Reason For Trip
This trip eventuated due to an urgent meeting I had in relation to our future expansion of our business in China, namely in the city of Tianjin. As I was only to be there for 1 night the quickest and most convenient schedule was Jakarta to Hong Kong by Cathay Pacific and then connecting with Dragonair to Beijing before taking the bullet train from Beijing to Tianjin, and first time for me in China, although I have been on them tons of time in Germany and Japan.
Date: 20 July 2011
Route: Jakarta (CGK
) - Hong Kong (HKG
Flight: Cathay Pacific CX798
Seat: 18K (Business Class)
Flight time: 4hrs 20mins
1st Flight: 27 Aug 1994
Took me a quick 20mins at this time of the night to reach the airport. Check in was swift and in no time I am already in the lounge. Pretty surpised that theres quite a bit of traffic at night. Theres Korean going off to Seoul, Air China to Beijing, Phillipine Airlines going to Manila and also Emirates going to Dubai. I just stayed im the lounge all the way till boarding was called.
Boarding was on time and efficient. Was greeted at door 1L by a polite male purser. Load is pretty light with J being about 1/3 full. A polite crew on board but noticed they all looked pretty junior. Old regional J seats on this A333 are comfortable but definitely not ideal to sleep for a red eye flight.
Next to us on the tarmac
Seats are similar to MH
old A333 but on CX
it has an avod system, albeit one that runs in a loop.
Old IFE onboard, and I rather use my own Ipad ☺
Instead of waking us up for breakfast, we had a very late night meal instead after take off
Date: 20 July 2011
Route: Hong Kong (HKG
) - Beijing (PEK
Flight: Dragonair KA900
Seat: 1A (First Class)
Flight time: 2hrs 40mins
1st Flight: 26 Nov 2002
After disembarking I made my way thru the transfer area before making myself comfortable in CX
's The Wing F lounge. Managed to get a nice long shower before settling down for some breakfast at the dining room where the catering and staff are from The Peninsula Hotel.
Views from the Lounge
After breakfast, there was an announcemt of a gate change to gate 71, from the previous gate 18. Great! Now I have to get to the other end of the terminal! At least in gives me time to some spotting on a very wet and humid summers day.
My impressions of CX
F lounge is that its nice an airy and gives a good sense of privacy, but its still a far cry from my beloved TG
Royal First Lounge in BKK
My bird taking me to PEK
When I arrived at the gate boarding already commenced and I immediately boarded. A polite crew greeted me on board and this aircraft has 12 seats in F.
Seats are in the old style cradle and although old, they were pretty comfortable.
After breakfast i managed to get about 45mins worth of sleep. All in all an uneventful flight.
Beijing Capital Ariport
My brief half day stay at St Regis Beijing
Views of Beijing South Bullet Train Station
An overnight stay at the extremely well appinted Raffles Hotel Tianjin and all for under 120usd!
Date: 21 July 2011
Route: Beijing (PEK
) - Hong Kong (HKG
Flight: Dragonair KA975
Seat: 11A (Business Class)
Flight time: 3hrs 00mins
1st Flight: 25 Mar 1998
After a quick 24hrs in Beijing and Tianjin its time to head back home albeit with an overnight stay in Hong Kong. After meetings in Tianjin I took the reliable bullet train back to Beijing and from there my pre-arranged driver took me to Beijing Capital International Airport.
The bullet train taking me back to Beijing, sadly a similar train crashed outside the city of Wuhan just a few days after I was done with this trip
Had about 2 hours to spare before departure so I checked if there were any earlier flight to HKG
, there was but it was delayed and due to depart only after my original flight. Hence I decided to stick to my original flight. Managed to had a look around the airport before I proceeded to clear immigration and security formalities.
A380 in PEK
I Had a shower and then just spent the rest of my time in the CX
/KA lounge till boarding was called.
Lounge in PEK
My bird taking me to HKG
Nice and cosy in J on this A320 with only 8 seats available. Flight is full in both J and Y.
Otherwise flight itself was uneventful and managed to also take a short nap. This is my last shot just before descend commenced
Date: 22 July 2011
Route: Hong Kong (HKG
) - Jakarta (CGK
Flight: Cathay Pacific CX777
Seat: 2A (First Class)
Flight time: 4hrs04mins
1st Flight: 05 Aug 1993
My overnight stay at the fabulous W Hotel Hong Kong
Aftet a quick overnight stay at the great W Hotel Hong Kong, i was soon back again at HKIA and of course the fastest way was by airport express train. Check in was quick and convenient at Kowloon Station.
