Last April me and my family went for a holiday to Beijing. So after comparing to all offers and prices we decided to fly with Cathay Pacific to Beijing. At first we wanted to fly with Malaysia Airlines (MH) as it provides direct flight to Beijing but we chose to fly with Cathay Pacific (CX) even though we know that we need to transit at Hong Kong and board another plane to Beijing simply because CX was a lot cheaper compared to any other premium airlines that offers direct flight or transit flight to Beijing. So the first part of the flight report will be flight between KUL to HKG. Second part of the flight report will be flight between HKG to PEK.
We arrived quite early at the airport approximately 4 hours before flight. Once we reached at the airport we straightly headed to check in counter. Check in was smooth and it only took us 15 minutes to get our boarding pass and checked our luggage. Probably because we are amongst the earliest to check in at the counter on that day. After we got our boarding pass we headed straightly to departure. Security and immigration checks were fast and again everything went very smoothly. Our gate located at the Satellite Terminal and to go there we need to take a short ride on a train to be transported to Satellite Terminal which is separated from Main Terminal. Since we still have 2 hours to spare before flight we sit at Dome's Cafe for a cup of coffee and light meal. There are wide variety of restaurants, fast foods, bars and cafes in main terminal and satellite terminal in KLIA. KLIA also has Wifi available at most seating and public area to ensure that public especially transit passenger stay connected. However the Wifi service only available for 2 hours per user.
An impressive display of airplane models that fly to KLIA.
We headed directly to the gate after we finished having our coffee and light meal. Our big bird CX A330-300 await us at the gate!! Kuwait Airways A340-300 just arrived from Kuwait City and bound for Jakarta.
The boarding process was really efficient as business class priority boarding and economy class boarding by row were strictly enforced. We were welcomed aboard by the beautiful cabin crew in their white/red uniform. The cabin crew were really friendly, helpful and keep on smiling throughout the flight. After 20 minutes the boarding process completed while the cabin crew busy assisting and settling the full load passengers in the flight. Two thumbs up to the cabin crew for excellent service!! Economy seats in this CX A330-300 are arranged in 2-4-2 configuration.
View for my window seat 69A. I had earlier requested to be seated at window seat from the lady at the check in counter.
Spacious leg room (32 inches) and the brand new seat was very comfortable. Some of CX A330 planes are still fitted with old shell seats.
IFE with USB port. IFE is touch screen enabled.
CX studio offers wide selection of movies, TV series, songs, games etc.
Door closed and the flight started to push back on time. The sexy back of Kuwait Airways A340-300
9K-ANC is a very old plane. 20 years of service
MH20 A380 bound for CDG
Another old plane, the rare Iran Aseman Airlines A340-300. 23 years of service
Cruising over South China Sea
Soon after the flight reached cruising altitude the meal was served to the passengers. No menu were distributed in this flight neither in the IFE system but there were two option of menus on the cart, beef with rice or chicken with noodle. The disadvantages of sitting at the back of the plane you will be amongst the last to be served the meal, your choice of meal will finished and you will only left with one option of meal. In other words you will only be served with whatever meal option left on the cart. So I was informed by the FA that the only meal available was chicken with noodle and they have no more beef with rice on the cart.
My meal tray: fresh cut fruits, warm bread with butter, chicken with noodle and kit kat bar. Small portion but overall the food tasted really good.
Cruising over Vietnam
The winglet of A330
Soon the flight started to descend into Hong Kong airpace
Hong Kong views from above. Simply amazing!!
The flight landed 10 minutes ahead of schedule. QF127 from Sydney just landed.
Taxiing to the gate.
Our plane parked at the gate next to Turkish Airlines B777-300ER. We disembarked and rushed to the immigration transfer as we only have 1 hour and 30 minutes to catch for another flight to Beijing.
Thank you for reading my first flight report. I will post the second part of my trip report (HKG to PEK) soon
Kuala Lumpur - KUL
Hong Kong - HKG
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