Review of Cathay Pacific flight Newark Hong Kong in Business

Airline Cathay Pacific
Flight CX899
Class Business
Seat 18K
Aircraft Boeing 777-300ER
Flight time 15:45
Take-off 28 May 17, 01:45
Arrival at 28 May 17, 05:30
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rbix
By SILVER 3572
Published on 23rd July 2018
Hello everyone! Welcome to another trip report of my travel series where I'll be covering flights during the summer of 2017. After a long break from flying CX, I was beyond excited to fly with them again! Even though it has been a year, time flew fast as it always did (no pun intended). I was planning on going back to Hong Kong for my summer holidays along with the usual pit stop in Bangkok towards the end of the trip.

As always, my family and I had countless discussions in terms of our travel plans since we usually do things last minute. We ultimately came to the decision that we would think about it until the end of June and make a decision then. Anyways, I hope I hadn't bored you all too much with my travel plans. Let's get on with the flight! ;)

Summer 2017 Trip Report Index:
1) 28 May 2017: CX899 EWR-HKG, B777-300ER, Business
2) 24 July 2017: CX703 HKG-BKK, B777-200, Business
3) 25 July 2017: CX754 BKK-HKG, A330-300, Business
4) 25 July 2017: CX846 HKG-JFK, B777-300ER, Business

Pre-flight:


To give a proper background prior to this flight report, I booked this flight a month in advance since I had a lot of things on my mind and I was a bit relieved once the whole booking process was done. The original plan was to depart from JFK on flight CX845 as Cathay Pacific had been operating from Terminal 8 for a few months at that time, and I would finally get a chance to check out the terminal and how it compares to Terminal 7 in regards to everything in general, including the lounges.

However, when I called up CX that day, I had found out that very flight was completely full. Since I prefer the late-night flight to Hong Kong, I ultimately went with the decision to depart from Newark. After all, I do like the departure experience better at EWR as everything in the airport is not too far from each other, and it's a lot more private on the flight, which was operated by the three-class Boeing 777-300ER (77G). Nevertheless, I was able to get a seat on that flight right on the spot!

I left home at around 10:45 PM and arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport with plenty of time to spare
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Terminal B Departure Lobby
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CX check-in counters. As always, it didn't take long for me to complete the whole process of checking in. Before I knew it, I was all set for Hong Kong!
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Wow, a dragon!
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Heading towards security


Post-security


I got through security at approximately 11:45 PM, but there were delays due to long lines. However, I had two hours prior to my flight, so it was not such a big deal. The first I noticed as soon as I walked to the airside is that the duty-free counters and shops were now on the side of the concourse. I somehow liked the new layout, but at the same time, I was used to the previous one as shown from 2015. On the bright side, there was more space to walk around in the concourse despite the lack of shops and dining options.
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Terminal B Gate Area


Once I was done exploring around the new layout, I headed to the British Airways Galleries lounge, located one level above the main departure area
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As I've stated when I reviewed this route in 2015, it can be accessed through taking the stairs or elevator
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Lounge invitation
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The lounge was quite easy to navigate once I got to the lounge hallway
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Lounge entrance
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Few shots of the lounge


It was pretty evident that we were the last departing flight out of this terminal and airport
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One thing I love about this lounge is that there are plenty of seating options!
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Boarding pass. IMO, I'm not a huge fan of the boarding pass re-design. It looked very plain-looking.
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Since I had plenty of time prior to the flight, I decided to sit back, relax, eat, listen to music, chat with my friends, and surf the web using the free WiFi
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Before I knew it, I realised it was time to board the plane after being at the lounge for more than an hour.
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Heading towards gate 55
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For business class, Marco Polo Club members, and premium economy passengers, they boarded from gate 54
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Well, time for a vacation!!
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Heading towards the aerobridge
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Our ride to HKG: B-KQD
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Well, time to board!
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Some pre-flight information:
Date: 28 May 2017
Airline: Cathay Pacific
Flight Number: CX 899
Route: Newark (EWR) - Hong Kong (HKG)
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER
Registration: B-KQD
Distance: 8061 miles
Scheduled Departure Time: 1:45 AM
Actual Departure Time: 1:56 AM
Scheduled Arrival Time: 5:30 AM
Actual Arrival Time: 5:08 AM
Flight Time: 15 hrs 45 mins
Departure Gate at EWR: 55
Arrival Gate at HKG: 23

Inflight


Main business class cabin
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My seat, 18K, along with the inflight controls
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Pre-departure drink: Orange juice. It felt good to be finally reunited on Cathay Pacific after a year!
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View from my seat, next to a Spirit Airlines Airbus A321-200, N658NK
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The sweet 'ol legroom!
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Hot towel
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Flight info
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Cabin view
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I'm all settled into my seat for the next 15 hours!
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It didn't take long until boarding was complete. That was the cue for the captain's pre-flight announcement and welcome, advising us that we would be arriving into Hong Kong earlier than expected with the flight time of approximately 15 hours and 12 minutes.

