Review of Cathay Pacific flight Taipei Hong Kong in Business

Airline Cathay Pacific
Flight CX531
Class Business
Seat 17K
Aircraft Boeing 777-300
Flight time 01:55
Take-off 05 May 17, 20:00
Arrival at 05 May 17, 21:55
CX   #4 out of 133 Airlines A minimum of 20 Flight-Reports is required in order to appear in the rankings. 431 reviews
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By GOLD 1179
Published on 1st June 2017
Welcome to a series of flight reports around, you guessed it, the Asia Pacific. This series will contain reports on 6 segments and cover 2 airlines. The final leg on Delta PVG-LAX I will not report on as I have reported on that flight twice recently.

The carrier, route, equipment, class, lounge, and procurement method were as follows:



Cathay Pacific - LAX-HKG - 777-300ER - First - Qantas First Lounge - Alaska Mileage Plan
Cathay Pacific - HKG-TPE - 777-300ER - First- The Wing and The Pier - Alaska Mileage Plan
Cathay Pacific - TPE-HKG - 777-300 - Business - Cathay Pacific Lounge - BA Avios (This Report)
Cathay Pacific - HKG-CGK - A330-300 - Business - The Bridge and The Cabin - BA Avios
Singapore Airlines - CGK-SIN - 777-300 - First - Esplanade Lounge and a TPR "Arrivals" Lounge Experience - Krisflyer Miles
Singapore Airlines - SIN-PVG - A380-800 - Suites - The Private Room - Krisflyer Miles (Coming Sooner or Later)
Delta Air Lines - PVG-LAX - 777-200LR - Business - No Lounge - NRSA (No Report)

Cathay Pacific Lounge - Taipei Taoyuan



Welcome back folks. I have 1:45 minutes here in Taipei. the Transit security process was quick and efficient. The transit ticket desk had no wait and I obtained the TPE-HKG and HKG-CGK boarding cards. Time to locate the Cathay Pacific Lounge and have a look see. It seems that CX is renovating their lounges to be in line with The Pier in terms aesthetics. I quite like this idea. I have only had the pleasure of visiting the BKK lounge, in terms of those that have been refurbished, so I am looking forward to this one.

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The lounge is quite large. It is split into 3 distinct areas. Upon having your credentials checked you can venture to your left tot he dining room and noodle bar, straight ahead you will find a long communal table and some small buffet items, and to your right you will find a wide variety of seating as well as a bar at the very end of the room.

Along your right hand side, if you're heading down the long corridor to the bar, is a small business center.

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The Dining Room



I start in the dining room, as I often do, and request a beef noodle.



The soup broth is tasty and a dash of the sichuan peppercorn oil makes a nice experience.

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The Buffet



I popped in here to try a bite or two of the offerings. The fried butter anchovy salad was good.



Seating and Bar



The first seating area features semi-private cubicle seating as well as a table for a large group.

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Further down the hall you will find more traditional lounge seating.



At the end of the room is the bar.



In the interest of the full experience I enjoy a mojito.

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My time the lounge is coming to a close and it's time to head to the gate. It has been a nice stay in a lovely setting.

The Flight



Boarding was underway when i arrive. In fact, it was almost complete.

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I boarded through door L2, crossed the aisle, and made the left turn to the J cabin in between doors L1 and L2.

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I found my way to 17K.

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My timing was good, the FA was in the aisle with beverage offerings and I requested the champagne and water.

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This was my first time experiencing this regional J product. Really it's premium economy. Pitch is tight, seat movement is minimal, and video screen is woefully small with poor resolution.



Some other seat features.



An ohibori and a menu were distributed.



Departure was on time and the taxi was brief. Of course on such a short flight the meal service was started immediately. The base tray is laid down first and then a cart with the mains comes by.

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Not hungry at all but interested in the offering I selected the chicken. I beleive I tasted everything on the tray and it was all satisfactory.



To drink I requested the cloud nine cocktail. Too sweet for me but a nice presentation.

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Finally some cognac to finish and we're heading into HKG.

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My first remote stand experience at HKG. Excellent for the airplane nerd who doesn't have a tight connection!



Finally the not-so-excellent bus ride.

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Verdict

Cathay Pacific

7.4/10
Cabin6.5
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment/wifi7.5
Meal/catering7.5

Cathay Pacific Lounge

8.0/10
Comfort8.0
Meal/catering8.0
Entertainment/wifi8.0
Services8.0

Taipei - TPE

7.9/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.0
Services7.5
Cleanliness8.0

Hong Kong - HKG

8.6/10
Efficiency7.5
Access9.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness9.0

Conclusion

The Ground Service: Efficient boarding? No ground services really.

The Lounge: The baby pier look is fantastic and this is a really nice lounge. I didn't see an F section but I wasn't entitled to use one if there was. Most of the food on offer was made to order and everything I tried was of good quality. The bar and great with a good list of cocktails and a friendly bar tender to craft them.

The Cabin: I was lucky as the seat next to me remained empty. I would't appreciate this premium economy configuration for a flight any longer than this.

The Crew: Very good. All service was gracious and done with a smile. Of course there is little time for personal interaction.

The Food and Beverage: The champagne was of decent quality, the cocktail, while sweet, was well presented and the meal seemed like all you could expect on a flight a little over an hour.

Overall: CX regional J is fairly bare bones in terms of on board product and meals. The lounge is a nice space with solid catering. I don't ave enough experience with J on their regional competition to say if what they are offering is in line with the market.

Thank you for coming along and please check back for future installments.

Information on the route Taipei (TPE) Hong Kong (HKG)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 47 reviews of 4 airlines on the route Taipei (TPE) → Hong Kong (HKG).


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