Review of Cathay Pacific flight Taipei Hong Kong in Business

Airline Cathay Pacific
Flight CX479
Class Business
Seat 16A
Aircraft Airbus A350-900
Flight time 01:30
Take-off 24 Apr 19, 21:35
Arrival at 24 Apr 19, 23:05
CX   #4 out of 115 Airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 458 reviews
dominic.hk
Published on 26th December 2019

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by this report.
This review will cover my business class experience with Cathay Pacific's A350 back to hometown from Taipei. Feel free to visit the HKG-TPE report for more Cathay's short haul j-class review.


Routing


in-town check-in


Before reviewing the lounge and the flight, I'd like to introduce a special service provided by the Taoyuan airport locomotive.
It was about 4 in the afternoon, I arrived at Taipei Main Station to have the in-town check-in. This service allows me to drop my bags before boarding the train, just like the Airport Express in Hong Kong. Helps to avoid the possible hassle of checking in at the airport. This special feature could also make you free from carrying luggage and bags if you'd like to spend some time in town before later heading to the airport.
I really appreciated their service. However, different from Hong Kong, only passengers flying the carriers from China Airlines (CI, AE) Grp., Evergreen Airlines (BR, B7) Grp., Cathay Pacific (CX, KA) Grp. as well as AirAsia (D7, AK, Z2, FD, DJ) Grp. could enjoy this feature. 
In advance, I would like to grasp this opportunity to thank the staff from China Airlines. Although I was not flying their airline, their staff was very willing to help and assisted me to use the check-in system. Many thanks to the kind lady and the hospitality of the Taiwanese!
The whole check-in process took about only a couple of minutes and I got the printed boarding card and also the lounge invitation card immediately.


lounge experience - cathay pacific lounge


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I immediately headed to the custom and went to the lounge once I arrived the airport, the lounge is located at the terminal 1.
Partnering with acclaimed interior designer, ILSE CRAWFORD, to design spaces that focus on creating distinct and the home-like interiors at all Cathay's lounge around the globe, it felt familiar to me when I stepped inside the lounge.
Both the design and the facilities were very similar to Hong Kong's, except the food served at the noodle bar have changed to fit the locals' favor, their beef noodles in soup and minced pork rice were very delicious. In advance, they do provide the popular bubble milk tea at the bar. The staff at the bar was so friendly, I was pleased to have a good chat with the hospitable Taiwanese. That's the reason why I kept traveling to Taiwan in recent years. (I will fly to Taiwan again in the coming Summer and Lunar New Year.)
A point to note, the lounge doesn't contain the shower rooms, since all their flights departing from Taipei are short haul, like Korea and Japan, as a result, the airline doesn't expect us from taking a shower prior the flight.



What an enjoyable time spent with my family! 



boarding



the seat



The herringbone configuration allows all passengers to have direct access to an aisle, and provides increased privacy. Although the configuration is the same as the A330 when I was flying to Taipei, the IFE system had been upgraded with faster rate of response and higher resolution, in advance, the seat provides the second screen, allowing passengers to watch 2 movies at the same time or checking the flight information while you don't want to stop the movie. It's a great design.



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Sorry for the bad resolution, they provided a western and a Chinese option on the flight. For the former, it is a grilled chicken breast with barbecue sauce sides with vegetables, whilst, the latter is wok-fried shrimp paste served with jasmine rice and vegetables.
There were no ice-cream or a selection of cheese served after the meal since the flight was only a 1.5 hours hop, heading southwest immediately to Penghu after taking-off thus heading west to Hong Kong, flying above the northern part of the South China Sea.


taxiing


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Met EVA AIR's Dreamliner and the Sanrio Characters Jet - Friendship Bow while pushing-back, I have already bought the tickets flying with them, stay tuned for the reviews if you are interested.


takeoff



catering



I selected the roast chicken breast for the main course, surprisingly, the cold plate and the desert are much much better than the flight I flew to Taipei, the peer is very sweet and the taste of ham go well with the mozzarella, whilst, the Mango cheese marble cake taste good. Not to mention the bread, it was hard as stone, I really wondered whether they picked them from the coach class! (Am I too mean? Sorry for that.)
Just before the plane started to descend, I asked the crew whether they are still serving a pie to the economy class passengers but surprisingly he said they have a small meal provided and asked me if I'd like to try, so I go for another meal in this 1.5 hour hop, that's crazy!
As you can see, it doesn't look good, but the taste is fair, at least better than the chicken pie I had tried. It is a chicken and Shiitake mushroom rice, however the sauce is a little bit salty…


landing



Home sweet home, the Pearl of the Orient. Could see clearly the city and the Tsing Ma Bridge, one of the world longest span suspension bridge, connecting the airport and the city. 

Sorry for the second pic., yes it is inverted… 

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Verdict

Cathay Pacific

8.6/10
Cabin9.0
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment/wifi9.0
Meal/catering7.5

Cathay Pacific Lounge

8.8/10
Comfort9.0
Meal/catering9.0
Entertainment/wifi7.5
Services9.5

Taipei - TPE

8.4/10
Efficiency8.5
Access7.5
Services9.0
Cleanliness8.5

Hong Kong - HKG

8.2/10
Efficiency8.5
Access8.5
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

All in all, I am pleased to fly in business class with my lovely home carrier, however, I found that they really need to put further efforts on their catering...
Especially the pastry! Cathay really need to provide a better bakery selection for the guests flying in upper class even though it is a ultra-short haul, but hey, you charged the ticket quite high (about 1300 USD for a round-trip), should I have a better bread?
Anyway, hope you enjoy this review. Commenting is always welcome. Stay tuned for more and more reviews! See ya!

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