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The Ultimate Indulgence Pt 1: CX/F & GA/J  
User currently offlinethaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 20721 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
ETD: 0955
ETA: 1550
Seat: 1A (Executive Class)
Aircraft: A330-200
Flight time: 4hrs 25mins
Registration: PK-GPL
1st Flight: 26 Nov 2010

Preflight
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.
Lounge Views

PK-GPL


Inflight
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.
Cabin Views

GA B744 parked next to us

The largest carrier in terms of pax numbers out of CGk is not GA but…

Menu

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
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q34/thaia345/2011%20Aug%20USA/IMG_1844.jpg

My room @ the W Hong Kong


Date: 25 Aug 2011
Route: Hong Kong (HKG) - Los Angeles (LAX)
Flight: Cathay Pacific CX884
ETD: 1305
ETA: 1120
Seat: 1A (First Class)
Aircraft: B777-300ER
Flight time: 12hrs 30mins
Registration:B-KPQ
1st Flight: 25 Mar 2010

Preflight
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



Inflight
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.
Cabin views

Inflight mags and duty free

Looking across the other side

Back to my seat again

The now famous Shanghai Tang Pyjamas

Safety card

Legroom

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.
Take off

IFE
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q34/thaia345/2011%20Aug%20USA/IMG_1891.jpg
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q34/thaia345/2011%20Aug%20USA/IMG_1892.jpg
Inflight Menu

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

Next Trips
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



Below are my previous TR from newest to oldest
Lufthansa Private Jet & Thai Airways Suites (by thaia345 Aug 22 2011 in Trip Reports)
Cathay Pacific Suites/J & DragonAir F/J (by thaia345 Aug 21 2011 in Trip Reports)
Japan With TG's B744 In F & A345 In J (by thaia345 Jul 17 2011 in Trip Reports)
Malaysia Airlines All New A333 In J (by thaia345 Jun 14 2011 in Trip Reports)
Malaysia Airlines First Class To Syd (by thaia345 Jun 12 2011 in Trip Reports)
Malaysia Airlines All New B738 In J (by thaia345 May 19 2011 in Trip Reports)
Suite Dreams - Thai Royal First B773ER & B744 (by thaia345 Apr 3 2011 in Trip Reports)
Thai A340-600: Royal First Class (by thaia345 Apr 2 2011 in Trip Reports)
Garuda's New B738 In J With MH A333/772ER (by thaia345 Mar 7 2011 in Trip Reports)
Malaysia B772ER & All Nippon B772/3 Business Class (by thaia345 Mar 5 2011 in Trip Reports)
Malaysia AIrlines A333 Business Class (Pics) (by thaia345 Mar 2 2011 in Trip Reports)
Cathay Pacific Regional Business Class (Pics) (by thaia345 Mar 2 2011 in Trip Reports)
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)

12 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineAT From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1027 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 20352 times:

Great report!
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?


User currently offlineconcordechild From Italy, joined Aug 2009, 44 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 20169 times:

Great report as always. the product looks very good. Flying CX F next week LHR -HKG on 744 and looking fwd to it as havent flown them in ages.

BTW, need your expert advice: Flying LHR - BKK early October, BA, QF or TG?? (though i sense you may have a bias for TG   )


User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2416 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 19762 times:

Quoting thaia345 (Thread starter):
Stay tuned for Part 2 whereby I travel exclusively within the US on private jets

Looking forward for your TR!

BTW. did you ever heard of Mauiva AirCruise- http://www.mauivaaircruise.com?


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1926 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 18741 times:
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As usual, food looks incredible on CX in F. That breakfast makes my mouth water! We just returned from CPH on SAS in J, and their Breakfast was a bit lacking compared to what you had ...

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1914 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 18621 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.

Look forward to the next installment!

Carfield


User currently offlinejoffie From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 806 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 18587 times:

Fantastic report. The food looks really good  

User currently offlinethaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 17984 times:

Quoting AT (Reply 1):
Is this something specific to CX's 777s?

Been on SQ and Tg 77E and so far CX is the only one that seem to have this feature

Quoting concordechild (Reply 2):
Flying CX F next week LHR -HKG on 744 and looking fwd to it as havent flown them in ages.

I actually just flown CX B744 in F about 2 mths back from HKG to CGK. is really nice and also seem to me more airy than the 773ER cabin. You will love it

Quoting concordechild (Reply 2):
Flying LHR - BKK early October, BA, QF or TG?? (though i sense you may have a bias for TG )

I say take TG for price. But instead of QF or BA, i would rather take CX again  
Quoting debonair (Reply 3):
BTW. did you ever heard of Mauiva AirCruise- http://www.mauivaaircruise.com?

no i have not, will actually check it out now

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


User currently offlineSASDC8 From Norway, joined Mar 2006, 755 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 17651 times:
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Another great report from you   But with whom did you send the rest of the gang?

I must say that Garudas business class looks really nice for a 4 hours flight. Big improvement over their old product.

Quoting thaia345 (Thread starter):
My room @ the W Hong Kong
What room is this? What a fantastic view! We stayed at the Langham Place in April and really enjoyed it and Hong Kong. I agree with you, HKG is the best airport in the world.


Looking forward to the rest of your report 

Cheers
Stein



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User currently offlineicanfly From Australia, joined Aug 2011, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 17523 times:

Excellent trip report, again! As others have said, the catering on both flights looks great.

Quoting thaia345 (Thread starter):
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.

Interesting. Why might that be? Could it be the crew's sheer excitement of approaching the great City of Angels?
 



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User currently offlinethaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 17102 times:

Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 8):
But with whom did you send the rest of the gang?

Hi Stein! They flew with SQ on the A380 in J  
Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 8):
What room is this? What a fantastic view! We stayed at the Langham Place in April and really enjoyed it and Hong Kong. I agree with you, HKG is the best airport in the world.

I booked the standard room and got free upgrade to a corner suite due to SPG Platinum status.

Quoting icanfly (Reply 9):
Why might that be? Could it be the crew's sheer excitement of approaching the great City of Angels?

Crews seem to like flying into LAX, guess for shopping and the relatively longer layover means more daily allowance for the crew too.


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 15790 times:

Hi

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!

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinethaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days ago) and read 15699 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!

Hi Marc,

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.

cheers


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