Review of Cathay Pacific flight Hong Kong Vancouver in Economy

Airline Cathay Pacific
Flight CX838
Class Economy
Seat 59C
Aircraft Boeing 777-300ER
Flight time 11:20
Take-off 22 Dec 17, 16:25
Arrival at 23 Dec 17, 11:45
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HV9690
By 3926
Published on 25th December 2017
This is my first trip report so please go easy on me :).

Welcome to my trip report from Hong Kong to Vancouver

Flight Information CX838



Aircraft Registration: B-KQN
Aircraft Type: B777-300ER
Boarding (planned): 15:30
Boarding (actual): 15:42
Push Back: 16:35
Departure (planned): 16:10
Departure (actual): 16:45
Arrival (planned): 11:40
Arrival (actual): 11:53
Arrival Gate: 11:59

Pre-flight


I did the in-town check in at Kowloon station and then I went to the airport using the airport express. (Nothing special so no pictures).

Tip: Take the bus if you just want a cheaper way to go to the airport. Airport express can go upwards to 100 HKD and the bus usually costs around 15 dollars for E buses which stops by Tung Chung and maintenence area or 35 dollars for A buses which goes straight to the airport.

Security went by decently quickly and I headed to the lounge because of my Marco Polo status with Cathay.

Here's a British Whale sitting by the lounge

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Huge line of CX tails at HKG(common sight as I see them every time I am there)

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First look at our bird today. Boeing 777-367(ER). Cathay Pacific B-KQN

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Not hard to tell that it is Christmas

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Empty check-in area…

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Getting ready to go.

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Boarding finally starting

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The flight starts.. Now


Empty cabin today

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Lower quality compared to the one on their newest A350

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Route and time today

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Can't live off 12 hours without food. Here's the menu, choices are not great but they are certainly not bad.

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Lots of legroom in this flight which is really good.

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Safety card which should always be read especally when you're sitting at the exit row.

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Bye Hong Kong!

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Cabin crew giving out some nuts, had some ginger ale on top of that.

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Quick look at the emergency exit and the seat right across from me.

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The seat beside me remained empty for the whole flight.

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Studio CX welcome page. Very reponsive system and watched quite a bit of the latest movies on there.

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I got the beef option. Tasted really bland but the beef is really soft. Ice cream was given out around 15 minutes later and it was Movenpick(which is really expensive and unexpected). Another shame for me because I just dug in and forgot about pictures.

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Empty flight calls for lots of food spares. Didn't want to make it hard on the FA'so I didn't go for seconds.
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Finishing dinner near Tokyo.

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Front ecomony section.

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Lights out to allow sleep. It's around 8:30pm Hong Kong time
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Took a snack stop later on in the flight. UA and DL look at how this economy class stock compare to your business class stock
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Washroom tour, kept clean throughout the flight. A plus for Cathay
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Woke up 2 hours before landing
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Chose congee for breakfast. Too thick for my liking but the taste is not bad. Ordered a cup of coffee to wake me up.

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Uneventful landing, no window view so no landing pictures.

Post-flight



Cathay PEY product, honestly it's only "meh".

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Cathay Business, one of the best avalible out there with direct aisle access for every seat

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One last look at our bird today.

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Welcome to Vancouver!

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Verdict

Cathay Pacific

9.0/10
Cabin9.5
Cabin crew8.5
Entertainment/wifi9.5
Meal/catering8.5

Cathay Pacific The Bridge

9.6/10
Comfort10.0
Meal/catering9.5
Entertainment/wifi9.0
Services10.0

Hong Kong - HKG

9.5/10
Efficiency10.0
Access9.5
Services9.0
Cleanliness9.5

Vancouver - YVR

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

Conclusion

Cathay
Lounge: Pretty good in general but just forgot to take pictures and do a review of that.
Cabin crew: Honestly way better than those of US(The big 3 in particular)/traditional European carriers. Just feels bad to see them being abused by mainlanders.
Cabin: Bulkhead seat with so much legroom nothing that I could ask for more at a very cheap price. Seat feels comfy enough for economy.
Food: Yea. No don't expect good food for economy, and honestly this deserves an 8.5 in terms of economy food.
Entertainment system: Responsive, updated and new movies, wide range of music. Just hoping this will eventually get upgraded to the A350 IFE because I will give that IFE a solid 10.
Airports
HKG: Fast, clean. Nothing else needed to be mentioned. Solid marks
YVR: Slow-ish security and the self immigration is a solid pain to pass through.

Overall: Not a bad flight. Air Canada and Hong Kong Airlines also operate this route and honestly Cathay is just a lot better. Friendly cabin crew that are not waiting for their retirement(AC only) or just are there to travel not to serve people(HX this is you). Cathay wins food by a landslide. Being from Hong Kong I have to be biased about the Cathay entertainment system, lots of Hong Kong movie choices. Seating, AC your sardine can 77W is just awful and no one likes that product.

Please leave any comments or critiques below, and happy flying!

Information on the route Hong Kong (HKG) Vancouver (YVR)

Les contributeurs de Flight-Report ont posté 5 avis concernant 2 compagnies sur la ligne Hong Kong (HKG) → Vancouver (YVR).


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La compagnie qui obtient la meilleure moyenne est Cathay Pacific avec 8.4/10.

La durée moyenne des vols est de 11 heures et 2 minutes.

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