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User currently offlinethaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 24790 times:

Reason For Trip

It was a long weekend in Jakarta and being me, I can’t stay planted on the ground for too long, so I thought it was a good time to go to Hong Kong for the weekend with my wife. Decided on trying out CX on this route.

19 Nov 2011
Jakarta (CGK) – Hong Kong (HKG)
Cathay Pacific CX798
Aircraft: A330-300
Registration: B-HLV
1st Flight: 26 May 2003
Seat: 14K (Business Class)
ETD: 0005
ETA: 0545
Flight Time: 4hr35mins

Preflight
Road were pretty quiet while we headed towards the airport. Arrived airport at around 11pm which gave us about 45 mins to spare before boarding begun. After check in, we really started to feel really tired so we decided just to head to the lounge. My wife was wandering around the lounge whereas I just happily parked myself in the smoking room.



When boarding was called we duly walked towards the gate as zombies, but alas still remember to take a picture of our bird to HKG.


Inflight
Cabin Views of this well travelled regional A333 of CX


Inflight Mags


Menu for this sector


By the time we took off and leveled off, I was really drifting in and out of sleep, but theres no way I am going to miss an inflight meal


That was the last shot for the outbound to HKG, sorry guys, but I was so dead tired, by the time I woke up, it was only because of the wheels touching the ground!


21 Nov 2010
Hong Kong (HKG) – Jakarta (CGK)
Cathay Pacific CX797
Aircraft: A330-300
Registration: B-LAB
1st Flight: 27 May 2005
Seat: 15A (Business Class)
ETD: 1905
ETA: 2243
Flight Time: 4hr38mins

Pre Flight
After a quick 2 nights in Hong Kong eating and shopping, it was time to head back home. Limo was arranged by our hotel and we got to the airport with 2 hours to spare before departure, which my wife actually loves as it meant more last minute shopping at HKIA!

Dining airside at the Teochew restaurant


HKIA is definitely one of the best places for spotting

GA going back home too, really should have taken GA’s A332 to HKG as it has a much more superior inflight product, especially in J with fully flat J seats


Trying out one of the newer lounges

This lounge really has a cool vibe about it, actually very relaxing

And of course the obligatory visit to the bathroom


By the time we got to the gate, it was already dark and this was the best shot that I could manage of our bird


Inflight
Pretty full load in all classes back to CGK.

Cabin Views



Scenery during take off


Inflight Menu


Having the meal with my trusty ipad slung over the IFE


Overall it was a no fuss and routine regional flight to HKG and back, but in the future I will definitely fly GA just purely due to a much better inflight product, however, CX does have the better catering on board.

Thanks for reading

Below are my trip reports from latest to oldest. Please note that I travel much more than what I post, but usually I will opt out my usual runs to Surabaya, Perth and Kuala Lumpur

