Review of Cathay Pacific flight Hong Kong Rome in Economy

Airline Cathay Pacific
Flight CX 293
Class Economy
Seat 74D
Aircraft Airbus A350-1000
Flight time 12:40
Take-off 01 Sep 19, 01:05
Arrival at 01 Sep 19, 07:45
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Published on 5th September 2019


Hello FlightReporters
For an aviation geek like me summer means only one thing: flying
At the beginning of June my family and I started to discuss about a big trip in August
We evaluated many places in South East Asia and also India
Finally we find an Italian tour operator offering an interesting 14-day trip of Vietnam and Cambodia
The tour spaced between many places in Northern Vietnam (like Ha Noi and Ha Long bay), Central Vietnam (Hoi An and Hue), South Vietnam (Saigon and Mekong's delta) and Cambodia (Phnom Pehn and Angkor's temples)
To get there from Rome we would have fly with Cathay Pacific through Hong Kong
After some worries about Hong Kong's political situation we left on August 18th
Return planned for September 1st

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After landing in HKG from Siem Reap we had just 65' to get to our flight to Rome
While transfering in Hong Kong last time we had to rush to the gate since we didn't know about the underground APM

We desembarked at a remote stand and were carried by bus to the center of the Terminal
The apron bus left us at the Terminal around 23:30
Boarding time was scheduled to start at midnight

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Our gate was reported to be number 41, located in the Western part of the Terminal
(We desembarked where the red dot is)

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Security was a bit crowded
Fortunately the airport provides a fast track for connecting passengers with less than one hour before boarding
We used it and we past through the checkpoint in less than 10 minutes

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The departure lounge
Most of the shops were already closed
This made the Terminal's atmosphere silent

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Since our gate was number 41 we proceeded downstairs to get the people mover
If it had been between 10 and 36 we should have walk

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I really like this Terminal, designed by award-winner architect Norman Foster

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Going down towards the APM

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It runs around every five minutes
First stop for us: gates 40-80
The second stop serves the Satellite Terminal

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The ride lasted around one minute
Going upstairs to the departure lounge

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The departure lounge is incredibly long!
We had to walk it entirely last time we transfered here

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Turning left for gate 41

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We arrived at the gate around midnight
People were already queuing, but boarding still had not started
The plane seemed to be full

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Our plane for tonight's flight
Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-1000, B-LXD, delivered in October '18 (1 year old)
It's equipped with 334 seats (C46-W32-Y256)

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Twin A350 parked next to ours

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My boarding pass

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Boarding was called 15 minutes later than scheduled

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Our plane from the jetway

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While boarding I gave the flight report form to the Purser
She saw my camera and asked me not to take pics of the crew
The first Economy Class cabin

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Our travel agency had already assigned the seats
My family and I had 74A-B-C-D
In Siem Reap we asked for two window seats, but since the plane was full, they couldn't change it
Being a night flight I decided to take the 74D, on the aisle
Very good seat and pitch
Unfortunately the headrest was broken, it didn't stay in the upright position

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The view from my seat as boarding continued

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IFE showing Colosseum

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Differently from FCO-HKG flight the front camera was working
It is located under the fuselage and shows the landing gear

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Tail camera

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While boarding ended the crew delivered the menu

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Time to go to the active runway

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During taxi the mood lighting was gradually lowered

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At 00:45, five minutes after scheduled, we took off from Hong Kong

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The two Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines went full thrust

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Bye Bye Hong Kong
Hope to visit you one day

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After T/O I made a short nap
I was awaken for the dinner, one hour into the flight
The cabin during meal service

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Vegetable salad with beef pastrami - Bread and butter
Choice between
Traditional salt baked chicken, pak choy and steamed jasmine rice
Pan fired fish, green beans, carrot, new potato and tomato lemon myrtle sauce
Mushroom and olive penne with tomato coulis
To finish with
Ice cream - Tea - Coffee

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Since I spent most of the vacation eating chicken and was afraid about pasta I decide to get fish
It was very tasty and the pan fried was quite delicate
Potatoes were perfectly cooked
I ate also the pastrami slice, jumping the salad

My dad took pasta and told me it was decent, just a bit overcooked

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Strawberry ice cream to finish, very good

