Review of Cathay Pacific flight Hong Kong Sydney in Economy

Airline Cathay Pacific
Flight CX101
Class Economy
Seat 65K
Aircraft Boeing 777-300ER
Flight time 10:10
Take-off 01 Jul 18, 23:55
Arrival at 02 Jul 18, 12:05
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By 2251
Published on 19th January 2019
Trip Report: Cathay Pacific B-KQD CX 101 Hong Kong - Sydney

Flight details:
Airlines: Cathay Pacific
Flight No: CX101 HKG - SYD
Reg: B-KQD
Aircraft: Boeing 777-367[ER]
Departure Hong Kong Terminal 1 Gate 67 : 23:55 HKT
Arrival Sydney Terminal 1 Gate 31 : 10:50 AEST
Flight time: 8 hours 11 minutes
Distance: 7,400 Km or 4598 miles

Full trip video: Cathay Pacific B-KQD CX 101 Hong Kong - Sydney

Do watch the video and experience the flight.


This report is of a trip in July 2018. After arriving from Mumbai on CX 660, Read the here the Hong Kong arrival report here: CX660 Mumbai - Hong Kong

I went for city sightseeing as I had 11 hrs transit time in Hong Kong. disembarked at central station. Walked to ferry terminal connected by bridge. Stepping outside the air-conditioned building, the heat was energy-sapping. This was the hottest day of the year - temperature had reached around 30 degrees.

Bridge connecting the building to ferry terminal

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Bus terminal in view

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I had purchased a octopus card, used it to pay for the ferry ride.

Ferry from Central to Tsim sha sui

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After disembarking the ferry at Tsim shai sui pier, headed to McD as I was hungry.

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After the meal,

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I wanted to exhaust myself and went walking to Mongkok.

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Street view

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Hong Kong Double Decker buses

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Shopping wasn't on my list.

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Mongkok street market

Entered the market and ended up spending on souvenirs for family and friends.

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It was hot day and kept myself hydrated with drinks and I loaded up at 7 Eleven with enough drinks to keep me moving.

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Towards Tsim sha sui

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Walked back to the pier to rest and enjoy the skyscraper view.

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Spent 3 hrs at the promenade at the pier, I was ready to head back to airport.

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Walked back to ferry terminal to catch ferry to Hong Kong island

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Ferry Terminal

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Cruise Ship

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It was 4.30p,m and time to walk back to catch airport express.

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Street view

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Hong Kong Airport Express Train Ride [Video]

Onboard the airport express

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Disembarking at Terminal 2

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To Terminal 2

Reached by terminal around 5.30~6 p.m

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Terminal 2

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Terminal 2 flight schedule

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Aviation spotters escalator to heaven

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Overview of Terminal 2

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SkyDeck - Level 6 Terminal 2 Hong Kong International Airport Aviation Discovery Centre

Paid HKG$ 15 to entry to the museum.

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Gulf Air Lockheed L-1011 TriStar

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SkyDeck timings

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SkyDeck Terminal 2 Hong Kong International Airport [Video]

View from Skydeck

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I was carrying a point and shoot camera and the photos were backlit.


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Virgin Australia

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United in Star Alliance livery

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SkyDeck view

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Terminal 1 airside

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Cargo Terminal

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Night view

Around 7.00pm decided to head back as I wasn't going to get any good photos with the camera.

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Flight Schedule

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Headed down the escalator to cross over to Terminal 1

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Terminal 2

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Self Check Kiosks

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Flight Schedule

After checking the schedule, decided to pass security and immigration

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Heading to passenger departure area

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Security and Immigration

I had received the Hong Kong landing slip on arrival, kept it handy in case needed. On arriving at the passenger departure area, had to scan my passport to enter security. Security was quick as I had kept all my electronic devices ready for scanning. After security, It was immigration. which was a breeze. Scanned the passport in the electronic gate, entered the scanning area and door was opened, I was now in the departure area. Liked this no hassles experience.

Departure area

After refreshing, went to have dinner before boarding flight.


Wonton noodles with mushrooms with large coke

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After dinner, went looking for a charging point for phone. Most of the usb charging points were not working. The charging points close to the gate were in use had to find a charger away from gate.

Boarding Gate

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Passengers had gathered around the gate for boarding call

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B-KQD was operating CX 101 Hong Kong - Sydney

Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER, registration B-KQD was operating CX101 to Sydney

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After fruitless time trying to charge the phone, gave up and decided to sit close to the gate.

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Boarding commenced shortly.

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After checking the passport and boarding pass, was allowed to proceed to board the plane.

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Secondary baggage check was conducted just before entering the aerobridge for Liquid, Aerosol and Gel [LAG]s, Queue had formed for the check.

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On Board

After the security check, headed to board the aircraft. Boarding pass was checked and directed to seat. On reaching seat, aisle seat was occupied, I put my bag in the overhead locker and occupied the window seat. Boarding was completed soon.