Thai Airways Suites - Part II (by thaia345 Oct 31 2010 in Trip Reports)
Thai Airways Suites - 1st Trip Report - Part I (by thaia345 Oct 28 2010 in Trip Reports)
Suites By Cathay Pacific (B773ER) Part II (by thaia345 Oct 27 2010 in Trip Reports)
Suites By Cathay Pacific (B773ER) Part I (by thaia345 Oct 26 2010 in Trip Reports)
Flying The Royal First Class On Thai (by thaia345 Mar 31 2010 in Trip Reports)
First Class Suites On Cathay Pacific - Part II (by thaia345 Mar 30 2010 in Trip Reports)
First Class Suites On Cathay Pacific-Part I (by thaia345 Mar 29 2010 in Trip Reports)
M'sia Airlines Business Class CGK-HKG Return (by thaia345 Feb 23 2010 in Trip Reports)
Another TG Royal First Class Experience (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Jan 15 2010 in Trip Reports)
KLM B773ER - The New World Business Class (by ThaiA345 Oct 10 2009 in Trip Reports)
Garuda's "new" B737-800 - A Short Trip To SUB (by ThaiA345 Aug 10 2009 in Trip Reports)
Royal First Class/J On TG (FRA,BCN,MXP) Part II (by ThaiA345 Aug 6 2009 in Trip Reports)
Royal First Class On TG(FRA, BCN,MXP) & Back! (by ThaiA345 Aug 3 2009 in Trip Reports)
CX New J Class On A333 And F, With J On KA (by ThaiA345 Jul 16 2009 in Trip Reports)
Jakarta-Lanzarote! TG In F MH In J AB In Y (PICS) (by ThaiA345 Apr 18 2009 in Trip Reports)
Malaysian Hospitality To Perth (MH In J) (by ThaiA345 Apr 11 2009 in Trip Reports)
Yokoso Japan! MH/NH In J (many Pics) (by ThaiA345 Apr 4 2009 in Trip Reports)
Biz Class: Malaysian Hospitality KUL-PER-KUL Pics (by ThaiA345 Jan 13 2009 in Trip Reports)
Thai 1st Class On The B744 & A346 (by ThaiA345 Dec 18 2008 in Trip Reports)
Business Class, QF, MH, KL: Going Home Part 2/2 (by ThaiA345 Nov 7 2008 in Trip Reports)
Malaysia Airlines 1st Class: Down Under Part 1/2 (by ThaiA345 Nov 6 2008 in Trip Reports)
Garuda Business Class - CGK-SUBvv (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Aug 10 2008 in Trip Reports)
Malaysian Business Class, CGK-KIX (by ThaiA345 Aug 5 2008 in Trip Reports)
Long Haul! Jakarta-Seville TG-F, MH/LH-J (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Jul 25 2008 in Trip Reports)
Incredible India! CGK-DEL With MH In J (PICS) (by ThaiA345 Jul 14 2008 in Trip Reports)
Germany From SE Asia: TG F, MH J, LH J (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Jun 30 2008 in Trip Reports)
Business Class: Garuda To Hongkong & Back (by ThaiA345 Apr 24 2008 in Trip Reports)
Bali On Garuda J Class B734 & B738 (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Mar 19 2008 in Trip Reports)
Garuda Domestic J Class, Jakarta-Palembangvv Pics (by ThaiA345 Mar 12 2008 in Trip Reports)
MH Is Malaysian Hospitality Pt II, Bak Fr PER In J (by ThaiA345 Mar 6 2008 in Trip Reports)
MH Is Malaysian Hospitality Pt I, J To PER (by ThaiA345 Feb 28 2008 in Trip Reports)
Garuda Domestic (Floods And Airport Closures!) (by ThaiA345 Feb 3 2008 in Trip Reports)
Biz Class:LAX-CGK W TG LA Express Part 2 (by ThaiA345 Feb 2 2008 in Trip Reports)
Biz Class:CGK To LAX W TG LA Express Part 1 (by ThaiA345 Jan 31 2008 in Trip Reports)
Garuda Business Class: To Semarang & Back! (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Dec 15 2007 in Trip Reports)
Garuda In Y: Jakarta-Surabaya (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Dec 9 2007 in Trip Reports)
Biz Class Battle: SQ,MH,TG,NH All In 1 Trip (by ThaiA345 Nov 19 2007 in Trip Reports)
Part II, Great China Trip In J & Y(tons Of Pics) (by ThaiA345 Oct 28 2007 in Trip Reports)
A Great China Trip! In Both J & Y (Lotsa Pics) (by ThaiA345 Oct 24 2007 in Trip Reports)
1st Class On TG A346/B744 MUC & FRA (PICS) (by ThaiA345 Sep 18 2007 in Trip Reports)
Down Under To Perth, TG & MH In J (by ThaiA345 Sep 3 2007 in Trip Reports)
B737-900ER! T.R, 1st Time Seen On A.Net! (by ThaiA345 Jul 10 2007 in Trip Reports)
Semarang-A Small Town In Java With GA In Y (by ThaiA345 Jun 14 2007 in Trip Reports)
Bali: A Trip To Paradise With GA In J (by ThaiA345 Jun 14 2007 in Trip Reports)
Mystical Morocco & Romantic Paris! TG,MH,AF (by ThaiA345 May 30 2007 in Trip Reports)
The Great China Trip With MH In J (by ThaiA345 May 1 2007 in Trip Reports)
Viva La Spain! TG In F/J, JK In Y, And MH In J (by ThaiA345 Apr 3 2007 in Trip Reports)
Another Inter-Indonesia Run By GA In J (by ThaiA345 Mar 6 2007 in Trip Reports)
Garuda In Y & C: CGK-SUBvv (by ThaiA345 Feb 26 2007 in Trip Reports)
MH/TG/OZ/AA In C: KL,Seoul,LA & Cabo! (by ThaiA345 Feb 26 2007 in Trip Reports)
1st Report! TG/MH/KL/EK Round The World In J (by ThaiA345 Jan 28 2007 in Trip Reports)

