Review of Cathay Pacific flight Manila Hong Kong in Business

Airline Cathay Pacific
Flight CX906
Class Business
Seat 12G
Aircraft Boeing 777-300ER
Flight time 02:20
Take-off 19 Dec 15, 11:00
Arrival at 19 Dec 15, 13:20
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Published on 13th April 2017
A year ago I went on a Round the World trip in First Class with the One World alliance.

I had taken many photos on my Samsung S6 which I locked using thumbprint, but in the middle of my trip, my thumbprint was no longer recognised and I had to reset my phone, so I lost everything because I didn’t have a back up.

So I lost interest in writing a review for my RTW, but now I have changed my mind since looking at the pictures I took after my phone was reset, I decided that I had plenty of content.

My itinerary:
- Manila to Hong Kong with Cathay business <<< You are here
- Tokyo to New York with Japan Airlines first class
- New York to London with British Airways first class
- London to Melbourne with Qantas first class Part 1 (London to Dubai)
- London to Melbourne with Qantas first class Part 2 (Dubai to Melbourne)

Here it goes!

Manila to Hong Kong
December 19 2015
Cathay Pacific CX906
11:00 - 1:20PM
777-300 Business Class
Seat 12G
This is a relatively short flight, just over 2 hours.


Airport & Lounge
Manila International Airport was a relatively painless experience, with added security screening outside before you are permitted in the terminal.

The Cathay Pacific check-in desk was not busy and I received my boarding passes and First Class lounge entry invitation for Hong Kong.

I made my way to the lounge, which is local on the first level. At the time, the Cathay Pacific Manila lounge was less than six months old, it was one of the new lounges being rolled out by CX around the world.
photo lounge-1

I was really impressed with the lounge, there were plenty of chairs, great views facing the runway, a bar staffed all the time with at least 1 bartender, and miniature noodle/dumpling kitchen.


I arrived 3 hours early, so had plenty of time to settle down. I select a seat in one of the booths near the kitchen, and went to order some freshly made wonton soup and dumplings.


The kitchen menu had these options:
- Hong Kong style wonton noodle soup
- Congee with steamed chicken and egg
- Corned beef with garlic rice
- Pancake with fruits
- Vegetable dumpling
- BBQ pork bun
- Pork siu mai
- Shrimp dumpling (hakaw)

The prawn dumplings and wonton soup were amazing, so I ended up going back and ordering twice and had 3 serves!


The PA system said our flight has been delayed 40 minutes, so after I was full, I walked over to the bar to take a look at the cocktail menu. It was a very comprehensive offering and I tested two cocktails. When I ordered my first cocktail, I stood around and the bartender looked at me puzzle “I will bring it over to you sir”.
I said she didn’t have to do that and I was happy to wait, but she insisted on bringing it over to my seat.
So I walked back to the booth and a minute later she found me!


First cocktail I ordered the Melon Fizz. It wasn’t to my taste, way too sweet. After trying my best to finish it, and I couldn’t I took it back to the bar. The bartender saw the unfinished cocktail and she came back to my booth and insisted I try something I might like, so I ordered the Mojito.

photo cocktail-1

Super size Mojito! And so good! As I was sipping my mojito, I notice our plane had landed.

photo cocktail-2photo cocktails 3

There she is, fashionable late!
photo lounge-view-1photo lounge-view-2

Onboard
This is only a 2 hours flight, I managed to book on the internationally configured CX business class, not the regional class seats.

I didn’t take too many photos of the seat since everybody has seeing the CX seat a million times.

Boarding was very quick, I managed to select seats in the forward small business cabin with only eight seats, just behind first class cabin.

Only juice and water were offered during boarding, but I declined.

For this short flight, Cathay offered only two main course choices and I picked the Hunanese spicy chicken dish.


Even though I was full from the lounge the chicken disk was really tasty, so I finished it. The dessert just average.
photo meal-1photo meal-2

The flight was smooth and uneventful. Cabin crew were good, they were attentive and wine was offered with lunch but I declined. They cleared my plates within minutes after I finished my meal and asked me if I needed anything else, but for a short two hour flight I didn’t need anything.

I reclined by seat into relax mode and watched a few TV shows.
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Verdict

Cathay Pacific

9.5/10
Cabin10.0
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment10.0
Meal/catering8.0

Cathay Pacific Lounge

10.0/10
Comfort10.0
Meal/catering10.0
Entertainment10.0
Services10.0

Manila - MNL

7.4/10
Efficiency7.5
Access7.0
Services7.5
Cleanliness7.5

Hong Kong - HKG

8.9/10
Efficiency9.5
Access8.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

Cathay Pacific Manila lounge is really wonderful and the lounge attendants are great and really hospitable.
This flight was short and sweet. The on board meal was surprisingly good, normally I'm not a fan of Cathay Pacific's meal in business class because it can be bland.

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2 Comments

  • Comment 393422 by
    KévinDC TEAM 3921 Comments

    Wow, I'm impressed by the new CX Lounge in Manila. It looks a lot like the flagship lounges in HKG! CX can be hit or miss with on-board catering, but they are consistently good in the lounge department. Another thing that is hit or miss is the Business class product on regional routes--I'm surprised they have any flights from Manila in the International configuration while they run regional J seats to some higher yielding destinations. It's kind of a lottery with CX J within Asia. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Comment 393578 by
      airtraveladdict AUTHOR 117 Comments

      Yes Cathay Pacific is very hit and miss, I have flown Melbourne to Hong Kong and my rice was burnt, my stir fried noodles was stuck together in one giant piece like a cake.
      The CX Manila lounge is one of the best hybrid business/first class lounges outside of HKG. The kitchen serves fresh Asian cuisine and it was so delicious I had three serves.
      Yes on the MNL route, CX also flies F class on 1 or 2 daily flights, I believe.
      It is a cheap way to experience CX First Class Pier lounge, you can book with British Airways Avios points.
      But the 2 hour flight to MNL, don't expect too much even if it is First class cabin operating.
      Having said that, certainly better than 2 hours on faux business with European airlines.

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