Taking the Airport Express train to HKIA
Once i arrived at the airport it was directly to security and immigration. Busy morning rush hour but due to HKIA's usual efficiency, took me no less than 10mins to clear both security and immigration.
The rest of my time was just spent at The Pier First Class lounge.
My ride to CGK
Was first to board in F.
My first time jn F on the B744, usually my F runs are on the B773ER. A fantastic crew on board and service is top notch right from the start. Flight was pretty quiet in F with only me and another pax.
Taxi and take off
And the obligatory visit to the Lav
About to take a nice long nap
Great service is ensured throughout the flight and the crew was a real enjoyable bunch. Looking forward to my next CX
suites flight to LAX
on 25th Aug.
My next trips are:
1. Paris and Frankfurt with TG
F and Lufthansa Private Jet between LBG
!! (Trip done, just need me to finish up the report)
2. Los Angeles, San Diego & Vegas with CX
F and domestic USA with private jets
3. Frankfurt with the usual TG
That’s my trips that are lined up till end of Sep 2011. Will have more after that.
Please also enjoy my previous TR
’s from newest to oldest.
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)
KLM B773ER - The New World Business Class (by ThaiA345 Oct 10 2009 in Trip Reports)
Garuda's "new" B737-800 - A Short Trip To SUB (by ThaiA345 Aug 10 2009 in Trip Reports)
Royal First Class/J On TG (FRA,BCN,MXP) Part II (by ThaiA345 Aug 6 2009 in Trip Reports)
Royal First Class On TG(FRA, BCN,MXP) & Back! (by ThaiA345 Aug 3 2009 in Trip Reports)
CX New J Class On A333 And F, With J On KA (by ThaiA345 Jul 16 2009 in Trip Reports)
Jakarta-Lanzarote! TG In F MH In J AB In Y (PICS) (by ThaiA345 Apr 18 2009 in Trip Reports)
Malaysian Hospitality To Perth (MH In J) (by ThaiA345 Apr 11 2009 in Trip Reports)
Yokoso Japan! MH/NH In J (many Pics) (by ThaiA345 Apr 4 2009 in Trip Reports)
Biz Class: Malaysian Hospitality KUL-PER-KUL Pics (by ThaiA345 Jan 13 2009 in Trip Reports)
Thai 1st Class On The B744 & A346 (by ThaiA345 Dec 18 2008 in Trip Reports)
Business Class, QF, MH, KL: Going Home Part 2/2 (by ThaiA345 Nov 7 2008 in Trip Reports)
Malaysia Airlines 1st Class: Down Under Part 1/2 (by ThaiA345 Nov 6 2008 in Trip Reports)
Garuda Business Class - CGK-SUBvv (Pics) (by ThaiA345 Aug 10 2008 in Trip Reports)
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)
MH Is Malaysian Hospitality Pt II, Bak Fr PER In J (by ThaiA345 Mar 6 2008 in Trip Reports)
MH Is Malaysian Hospitality Pt I, J To PER (by ThaiA345 Feb 28 2008 in Trip Reports)
Garuda Domestic (Floods And Airport Closures!) (by ThaiA345 Feb 3 2008 in Trip Reports)
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)
Mystical Morocco & Romantic Paris! TG,MH,AF (by ThaiA345 May 30 2007 in Trip Reports)
The Great China Trip With MH In J (by ThaiA345 May 1 2007 in Trip Reports)
Viva La Spain! TG In F/J, JK In Y, And MH In J (by ThaiA345 Apr 3 2007 in Trip Reports)
Another Inter-Indonesia Run By GA In J (by ThaiA345 Mar 6 2007 in Trip Reports)
Garuda In Y & C: CGK-SUBvv (by ThaiA345 Feb 26 2007 in Trip Reports)
MH/TG/OZ/AA In C: KL,Seoul,LA & Cabo! (by ThaiA345 Feb 26 2007 in Trip Reports)
1st Report! TG/MH/KL/EK Round The World In J (by ThaiA345 Jan 28 2007 in Trip Reports)