14 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineGenius12 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 197 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 24743 times:

Thanks for the report! CX regional J catering doesn't look too bad at all.

Nice to get some pics from The Cabin lounge in HKG too.


User currently offlinethaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 24468 times:

Quoting Genius12 (Reply 1):
Thanks for the report! CX regional J catering doesn't look too bad at all.

Actually CX's regional catering was the best part of the flight, their inflight product was really under par, especially in comparison to GA's new A332

Nice to get some pics from The Cabin lounge in HKG too.

The lighting and concept was indeed something new and refreshing


User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1079 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 24341 times:

Many thanks for sharing!
I'm a huge fan of your trip reports.

Keep them coming  



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlinesq_ek_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1633 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 24341 times:

Great report!

I really don't like the way CX presents their meal in J class, looks cheap in comparison to other top notch airlines and their casserole dish they serve the mains on looks tiny!

Also, the menu cover looks positively tacky! Especially when you consider this is a Business Class menu!!

Are there any plans to retro-fit their aircraft with a newer regional J configuration? It looks awfully antiquated, especially when you consider SQ's newest regional offering. Granted SQ still has an older configuration flying around that is comparable to CX's, at least you know they're moving towards something...

Wow, didn't mean for this to turn into a CX bash fest, was just making some observations!



Keep Discovering
User currently offlineconcordechild From Italy, joined Aug 2009, 44 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 23162 times:

Quoting sq_ek_freak (Reply 4):
SQ still has an older configuration flying around that is comparable to CX's

Just flew the old style SQ regional to Dubai, and i think CX's is much better. The old style SQ is just about ok for KL or Blai flights, any longer its very uncomfortable and the IFE is shockingly old.


User currently offlinethaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 22373 times:

Quoting nethkt (Reply 3):
Many thanks for sharing!
I'm a huge fan of your trip reports.

U r always welcome   .....

Quoting sq_ek_freak (Reply 4):
Are there any plans to retro-fit their aircraft with a newer regional J configuration?

No word on this yet, CX is currently to engrossed with replaced their herringbone coffins....oppsss.. i mean J class seats to new ones similar in lay out to SQ's 1+2+1

Quoting sq_ek_freak (Reply 4):
Wow, didn't mean for this to turn into a CX bash fest, was just making some observations!

LIke in mentioned before in my TR..definitely pick GA for my CGKHKG runs...mainly due to the fact that GA have a new A332 plying the route with fully flat J seats.....heck, even their A333 have been totally refitted with fully flat beds in J


User currently offlinesq_ek_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1633 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 22115 times:

Quoting concordechild (Reply 5):
Just flew the old style SQ regional to Dubai, and i think CX's is much better. The old style SQ is just about ok for KL or Blai flights, any longer its very uncomfortable and the IFE is shockingly old.

Yeah I can't believe SQ sends their regional config J to Dubai (though I believe Abu Dhabi gets the new A333's which look quite nice to fly on).

Quoting thaia345 (Reply 6):
LIke in mentioned before in my TR..definitely pick GA for my CGKHKG runs...mainly due to the fact that GA have a new A332 plying the route with fully flat J seats.....heck, even their A333 have been totally refitted with fully flat beds in J

New GA looks great, they seem to be a rising force in SE Asia! A new competitor to MH perhaps??



