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Finally reached the end of a week-long vacation in Hong Kong. We even managed a day trip out to Macau! Overall, I had a great time in Hong Kong and I'll definitely be back soon. To all potential visitors, I highly recommend the app "eatigo" to get reservations and discounts at restaurants (P.S. It works in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok as well).
United Airlines UA 895 Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) - Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN) B777-200 N228UA Economy Class Gate 46
Seeing we had an 8pm departure and check-out from our hostel was 12pm, we decided to spend the day cafe hopping in Tsuen Wan and generally relaxing after our exciting week. From Tsuen Wan, we took a direct bus to the airport which was comfortable, cheap and convenient.
We arrived directly at the entrance of Terminal 1. Coincidentally, UA departs from HKIA T1, Row G.
I really like the design of HKIA. The tall ceiling and lack of tall pillars makes the airport seem very large, airy and spacious. However, the airport is incredibly crowded throughout the day and finding seating to wait at is a real pain. Since we arrived way too early (4:40pm), we had to find a corner of the airport to sit and wait.
UA also utilise the self check-in system here but it isn't enforced or very useful and we checked in directly at the counter.
After checking-in and passing immigration, we make our way towards the gate to find seating.
The FIDS at HKIA are huge to accommodate the large amount of flights coming in and going out.
Aesthetic shot of HKIA (Or so I hope).
The one amazing thing about HKIA is the large clean windows. It's simply amazing for plane spotting and it's a dreamland for a avgeek like me.
Singapore Airlines, B77W
Air France, B77W
Cathay Pacific, B77W
Virgin Atlantic, B789
Etihad Airways, A332
More FIDS. Still large, still full.
We continue walking toward the wing where gate 46 is located.
Qatar Airways, B788
We find seating near the gate. There isn't much of a crowd as we are still quite early. We casually take several benches and take a late afternoon nap.
Our plane comes in and is parked at the gate and we watch the passengers disembark.
Taking a look around the gate area.
A Thai Airways B744 rolls in shortly after. It's a privilege to meet the Queen.
A last walk around the airport.
Boarding will soon begin so I snap a shot of my boarding pass.
We finally enter the plane and we are the first in as we are sitting in the rear (Yay for making Economy Plus making up most of the plane and trying to suck my money. Not today UA, not today). UA arranges their Y-cabin in a 3-3-3 configuration.
Taking a look at my seat for this flight. Bog standard seat with UA's miniscule IFE screen.
The plane continues to fill with passengers from Hong Kong and passengers continuing on from Chicago.
Having a look at the IFE system, in UA's blue.
Taking a look outside at our neighbours.
I decided to visit the toilet before the flight so that I would not have to disturb my seatmates later.
A look at the seatback literature. Safety card, Hemispheres magazine, Travel Retail magazine and pamphlets for United membership.
I switched on a movie. I believe it was "Miss Sloane".
We finally push back and UA plays its safety video while I look at the planes parked by the terminal.
Cabin lights are dimmed for take-off.
Once we reached cruising altitude, cabin lights are turned back on and I snap a quick shot of the legroom. It was slightly tight for me but the window seat meant that I could just angle my legs to the side.
Dinner was served and there was an option of curry beef rice or mushroom pasta. However, once the meal trolley arrived, the pasta was not available but I was going to take the curry rice anyway. As with the first flight, I got a full can for my drink. The hot meal was good as was the plain garden salad and Chinese cookie. The bun was just a normal bun.
Nothing much happened and I watched movies to pass my time until we landed.
Waiting to disembark at Changi.
Finally moving out and we pass by UA's frankly odd Business-class arrangement.
Back at Changi, I spot a Bee Cheng Hiang as I did in HIKA.
Collecting our baggage at the carousel. This concludes my trip to Hong Kong.
Hong Kong - HKG
Singapore - SIN
An improved flight over the outbound flight in terms of catering. UA wasn't as bad as every one speak about but maybe it's just the international flights which are better. Very sad that UA is discontinuing this route and I hope that I will be able to find such a great deal to fly to Hong Kong again.
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