TAM Economy Class New York JFK – Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
LAN Economy Class Santiago – Sao Paulo
TAM Economy Class Sao Paulo – New York JFK
United BusinessFirst Denver to
Tokyo Seattle (Emergency Landing)
United BusinessFirst on the 787 Seattle to Tokyo
Cathay Pacific Regional Business Class Tokyo Narita – Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific “The Wing” Business Class Lounge Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Business Class Hong Kong – Dubai
Dubai, Day 1 (Traiteur Brunch, Park Hyatt Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Atlantis Palm Islands)
Dubai, Day 2 (Shark Dive at Dubai Aquarium, Burj Al Arab, 360)
Cathay Pacific Business Class Dubai – Hong Kong – Tokyo Haneda
I arrived at Dubai International Airport about two hours before my departure. After clearing security and immigration, I made the long walk to the T2 gates at DXB and proceeded to British Airways Galleries Lounge. This place had decent tarmac views and small spread with a couple fried appetizers and some cold plates. I used my time in here to catch up on e-mail and charge the laptop, but the lounge was nothing special. After a brief stop at the duty free shop to buy some postcards, I made my way to the gate where by flight to Hong Kong awaited.
Cathay Pacific (CX) 746
Dubai (DXB) – Hong Kong (HKG)
Aircraft: Airbus A330-300
Seat: 17A (Business Class)
Sunday, June 23
5:10PM – 5:00AM
I once again found myself on a Cathay Pacific A330-300, just as I had on my inbound flight to Dubai. I settled into my seat, a solo seat on the port side of the airplane.
The flight attendant came by immediately and offered a pre-departure glass of champagne, which I happily accepted. Boarding concluded pretty quickly, and we were pushing back from the gate in what seemed like no time. As we made our ascent, I was treated to some pretty awesome views of Dubai below. Though it was hazy, this was just about as clear as it had been the entire time I was in Dubai.
Since I wanted to hit the ground running when I eventually got to Tokyo, my primary goal for this flight was to get some good sleep. Luckily, dinner service started pretty soon after we reached cruising altitude. I had a vodka tonic along with the mixed nuts mix to start out.
The salad and appetizer was brought out together. I’d never had a “chicken terrine”, but it wasn’t half bad.
For my entree, I went with the Kung Po chicken, which was decent, but nothing too special.
A light blueberry cake, which went well with the Hong Kong style milk tea for desert. The milk tea is a must when traveling on Cathay.
After dinner, I immediately fell asleep, as I was exhausted from a few long nights in Dubai. I slept a good five hours and was woken up as the flight attendants were starting breakfast service, about 45 minutes outside of Hong Kong. I had the poached eggs, and found the dish to be excellent. Usually breakfast onboard is pretty bad, but I found the breakfasts on Cathay Pacific to be much better than the dinners.
We landed in Hong Kong from the east in the middle of a nasty thunderstorm with torrid rain. We were right on time, so I had about 3.5 hours to kill. I proceeded through transit security and went right back to The Wing. I covered this extensively in a previous post, so I won’t go into too much detail other than mentioning that I couldn’t turn down some dim sum and BBQ pork bao at the noodle bar!
As luck would have it, my flight was at gate 50 — which is pretty much the furthest gate possible from The Wing. I allowed myself plenty of time to get to the gate, and after about a 15 minute walk, I arrived at the gate in plenty of time, as boarding was delayed while we awaited the flight crew.
Cathay Pacific (CX) 548
Hong Kong (HKG) – Tokyo Haneda (HND)
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER
Seat: 19A (Business Class)
Monday, June 24
8:45AM – 1:55PM
Cathay Pacific’s B777-300ER is an internationally configured, three-class airplane. This actually made a ton of difference. Everything about this flight was a step above my other Cathay flights on this trip, since those were either regional or only two-class airplanes. I didn’t think this would make such a difference, but it certainly did. The hard product (the seat) is pretty much identical. The cabin in situated in a 1-2-1 configuration, which is as good as it gets for business class.
Since this was another morning flight, I would be having another breakfast. I was pretty stuffed from my previous two meals, but since this flight left from Hong Kong, dim sum was on the menu, and I couldn’t resist. The most noticeable difference on this flight was the fact that every course was brought out individually instead of a tray being brought out with everything. I guess this is what you get on a 3-class, internationally configured plane.
The service on this particular flight was spectacular. I was sorry that it was only a four hour flight, as I would have loved to have this crew on a longer flight. They were most certainly some of the best that Cathay has. One particular flight attendant, Cherry, was especially attentive and friendly the entire flight…. she didn’t miss a beat. I passed time by watching some Anthony Bourdain episodes about Tokyo, and before I knew it, we were starting our descent into the Tokyo area.
We landed into Tokyo’s Haneda International airport about an hour late due to our departure delay. I transited through immigration and customs quickly and began my journey to the Park Hyatt Tokyo. This flight was by far the best of my four flights on Cathay during this trip. This was the Cathay Pacific that I had expected.