I already had my boarding pass in hand so the only stop would be the transit security checkpoint. The line was substantial but moved along at a good clip. 15 minutes and I was deposited into the sparsely populated terminal. It was still reather early in the morning so most shops were yet to open.
My goal was to locate the newly renovated The Pier first class lounge. I came upon an information desk where I inquired with the host. It was a good walk down the long pier but it felt good to be moving about after a long TPAC. After about 10 minutes and me starting to second guess if I'd gone the wrong way I came upon the entrance sign.
Credentials were examined bu a large group of disinterested CX staff and I was admitted. No offer of a tour or any information really.
Immediately I could tell this was a special facility. Come, let me show you around.
The main corridor off which other elements of the lounge branch.
This portion is referred to as the Library. Beautifully designed seating and excellent views.
Bar area adjacent to the Library
The Pantry is the self serve food area of the lounge. Here it is configured for breakfast. The presentation of the food is exceptional.
A full meal was not on my agenda but I did sit and enjoy a cappuccino and an energy beverage: The Vitalizer.
Quick peek at the Business.
Another unique feature of The Pier are the Day Suites. A private room for airplane spotting! Only a couple were in use so I selected one based on the view of the CX 744.
Turns out that by total coincidence my flight to Jakarta was leaving from gate 62 where the aircraft that would fly the sector was in view right outside The Library window.
I made a couple of selections from The Pantry to enjoy while waiting for my flight to board. I will note that outside of the dining room there doesn't appear to be table service.
My time in this lovely facility came to end as boarding commenced. I was very impressed by the lounge. Design, materials, layout, and amenities were all on point and felt very first class. I can't wait to return and try The Wing!
Boarding was about to begin when I arrived at gate 62 and I queued up for the business class cabin.
I had selected seat 18K when booking however upon arriving at the seat I noticed it didn't have a window. Oh no, a travesty to an airplane watching geek. Fortunately 17K was not occupied and after consulting one of the flight attendants I was allowed to relocate.
Champagne wasn't on offer as a PDB but was happily provided upon request. I assume in respect of the cultural norms of our destination.
View from 17K.
We pushed back on time and had a long and scenic taxi.
Finally lined up for takeoff.
Hey good lookin'.
Busy as always at Haeco.
The fasten seat belt sign was turned off in a reasonable time frame (please teach the US airlines how to do this). I took a quick walk to the loo and snapped a couple of cabin pics.
Mini J cabin.
AVOD/Cabin ambiance control planel.
Main J cabin.
Menus for the breakfast service were distributed.
Bloody Mary and sparkling water.
Fruit to start along with champagne.
I opted for the beef noodle dish. It was not very good. Although the meat was tender it was very salty and the presentation was poor. I will say the service was throughout the meal was excellent. The gentleman serving my section was very friendly and always addressed me by name.
The rest of the flight I tried to sleep so I would be able to go out later that night in Kuala Lumpur.
Approaching the equator.
Some shots on final to CGK.
A prototype 737 model still in development.
Cathay Pacific The Pier - First Class Section
Hong Kong - HKG
Jakarta - CGK
Connecting to a regional J product after a TPAC in First is ripe for a letdown if you don't moderate your expectations. This was my first time flying CX J class and I conclude they have a worthwhile product.
The seat is exceptional for a 4.5 hour flight. Reverse herringbone full flat seats are my preferred J seat for long haul so having it on this short flight was a real plus.
The food was forgettable and could use some improvement.
The service was fantastic throughout the flight. I was addressed by name at each encounter and drinks were topped off without having to ask.
Thank you for reading and please stay tuned for the next installment!
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