CXYVR
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MNL-HKG-YVR Trip (lots Of Pics)

Mon Dec 24, 2007 12:43 am

This is my first trip report here on A.net. I do apologize in advance for some of the picture quality as I just used my cellphone for some of the shots.

Flight # = CX 900 - (MNL - HKG), CX838 (HKG-YVR)
Aircraft Used = A340-600, A340-300


My flight to Hong Kong was not until 12:30 p.m., but decided to go to the airport a few hours early knowing that the departure process can be a bit hectic at this airport.

Once I got there, I had to show the security guard my passport as well as my ticket before I could even enter the departure terminal. Once inside, I was greeted by a long line of people going through security checks before being able to go to the check-in counters. The check-in line at Cathay Pacific was also quite long. Once I got to the agent, I requested a window seat, but was told that there was none available on this flight, instead he got me a window seat on the HKG-YVR portion of my trip.

Afterwards, I proceeded to pay the departure fee (750 pesos, about $18) and then another line-up at the immigration counters. After clearing immigration, I had to get in line again for another security check, then it was to the departure gates.

Korean Air B777 and a Cathay Pacific 747-400
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj210/cx901/079.jpg
This was another Cathay Pacific plane that leaves about one hour earlier than ours.

Plane Spotting at Manila:
PAL - A330

Gulf Air

Unfortunately, I could not get a better picture of this really nicely painted plane.

KLM B777 - sadly, this might/will be the lone European carrier going to manila in the future.
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj210/cx901/085.jpg

Finally, our plane to Hong Kong - A340-600 - very long plane!
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj210/cx901/087.jpg

The flight to Hong Kong went by fast. Since my flight to Vancouver is not until 4:45 p.m., I did some plane spotting in Hong Kong:

EVA Air
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj210/cx901/098.jpg
South African Airways

Oasis -landing

China Airlines
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj210/cx901/IMG00163.jpg
Dragon Air

Qatar

Hong Kong Terminal
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj210/cx901/112.jpg

Our plane to Vancouver. A340-300
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj210/cx901/103.jpg
Delayed

After a few minitues of delay, we started boarding the plane. This flight, I think was 100% full. The cathay pacific agent in manila did a very good job, not only did he get me a window seat, he also placed me in a sport where I had no passengers behind me, thereby, allowing me to recline my seat fully and get some decent sleep.

Dinner: Yummy Big grin
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj210/cx901/100_8845.jpg
Sunrise somewhere over the pacific
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj210/cx901/100_8844.jpg

Briefly, this plane kept pace with us, afterwards it simply overtook us.
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj210/cx901/100_8846.jpg
Breakfast: A little bit on the greasy side -still good enough though
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj210/cx901/100_8847.jpg

Before reaching Vancouver, the captain came on the P.A. basically, to inform us that the weather in Vancouver was bad. Indeed, it was bad. Visibilty was so poor that I could not see anything from my window and did not see the ground until we were pretty much landing on the runway.

There was bit of a delay getting into our gate as the plane occupying our gate had to be de-iced again. PAL A340-300 straight from Manila also waiting behind us.
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj210/cx901/100_8853.jpg
CX , PAL and Air New Zealand
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj210/cx901/121.jpg
Air China
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj210/cx901/119.jpg
Thats about it for me. Thanks for reading.
 
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RE: MNL-HKG-YVR Trip (lots Of Pics)

Mon Dec 24, 2007 3:01 am

Great trip Report! I enojoyed looking at all your pictures! Did you took pictures from inside the plane, inflight, etc...?

It must have been strange to go from sunny Manila to Vancouver's winter land right? lol


cheers!
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CXYVR
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RE: MNL-HKG-YVR Trip (lots Of Pics)

Mon Dec 24, 2007 3:32 am

Some additional cabin pictures.

Boeing 747-400 - New Economy class seats on the plane I took from YVR to HKG. The entertainment system was the best. They called it CX studio. 50 plus movies on demand and numerous songs, you can even create your own playlist.
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj210/cx901/IMG00051.jpg

A340-600 - Seats. A little bit older compared to the 747-400 but still great.
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj210/cx901/095.jpg

Yes, the difference in climate was like day and night.
 