Amenity kit
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Before I knew it, the doors were closed, the safety video was playing, and we were pushing back from the gate!
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It was quite a short taxi to the runway
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The cabin lights were then dimmed in preparation for takeoff
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We took off at 1:56 AM. Another reason why I prefer the departure out of EWR is because of the on-time departure compared to JFK where there would be constant delays due to heavy traffic. Once we were in the air, I had a breath-taking view of the Manhattan skyline, and I immediately whipped out my camera and started taking pictures!
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Our location, 10 minutes after departure
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Over Connecticut
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See you soon, America!!
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After approximately 15 minutes, the seat belt signed was turned off. It was time for me to execute my usual late-night departure plan, which was to enjoy a light meal, watch a movie or TV show, and sleep for a good few hours!
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Time to discover the inflight entertainment!
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Within a few seconds of browsing through the inflight entertainment, I immediately started off the flight with Moana. I've been wanting to see that movie for ages and I'm glad that I finally saw it on this flight!
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Menu cover
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What's there to eat?
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Crystal Geyser water bottle
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Before I knew it, the crew came towards the cabin taking drink orders as well as setting the tables for the dinner service.
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Perrier, a.k.a. my standard drink!
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Table setup including the appetiser, fresh berries, and garlic bread
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After about 15 minutes, the main course was served. I chose the cod with sweet tomato sauce, assorted vegetables, and steamed jasmine rice. IMO, I would say that everything was excellent! The only downside about the meal was the rice, which I found to be undercooked
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Enjoying my cod while watching Moana!
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Cabin views with different mood lighting
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Once I was done, the crew courteously cleared the table for us and then distributed hot towels as an end to the dinner service
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As always, I went to visit the bathroom and met up with the "first class" sink onboard the 77G
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Once I got back to my seat, the mood lighting switched again until it led to complete darkness


At that point of time, I switched to the inflight map to find out our current location
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Another midnight sunrise over Canada
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Afterwards, I went back to finish watching Moana

I decided to call it a night after I finished the movie, and while heading towards Greenland


Within less than 5 minutes, I set the seat in the fully flat position, lay the duvet all nicely spread out, and I was ready for bed!
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I had a good 8 hour sleep upon discovering that we already made it over Russia. I woke up realising that I was craving for something to eat. So I requested one of the flight attendants for the wonton noodle soup, a CX classic that I've missed out for a year!
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My seat after 11 hours
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It wasn't a while until I discovered 2 Broke Girls was on this flight, and I started watching it immediately!!
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Still yet a dark cabin
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Before
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After
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Perrier to go along with it!
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My high life in the sky! ;)
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Cruising over Mongolia, with approximately 3 hours remaining
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After watching a couple of episodes of 2 Broke Girls, I went back to sleep.
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I woke up just in time for the breakfast service, and for the cabin lights to come back on
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Table setup including fresh fruit, croissant, and orange juice
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Raspberry yogurt
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Above central China
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For the main course, I chose the stir fried prawns with egg noodles with choy sum. It was good overall, but the only complaint I had was the quantity of the prawns as I thought it was not much.
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Hong Kong styled milk tea to end it all
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Hot towel to end the breakfast service
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I ended up chatting with the ISM and other cabin crew members for about 15 minutes at the galley area since they noticed me taking photos earlier on during the breakfast service. From which, the ISM said that she knew that I was interested in aviation and we had an interesting conversation. In fact, we were talking about aviation along with the possibility that I could make a career in the field or even in media, which are somethings that I'd like to pursue. As always, it was fun interacting with the cabin crew, especially when they know about us aviation geeks!

