This part two my trip. On my first leg, Melbourne to Hong Kong, I flew the new business class but when I saw on the timetable that Cathay Pacific scheduled the A340-300 for this regional Asia flight featuring the old coffin class, I was very excited and booked this flight because I wanted to try the old seats too.
Airport CX's check-in at 5.30AM was easy, there was no one in the queue so within minutes I was airside and making my way to the lounge.
Rating 10 out of 10
Lounge CX's The Wing Business Class lounge has been thoroughly reviewed by other people, so I was looking forward to the experience since it was my first time. I am really impressed with the different sections, like the noodle bar and espresso bar etc. The noodle bar did not open until 7:15AM… drats! I was hoping to tuck into some wontons. So I just ended up going to the self service buffet for some siu mai and fried noodles. Sigh.
Rating 10 out of 10
Flight Cathay Pacific CX438 Hong Kong to Seoul Incheon Airbus A340-300 Seat 14K Depart 8AM - Arrive 12.25PM Total flight time 3h 25m
Again we arrived at the gate and boarding was delayed. So it was another 20 minute wait.
Rating 3 out of 10
Seat I purposely chose this flight because I saw that CX was using the old coffin class seat. So I wanted to compare it to new seats. I have to admit I actually like this seat as well. I thought it was cosy and I didn't feel claustrophobic at all. I was in 14K, on the right hand side, so it was added privacy because I stared at the wall, instead of somebody's feet or face.
Rating 8 out of 10 - Thee cushions are soft and comfortable, easily fell asleep. But the lack of storage options was annoying. Particularly when you put your phone and wallet on the mini side table above the headsets, and it slides off and falls behind the chair. The IFE screen was flimsy and during takeoff, it popped out.
Entertainment The IFE screens were older and wasn't as vibrant as the A330 screens but they the same programs and shows. I just wasn't in the mood for movies.
Catering Three options were available on this flight but flying out of HK, I figured the best option would be the dim sum for breakfast. Mind you, the bulgogi sounded nice too!
Meal started with croissant and fresh fruit plate. Both went down very well. I didn't have any of the Yoplait yoghurt because I believe that unnecessarily takes up room in your stomach where other tastier food could be occupying.
Then came the dim sum. Everything was very tasty! The beef ball, that brown ball in the middle, was delicious and I could have had more of that. But you know what was missing, where is the soy sauce?! The sticky rice with mushroom was surprisingly good too, although I was kinda hoping it would be BBQ pork instead of mushrooms.
There was no wine list on this flight but you can ask for beer or spirits and the crew will bring it to you.
Rating 7 out of 10 - Dim sum was a hit! Next time please give us two beef balls, more prawn dumplings and a BBQ pork sticky rice instead please.
Service I suppose after reading many trip reports about Asian carriers and how their regional service is so different to their long haul, I wasn't expecting CX crew on this short flight to be great. But they were just as professional and attentive as their long haul peers, and water or alcohol was constantly refilled until you decline. Again we were addressed by our names.
When I got up to use the toilet, it was occupied so I went back to my seat. When the toilet became available, a crewmember came to tell me. I didn't even know she was watching me. Later I had to use the toilet again, but this time there were two ladies in the queue, so I decided to walk to the economy (yikes!) toilets. The crew member insisted on walking me to economy section. She opened the door and found it was dirty, and she slammed the door shut so quickly! Her face was priceless, I laughed out a bit. It was like that scene from Jackie Chan's Project A movie, when everybody is hiding inside the house and Jackie opens the cupboards and finds people in there, aahhh anyway. I was like it's okay, I can use it. She said no you don't have shoes on hahaha. So she took me another one and checked it, okay please use this one.
Rating 10 out of 10 - Outstanding crew!
Overall 8 out of 10 - Short but sweet. With the exception of the 20 minute delay, everything else went so smoothly, it is hard to fault CX's crew on this flight as well.
We landed in Seoul Incheon 25 minutes late. Upon landing, we had to wait for two takeoffs, a Gurada Indonesia and Lufthansa, so I got my camera out and snapped as many pictures as I can. Then we parked next to a Lufthansa and Mongolian Airlines.
I have discovered that ICN does not provide priority security or immigration for premium class passengers, so everybody has to wait for over 1 hour to process through customs and immigration.
Cathay Pacific The Wing - Business Class Section
Hong Kong - HKG
Seoul - ICN
A nice and comfortable short regional business class flight. It was my first time using the CX The Wing business lounge in HKG and I found the space to be comfortable. I didn't get a chance to try other lounges, but I hope to in future. I think I might be one of the few people in the world who actually enjoyed the coffin seats :) The catering was delicious and crew were fantastic again! Given that these two trips are my first on CX, it was a good first impression and I would recommend CX.
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