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RE: MNL-HKG-YVR Trip (lots Of Pics)

Mon Dec 24, 2007 5:32 am

Thanks for the pics. Though it was from HP, it turned out quite alright.
Never surprises me to see Air China almost at almost every destination.
The mainland Chinese are really flying these days.
BTW, were there any inflight snacks provided on the HKG-YVR? Say a snack box or cup noodles? Was it served by crew or self-service?
Oh, what about real menu cards? Do CX still give out?
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RE: MNL-HKG-YVR Trip (lots Of Pics)

Mon Dec 24, 2007 5:56 am

Answering your question SIN7, I think the crew came around and offered a choice of noodles or some other snack which I cannot remember.

Yes, they still give out menu cards.

HKG to Vancouver menu card.
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj210/cx901/100_8887.jpg

thanks for the reply
 
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RE: MNL-HKG-YVR Trip (lots Of Pics)

Mon Dec 24, 2007 3:20 pm

Nice first TR.

The pics are really good

Quoting CXYVR (Thread starter):
Briefly, this plane kept pace with us, afterwards it simply overtook us.

Of course it overtook you, it is a Boeing 747  Wink

Quoting CXYVR (Thread starter):
CX , PAL and Air New Zealand

And all to much warmer places


Thank you for sharing

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RE: MNL-HKG-YVR Trip (lots Of Pics)

Mon Dec 24, 2007 4:07 pm



Quoting CXYVR (Thread starter):
KLM B777 - sadly, this might/will be the lone European carrier going to manila in the future.

Sorry if this sounds out-to-lunch, but why are the European carriers pulling out of Manila? Are the loads or yields that poor, or are there a lot of code-share flights with Asian carriers between the MNL and their Asian hubs like BKK?
 
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RE: MNL-HKG-YVR Trip (lots Of Pics)

Mon Dec 24, 2007 4:49 pm



Quoting CA228 (Reply 6):
but why are the European carriers pulling out of Manila?

Think that you answered your own question. Think that the loads are to poor, so they instead coda share with Asian carriers.
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RE: MNL-HKG-YVR Trip (lots Of Pics)

Mon Dec 24, 2007 4:54 pm



Quoting CA228 (Reply 6):
Sorry if this sounds out-to-lunch, but why are the European carriers pulling out of Manila? Are the loads or yields that poor, or are there a lot of code-share flights with Asian carriers between the MNL and their Asian hubs like BKK?

Hello, attached is a link posted a few days ago that answers your question.
LH Leaves MNL (by Hugo Dec 21 2007 in Civil Aviation)

Thanks
 
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RE: MNL-HKG-YVR Trip (lots Of Pics)

Mon Dec 24, 2007 5:12 pm



Quoting B747forever (Reply 5):
Of course it overtook you, it is a Boeing 747

 Big grin

thanks for the reply
 
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RE: MNL-HKG-YVR Trip (lots Of Pics)

Tue Dec 25, 2007 12:13 am

Nice report, thanks.

Quoting CXYVR (Thread starter):
The flight to Hong Kong went by fast

- What was the service & loads like on this flight?

Tx

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RE: MNL-HKG-YVR Trip (lots Of Pics)

Tue Dec 25, 2007 12:55 am



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 10):
What was the service & loads like on this flight?

The load on this particular flight, I would say was excellent. I think it was 100% full or close to it, for the economy section at least. CX I think offers at least four daily flights for this sector.

Since it was only about a two hour flight, they served us only sandwiches and the usual choice of drinks. Entertainment wise, they still offered good selections (Discovery Channel and some tv shows)

Thanks.
 
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RE: MNL-HKG-YVR Trip (lots Of Pics)

Tue Dec 25, 2007 10:12 am

Nice report . The CX New Y class seats look nice. 50 movies is a very good IFE system.

Thanks for sharing

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