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Oh No! Not The Herringbone! CX Business Class  
User currently offlinethaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 13789 times:

Date: 28 Mar 2013
Flight: Cathay Pacific CX798
Route: Jakarta (CGK) – HongKong (HKG)
Aircraft: A340-300
Rego: B-HXI
Seat:14K (Business Class)
ETD: 2355 (0050)
ETA: 0520 (0632)
1st Flight: 2 June 1998
Flight Time: 4hrs 10mins

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
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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.

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Photo © Darren Koch



Cabin Views

The hated herringbone J seats
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A peak outside
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IFE
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Inflight Magazines & Menu
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Although the crew were busy getting everyone settled in asap, so that we could commence pushback and make up some lost time, they still got about their work cheerfully.

Late night supper
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Legrest
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Cabin view in the morning light
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After 3 magnificent days in Hong Kong, and also a flawless stay at the Island Shangri-La, it was time to head home.

Date: 31 Mar 2013
Flight: Cathay Pacific CX719
Route: HongKong (HKG) – Jakarta (CGK)
Aircraft: A330-300
Rego: B-HLN
Seat:14K (Business Class)
ETD: 1600 (1605)
ETA: 1950 (1940)
1st Flight: 25 Jan 2001
Flight Time: 4hrs 17mins

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)

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Our bird, B-HLN
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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.

Cabin views
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IFE Control
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Rainy day at HKIA
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G-V being towed to the Business Jet Terminal
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One last inbound before its our turn
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Video of take off run


The world’s smallest IFE monitor, so I did my own handy work with my iPad mini
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Menu and meal
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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.


Below are my previous TR’s from newest to oldest.

Malaysian Hospitality: New A333 To PER (by thaia345 Apr 22 2013 in Trip Reports)
PER-SYD-PER In Style: Falcon 900C (by thaia345 Apr 21 2013 in Trip Reports)
Emirates A380 Suites & Thai B773ER Suites (by thaia345 Oct 31 2012 in Trip Reports)
Garuda Longhaul In J & Virgin Australia Domestic J (by thaia345 Oct 22 2012 in Trip Reports)
British Airways New First Class (by thaia345 Oct 14 2012 in Trip Reports)
All New Virgin Australia A332 Domestic J Report (by thaia345 Jul 21 2012 in Trip Reports)
Cathay Pacific All New Longhaul Business Class (by thaia345 Jul 15 2012 in Trip Reports)
ULH Cathay Pacific Suites, Garuda J & Iberia J (by thaia345 Jul 11 2012 in Trip Reports)
Cathay Pacific Suites - Ultra Long Haul HKG-JFK (by thaia345 Mar 18 2012 in Trip Reports)
Thai Royal First Class & Legacy 600 Biz Jet (by thaia345 Mar 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
The Way To Fly:CX Suites & GA J Part 2 (by thaia345 Jan 21 2012 in Trip Reports)
The Way To Fly:CX/F,GA/J,Biz Jets Part 1 (by thaia345 Jan 18 2012 in Trip Reports)
Biz Jet Photo Report:Challenger 850 & 605 (by thaia345 Jan 15 2012 in Trip Reports)
GA & SA In Jakarta To Perth & Cape Town (by thaia345 Jan 5 2012 in Trip Reports)
Thai Suites/F & 4 Days In A Citation Bravo (by thaia345 Nov 13 2011 in Trip Reports)
Biz Jet Report: Citation XLS+ Jakarta-Surabaya (by thaia345 Oct 25 2011 in Trip Reports)
Thai Airways F Class: Always Satisfied (by thaia345 Oct 16 2011 in Trip Reports)
The Ultimate Indulgence Pt 3: Flying Home (by thaia345 Sep 25 2011 in Trip Reports)
The Ultimate Indulgence Pt 2: Private Jets (by thaia345 Sep 22 2011 in Trip Reports)
The Ultimate Indulgence Pt 1: CX/F & GA/J (by thaia345 Sep 19 2011 in Trip Reports)
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)
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Biz Class: Malaysian Hospitality KUL-PER-KUL Pics (by ThaiA345 Jan 13 2009 in Trip Reports)
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Business Class, QF, MH, KL: Going Home Part 2/2 (by ThaiA345 Nov 7 2008 in Trip Reports)
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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)
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MH Is Malaysian Hospitality Pt I, J To PER (by ThaiA345 Feb 28 2008 in Trip Reports)
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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)

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User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1934 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 13769 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).

Thanks for sharing!
Carfield


User currently offlinethaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 6 hours ago) and read 11596 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).

Hi Carfield,

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.

Thanks again for reading


User currently offlinechristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 941 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 10398 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.


Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offlinesq_ek_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1640 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 10148 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.



Keep Discovering
User currently offlinethaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 10005 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

Quoting sq_ek_freak (Reply 4):
I think they are only a few 777's left in the old config,

Actually CGK sees a lot of the old B777 with the Ultimo seats

Quoting sq_ek_freak (Reply 4):
Even TG has made strides in this regard, only their old A330's have the recliner seats,

And the recliner on TG's old A333 are much more roomier and comfortable than CX's especially on the legroom adn recline angles

Quoting sq_ek_freak (Reply 4):
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.

GA has made fantastic strides the last couple of years, I must say even their B738 are one of the best J seats around on B738/9


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