thaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 860 posts, RR: 16 Posted (2 years 7 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 20079 times:
Purpose of Trip
It’s the major holiday season in Indonesian whereby Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadhan and all offices are closed for about 10 days. For non-Muslims like myself, its time to enjoy a nice holiday with my family. This time I also decided to spoil myself and indulge on 3 different private jets within the US. For my flights to the US, it will be a combination of both CX in F and GA in J. Please enjoy!
Date: 24 Aug 2011
Route: Jakarta (CGK) - Hong Kong (HKG)
Flight: Garuda GA860
Seat: 1A (Executive Class)
Flight time: 4hrs 25mins
1st Flight: 26 Nov 2010
Arrived at the airport about 1.5hrs before scheduled departure. For the peak travel season, the airport itself wasn't overly crowded. After check in I just relaxed in the Garuda Lounge till boarding was called.
Was one of first few to board. Mostly senior cabin crew on board and they were enthusiatic and really cheerful. As expected this flight is full in all classes.
GA B744 parked next to us
The largest carrier in terms of pax numbers out of CGk is not GA but…
Visit to the lavatory
IFE & AVOD
Soon after reaching cruising altitude, meals we served, although not that great in taste, it was now much better in terms of presentation, Garuda is indeed making the right steps forwards on all aspects.
Watched a movie on my iPad before I took a nap and i woke up as usual just a few minutes before start of descend. Overall a flawless flight with Garuda in terms of both the soft and hard products.
Nice views of Hong Kong
My room @ the W Hong Kong
Date: 25 Aug 2011
Route: Hong Kong (HKG) - Los Angeles (LAX)
Flight: Cathay Pacific CX884
Seat: 1A (First Class)
Flight time: 12hrs 30mins
1st Flight: 25 Mar 2010
After another short but fantastic stay at the W Hong Kong, I soon find myself back again at my favorite airport, HKIA.
F check in was swift and both security and immigration took me no less than 5mins to clear. I decided to do some spotting before having lunch at one of the airside restaurants before spending the rest of my time at the Wing First Class lounge till boarding was called.
HKIA is one of the best airports for spotters and views of aircraft
In between all that of course I also bought cigarettes at duty free and made few trips to the smoking room.
B-KPQ taking me to LAX
Boarding about to commence
A pleasant and cheerful crew greeted me onboard. Actually in all my years of flying I have yet to see a lackluster crew to LAX and that goes for CX, SQ and TG. Flight is about 90% full but only 4 out of 6 seats taken up in F.
Inflight mags and duty free
Looking across the other side
Back to my seat again
The now famous Shanghai Tang Pyjamas
All my gadgets I need for this flight
Route for today
Looking towards the front
Zegna Amenity kit
Captain for the flight is American and he came on the PA before take off and announced that some turbulence expected over sea of Japan. Otherwise flight itself is pretty smooth.
And my favorite part, meal service
Settling in for the long haul
Could not get a really good sleep with me basically getting an hour here and there.
Woke up to this and so decided to have a mid night meal ☺
How I envy my fellow F pax whom all slept right after take off and woke up 2 hours before landing.
After the midnight supper, I managed to get about another 3 hours of sleep and soon service for breakfast also began
Scenes before landing
It has been another great flight with CX F and I will definitely fly them again real soon.
Stay tuned for Part 2 whereby I travel exclusively within the US on private jets ☺; Part 3 will be my journey home with CX in F and GA in J
Sep to Frankfurt with TG in F
Oct to Surabaya on a private Piaggio Avanti II
Oct to Hong Kong with GA in J
Nov to Frankfurt with TF in J, and with private jets within Europe
Dec to Perth and Cape Town with GA in J and SA in J
AT From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 978 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 2 days ago) and read 19710 times:
I had no idea that the 77W had an under belly camera as well. Must have been exciting.
Every 777 I've ever flown on has only had the forward and downward view. Is this something specific to CX's 777s?
Carfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1834 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 17979 times:
Thanks for the part one of your report!
Garuda looks very good and the meal looks better than the typical regional meal served in CX J. The menu looks nice, and I am really impressed that an amenity kit is offered on this flight. The CGK lounge also looks nice. Can't wait for GA to join Skyteam and I can start flying it.
CX F looks as good as ever, and the Chinese abalone appetizer is truly extravagant. The presentation is superb and I am really surprised with a sliced abalone served in the original shell course.
Quoting 767747 (Reply 4): As usual, food looks incredible on CX in F. That breakfast makes my mouth water! We just returned from CPH on SAS
Actually CX now tops my list in terms of F catering, sadly they have yet to have a pre-order menu like SQ or TG
Quoting Carfield (Reply 5): The CGK lounge also looks nice. Can't wait for GA to join Skyteam and I can start flying it.
Me too, its about time GA joins an alliance
Quoting Carfield (Reply 5): CX F looks as good as ever, and the Chinese abalone appetizer is truly extravagant. The presentation is superb and I am really surprised with a sliced abalone served in the original shell course.
You and me both! and it was extremely tasty and i had seconds too ahahhaha
Quoting joffie (Reply 6): Fantastic report. The food looks really good
You are welcome, and yes food on CX did not disappoint
thaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 860 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 15057 times:
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 11): Nice trip report! I'm impressed by the long way up that GA made along the years. CX F looks neat as well. Looks like you had a good trip.
Looking forward to more!
GA really has improved over the years, even I am more than happy to fly them now. CX F in my opnion is one of the best F seats out there, too bad they weren't successful with their herringbone J seats, but at least they have also now rolled out their new long haul J seats.
Thanks for reading and you can also read Pt 2 and 3 of my trip report.