Review of Cathay Pacific flight Hong Kong Bangkok in Business

Airline Cathay Pacific
Flight 751
Class Business
Seat 4K
Aircraft Airbus A330-300
Flight time 02:50
Take-off 04 Jul 19, 14:30
Arrival at 04 Jul 19, 16:20
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By GOLD 525
Published on 16th September 2019

HKG-BKK Cathay Pacific A330 Business Class



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After a nice overnight stay at the Marriott SkyCity, I headed back to Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok airport to catch the high speed downtown. The PYE 500 HKD certificate received on CX807 was burning a hole in my pocket. I was able to spend a few hours in downtown Hong Kong and brought back a nice shirt.

Then it was back to the airport to try and convince the First Class Pier Lounge gatekeeper to grant me access. Technically I could not enter even though I was on a First Class ticket. The Oneworld rule states the connection must be before 6AM the morning after your original departure. 


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The answer was no, I could not enter. So I asked if it would be okay to take a few pictures. I was granted 5 minutes. I can now say, Here is your 5 minute tour.


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Imported from Ubud Indonesia?


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This is the main seating off the dining room.


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There was a small room off to the side of the bar, kind of a self service room. 


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The main dining room which was sizable. 


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Unfortunately I wasn’t able to view the Day Suites and figured I pressed my luck enough at this point. Tick tock. 


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Back up the escalator to The Pier Business Class lounge. 


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This lounge is huge. Multiple rooms, various kinds of seating and eclectic food stations as well.


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Even yoga for the weary traveler.


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Along the side were plenty of seats that offered ground level views of the tarmac.



Showers are located in the back.


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There were 3 or 4 dining areas with different types of seating available. 


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Noodle bar and self serve, even a cookie bar.



I enjoyed a cup of coffee and a cookie then headed over to my gate. Boarding commenced on this older A330.


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This aircraft has the first generation Cirrus seats that are extremely popular with premium class flyers.


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A large footwell that would offer plenty of room for sleeping. Downside is there was no place to store computer bag / purse.



Telltale sign of age. 


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The monitor was showing its age as well.


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On to lunch, or maybe this was a snack flight as it departed around 2PM.



Yes, Afternoon Tea. Sounds like a great idea. 


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I enjoyed this with a Hong Kong style milk tea, well I enjoyed the tea after I was finished with the meal. 


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Two scones, not really. One scone and one mini pie filled with some sort of crab mixture. The beef was a little odd and there was plenty of jam and clotted cream for a single scone. And how can you go wrong with two desserts?


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Short flight.


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Verdict

Cathay Pacific

5.2/10
Cabin5.0
Cabin crew4.5
Entertainment/wifi4.5
Meal/catering7.0

Hong Kong - HKG

6.9/10
Efficiency6.5
Access7.5
Services7.0
Cleanliness6.5

Bangkok - BKK

6.2/10
Efficiency6.0
Access6.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness6.0

Conclusion

These older A330’s are getting long in the tooth. Cabins, lavatories and seats are showing their age. However with Cathay continuing to take delivery of A350s, these A330 will either be fazed out or placed on shorter routes like this to Bangkok. Having a lie flat seat was great for this trip.

The selection I made, finger sandwiches, was creative and very good. Highly recommend.

If they keep these A330s flying this is one are that needs to be addressed. Monitor was pretty poor.

Information on the route Hong Kong (HKG) Bangkok (BKK)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 44 reviews of 8 airlines on the route Hong Kong (HKG) → Bangkok (BKK).


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The airline with the best average rating is Emirates with 8.4/10.

The average flight time is 2 hours and 51 minutes.

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3 Comments

  • Comment 522729 by
    socalnow GOLD 924 Comments

    Another one! Thank Mark, I know it's a time consuming endeavor but the reports are much appreciated.

    I was able to spend a few hours in downtown Hong Kong and brought back a nice shirt.

    -A picture of the shirt would be nice.. ;)

    The answer was no, I could not enter.

    -Boo on the lounge attendant. Everyone and their mother gets F lounge in Oneworld but no to a connecting F passenger? I realize it's the rule...

    Back up the escalator to The Pier Business Class lounge.

    -I've never taken the time to visit, Looks nice!

    Yes, Afternoon Tea. Sounds like a great idea.

    -Why that's a clever menu item. Memories of lazy afternoons at The Peninsula. A throw back to the colonial days is more poignant now than in recent memory...

    These older A330’s are getting long in the tooth. Cabins, lavatories and seats are showing their age. However with Cathay continuing to take delivery of A350s, these A330 will either be fazed out or placed on shorter routes like this to Bangkok. Having a lie flat seat was great for this trip.

    -I'm always amazed at the level of service provided on these short regional hops. A nice "snack" and a bed. Yes please.

    Thanks again Mark. I enjoy reading along as you inch your way down to Singapore!

  • Comment 522869 by
    Rewardflying GOLD AUTHOR 466 Comments

    -A picture of the shirt would be nice.. ;)

    - winter shirt, well as winter as you can get in Hong Kong

    Boo on the lounge attendant. Everyone and their mother gets F lounge in Oneworld but no to a connecting F passenger? I realize it's the rule...

    -guess I have a reason to return, but still since F is rarely on any connecting flight now, it should be available when the long haul is in F

    -I've never taken the time to visit, Looks nice!

    -impressive lounge. Makes the wing look like klm/af in ORD, well almost

    Why that's a clever menu item.

    -my reaction too, plus it was really good.

    Memories of lazy afternoons at The Peninsula. A throw back to the colonial days is more poignant now than in recent memory

    -waiting for my invitation.

    A nice "snack" and a bed. Yes please.

    - well said, thanks for reading Christian.

  • Comment 523314 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 4958 Comments

    Oneworld lounge access is the most generous of any alliance, but yeah, they are strict about enforcing the F connection rules. That being said, it was nice of the lounge dragon to allow you in for a few minutes to take pics.

    So funny that a 2.5 hr flight like this is considered about average in Asia whereas, as you know, here in the States, you'd most likely get a much worse one-tray meal and disgruntled service on an aging narrowbody with recliner seats.

    Thanks for sharing!

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