I decided to pay a 3 day visit to Osaka from 27-29 Feb 2016 and in order to fully utilise the time, I decided to take the red-eye flight on Fri night and arrive in Osaka in early morning on Sat, and then take the last inbound flight back Hong Kong in the Monday evening.
So it all started on the Friday night (26 Feb), checking in at the Terminal 1 of Hong Kong Airport.
CX566 - Our flight
Not a lot of people know there is a place at the restaurant area where you can take a pretty good pic over the airside of the Terminal.
As it was around 12am already and most people taking the midnight European flights have entered the restricted zone, there are not a lot of people left in the departure area on the landside.
The signature automatic walkway scene at the Terminal. Most of the gates are on the both sides of the walkways.
Getting at the gate at the pretty last minute. Flight was in final call status.
Boarding pass scanned and going onto the plane.
A330-300 (B-HLM) for this flight. The seating has been recently revamped and there is premium economy seats left in the compartment. The plane consists of 24 regional business class seats (Which to me is pretty identical to the premium economy class) and 293 economy seats (The latest model instead of the hardshell one)
Each economy seats is equipped with a 9 inch PTV showing the flight map (latest version) and the well perceived Stuido CX IFE system. I believe this version of flight map and flight time display is the latest with the past one only in 4:3 format and of pretty low resolution.
The plane soon took off and it was supper time. As this is a red-eye flight, only a "cold supper" service will be served for economy class. No drinking services is available and what you will get as catering services for all is a box of Vita Lemon Tea and a snack box. The snack box consists of a fruit box, a cookie, a cheese and turkey sandwich and a chocolate muffin. There is no alternatives for this. The taste was alright, not much special. One thing interesting is that we were still ascending when the dinner was served so the table actually was pretty declining horizontally and the food was falling off towards me, so I had to put the lemon tea box on the metal bone of the table such that I can eat the food without holding the drink…
So the FA distributed the lemon tea and snack box pretty quickly as they just literally send the boxes out. And then soon they collected the boxes and disappeared for the rest of the flight, when they turned the lights off and they just came out to clean the toilet occasionally.
There is literally no services for this flight except the cold supper service. The FAs were not around passengers for pretty much the entire journey.
Very soon we were arriving the KIX, Osaka Kansai International Airport.
The sun was about to rise when we were touched down. The flight was pretty short, which practically only took a bit more than 2 hours only. So not much time to sleep or enjoy the IFE in fact.
We landed at the Terminal 1 and took the train to get back to the main terminal.
We could see the CX plane at the landside arrival hall at KIX. What a nice view :)
Scheduled departure: 0150HKT Scheduled arrival: 0540JST Actual departure: 0211HKT Actual arrival: 0600JST
Cathay flights are always of good standard. This flight as a short red eye flight has nothing surprising. Just a simple and short service and nothing else, esp. for economy class. I like CX, but to be fair for this flight it has nothing much to be different from a red-eye LCC flight except the free snack box and the IFE (even though most people chose to sleep during the flight). The Studio CX maintains its rich library of content with some of the recent movies.
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