(WARNING! This report will contain graphic food porn. Viewer's discretion is advised!)
With CX recently offering fares to HKG for a ridiculously low price of SGD260 return (and undercutting all the other budget carriers' fares), me and my partner booked a short trip to HKG for a weekend of food and shopping. This report will be mainly photo-based as I guess most of you would be rather familiar with CX's regional economy service. Also, be warned that this report may also cause withdrawal symptoms on those who are craving the culinary treats of Hong Kong!
24 May 2014 Cathay Pacific CX 690 Singapore (SIN) - Hong Kong (HKG) A340-300 B-HXD Economy Class
Checked in online 48hrs prior and got boarding passes at the airport.
Our flight today was operated by an A340. It has been a rather long time since I have stepped onboard an A340. The aircraft was fitted with the old herringbone J, new Premium Y and old shell-Y. My first time trying the infamous non-reclining Y seats, having tried all the other variants of CX's Y seats.
My seat at 69A.
Welcome aboard. Legroom was actually quite good for my 1.8m frame.
Seat pocket contents.
Headsets already in the seat pockets.
At the gate.
Boarding in progress.
Doors closed and pushed back 5min ahead of STD.
However, it was a long taxi to Rwy02C for takeoff.
Video of takeoff from Rwy02C. The A340 certainly is a gentle-climber!
Climbing to cruising altitude.
Immigration forms for Hong Kong handed out. Advisory on the new entry-slip.
StudioCX switched on after seatbelt signs were turned off. It was both touch-screen as well as can be navigated by the handset.
We watched a light-hearted The Lego Movie.
Crew conducted a round of beverage and nuts service. Water, juices and coke were offered from trays, with other beverages available on request. As the A340 utilizes only a single galley at the rear for the entire Economy cabin, the crew were constantly seen walking up and down the rear and mid cabins during the service.
Nuts and apple juice. An antiseptic towelette was also handed out.
Enjoying the movie.
Lunch was then served. The choices offered were Chicken with potatoes or Fish with rice. The tray came with fruits, a warm roll and butter. I had orange juice and water to go along.
Chicken with mushroom sauce, mashed potatoes and vegetables. It was rather tasty.
Fried fish (seemed to be salmon) with rice. This was equally good! It seemed that CX has upped their economy catering out of SIN since the last time I flew with them. Main course portions now come with more meat.
Fruits and Haagen Daz strawberry ice-cream, which was given out after meal trays were distributed.
Enjoying my ice-cream.
Finished every morsel!
And a Chinese tea to wrap up after trays were collected.
Position of our flight after we were done with lunch and movie. Continued with a HK comedy movie but did not finish it due to the short remaining flight time.
Lavatory with the usual CX nobility amenities.
Mid economy cabin.
And the aft cabin.
Over South China Sea.
Descending into Hong Kong.
Video of descent.
Headsets were collected and StudioCX switched off midway through the descend.
It was a surprisingly rather clear day in Hong Kong. We approached from the north-east and had some nice views during approach.
View the entire approach and landing into Rwy25R below.
Landed 10min early and had a rather long taxi to the gate.
Thank you for flying CX.
Parked at Gate 21.
Disembarking and passing Premium economy.
And old long-haul J herringbone seats.
SQ A380 arrived at the neighbouring gate during disembarkation.
Immigration was swift and our bags were out very soon.
It was a quick 30min airport bus ride to our hotel in Jordan, Eaton Hotel.
Hotel was pleasant and room size was reasonable, especially for the location and price paid.
View towards Mongkok from room.
After checking into our room, we met up with a couple of friends for dinner at an eatery near Langham Place, which is famous for its roast goose.
Followed by dessert at a newly popular dessert place. The desserts were freshly made and delicious!
Then it was walking around busy Mongkok for the evening.
Day 2 and we made our way to Central on Hong Kong island in the morning and met another friend.
Aim? Yum cha at Maxim's Palace! Dim sum feast time!
After a very filling meal, it was off to Causeway Bay for some shopping.
Dessert to cool down in the summer heat.
Bowrington Market area.
After a trip up to Citygate Outlets for shopping in the afternoon, we arrive back in Kowloon in the evening for dinner. First stop, yummy silky smooth chee cheong fun at a fame shop in Sham Shui Po.
Then to Kam Wah café for one of the best polo bun and other eats.
Morning on the 3rd day was to the very busy Australian Dairy Company for its fame breakfast sets and steamed milk. The scrambled eggs were absolutely to die for!
Afternoon, we went up to Kowloon Tong for a light healthy lunch.
Singapore - SIN
Hong Kong - HKG
It was a nice flight on Cathay Pacific again. Food and service was good, entertainment was fine and flight was on-time. As for the infamous shell seat, I found it quite ok as long as a blanket or pillow is stuffed at the lumber area to provide support. Also, the generous seat pitch made it the more tolerable. No qualms sitting on them for short flights (beats any budget carrier's tight seats anytime) but not too sure of the comfort on long-hauls though. But for the fare paid, there was absolute nothing to complain about.
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