7 April 2005
Business Class 18A
I checked in at the airport very early - around 5:30am for the 7:50am departure. To my great pleasure, my bag was checked through to London, so I wouldn't have to haul it around after me all the time.
Of course, immigration in Beijing doesn't open until 6am, so I waited around with other passengers until 6am when they opened. I was through by 6:01am, and a bit sweaty as the airport in Beijing seems to have shocking airconditioning.
I went to the Beijing Airports Corporation (or whatever it's called) lounge, and got on the Internet. Happily, it was much faster than the Internet at my hotel, and I e-mailed away. I was also pleased because I was sitting next to a portable airconditioner!!
The food selection was quite good, and I had a small pizza, which tasted like death, but this was Beijing after all.
As usual, I was first to board. My coat was taken and I had a bit of a giggle when a gaggle of American tourists boarded, complete with their own food! I had two orange juices before take-off and was rather upset that no alcohol was offered. The usual multi-language announcements, and the pilots let us know their intentions.
We were into the air on time (after a wait on the ground - we were ready to go about 15 minutes before official departure, but were held), and the service began. At this point, I was watching Meet The Fockers, which I had been dying to see and it didn't disappoint. The meal did, however...
Appetizer was Fresh Seasonal Fruit. The kiwifruit was nice, and others were pretty unidentifyable, but tasty. All good so far! Coffee, no problem. I was offered Fruit Yoghurt, Corn Flakes or All Bran Flakes, but declined. I had two croissants, and they were delicious - especially with strawberry jam. However, the "knife" type object I was given to cut them left a lot to be desired.
Main courses were Omelette with Tomato Sauce, with an English Breakfast Sausage, Potato Wedges and Broccoli. Second choice was Chinese Dim Sum, served with Chilli Sauce. Third choice was Fried Ramen Noodles with Pork Slice and Black Mushrooms, served with Chilli Sauce.
I took the Omelette, big mistake. I have never tasted anything so bad in my life. It had the consistency of cardboard, and tasted like shit. The sausage was passable, however it had a big piece of fatty gristle in it which is so unwelcome in the morning. Broccoli was okay, potato wedges were somewhat dry. I ended up feeling ill most of the rest of the day. I only have that meal to blame, unfortunately.
Saw the rest of the movie, and ordered Duty Free! They have the hottest models you've ever seen in your life in the Duty Free catalogue, and I was determined to buy the Mobius Necklace or the Armani Bag. I got the bag as it was only about $US150, as opposed to the necklace (which was GORGEOUS and I want it so bad!) which was $US380. Unfortunately, it's all more in Australian dollars, but I wanted a treat and the bag will look great when I get it out of its box.
They bring around a little credit card reader for them to swipe and to give you your docket, all pretty nice! The lead purser deserves special mention - I was the only one who responded with more than a grunt to her good morning, asking her how she was and things like that, and later on we had an amusing conversation about the white blonde patches in my hair She said she liked it, but hoped she didn't get it herself naturally! Nice!
We landed on time and got a good gate at Hong Kong, so that immigration was really close by. It was just a shame the meal sucked so bad! Apart from that, the Business Class section was full - except for the seat next to me, and I do love that! The F/As talk to me more when they're not talking across someone.
This ends my experiences with Cathay Pacific. I am back with Qantas tomorrow for another date with the SkyBed, and then it's Icelandair I'll keep you all posted! I hope you're enjoying these!
From Trent (writing from the QF and BA lounge in HKG!)