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Upcoming CX All Asia Pass Trip Report

Wed Feb 28, 2001 12:34 pm

I will be posting this weekend (I hope), my Nov-Dec trip on Cathay Pacific. I took advantage of the All Asia Pass, and went all over the place.

Itinerary was LAX-HKG-BKK-HKG-AKL-SYD-HKG-KIX-(TPE)-HKG-SIN-HKG-LAX.....
All on CX except AKL-SYD on TG. Good trip, about 2 weeks. 34,488 miles estimated.

I hope you will hear from me this weekend.

Cheers
Bob
 
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RE: Upcoming CX All Asia Pass Trip Report

Thu Mar 01, 2001 1:54 am

Great, I love Cathay, after flying in there J class from London to Sydeny via Hong Kong. Amazing!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Can't wait to read the trip.
rgrds-Dan
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RE: Upcoming CX All Asia Pass Trip Report

Thu Mar 01, 2001 10:28 am

No FF mileage though?
"The A340-300 may boast a long range, but the A340 is underpowered" -- Robert Milton, CEO - Air Canada
 
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RE: Upcoming CX All Asia Pass Trip Report

Thu Mar 01, 2001 12:18 pm

As they say on their web site, this is such a good deal that they just can't give FF miles, and they are very sorry.

I tend to agree with them.

cheers,
Bob
 
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RE: Upcoming CX All Asia Pass Trip Report

Fri Mar 02, 2001 12:20 am

BA747-436:

I will be flying CX in J Class from Hong Kong to Zurich in a few weeks. Can you share some details of the service? Thanks!
 
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RE: "PresRDC"

Fri Mar 02, 2001 2:06 am

Ok, you will be flying a B747-400. The seats are 2-2-2 i think or 2-3-2. Anyway they are soooo comfortable and recline very far (alot better than Emirates J class) The service is supreem and the cabin crew treat you like royalty. I'll find the menu from my London-Hong Kong route and tell you what there was to choose from for the main course. This will show you just how much effort they put in!:
Dinner:

Salad- Selected Seasonal salad served with any of your favourite dressings

Appetizer- Snow crab mousse and prawn with grilled artichoke and capsicum.

Main courses-
Eight treasures chicken
Pan fried sole fillet with coriander and ginger garnish
Lamb loin provencale style
Spinach ricotta tortellini with tomato basil sauce

Accompaniments-
Lyonnaise potatoes, three coloured noodles, steamed rice, assorted seasonal vegetables, stir fried vegetables.

Cheese selection with crackers and port.

Fruit- selection of fresh tropical organic fruit.

Dessert-
Backed pear and ginger tart
Charlotte kirsch royal
Movenpick icecream

Bread selection- Garlic bread, Kaiser roll or rustic rolle all service with butter, olive oil and balsemic viniger to dip.

Tea- Ceylon, camomile, earl grey, jasmine, japanese, pepermint

Coffe- Filter coffe, regular or decaffeinated, espresso, cappucino and caffe latte

Selection of Chocolates and mints.

Now how does that sound?!!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy  Smile/happy/getting dizzy  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
AMAZING!
They realy have personell service down to a tee, asking you questions by addressing you in a formal manner, eg:
"would you like some coffee mr valentine?"
The amenti kits are wonderful as well, they are made by a very famous English company called "crab tree and evelin" Very nice.
The entertainmet system and ptv's are some of the best around.
And you MUST visit the J class lounge at Hong Kong, i think it was called "The Wing" or somthing. It has a FREE cafe and a 40ft long bar!, big leather seats and worstaions, showers ect.
I don't know what else to tell you realy!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
If i havn't mentioned something that you'd like to know then please don't hesitate to E-Mail me at:

Dan@valentine1.demon.co.uk

All the best and have an amazing flight with Cathay Pacific.
rgrds-Dan
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RE: Upcoming CX All Asia Pass Trip Report

Fri Mar 02, 2001 2:52 am

I thought CX is flying A340s on HKG-ZRH. Correct me if I am wrong.
 