Cabin view
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Once I got back to my seat, I checked the inflight map again only to find out that we were already starting the descent towards HKG
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After some time, the captain came back on with his pre-arrival announcement, saying that we were now starting the descent towards Hong Kong International Airport and that we had 30 minutes until we landed. Suddenly, the seat belt sign came back on giving the indication that we had to prepare for landing, which didn't take long.
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Approaching HKG
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Final shots before landing
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Mood lighting in preparation for landing
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We landed approximately 20 minutes ahead of schedule at 5:08 AM. However, the taxi to the gate took around 10 minutes.

Actual flight route
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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300, B-HNJ, currently on remote standby preparing to be CX530 to TPE this morning
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Docking at gate 23
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Disembarking/Arrival into HKG


Post-flight


It was not a long walk towards immigration, from then on I breezed through, got my bag, and made it to the arrival hall within 10 minutes


Baggage claim area


Making my way towards the arrival hall
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Arrival hall
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Afterwards, I made my way towards one of the parking lots where I met my Uber driver and then headed back home!
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*In August 2017 (a few months after this flight), Cathay Pacific had announced that they will be serving the EWR route on the Airbus A350-900 which started in October, which is so exhilarating!! I've always been a fan of the A350 and I can't wait to try it out on a long-haul flight. Although I'm going to miss flying to/from EWR route on the Boeing 777-300ER (aka 77G), I'll be so excited once I get the chance to try it out!!
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Verdict

Cathay Pacific

9.5/10
Cabin10.0
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment10.0
Meal/catering9.0

British Airways Galleries Lounge

9.3/10
Comfort9.5
Meal/catering9.0
Entertainment9.5
Services9.0

Newark - EWR

9.6/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness9.5

Hong Kong - HKG

10.0/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

Overall, this flight was better than I expected it to be. I was surprised that after taking a break from CX for a year, there were some enhancements, but it's still the same airline that I tend to favour a lot. The crew were nice and courteous, the entertainment had a good selection, and the meal service has improved slightly but there's still room for improvement. To make it short, I enjoyed this flight on Cathay Pacific. Thank you so much for reading this trip report. I hope you've enjoyed it. Tune in next time for the next segment where I hope I'll be flying somewhere along with the usual stopover in Bangkok!

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4 Comments

  • Comment 455946 by
    socalnow GOLD 734 Comments

    Thank you for sharing another loooooong flight. The 777-300ER is such an impressive machine carring all of that weight over such a great distance.

    "One thing I love about this lounge is that there are plenty of seating options!"
    -It is quite a large lounge to "the other" New York airport.

    "Once we were in the air, I had a break-taking view of the Manhattan skyline, and I immediately whipped out my camera and started taking pictures!"
    -What a view!

    "Before I knew it, the crew came towards the cabin taking drink orders as well as setting the tables for the dinner service."
    -Dinner at 02:00 is a great argument for some sort of dine on demand offing for these departures. I know CX tried it but it didn't stick.

    "As always, it was fun interacting with the cabin crew, especially when they know about us aviation geeks!"
    -Yes, it's a topic we never tire of.

    "*In August 2017 (a few months after this flight), Cathay Pacific had announced that they will be serving the EWR route on the Airbus A350-900 which started in October, which is so exhilarating!!"
    -And has it switched to teh A350-1000 now?

    Thanks again for sharing and happy flying.

    • Comment 456348 by
      rbix SILVER AUTHOR 55 Comments

      Thanks for the comment, socalnow! The 77W is one of the best aircraft out there, although there are many new exceptions such as the A350, which I can't wait to try out on a long-haul flight. In regards to inflight dining, I heard that CX might be bringing it back sometime next year if I'm not mistaken. As far as I know, I think that route is still being served by the A350-900. Happy travels! :)

  • Comment 455951 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 4473 Comments

    Thanks for another great report on CX! I'm also a fan of the BA Galleries lounge at EWR. It feels more spacious than the BA lounge here at IAD. It's great that EWR is getting the A350, can't remember if it will switch from a -900 to a -1000 or not. So excited for the CX A350-1000 to come to IAD. I imagine CX will use the BA lounge here too when they start service.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Comment 456349 by
      rbix SILVER AUTHOR 55 Comments

      Thanks for the comment, KévinDC! Well, the EWR route is currently being served on the A350, and I don't think there's going to be a switch to the A350-1000 as far as I know, but it will be great if that does happen. Yeah, I definitely agree! I'm quite excited to see CX coming to IAD. After all, it will be the airline's longest flight in their network, and I definitely think that they will use the BA lounge there as well. Let's just see what happens! Happy travels!

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