was handed before the flight took off. I had a chance to work on my computer a bid before the supper was served.

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There are 4 choices on the Menu with 3 hot meal choices and a light choice of noodle. I choose the lemongrass chicken which was very tasty and came with Chinese broccoli which is my favorite. The salad was ok. I liked the salt and pepper jars which were very cute. The setting was nice and classy. The flight attendants were all very attentive and offer me drinks all the time.

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Supper with white wine and the CX signature drink
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Lemongrass chicken was very delicious!
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me enjoying dinner!


For desserts, I chose the mixed fruit along with New York cheesecake with raspberry sauce. The end of the course was a piece of chocolate. I order scotch throughout the whole flight. I think I had about 9 of them (includes 2 from the lounge before the flight). The flight attendant saw that I actually handled those drinks pretty well and still sober, so they didn’t have any problem offering me. After the meal I watch few movies and got a chance to chat with one of the flight attendants. She was surprised how I know a lot about her company so I told her that I am an airplane freak who is a member of A.net.

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fruits and cheesecake...
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trying to get some sleep!


I got few hours more to relax on my seat and put the seat to a flat bed but couldn’t fall asleep even after all those drinks. It is because I usually stay up late and when we are about the land it’s on 2.30 AM on the west coast time. It took us about 4 hours and 40 mins til we land but because of the US law, they did not allow us the open the aircraft door til 6AM. I was the first one to get off the plane.

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I took Airtrain and E train into Manhattan since it was early in the morning, everything worked out pretty fast. This is quite a short visit to NYC, I only stay 2 nights. I got a chance to go eat at Asiate (Mandarin Oriental Hotel), Tao, and Buddakan. Here are few pics from NYC.

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Dinner at Asiate


Sunday night, it was time to go back to Seattle. I took the E train from where I live in Chelsea to JFK airport. The check in went smooth again and I was assigned with the seat 65A (the row before the last row) in Economy class.
Flight 2: CX889 JFK-YVR
Aircraft: B777-300ER B-KPK
Seat: Business 56A
Gate: 6 (Terminal 7)
Depart: 21.45 pm (Nov 22nd)
Arrive: 0.15 am (Nov 23rd)
The load was pretty low so I guess most people fly on the leg YVR-HKG. The taxi time at JFK was shorter than usual but not that short so it was about half an hour until we took off. The flight time was 4.55 hrs which was considered very short for the west bound (the head wind was not so bad).
Soon after took off, the supper was served. I asked if I can eat 2 servings since I was pretty hungry and the flight attendant was pleased to give me both choices of food. The steamed chicken with mushrooms was very tasty. I didn’t ask for alcoholic drinks this time since I had to drive right when I arrived.
I spent the rest of the flight sleeping and the drink was served right before landing. We arrived about 20 minutes before the schedule. Lots of flights from the US arrive at about the same time which was midnight. It took me total of 45 minutes after landing until I got to my car. The traffic down to Seattle was very good at these late night hours so it took me only 1.45 hrs to get to my house. No need to tell how fast I went hehe.
Conclusion:
This was one of the best flights for me, a very good experience with Cathay Pacific. It was also my first time on B777-300ER. Compare to the other long-haul J product that I experienced (on JL, UA, AA, NW, KL) this was definitely the best. The economy class experience was also great (I feel it is the same level as SQ). The food choices were great, the seat was comfortable on both J and Y, and the flight attendants were very attentive. I would choose to fly economy on CX over other American carrier business class anytime.

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User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1946 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 18532 times:

Thanks for a great report!

But have a question: did you receive an amenity kit on this overnight flight? I flew YVR-JFK two months ago and had to request one to get it. I am wondering if CX is trying to cutback... The policy used to be like overnight flight over three and half hours... I remember getting an amenity kit on a three and half hour flight from CMB to SIN. Redeye too...

Also great to see CX 777-300ER in this lovely Oneworld Livery...

New York is a lovely city!

Thanks,
Carfield


User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 18492 times:

Hi NYCityboi!
That's a great report! Food offering on this CX flight is indeed great. You exactly took my choices  Wink And of course flying the mighty B777-300ER, a magnificent aircraft. I really like it!
The only thing I would dislike is their cabin layout. The herringbone design is not really my taste, although I haven't tried it yet.
btw, great blog you've too. With all those travels, we can see more reports in the future I guess?

Regards,
Eric



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User currently offlineNewYorkCityBoi From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 16775 times:

Thanks for the comments,
Right Carfield, they didn't hand the amenity kit and I had to ask for it. I didn't think I would like the herringbone style at first either but this was the first experience and I have to say I like it now since it gives extra privacy. However, I heard that on A330 and 747, the seat does a bigger angle to the window so it maybe harder to look out.
I think B777-300ER is great. I only concern that in the future, all the planes will look the same with different size which will be pretty boring.
I had many flights in the past I took lots of pics but I am still deciding if I wanna get a first class member here to be able to post more pics.
My next flight with CX will be in 2 weeks JFK-HKG-BKK, looking forward to that really! and the lounge at JFK, HKG, and BKK.
Tum


User currently offline747LUVR From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 394 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 16688 times:

nice tr and pics...i usually dont comment on them. i liked yours.

User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17141 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 16181 times:

Nice TR.

The OneWorld livery looks really nice.

Glad that you enjoyed your flight with CX.

Quoting NewYorkCityBoi (Reply 3):
they didn't hand the amenity kit and I had to ask for it

I find that very poor for such a carrier as CX.