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RE: Upcoming CX All Asia Pass Trip Report

Fri Mar 02, 2001 3:31 am

I stand corrected. The aircraft you will be flying is a CX A340-300, but make sure you are not on
FLT NO:CX1290 as this is opp by Swissair and an MD11.
Hope this helps.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Dan
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RE: Upcoming CX All Asia Pass Trip Report

Sat Mar 03, 2001 12:43 am

BA747-436:

Thanks so much for the detailed info. It all sounds great and I am very much looking forward to the trip. The flight is an A340-300 and I have seat 11K, which is the bulkhead window on the right side.

What I am doing is flying from London (where I am studying) to Hong Kong via Zurich. Doing this and buying ticket through a consolidator (Travelselect.com) is allowing me to fly in J-class for only $2500, more than half of the full fare. Of course, I loose flexibility, but in ym ind it is worth it.

I fly out of London City Airport on Friday, March 16, on a Crossair Saab 2000 and connect with Swissair flight SR 172, an MD-11 to Hong Kong. I initially wanted to fly Cathay in both directions, but could not as its flight to Hong kong leaves at noon, and I have an exam at that time. The next Cathay flight does not leave until Sunday, which means I would loose a full day in Hong Kong. On the return flight, on March 24, I fly the Cathay flight, but with a Sweissair flight number and then connect to another Crossair flight to LCY.

I hope to visit The Wing, but I don't know if traveling on a Swissair ticket prevents me from doing so. Hopefully not, as it looks great.

Anyway, thanks again for the info and look for a very detailed trip report sometime early in the week of March 25.
 
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RE: "PresRDC"

Sat Mar 03, 2001 2:05 am

That's my pleasure!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Hope you have a great trip, you should be able to use the wing on your way back from Hong Kong but you'll have to ask the CX desk!
All the best and looking foreward to your report  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Dan
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RE: Why Only N/A, Not Europe?

Sat Mar 03, 2001 6:13 am

I have seen this all-Asia pass advertised on CX's website and it is something I would REALLY REALLY love to do BUT, it's only available in North America, not Europe - and they make it as difficult as possible to get it outside the US as well (I.E. you have to have a US address). After all, CX has many loyal customers in Europe as well; why should we be discriminated against like this?

I would be tempted to fly to NY and buy one there; it would actually save you a considerable amount if you intended to do quite a bit of flying around Asia.

With the 346 now planned to come onstream in 2002, I'd plan to go then, maybe fly JFK-HKG nonstop on the -600. Now that would be fun!
 
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RE: Upcoming CX All Asia Pass Trip Report

Sat Mar 03, 2001 12:24 pm

I did some research on this last year, out of curiousity, and this is what I found.

During the Asian economic crisis a couple of years ago, CX had just started a second LAX-HKG flight (not every day, though) and had a big fall-off in traffic within Asia. That is when they started the All Asia Pass in order to get as many butts in as many seats as they could, with the LAX-HKG and to some extent, the LAX-SFO route as the anchor for the whole effort. As I recall, initially they did not offer Canada-HKG flights either. Also I remember that they started their JFK service in this same time frame. (Somebody help me out, I don't know if I have the order of events correct or not.)
Anyhow, it turned out to be so popular that they continued to offer the Pass in the following years. I think that the key to the All Asia Pass is the large North America-Hong Kong market. I don't know if offering the Pass on Europe-Hong Kong segments makes sense or not, given the size of that market. (How does the Europe-Hong Kong market compare in number of seats with North America-Hong Kong?)

Just some random thoughts in a random order.

Cheers,
Bob
 
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RE: Upcoming CX All Asia Pass Trip Report

Sat Mar 03, 2001 5:50 pm

Where is the trip report??

Did you enjoy New Zealand?? That is where i live. I live in Auckland!!

I hope you had a great time in all of your destinations that you visited and i will be checking regularly for a post from you!!

Cheers
mikey

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