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The cabin immediately after dinner

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Since I was very tired I decided to jump movies and tried to sleep

Contrary to my usual I spent around 8 hours sleeping :D
I woke up two hours before landing, while flying over Balkans
Outside sun was rising

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Seasonal fresh fruit - Fruit yoghurt - Breakfast bread - Fruit preserve and butter
Choice between
Omelette, bacon, roasted potatoes, mushroom and cherry tomato stew
Seafood congee
To finish with
Tea - Coffee

Breakfast with view

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I chose the omelette, which was fine

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The still-sleepy cabin during breakfast

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The Purser came to my seat to give me the flight report back
Surprisingly the captain also gave me the weather chart
I really appreciate this kind of gifts
Moreover the flight report was very well filled

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One hour left
Already feeling home's smell

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Crossing Adriatic Sea

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While flying over Italy my sister kinldy gave me her window seat, 74A

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Ice crystals on the window

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Raked wingtip with a wake

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Entering Italian's airspace

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Meanwhile cabin was prepared for landing

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Finally…Rome in sight

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Fiumicino Airport in the distance

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Hainan Airlines Boeing 787 Dream)Liner landing at FCO

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Tyrrean Coast

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Banking over the coastline north of the airport
We'd land from north

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Bracciano Lake in the distance

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Landing gear down

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Cabin crew prepare for landing

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Parallel landing on RWY16L
We'd land on 16R

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Toll plaza on A12 motorway
It connects Rome to Genova

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Rome countryside while approaching FCO

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RWY 16R on sight

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Almost on the ground

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50…40…30…20…10…Retard! Retard!

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At 7:48 (28 minutes after scheduled) we touched down at "Leonardo da Vinci" International Airport

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Alitalia and Emirates (in Expo 2020 livery) Boeing 777s

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Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dream)Liner and American Airlines tail behind

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Blue-Express Boeing 737 taking off from RWY 25

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Some heavies parked at the Satellite Terminal
Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dream)Liner and United Airlines Boeing 777

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United Airlines and Alitalia Boeing 777s

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Hainan Airlines and China Souther Airlines Boeing 787s and American Airlines Boeing 777
I really like CZ 787 livery

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I realized we'd be parked at a remote stand

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United Airlines and Alitalia Boeing 777s and Hainan Airlines Boeing 787 Dream)Liner
The latter is the plane I saw landing from air

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Just landed American Airlines Boeing 787 Dream)Liner

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Blocking at the stand minutes before 8:00

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The cabin during desembark
I prefer waiting on the plane instead of rushing to get to the bus

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Blue Air Boeing 737 taxiing

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While disembarking I tried to visit cockpit, but the bus was waiting and I had to give up
I was so happy to see this beauty from the tarmac
Fuselage shot

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Etihad Airways Boeing 777 in the distance

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Bye bye B-LXD, you're the best

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That engine looks massive from outside

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Love that elegant nose with eyeliner

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Etihad Airway Boeing 777
The nose cone was a bit ruined

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United Airlines Boeing 777 and Air China A330 in the background

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Ryanair Boeing 737

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Alitalia Boeing 777s in the distance

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The departure lounge seen from outside
That glass bubble is really nice

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R(H)ome sweet Home

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Taking right gate for European Passports

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The arrival inspection area had been improved in the last years
A lot of new control booths were added and also a lot of eGates
The eGate inspection took just few seconds
Belt number 9 for our baggages

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Our baggages started to be delivered once we got at the carousel

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We greet our group mates and proceeded through customs

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Meeters and greeters hall

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We went outside to take parking shuttle bus
The airport seemed like it had just woke up

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The bus arrived in around 5 minutes

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In about 10 minutes we got to the long term parking to take our car
We arrived at home in less than half a hour

I've been really happy making this vacation. We've seen wonderful and surprising place and encounter this particular culture
Moreover our groupmates contribute to make this travel amazing

See you to the next report

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Cathay Pacific

Cabin crew9.0

Hong Kong - HKG


Rome - FCO



Like on FCO-HKG I've been well impressed by Cathay Pacific service
Maybe it was for tiredness, but sleeping was very easy on that comfortable seat

HKG is a very good airport, big but very efficent
FCO grows and improves everytime I us it



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