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HKG-LHR CX 744 Oct '09 (part II)

Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:46 pm

Part II continuing on from:
AKL-HKG CX 744 Oct '09

CX251 28th October HKG-LHR
aircraft: Boeing 747-400 (didn't catch the rego sorry).
Window seat in E-zone.

After the long (but shorter than scheduled) flight from AKL-HKG I was in 2 minds about the next flight. I was looking forward to it as I haven't flown this route before, but at the same time its just not natural to be flying in a pressurised tube particularly for 23+ hours.

After spending a couple of hours in HKG airport (one of my favorites I have to say), bumping into a few crew that were friends of mine in the terminal, and using the free wifi to go on A.net etc it was time to head to the gate. The gate started filling up quickly so I started to get that feeling... sure enough I found out that the flight was full. Scheduled boarding time came and passed...no announcements... soon after a few supervisor types turned up...not a good sign. Departure was to be delayed by 30 mins it turned out. We finally got on board and due to the delay missed our takeoff and routing slot over China. So a further delay as a result. We finally got our clearance so pushed back, engine start and then something else was wrong. Turns out it was the hydraulic boost pump in engine #3 IIRC so we got towed back onto the gate and sweltered onboard in the heat and humidity without aircon for the best part of an hour. These delays were all adding up and for me having already just flown 12 hours it was starting to get a bit frustrating! I was slightly hopeful to have someone interesting sitting next to me but no I had an elderly Eastern European couple who had several unpleasant smells eminating from them   . They didn't understand English either so I was somewhat trapped in a window seat.

Negatives out of the way we finally got going and they did manage to make up some time along the way... Luckily coming into LHR we weren't held up signifcantly as a result of missing our landing slot. I managed to get a little bit of sleep on the flight not that I was missing much... it seemed to be cloudy all the way from Asia to Europe! Coming into LHR it was misty with fog in places and plenty of low cloud.

As soon as I got near the door I could feel the chill... but it was refreshing after being couped up in aircraft for so long! We ended up being an hour late which almost caused me a big issue (was staying with friends and they had to get to work so by the time I got to their place on the tube they were almost running late). Just made it!

Sorry this is a basic TR without many details! Here are some pics:











Some contrails from other aircraft:

Another aircraft close by (its quite misty):


Twickernam:


BA 744:


[Edited 2009-11-20 08:47:51 by zkpilot]
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RE: HKG-LHR CX 744 Oct '09 (part II)

Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:29 am

Nice TR

Really love the pics of the sunrise.

Sorry to hear about the long delay you had.

How was the crew on the flight?


Thank you for sharing

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RE: HKG-LHR CX 744 Oct '09 (part II)

Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:17 am



Quoting B747forever (Reply 1):
Nice TR

Really love the pics of the sunrise.

Sorry to hear about the long delay you had.

How was the crew on the flight?


Thank you for sharing

B747forever

Thanks B747forever
It was quite misty and my window was quite dirty so not the best pics I'm afraid!
The crew were alright... the usual efficient type I guess. The crew on the AKL-HKG leg were much more friendly (could be due to that flight having a light load but theres probably more to it than that). Since I was trapped in the window seat by a couple that never seemed to get up I had to use the call bell a couple of times for water... although I did see them come around a few times during the night with water also.
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RE: HKG-LHR CX 744 Oct '09 (part II)

Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:41 pm

Hi Zkpilot ... nice TR again & nice pics of the dawn over / around LHR, too.

So overall and everything considered ... your final verdict on the new fixed-shell seats for a long-haul night flight is.....????

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RE: HKG-LHR CX 744 Oct '09 (part II)

Sun Nov 22, 2009 3:48 am

It was B-HOY if you are interested.
 
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RE: HKG-LHR CX 744 Oct '09 (part II)

Sun Nov 22, 2009 3:03 pm



Quoting Airbear (Reply 3):
Hi Zkpilot ... nice TR again & nice pics of the dawn over / around LHR, too.

So overall and everything considered ... your final verdict on the new fixed-shell seats for a long-haul night flight is.....????

Cheers, Airbear

Oh right... um if you are less than 6'0 (180cm) then yes better than regular seat. If taller (like me) then I would rather be in a regular seat. Not so bad if theres a spare seat next to you as you can kinda spread out but not very good if you have a row as you can't really lay down across them. So for me I would say no overall.

Quoting B-HXB (Reply 4):
It was B-HOY if you are interested.

Great! thanks for that  Smile
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RE: HKG-LHR CX 744 Oct '09 (part II)

Sun Nov 22, 2009 3:52 pm



Quoting Zkpilot (Thread starter):
CX251 28th October HKG-LHR
aircraft: Boeing 747-400 (didn't catch the rego sorry).
Window seat in E-zone.

Kurt posted this on my TR a few weeks ago, in reference to finding the registration number.

"Next time, keep in mind that on UA 744s, there is a registration certificate next to door 4R, (the rearmost, right next to the stairs up to the crew rest area)."

Perhaps the registration is inside the CX plane somewhere?
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RE: HKG-LHR CX 744 Oct '09 (part II)

Sun Nov 22, 2009 6:28 pm



Quoting HOOB747 (Reply 6):

Quoting Zkpilot (Thread starter):
CX251 28th October HKG-LHR
aircraft: Boeing 747-400 (didn't catch the rego sorry).
Window seat in E-zone.

Kurt posted this on my TR a few weeks ago, in reference to finding the registration number.

"Next time, keep in mind that on UA 744s, there is a registration certificate next to door 4R, (the rearmost, right next to the stairs up to the crew rest area)."

Perhaps the registration is inside the CX plane somewhere?

Yeah most aircraft have the rego in the galleys, flight deck, CSM/purser station, sometimes around L1/L2 depending on the aircraft. I just forgot to find it out til the end of the flight and by then I was in a hurry to get off the plane.
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RE: HKG-LHR CX 744 Oct '09 (part II)

Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:31 am



Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 5):
Oh right... um if you are less than 6'0 (180cm) then yes better than regular seat. If taller (like me) then I would rather be in a regular seat. Not so bad if theres a spare seat next to you as you can kinda spread out but not very good if you have a row as you can't really lay down across them. So for me I would say no overall.

Hi ... appreciate the opinion, thanks.
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RE: HKG-LHR CX 744 Oct '09 (part II)

Sat Dec 19, 2009 11:48 pm

Thanks for posting.

Little info on the inflight service/meals etc, how did you find it?

Tks

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RE: HKG-LHR CX 744 Oct '09 (part II)

Sun Dec 20, 2009 2:47 am



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 9):
Thanks for posting.

Little info on the inflight service/meals etc, how did you find it?

Tks

Mark

Thanks,
well the crew on this flight weren't as friendly as the crew on the AKL-HKG sector (could be since it was full and delayed I suppose). The food was pretty much the same as the previous flight except it was more Asian in design I guess. Because I was trapped in my window seat on this flight and was quite tired I didn't get much chance to do a good TR on this sector.
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