Besides the excitement of going to a place in Japan where I've never been before I was really looking forward to try the soon-to-be-antique CX 744 upper deck.That was swapped to a 773 with regional biz ( no fun) and 2month prior the trip that was changed to a 77W !yeeeeah new biz class.about 2 weeks after it they changed back to a 773….CX are you kidding me???I realized it's time to stop checking what aircraft will be since it seemed like I'll only know the real answer once I'm sitting on it.
We dropped our bags at the CX counters at Airport Express' Kowloon Station. First we checked out the Wing's Business Class part but it was really crowded and had no tarmac views.Once our gate was announced (24) we decided to move to The Cabin since it was exactly in front of it. It was pretty busy too but the seating area was a bit bigger.We had a great view of the runway so we grabbed a couple of coffees/snacks and enjoyed the view.
After getting on it to my surprise it was refitted with their new regional product that I really wanted to try anyways!since expertflyer showed a 2-3-2 configuration I didn't even think about it since I thought it's only available in a 2-2-2 configuration… The seats are a huge upgrade from the old ones:
They don't recline too much but more than enough for those short hops.
Pretty good legroom:
We were offered pre-departure beverages.Both of us went for the coconut- mint drink which was delicious…
Studio CX in action.time to catch up with some office:
And then started what made this short Cathay flight very different from all the others. Food menus were distributed by Neena our FA.she had a passenger list with herself and every time she handed a menu to someone she called him/her by their name and thanked them for flying CX. that day.I thought its a nice touch for a short flight like that but what was even more surprising is that every time she said something to us she addressed both of us by our names making us very welcomed!
She took our main course orders and they started distributing appetizers and drinks immediately. To begin we had a Duck breast with pickle white ginger and mustard mayonnaise,mixed salad and tounyu soba noodles.Had a glass of a very nice chardonnay with it. For main I decided to try the Australian prime beef tenderloin with red wine sauce meanwhile wifey went for an onion stewed pork spare rib(ps:I won,mine was the bomb;) Went for a Malbec with that was surprisingly good.They should seat Doug Parker on that to get some inspiration for the future and have the same on a JFK-CUN flight::)
Fruits,cheeses and port
Dessert,baileys and coffee
Cathay Pacific The Cabin (closed)
Hong Kong - HKG
Osaka - KIX
The experience : After a flight like that the only think I could think of was that if this is their regional business than how is their long haul first class ? I'll have my answer pretty soon but for now the only thing I can say is: 20k avios well spent!
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