Review of Hong Kong Airlines flight Auckland Hong Kong in Economy

Airline Hong Kong Airlines
Flight HX22
Class Economy
Seat 54B
Aircraft Airbus A330-200
Flight time 11:46
Take-off 03 Nov 17, 10:10
Arrival at 03 Nov 17, 16:56
HX 17 reviews
KriegerHo
By 1012
Published on 3rd December 2017
Hi readers! This will be my return trip from Auckland back to Hong Kong. Flight itinerary is as follows:

HX21: HKG - AKL, 24/10/2017, 15:50 - 08:00+1 (15:49 - 07:29+1), 11H10M (10H40M), A330-200, 52D, Y
HX22: AKL - HKG, 03/11/2017, 10:15 - 16:30 (10:10 - 16:56), 11H15M (11H46M), A330-200, 54B, Y

As this is an early flight, I have to wake up at 04:15, do a final check on my luggage, have breakfast, and leave for the airport.

I guarantee I will miss the view
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I arrived Auckland Airport about 20 mins before check in.

Flight panel
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I completed the immigration form and lined up for check in at 07:21 (since the load for today is high, so there are many people waiting). Finally, at 08:00, my turn to check in!

Waiting for check in
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[Check in has started
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Flight ticket
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After checking in, I went to pass immigration. I passed the metal detector successfully, but my belongings almost did not. My belongings was stuck in the middle of the the metal detector for almost half a minute. Luckily, it came out successfully.

Successfully crossing the immigration, I first headed to the gate to check its location. Then I walked around the mini terminal and did some plane spotting.

ANZ B787-9
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Bye, ANZ B777-219ER!
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Sorry for no photos of the terminal, but nothing special: A lounge, 10 gates, a fast food shop, and a souvenir shop, which is terribly expensive.

After a while, I returned to the gate. Boarding is about to start.

Aircraft for today's flight, an A330-200.
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I was one of the economy passengers boarding first, as I am sitting at the back of the plane.

We pushbacked 5 minutes early, at 10:10am. At 10:16am, taxiing was approved. We headed to runway 05R. 10 minutes later, at 10:26, "Bauhinia 22, you're cleared for takeoff." We took to the skies and Hong Kong, here I come!

On the takeoff roll
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After takeoff
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We broke through the clouds.

Clear skies
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I started my first and only movie, Sherlock episode 1. I am a Sherlock fan (Shorter way to say, I am Sherlocked).

Let's start!
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Good morning Hong Kong. Breakfast time!
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A passenger in front of me did not upright his seat upon knowing that I am about to start eating. The FA saw that and told him to upright his seat. She's very observant!

Breakfast
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Coffee
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As expected, the passenger recline his seat fully after meal service, making it extremely inconvenient for me and my seatmate to access the aisle.
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Until half the flight, my seatmate cannot tolerate it. I then told the inconsiderate passenger with my Hong Kong accent mandarin "Excuse me sir, can you please upright your seat a little bit? We can't access the aisle." He then reluctantly upright his seat. I could clearly see his dissatisfaction, but this is not the important thing. The important thing is that what I want to happen, happened.

After he upright his seat, I went to the toilet.
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Soon, the seat belt sign turned on. We are crossing one of the most turbulent places on earth: the Equator.

Here we go!
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Successfully crossed the Equator.
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Soon, we flew over Philippines.

The islands
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Luzon island
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2 hours prior to landing, lunch started.

Lunch
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Coffee
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Finally, my destination, Hong Kong, appeared in the distance info!
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Descending initially to FL 350
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Descending through about 8,000 ft
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Descending through about 3,000 ft. The reflection of the sea is so beautiful!
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Descending through about 600 ft. Cleared to land.
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We did a smooth landing at 16:50 HK time, then taxiied to gate. We arrived gate 210 at 16:56. Flight time 11H46M.

After leaving the plane, I took the automatic train back to the main terminal, crossed the immigration, and waited for my luggage.

Damn, luggage delay!
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At 18:02, the display said all luggage arrived, but my luggage isn't here! I thought it is left in AKL Airport. Finally, after a long wait, my luggage arrived!

Thanks for reading my flight report! Stay tuned for more!
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Verdict

Hong Kong Airlines

9.3/10
Cabin9.5
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment9.0
Meal/catering9.5

Auckland - AKL

8.9/10
Efficiency8.0
Access9.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness9.5

Hong Kong - HKG

9.1/10
Efficiency8.0
Access9.5
Services9.5
Cleanliness9.5

Conclusion

Flight: Nice and enjoyable flight. Food is decent, coffee is smooth and tasty! In Flight Entertainment is easy to control, and there is a wide range of films, movies, shows, and music! Last but not least, observant, polite, and nice FAs! Definitely will choose HX again!

AKL: Terminal that is small. Product in shops are ridiculously expensive! Immigration is strict, which is a nice thing. Crossing the immigration requires a lot of time. It is recommended to arrive the airport earlier for your flight.

HKG: Clean and convenient airport. However, luggage delay is too often...... But overall, nice airport!

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