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 in the late morning, I had several hours to kill at Narita due to my re-scheduled inbound flight. As mentioned earlier, I hopped the inter-terminal bus to Terminal 2 and decided to spend the day in the Cathay Pacific Lounge. There was nothing special about this lounge, but it did have functioning internet, a decent food and drink selection, and sadly no showers.
Cathay Pacific Lounge at Narita
Self-Serve Bar at Cathay Lounge NRT
Self-Service at NRT Cathay Lounge
I proceeded to my gate to see a massive boarding scrum, but because I was flying in business, I got to hop ahead in line of all that nonsense.
Ready to go back to Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific (CX) 505
Tokyo-Narita (NRT) – Hong Kong (HKG)
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300
Seat: 17A (Regional Business Class)
Thursday, June 20
6:20PM – 10:10PM
Boarding my ride, a B777-300
A few weeks prior to this flight, Cathay Pacific subbed in a B777-300 with the regional business product instead of the lie-flat business seat that they’re known for. This, of course was a disappointment. Instead of a 1-2-1 configuration with a fully flat bed, I found myself in a 2-3-2 configuration with decent recline, but nowhere near lie-flat.
Cathay Pacific’s New Regional Business Class Seat
Good IFE and decent leg room
For a regional business product, it was pretty good, and it was obviously tolerable considering the flight was only about 3.5 hours.
The flight attendant offered some pre-flight champagne, which I happily accepted.
Pre-departure glass of champagne
About 30 minutes into the flight, the meal service commenced. With this being regional business, the appetizers and salad came out together. The salad was paltry, and barely had any lettuce. The soba noodles with shrimp was not my favorite, and the ham appetizer tasted pretty funky.
Small salad, soba noodles with shrimp, and a parma ham and melon appetizer
Grilled beef tenderloin with mushroom wine sauce, pumpkin potato mash and sauteed squash with bacon
For the entrée, I selected the grilled beef tenderloin. It was tasty enough, but grossly overcooked. The pumpkin potatoes were great, but it was not a very visually appealing meal in the least. The steaks I’d enjoyed on United on the flights to Japan were far superior. Dessert consisted of a small serving of Haagen Daaz ice cream, which is pretty hard to mess up. It was a relatively disappointing meal, but then again, it was only regional business class.
After dinner, I nodded off for a couple hours, and woke up upon our decent into Hong Kong. It was quite choppy on our decent, but we landed and arrived at our gate, leaving me with about 3 hours until my connecting flight to Dubai.
Overall, this flight was perfectly fine, but I was expecting more since this was my first flight on Cathay Pacific. The service was fine, but certainly nothing special or memorable. My first impression was that the flight attendants, while efficient and kind, appeared quite robotic. But this was, again only regional business class. Surely Cathay’s international business would be better.