This summer, I spent 3 weeks in Thailand doing community service and volunteering with a group of other high school students. Of course, my favorite part about this is that I get to fly there. All I knew was that I wanted to try out a new airline's First Class. I thought about the possibilities, but finally settled on AA F/JL J and CX J/F, using BA Avios. I was excited about the flights, but also excited about doing the program in thailand and meeting new people! (I was the only guy of 14 other girls, so you know why I was excited!)
This is part 2, which outlines my Cathay Pacific First Class flights from HKG to JFK via YVR.
Part 1 can be found here-( American Airlines 777 First Class: JFK-HND (by emirates202 Aug 16 2012 in Trip Reports) ) outlining American Airlines First Class on the 777 from New York to Tokyo Haneda.
I arrived into HKG on CX 712 from Bangkok at 7:30pm local time. It was an older 772, with no First Class and only regional business class, so I will not be reporting on that flight.
Already knowing that the Wing First Class lounge was under renovation, I decided to go check out the temporary F lounge in the wing, called the Atrium, which is just a room with canapés and drinks. I sat there for about 45 minutes, called my parents, checked Facebook, etc. I left around 9:00pm to head over to the Pier. Since the Wing agent took my lounge invitation, I asked them to re-stamp it so I could get into The Pier. She did so, and I was on my to The Pier, which was about 20 minutes away. By the time I got to the Pier, I was sweaty, and pretty tired (I'm out of shape, I know). The agent scanned my BP and welcomed me in. I decided the first thing I wanted to do was check out the Day Break Rooms. I was escorted into room 3, and was asked if I would like anything to drink. I ordered a coke, relaxed, watched some youtube videos (the internet was REALLY fast), and just relaxed for about 45 minutes. I left the day break room to check out the Haven, the restaurant inside the lounge, to have a quick dinner before my shower. I had some beef, mashed potatoes, sushi, cheese, fruit, and a piece of cake. I was very full at this point, and was ready for my shower. I just walked over to the shower rooms and was shown into a freshly cleaned shower room. The room was very nice and clean, and I spent about 45 minutes in there showering and freshening up. Here is a short video I took of the shower room-
Once I was done with the shower, I walked into one of the seating areas and just relaxed for about 15 minutes until I decided to head to gate 29 for my flight, which was about 10 minutes away. Boarding still hadn't begun, and I just waited around like premium gate lice until boarding began. They started at about midnight, at which point I was the first one to board CX888 to Vancouver and New York.
Once onboard, I was shown to my seat/suite 2A. First Class was full tonight, so every seat was taken. We soon pushed back, at which point I was given my Shanghai Tang Pajamas (which weren't as great as everyone makes them up to be), and slippers, along with the (small) amenity kit and menu. We were soon in the air, at which point I was very tired. I decided to have a steak before I went to sleep. The service was fast, but the food unfortunately wasn't. I ordered the steak medium well, and it was still pretty raw on the inside. I just ate around the sides, as I was too tired to care. Also, studio CX wasn't that great either. The selection was pretty bad, and I found the system a little hard to navigate using the remote, which was the only way since it wasn't touch screen. I asked the FA to make my bed while I went to change, which they did. The seat in general, even though wide isn't that comfortable, but in the turndown mode, with the mattress it was great. I slept so well on this seat, even better than EK! I got about 8 hours of sleep, waking up about 2 hours outside of Vancouver. I watched another movie, and had the brunch which was scrambled eggs, which were ok. I changed back into my clothes about 45 minutes before landing, and just relaxed. We landed and taxied to the gate. There was a sign for NY transit pax to the waiting room, which is where we had to sit for the next hour. The only benefit was the free wifi, but I feel like CX should make arrangements so that premium pax can use the CX lounge in HKG while they wait. I got back onboard an hour later, and went back to my seat 2A. I was asked if I would like something to drink, but I said I was fine for now. We soon took off, and by now I was starving. I ordered the lamb, and since this was such a short flight, I wanted to eat quickly and get some sleep again. By the time my table was set, everyone else was done eating. It took about an hour after take off for me to get my food. This was unacceptable, as this left me with only 3 hours left to eat, and get some sleep. I would think in business class this would be fine, but in First? I'm not sure why it took so long, and I wasn't even apologized to. The only thing that made up for this was the upbeat purser who was very friendly, and nice. The meal was again ok. I ended the meal with cheese and hot chocolate. I slept for about an hour, waking up 30 minutes outside of JFK. I freshened up in the lav and went back to my seat, at which point the purser came around to thank everyone for flying CX. Once we landed, we made the short taxi over to Terminal 7, and docked at the gate. Since deboarding would be through door 2L this morning, the purser asked all pax in the forward J section to stay seated until all F pax deboarded, and all other pax were held back. I thought this was very nice of her, as even EK doesn't do this. I was the first one to deboard, and since we were the first flight to arrive that morning, immigration was empty, and I was the first one to be processed and sent through. It took about 15 minutes for the luggage to arrive, and it looks like the First Class Priority tags worked, as my suitcase was the first one out. I walked through customs, and out into the arrivals hall to wait for my mom to come and pick me up.
Here is a short video I made of the seat/suite-
Overall, Cathay Pacific was pretty disappointing. Maybe it was because I just wanted to get home after being away for 3 weeks, but I didn't enjoy the flight very much. I've read many other CX First Class TR's and they always say that it's great, but I don't think so. The seat wasn't that comfy without the mattress, the food wasn't good, the pajamas weren't that great (AA Pajamas were better), the service was pretty slow, and the amenity kit was small. I don't think I will ever be flying CX again, not because of this experience, I just never really liked them in general, and my travels don't really take me in the direction of Hong Kong. I usually prefer to go east rather than west, so I have other choices. I always prefer EK, and I wasn't really comparing CX to EK at all, I just didn't enjoy CX that much. End of story.
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