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Crew distributed the menu and Australian immigration form

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After boarding completion, safety video was displayed on the seat screen and pushback commenced.

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Pushback and taxi

Pushback commenced later then schedule, taxi was short to runway. Watch the trip video.

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Inflight Entertainment screen

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Economy seat was 3-4-3, middle seat was unoccupied and had comfortable space to stretch.

Leg room was adequate for me, seating material is better than the ones on the upgraded cabin on other Boeing 777-300s

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After Departure

After departure from Hong Kong and attaining cruising altitude, Cabin service commenced.

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Supper Service

Supper service started with special meals disturbed followed by regular meals. There were 3 options to choose.

Supper Presentation

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I chose the panned fish with veggies for my meal along with beer

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Cabin view

Light were dimmed after the supper service. Exhausted after a long day out, I slept immediately.

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Flight map

To wake up somewhere over Queensland.

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Flight information in Chinese

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Window view over Queensland

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Seat pocket content

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Safety card

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Menu card

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in Chinese

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Supper menu

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Breakfast menu

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Breakfast service

Breakfast service commenced 1.5 hrs before arrival in Sydney

Breakfast presentation

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Flight details

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I chose the scrambled eggs option with orange juice

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Flight details

After breakfast , I filled the arrival immigration form

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Approaching Sydney

After meal trays were collected, Captain came on the mic to provide arrival information, cabin crew asked to prepare for landing.

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Cabin ready for landing

Crew went around requesting passengers to put seat upright, window shades to be drawn up, put away trays and switching electronic devices with wireless functions

Baggage claim details

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Window view

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Flight information

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On approach

Approach to land was from the north on runway 16R, passed the North-Western Sydney suburbs

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Arrived on Runway 16R

China Airlines A350 taxing to terminal

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Virgin Australia departing Sydney

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Taxi to terminal 1 gate 31

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Arriving at terminal gate

Crew came on mic to provided arrival information.

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Flight information

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Passengers preparing to disembark the aircraft

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Thank you from Cathay Pacific

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Seated in the back of the plane, Exited the aircraft after most of the plane had disembarked.


After entering the arrivals area noticed the e-passport had long queues, walking further there where more kiosk with just few passengers. Got my passport scanned and received the ticket. Headed to the e-passport self check area, entered the ticket, took a snap, collected the ticket and headed out to baggage collection.

Baggage collection

By the time, arrived at the carousel, baggage had started to roll out, mine came soon.


As I was travelling light, had nothing to declare. my arrival card and immigration ticket was checked and allowed to head out without delay.

Exiting the terminal

Took me about approx. 30-45 mins from plane to exit. Exited the terminal and headed to pick-up area outside the terminal parking to be picked up.

Hope you enjoyed the trip, Thanks for reading.

End of trip

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Cabin crew8.5

Hong Kong - HKG


Sydney - SYD



Cathay Pacific onboard service was professional, flight departed slightly behind schedule and arrived close to schedule. On board service from cabin crew was good, food and drinks supplied was adequate. Hong Kong airport was convenient for transit, immigration and security was quick. Though food and beverage options can be improved. Disappointed with the charging ports as many of them were not working. Toilets were clean and overall experience was good. Sydney airport was pleasant experience as my bags came early. Can improve signage regarding e-passport kiosk as crowd gathers around the ones closer to the disembarkation area.

Information on the route Hong Kong (HKG) Sydney (SYD)


  • Comment 484730 by
    hometoyyz SILVER 538 Comments

    Hello Koresh!

    Ahh, those lovey shots of wandering Hong Kong, on what looks like a wonderful day. It makes me long to head back there sometime very soon. I do so love HK.

    And what a nice little bonus with the Aviation Discovery Centre. I’ve not seen that before, nor the SkyDeck there. I will have to check that out. Thanks for the tip!

    - Sigh. DL really has to get back into the HKG game sometime, don’t they? It’s a shame they’ve cut this service, and completely abandoned one of the biggest aviation hubs in the world. I know they still have good access through the Korean JV, but still… I wanna use my GUCs to Hong Kong, so they need to figure it out!

    “Crew distributed the menu and Australian immigration form”
    - Immigration forms before departure even. Nicely done, CX!

    “Economy seat was 3-4-3, middle seat was unoccupied and had comfortable space to stretch.”
    - With the middle seat unoccupied, that takes a lot of the shoulder room pressure out of 3-4-3. About the only way it’s decent, IMHO.

    Catering looks…. nondescript, but passable.

    “Light were dimmed after the supper service. Exhausted after a long day out, I slept immediately.”
    - How nice to get such a long sleep in Y. But yeah, a full day of exploring Hong Kong will have that effect on most anyone.

    I was hoping you’d go for the congee for breakfast, but the scrambled eggs looks okay for a breakfast meal in economy.

    Thanks again for sharing this, and happy flying!

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