Its Easter long weekend, so my wife and I and some friends decided its time to get away to Hong Kong for a gastronomy getaway. I decided on the red eye flight by CX as its operated by an A343, and these birds are getting rarer by the day. However as I just finished off packing at home, got a text message from CX as flight has been delayed. True enough, after checking on Flight Track, all flight from HKG are delayed due to a typhoon that going on there. Anyway, being a long weekend, we still decided to go to the airport a little early as we can meet up with our friends (they were taking the red eye GA B738 flight to HKG). After formalities were completed, we met our friends at one of the café’s with a view of the tarmac and of course most importantly, one that has a smoking room.
Red eye to Manila
Boarding was called a little earlier than the stated delay time. Once we got to the gate, I realized that this is going to be a full flight in all classes to HKG.
Did not manage to get a nice external pic of B-HXI so heres one from A.Net database.
Arrived at the airport with about 1.5hrs to spare, after check in and other formalities were completed, my wife decided to disappear at the duty free area whilst I just walked around and browsed the book store.
Wide bodies galore (with a very dirty MH A333)
Our bird, B-HLN
Boarding was on time and orderly, and crew was cheerful in greeting us, but I was a little bit sad when I realized this bird still had the old regional J config. Somehow on all my CX regional flights, I tend to get the new J and old regional seats, but never the new regional J which is being rolled out.
Rainy day at HKIA
G-V being towed to the Business Jet Terminal
One last inbound before its our turn
Video of take off run
The world’s smallest IFE monitor, so I did my own handy work with my iPad mini
Menu and meal
The flight was pretty bumpy on ascend to flight level 330, but after that it was pretty smooth all the way into CGK, the crew were good as usual and after the meal and catching up a few shows on my iPad, I managed ot get some good rest till we started out descend into CGK,
Thanks for reading again guys, and I will post another HKG TR by tomorrow as 2 weeks after this, I had to go back to Hong Kong and also to Nanning in China for a business trip.
Carfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1821 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (10 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 12026 times:
Thanks for the report!
At least the former herringbone seats look better than the tired looking regional seats.
The late night supper is definitely modified now - everything served at once - I guess it makes sense given the late night nature of the flight. However, I think there should still be three choices of entrees and the selections should be lighter food like traditional pasta dishes with tomato or olive oil based sauce, a noodle soup selection (but those routes are bumpy), a fried noodle dish or light rice dish will be great (even congee but also bumpy route).
thaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 860 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (10 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 9853 times:
Quoting Carfield (Reply 1): However, I think there should still be three choices of entrees and the selections should be lighter food like traditional pasta dishes with tomato or olive oil based sauce, a noodle soup selection (but those routes are bumpy), a fried noodle dish or light rice dish will be great (even congee but also bumpy route).
Thanks for reading. Yes, the regional seats look really tired, but as we speaking, they are rolling out new ones. But I have yet to try them. As for the meals, I think at that time of the night (or morning), congee would be the best bet.
christao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 929 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (10 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 8655 times:
Based on the seats alone, the old regional J seats look more comfortable than the herringbone ones. Sure, IFE isn't as good, the seat doesn't allow for a lie-flat bed, etc. but for four or five hours of sitting, the old seats seem better.
sq_ek_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1625 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (10 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 8405 times:
Great report as always. Two observations:
1. Glad they've changed up the crockery a bit in Business Class, I always thought that for a supposed world class airline like CX serving your meals in glorified Economy Class casserole dishes was sub par. SQ doesn't even use trays on their SIN-HKG runs.
2. I don't know how they get away with those old regional seats. Once again SQ has mostly refurbished their regional fleet with the new angle flats, I think they are only a few 777's left in the old config, and even then, SQ's recliners are way superior to CX's. Even TG has made strides in this regard, only their old A330's have the recliner seats, I don't think the A300's do much other than domestic and Indo-China flying these days. Let's not even mention Garuda that has recliners on the 737 but better legroom and AVOD to boot, and their A330's are up there with the best.
thaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 860 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (10 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 8262 times:
Quoting christao17 (Reply 3): Sure, IFE isn't as good, the seat doesn't allow for a lie-flat bed, etc. but for four or five hours of sitting, the old seats seem better
Actually have to agree with you on that, I am pretty big, so widthwise, I am touching he side panels when sitted
Quoting sq_ek_freak (Reply 4): Glad they've changed up the crockery a bit in Business Class, I always thought that for a supposed world class airline like CX serving your meals in glorified Economy Class casserole dishes was sub par. SQ doesn't even use trays on their SIN-HKG runs.
That is a very true and correct statement too, sometimes they are a little bit on the cheap side