Welcome to Leg 2 of 3 of my flight from CGK-JFK. This report focuses on my flight from Hong Kong to New York JFK via Vancouver. After experiencing impeccable service from Jakarta, I was excited to see what Cathay Pacific's business lounges had to offer; ALL OF THEM. Since my flight was almost an hour delayed (due to holding) I was pressed on time and needed to freshen up and spot some aircraft, whilst still being sure that I see what this 5 star was all about.
Hong Kong airport was ranked #5 in 2017 and I can see why. This airport is keen on efficiency and passenger experience. The terminal space was airy and fresh, creating a refreshing mood after flights.
I made my way to the PIER lounge. I grabbed a small beef plate and some desserts, browsed my social media and relaxed before finding the other lounges at HKG.
Spending about 30 minutes there I went to freshen up for my 11:40-minute flight to Vancouver at the PIER.
The Bridge lounge was my next destination .
I left the lounge in search of the Wing and the Cabin
Some aircraft at HKG. BR A321, BA A388, BA B77W, KE 772, OZ 744
I managed to get to the gate just as they announced business class boarding. B-KPV was my aircraft for the trip. Swiss 777W and an Emirates A380 can be seen amongst the Cathay girls.
As usual, the world-class cabin crew greeted me as I entered the 777. Drinks were given out and to be quite honest I have no idea what I chose. It had a peculiar taste as if it were mixed with perfume. I certainly didn't finish it.
The amenity kit was also handed out, and at this point, I had then realised that my CGK-HKG did not offer the kits. The down blankets were superior to those found on the regional flight. The quality was amazing.
Taxi ft. the massive GE90. I vaguely remember taxi as I fell asleep almost immediately after pushback.
Upwind HKG runway 07R. Hong Kong city in the distance. Not much could be seen as there was pitch darkness when we flew away from Hong Kong.
Menus were handed out and the options seemed neverending . I did not take picture of all the options, however. Within 30 minutes I was asleep. As i woke up, somehow there was daylight. No idea how that happened.
Our 777 cruised North East of Japan and into the open Pacific .. Since I was asleep I missed meal service but I managed to signal the flight attendant and order a burger. This took 20 minutes to prepare. I fell asleep again and had to reorder. The chips were oven baked and fresh. I also chose some white wine with this meal.
Views over the pacific were picturesque.
Cruising south of Alaska.
As we neared Vancouver, breakfast was served as the food service operated on local time at the origin. Time to YVR. The sun began to set as evening closed in.
Golden sun reflecting on the aircraft somewhere over the Pacific. This happened to be the second time the sun was setting on this flight .
Descent began some distance off Vancouver Island. We made a right downwind over the bay into CYVR. Taxiing to the gate for our short stopover. We deplaned for a security check at Vancouver then we stayed by seating by the gate. The stopover was 1 hour. In the distance one could see a BA A380, China Airlines' newest A350 and two 777s.
Passengers connecting onward to JFK were asked to remain in a secured seating area next to the gate for about an hour. Cathay Pacific changed crew and loaded new catering for the 5-hour flight. The hour went by pretty quickly and I reboarded the aircraft, where all passengers reclaimed their original seat numbers. This crew happened to be warmer than those on the HKG-YVR leg but service remained impeccable.
Stay tuned for my report on YVR-JFK.
Cathay Pacific The Pier - Business Class Section
Hong Kong - HKG
Vancouver - YVR
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