Hi everyone! Welcome to yet another leg of the Summer 2018 travel series! After a nice getaway in Vancouver, it was time for me to head back to New York flying on Cathay Pacific yet again. Even though it was cold (especially in a month like June), Vancouver is an amazingly beautiful city. In fact, one thing that I'd like to point out is that the whole city is so easy to navigate around, which is a huge perk since I was going there for the first time.
I was honestly quite sad about my vacation ending. However, I'm glad I was able to spend some quality time with my parents before heading to reality back in New York. I do have to say that this is a repost of the same flight as I had issues with uploading some of the images. Luckily, it all got resolved in the end. Anyways, without further ado, let's get on with the flight! ;)
We weren't staying far from the airport, so we had plenty of time to spare since the flight wasn't until 10:55 PM. In fact, my parents and I ended up spending our last day eating an amazing lunch and catching up after a while, as well as relax before finally heading to the airport at around 8:40 PM.
International Departures exterior at Vancouver International Airport
Cathay Pacific check-in counters
Before actually checking in, there were the usual questions being asked about our stay as well as our bags with this US-bound flight
Once that was done, we were able to check-in, where the whole process took less than 5 minutes.
Heading towards security
From a first impression, the YVR departure area was slightly hard to navigate around. However, I was able to find the security checkpoint after doing a little sightseeing, which was definitely worth the walk!
One of the most famous sculptures at the airport: The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, the Jade Canoe
Various restaurants at pre-security
A bear at YVR
Now, heading towards security!
To my surprise, security took approximately 20 minutes due to long lines, despite the fact we made it a couple of hours prior to the flight.
Some duty-free shops
Baggage claim area viewed from departures
A larger duty-free area, with a variety of products to choose from
Airside. I must say however, YVR is one of the most iconic airports I've ever been to!
I decided to check out the rest of the airside while my parents headed to the Cathay Pacific lounge located near gate D67
Nature at an airport?
Overall, YVR is quite an amazing terminal. In fact, it was pretty much how I imagined it.
I got so excited when I got the opportunity to plane spot!
China Airlines Airbus A350-900, B-18901, which will serve as CI31 back to TPE
I'm not sure, but I thought this was a special flight for some reason as there were people setting up with food and beverages.
Anyways, I then headed to the CX's lounge at YVR to see how it compares to the once I've reviewed in both Hong Kong and Bangkok
Cathay Pacific lounge entrance, with the lounge located one level above the main departure area and is accessed through an elevator.
Shots of the lounge
Overall, the lounge was fairly decent, with a wide variety of food and beverage choices as well as the famous Noodle Bar, which I missed very much! I ended up ordering a wonton noodle soup, which is one of my favourite dishes! Also, it has an amazing view of the tarmac!
Another shot of the lounge
Buzzer which notifies you when your dish is ready
Washroom and shower room entrance
This lounge visit wouldn't have been complete without a glass of champagne!
I recall spending approximately half an hour before finally proceeding to board the flight
Heading towards the gate
It was quite a bit of a walk, but we made it in good time
Gates D71-77 area
Gate D73 entrance
The holding room used for those passengers who originally boarded from Hong Kong as they had to go through a second security process
Plane to JFK: B-KQG. This bird has had an extremely long journey!
I could tell already that this flight was going to be full
Well, time to head back home!
Before boarding, there were officers asking every passenger about our hand luggage as a secondary security measure, which is a normal procedure for a US-bound flight
Some pre-flight information: Date: 15 June 2018 Airline: Cathay Pacific Flight Number: CX 888 Route: Vancouver (YVR) - New York (JFK) Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER Registration: B-KQG Distance: 2444 miles Scheduled Departure Time: 10:55 PM Actual Departure Time: 11:12 PM Scheduled Arrival Time: 7:00 AM Actual Arrival Time: 6:55 AM Flight Time: 5 hrs 5 mins Departure Gate at YVR: D73 Arrival Gate at JFK: 47
Main business class cabin
My seat, 22K with the inflight controls
Right before I was able to take my seat, the captain came on with his usual pre-flight welcome stating that we will be departing right on schedule with a short flight time of 4 hours and 32 minutes
The comfortable legroom on the 77W, even if it's for a short flight
View from my seat, right next to an American Airlines Boeing 737-800, N921AN, serving as AA1519 to DFW
Pre-departure drink: Water
Settled into my seat yet again!
Cabin view before departure
Starting to pushback at around 10:56 PM
Views from pushback
Cabin lights were dimmed in preparation for takeoff
Taxiing to Runway 26R
We took off at 11:12 PM
Our location, 10 minutes after departure
East Coast bound!
Thanks for everything, Vancouver! See you soon!
After approximately 15 minutes, the crew came around to distribute amenity kits, menus, and water bottles
Mood lighting change
Menu for tonight's flight
Discovering the entertainment selection
Time to continue where I left off! ;)
Soon, the dinner service started with the cabin crew taking drink orders. Like always, I got a Perrier
Table setup with the appetiser, garlic bread, and dessert. I'm guessing everything was put out all at once since this was only a short flight
My main course: Wok-fried cod, ginger and spring onion with assorted vegetables and jasmine rice
Cabin view inflight
Hot towel to officially end the dinner service
The cabin lights changed a couple of minutes later, transforming the cabin into complete darkness
The bathroom with the standard J sink
Once I got back to my seat, I switched to the inflight map to find out our current location
View of my seat with the lights off
I continued to watch more episodes of The Big Bang Theory before ultimately calling it a night over Manitoba, with approximately 2 hours remaining for the flight
I set the seat in the fully flat position, lay the duvet all nicely spread out, and I slept for the remainder of the flight.
I was sleeping soundly until the captain woke us up with his pre-arrival announcement saying that they are now starting the descent into New York and we had the usual 30 minutes before we landed.
Pre-arrival drink: Orange juice
It didn't take long for the cabin to prepare for landing as the whole procedure was quick as always
Final shots before landing
Over Long Island, with the skyline of Manhattan visibly far ahead
Before I knew it, we landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport 5 minutes ahead of schedule. The taxi to the terminal took quite a while, but it gave me a chance to spot some planes!
South African Airways Airbus A340-600, ZS-SNE, which just arrived from JNB as SA203
Terminal 4, with the ATC tower
Actual flight route
Taxiing to Terminal 8
Docking at gate 47
Disembarking/Arrival into JFK
A similar walkway from the departure area
See you guys soon!
Since this was an early arrival, we breezed through immigration and customs, making it to the arrival hall within 10 minutes.
Terminal 8 arrival hall exterior during the day
Afterwards, we met our private cab driver and then headed back home
Cathay Pacific Lounge
Vancouver - YVR
New York - JFK
This was once again a fairly decent short-haul flight with Cathay Pacific. The cabin crew were friendly as always, the entertainment was the same as I've experienced on my flight before, and the meal service did have some improvements in comparison to my previous flights. However, this flight was rather uneventful and nothing special. I can't say much since we departed and arrived on time, making everything almost seem like clockwork. Regardless, this trip to Vancouver was worth the miles.
Anyways, thanks for reading this trip report as this is the end of Part 1 of the Summer 2018 trip report series. I hope you enjoyed it. I will be posting more trip reports from Part 2 of the Summer 2018 series. So, be sure to tune in next time.
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