This is the return flight for my recent trip from Hong Kong to Nagoya.
So the trip started with me taking the train from Nagoya downtown to the Nagoya Chubu Centrair International Airport
Arriving at the airport, and getting to the departure level
The Dragon, the symbol for the famous trail of tourist attractions in the middle Japan
Soon (Sorry didnt take pics of the check in counters…) I was at the airside. The international terminal is actually very small, given the light amount of international traffic to and fro Nagoya. So there are just A FEW shops and then the two main gate corridors.
The gate corridor. A Korean Air flight was going to depart for Busan
Our plane today. Cathay A330-300 B-LAR at Gate 18
Gate 18. Since there were really not much to do or see at the terminal most people were very punctual to get to the gate and were just sitting around waiting to get aboard
The boarding started on time at 3:30pm (-40mins). It was pretty smooth as most pax were already around the gate.
At my seat :) And another Cathay flight was arriving at the gate next to us. The B772 will be departing for a NGO-TPE-HKG return flight a little bit later.
The typical Cathay Econ class seat with the 9" PTV. I still find the small shelf below PTV very useful for putting documents and small stuff. Even though the label mentions no storage during taxi, take-off and landing, basically everyone still put stuff there anytime and the FAs actually know it, the only restriction is no charging of devices via the USB port during taking off and landing
So I mentioned the boarding was on time and most people were around the gate at that point time because, this flight was actually pretty empty…There were only two HK tours and several dozen other passengers and thats it.
This is a two class A330-300 with 39 long haul business class seats and 223 Econ seats, and I was sitting at the rear of the front Econ cabin
Safety video being shown
Raining heavily outside and taxiing to the runway (Only one runway at this airport)
Taking off! All the rainwaters were running to the rear side
Bye Nagoya! Until next time
It was an estimated 3hr 40mins flight and the captain mentioned during the pre-flight announcement that they encountered "quite a few bumps" when they flied from Hong Kong to Nagoya previously in the afternoon, so they would expect the same pretty much on this return trip.
Peanuts and drink served typically
Flying over the cloud layer, up to 40,000 ft!
The early dinner was served. The appetizer is Korean vermicelli salad, with bread, a biscuit (where is my haagen dazs…..), and the entree. The choices were either Japanese seafood curry rice or chicken rice. Nowadays a small bottle of water is served along the meal on Cathay's flights.
I picked the curry rice because I love Japanese curry :) The entree was actually delicious for me (Probably I like the traditional fast-food type of Japanese curry anyway…)
So it turned out it was much more than "quite a few bumps"…The weather over Japan was very unstable and we kept running into cloud layers and there were so much turbulence that the service was suspended continually all the way over Taiwan till almost arriving in Hong Kong
As usual when approaching HK the transit flight info was displayed on the PTV
Evening :) (Sitting on the West side so cant reli appreciate the sun)
The cabin lights were turned off for the landing
Getting down back to below to the cloud layer (Hong Kong was suffering from very bad weather in that week as well)
The sky was completely dark by the time we arrived in Hong Kong
Scheduled departure: 1610 JST Actual departure: 1625 JST Scheduled arrival: 1920 HKT Actual arrival: 1918 HKT
Nagoya - NGO
Hong Kong - HKG
It was another smooth short-haul flight at Cathay Pacific. It was quite comfortable partly because the cabin was not fully occupied and the meal was not too bad (You can argue it was not really a fancy meal as some people really pursuit for). The cabin crew on this flight provided good services although they were not really smiling a lot, projecting a bit cool image but anyway. Can't wait for the next journey !
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