Keep Discovering
User currently offlinethaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 21201 times:

Quoting sq_ek_freak (Reply 7):

Sadly I think GA is already ahead of MH in both aircraft and seat offerings than MH


User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8524 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (3 years 5 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 19234 times:
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Nice report and pictures, thanks for sharing.

Food offerings look reasonable, though I'm really not keen on the cabins, really quite drab and uninviting IMO.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinesq_ek_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1633 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (3 years 5 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 18913 times:

Quoting thaia345 (Reply 8):
Sadly I think GA is already ahead of MH in both aircraft and seat offerings than MH

I must say that Garuda really has stepped up their game and have done a fantastic job with their new interiors. They also seem to be doing a good job updating their interiors on their existing fleet quite quickly! Also, their new cutlery looks quite nice - simple but elegant.



Keep Discovering
User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (3 years 5 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 18655 times:

Very nice report TGA345!  

And i always like to see you flying more and more of CX! haha  

I have been very curious to see what the new lounge at HKG looks like, and it really does look quite modern. Very nice ambience.

I love CX's menus out of HKG, and usually Cathay's catering tends to also be better from HKG too.


Thanks a lot for sharing! Hope that all is well!


Cheers,
Roni



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User currently offlineRJtraveller From Indonesia, joined Feb 2011, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 5 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 18454 times:

Hi thaia !

Nice trip report, i really agreed that flying from CGK to HKG with GA would be a better choice in business class with the new A332 flat bed and better in flight services. Didn't know that GA old A333's is full flat bad in business class. Last time flying it's A333 to DPS during last year it's still in it's old blue colored business class, no flat bed's.
Anyway nice TR thanks for sharing.

cheers,
RJtraveller


User currently offlinefranxSIN From Singapore, joined Jun 2007, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 5 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 18204 times:

Thanks for the report. Your reports have been one of the most informative.

I recently chanced upon a cheap business class fare from Shanghai to Singapore one way.

Had a great experience on the new B777-300ER lie-flat bed for the Shanghai to Hong Kong sector. The new cabin made the delay on the ground of about 90 minutes due to ATC a comfortable wait.

Subsequently, I boarded an old regionally configured B777-200 aircraft for the continuing sector. It had dull dark green looking seats in business. What a vast difference in the two products! Service on board was good nonetheless.


User currently offlinethaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (3 years 5 months 23 hours ago) and read 17721 times:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 9):
Food offerings look reasonable, though I'm really not keen on the cabins, really quite drab and uninviting IMO.

Fully agree with you on this!

Quoting sq_ek_freak (Reply 10):
I must say that Garuda really has stepped up their game and have done a fantastic job with their new interiors. They also seem to be doing a good job updating their interiors on their existing fleet quite quickly! Also, their new cutlery looks quite nice - simple but elegant.

However, one thing that they have to really improve is their inflight menu (usually they dont even have them onboard) and also the general taste and choice of the meals

Quoting ronerone (Reply 11):
Very nice ambience.

Hey Roni....i just got back from 2 back to back trips, once to Geneva and the other to London and paris...no time to post those TR yet, will be flying off again to Hannover on Monday ! .... 3 long hauls in 3 weeks ahhahaha

Quoting ronerone (Reply 11):
love CX's menus out of HKG, and usually Cathay's catering tends to also be better from HKG too.

In general, i rate CX premium catering one of the best out there...dare i say, even better than SQ and TG? ehehhe

Quoting RJtraveller (Reply 12):
Didn't know that GA old A333's is full flat bad in business class. Last time flying it's A333 to DPS during last year it's still in it's old blue colored business class, no flat bed's.

You were unlucky as you were probably on one of the aircraft that has yet to be retrofitted, if i am not wrong, all A333 has been retrofitted byt Oct or Nov 2010

Quoting franxSIN (Reply 13):
Subsequently, I boarded an old regionally configured B777-200 aircraft for the continuing sector. It had dull dark green looking seats in business. What a vast difference in the two products! Service on board was good nonetheless.

That is the problem with both SQ and CX, their longhaul and regional products in the premium cabin very so much, sometimes i winder is it worth the premium you are paying for the tickets itself!


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