And on to the final leg of my Taipei trip. Did not visit the lounge this time round, instead just spent the transit time shopping for some HK goodies. Also did some plane spotting.
One of the many CX A333s
SQ A380, which would be following just behind us all the way to SIN.
Countless CXs and a hidden Royal Brunei.
First live glimpse of a BA A380! Almost every other A380 operator (BA, SQ, MH, TG, EK, QF, KE, CZ) seemed to be sending their whalejets to HKG!
18 November 2013 Cathay Pacific CX 635 Hong Kong (HKG) - Singapore (SIN) B777-300ER B-KPC Economy Class
Again, a 4-class configured B773ER with the latest cabin products would be flying us back to SIN. Departure was from gate 69, which was a pretty long trek from the East Hall.
Boarding had already commenced and we boarded immediately. Again passed the lovely Business Class cabin.
Through Premium Economy.
And to my seat at the front Economy cabin. Economy ended up being totally full again! Not sure about the premium cabins though.
At the gate.
2566km to home.
Pushback was slightly delayed due to a group of late passengers.
Taxi to runway.
Takeoff from Rwy07R for the 3h15m flight to SIN.
Nice scenery of Kowloon and Hong Kong Islands during the ascent!
After the initial nice views during climbout, it was just clouds and sea for almost the rest of the flight.
IFE turned on after departure.
On this flight, peanuts was first distributed by the crew.
A choice of beverages were also offered from trays. I had a coke with ice.
Started on my entertainment for the flight, the movie Pacific Rim. CX's new IFE monitors in Economy offered very high resolution and is, till now, the best quality IFE monitor I have encountered so far.
High above the clouds.
Meal was served soon after. No menus offered and choices were asked verbally. We had a choice of Fish with rice or Vegetarian penne pasta. Went for a choice each. I still think that even with no physical menus in economy, CX should at least invest in displaying menus on their IFE system.
Meal tray. Comes with cut fruits, warm bread roll and butter, as well as the signature Haagen Daz ice cream.
Choice of Vegetarian penne pasta. It actually tasted better than it looks.
Fried fish with beancurd skin, vegetables and steamed rice. This tasted ok.
Enjoying vanilla Haagen Daz at 37,000 feet!
And Chinese tea to end the meal.
Along the Vietnam Coast.
Passengers occupied with their IFE choices.
Flying into bad weather while nearing Singapore.
Starting descent into Singapore. Headsets collected, cabin prepared and Studio CX switched off around 20min before landing. With more airlines (including SQ currently on-trial) offering gate-to-gate IFE, I guess it will be soon that CX pax also demands similar treatment. Well at least CX does not switch off its IFE as early as SQ used to.
Left with flight map and belly camera. Nearing home.
Flaps out and over Batam.
Final approach, with the Singapore evening city skyline in the distance.
Touchdown on Rwy02L slightly ahead of schedule.
Thank you again for flying CX!
Taxied to Terminal One and parked beside a Air Niugini B767.
Hong Kong - HKG
Singapore - SIN
Again, a pleasant regional flight on CX, though service is slightly more robotic on this flight, but comparable to a normal SQ flight. IFE is very user-friendly and selection is good enough. However the new Economy seats are definitely a winner, offering much more comfort than most of the other Economy seats I have tried till now. Overall a much recommended and value for money airline.
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