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineB767300ER From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 184 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 15757 times:
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Being held on the air craft till 6:00 Am is not a US regulation but due to the report time
of Immigration and Customs at the British Airways Terminal at JFK. Terminal 4 is 24 hours
a day service and at our terminal, Terminal 3, 4 AM is the starting time.


User currently offlineBedo From Spain, joined Jul 2009, 57 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 15660 times:

Great trip report!!
This was your first trip report and this is my first post on A.net!!!
I would like to try CX some day, but from now they don't fly from Spain.
Please write a trip report on your next trip to Asia, I'll be happy to read you again!!



bedo
User currently offlineRedreusam From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 15494 times:

Awesome trip report - always wanted to do that run on CX. A Star Alliance guy (Continental) though so who knows when I might do it! By the way, awesome pic in the tux at Asiate!

User currently offlineCarlisle From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 271 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 15393 times:

Prachya,

I've been longing to take CX 889 / 888 as I have been ever so interested in visiting YVR. I also think that its great that your first trip on the 777-300ER was with the special OneWorld CX livery. Thank you for sharing this amazing trip report with your photos.

Cheers,
Jeremy Carlisle
NYC, USA



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User currently offlineNewYorkCityBoi From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 15061 times:

Thanks for the good comments guys,
Jeremy,
Flying JFK-YVR will never been cheap compare to JFK-SEA with fare in Y JFK-YVR =$550-$800 but JFK-SEA =$220-$500 with the fare to Seattle depends on days and seasons more than ones to Vancouver which is more constant. So if you wanna just visit YVR, the cheapest way is to fly to SEA and drive just like most of my YVR friends do when they go anywhere in the US. But if you like to try CX888/889, then go for it  Smile
By the way, this aircraft (B-KPL in OW livery) is very brand new, just delivered only 6 weeks before this flight i think.
Prachya


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8588 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 14464 times:
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Nice report & pictures, thanks for sharing, sure looks like you enjoyed your CX experience.

Quoting NewYorkCityBoi (Thread starter):
I would choose to fly economy on CX over other American carrier business class anytime.

- That's a big statement, not sure I'd agree with it though.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineNewYorkCityBoi From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 14203 times:

Haha just a personal choice.. and it also goes for many Asian carriers TG JL NH CX SQ etc. great service! but remember I only say "American carriers".. not European or South Americas carriers. Still love JJ service as well.
Kinda prefer "Sir could you please... " in Y in Asian carrier over "Sir, you can't do this, you can't do that" in J (or domestic F) that occasionally happen in the US.


User currently offlineHOOB747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 13569 times:



Quoting NewYorkCityBoi (Thread starter):
The check in process went smoothly and the agent was so nice.

I love when you find a pleasant, sincere check-in agent. Always gets your journey off to a super start.

Quoting NewYorkCityBoi (Thread starter):
I didn’t ask for alcoholic drinks this time since I had to drive right when I arrived.

Good judgment, but I hate when that happens (haa).

Thanks for the nice report, and especially the super photos. I sure love those 777-300ER's. Hope you have a great trip to Bangkok, I'll be flying there in 2 months. Hope you bless us with a trip report on your journey.



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User currently offlineCanadiantree From France, joined Jun 2006, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 12938 times:

Hey man that was a GREAT trip report. I actually browsed through it before but didn't look all through it. Now I did so I can comment  Smile

How do you like living in Seattle? I also do the I-5 northbound frequently between Seattle and Surrey, BC, it's a neat drive but mostly rainy as you stated... It's such a different world living in Paris compared to the pacific northwest, there is nothing quite like it that is for sure!

It must be nice to ride the 777 from YVR to JFK. Is this a flight from Hong Kong that continues to JFK after a stop over in YVR? Kind of like Air Canada 033 which does YYZ-YVR-SYD?

Again great report, keep 'em coming  Smile

Will


User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1675 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 12791 times:

Great report NewYorkCityBoy,

The new cabins on the 77W looks so sharp! I think i prefer it to the Airbus.

If you liked Cathay's service on this short flight, just wait and see till you fly them ULH to HKG next time  Smile ...

Did you stay at the Mandarin Oriental while in NYC? or just have dinner there?
I stayed at that hotel last year when i was in NYC, and also at at that restaurant. Both are great!


Thanks for sharing this TR. Hope to see more soon.


Regards,
Roni



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User currently onlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2739 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 12638 times:

great TR!
CX looks defintely great! I love their J class!



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User currently offlineNewYorkCityBoi From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 12487 times:

Hi Will,
Thanks for your comment. Yes Seattle is a very beautiful city and I love it for that, but do I like living here or not, there is many other factors, to say the least, I think I prefer bigger cities that is more diverse and culture-rich. I only live here 4 years (come for my grad degree). Love Paris, been 10 times  Smile So you are French I assume.

Yes the flight comes from HKG to YVR and connect to JFK so JFK receive total 3 CX flights a day with 2 nonstop flight to HKG, and YVR receive 2 CX nonstop flights to HKG.

Hi Roni,
I mostly stay with friends in Manhattan since I go very often... can not afford Mandarin oriental hotel yet. Still a struggling grad student here :P Anyway I saw your trip reports.. they look all nice!
Tum


User currently offlineFlightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1340 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 12471 times:
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Seems like a great way to fly directly from JFK to YVR! Excellent pics and report.

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