Welcome back! This flight report covers my leg from Jakarta to Hongkong on Cathay Pacific. This airline just happens to be the third airline I've flown on of the top 10 airlines in the world. The aircraft was an Airbus A330-343 and registration was B-LAC. As mentioned in my previous report (DOH-CGK), Jakarta's International Terminal (2) is not the most modern and lacks the amenities that can be found in the neighboring Skyteam Terminal 3. Passengers on departing flights have to wait here until check-in opens for their respective airlines. The security checkpoint must be passed before even entering the check-in area.
After waiting for the Philippine Airlines check-in to close, Cathay's opened soon after and I made my way through.
Check-in process was rather quick as I came early with intentions to spend my last few hours at CGK in the lounge. At terminal 2, they're two lounges I was eligible for, with the third being used primarily by Singapore Airlines. I made my way to the Premier lounge first.
The food was quite average, so I decided to try out the Purah Indah Lounge.The food was pretty average here also, so I saved my appetite for the food enroute to Hong Kong.
Announcements were being made soon after and I headed to gate D2.
Luckily when I got to the waiting area at D2, I realised that the aircraft was in Cathay's new livery.
Boarding commenced and I prebooked seat 16K. Today's A330 was one of Cathay's international fitted aircraft, where their domestic A330s do not offer much privacy. The seat was slightly more comfortable than that of the Qatar's 787. However, some damage was visible as I sat in my seat.
Cabin crew greeted me and I requested a glass of champagne. A Singapore Airlines' 777-300 was parked next to us which departed subsequently.
Boarding was quick and we were on our way! A light teal shade was the mood lighting on today's flight.
Taxi at CGK could take ages as the airport is busy with multiple domestic flights operating throughout the archipelago.
Lining up on runway 07L. We can see SIA959 (777-300) and CAL762 (777-300ER) and numerous GA and SJY 737s.
Soon enough we were soaring over the smog skies of Jakarta. We took a slight left bank towards Hong Kong.
Subsequently, the food service began.
The meal was rather compulsory with limited options, maybe because it was a regional route for Cathay Pacific. It was quite tasty but the prawns were ice cold. The garlic bread and potato salad were superb! I held off the food and turned on my PTV, and got some more wine.
I skipped my main course and went straight for the fruit.
During cruise, I opened my shade and snapped a couple picks, as we flew over the eastern side of Singapore. I got too impatient waiting to overfly the city and fell asleep soon after.
A couple hours later, the sun hid behind the horizon as we approached Hong Kong.
Before descent, I was in the mood for more garlic bread and wine. Indecisive, the kind flight attendant gave me an option of two wines of which I tried. As we began to approach HKG, weather had affected flights before us, resulting in delays on the ground and causing aircraft in the air to enter holding patterns. Unfortunately, 1/2 an hour was added to our flight and we circled the South China Sea. Since there was nothing to do, I opened my menu and tried Cathay Pacific's signature drink, the Cathay Delight.
The mood lighting r emained on for the hour of holding.
Soon after, we landed at HKIA .
I made my way through transit immigration and to the Cathay Pacific Lounges as I waited for my next flight, CX888 to JFK via YVR.
B-LAC and the CX line up.
Thank you for viewing. Lookout for my next flight from HKG, CX888 from Hong Kong to Vancouver, which includes all the Cathay Pacific lounges.
Pura Indah Lounge
Jakarta - CGK
Hong Kong - HKG
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