Review of Cathay Pacific flight Hong Kong Beijing in Economy

Airline Cathay Pacific
Flight CX312
Class Economy
Seat 67K
Aircraft Airbus A330-300
Flight time 08:00
Take-off 19 Jun 14, 17:00
Arrival at 20 Jun 14, 01:00
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Published on 14th July 2014
INTRODUCTION


Hello everyone, here is the FR I already reported in French. I present you today the Cathay Pacific A330-300 Economy Class on the flight CX312 from HKG to PEK!

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ITINERARY



- CX278 Cathay Pacific A340-300 Economy Class : Online

- http://flight-report.com/en/report-7464.html IN FRENCH ,
- http://flight-report.com/en/report-7481.html IN ENGLISH

- CX312 Cathay Pacific A330-300 Economy Class : HERE
- KA909 Dragonair A330-300 Economy Class : Soon
- CX261 Cathay Pacific B777-300ER Economy Class : I don't know…


REPORT

Here I am in Hong Kong airport waiting for my next flight to Beijing. Here is my aircraft operating this flight, A330-300.



Boarding 10min late



The cabin is equipped with the new cabin. Not every A333 are equipped with this cabin. Legroom is fantastic for this flight of 3h. There's also a PTV, for 3h flight!!



Seat 67K with a view of the EVA AIR 744 Combi

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I'm charging my Gopro with the USB port, but it would be useless, you'll understand later…

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Safety Instructions, seems we are ready for departure?

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So 10min after the Safety Instructions the captain announced that we are stuck at the gate for 50min because of the traffic in HKG and in Global Air Space in China. Then after those 50min, he announced that we have to wait 3 hours for our departures. The flight has been delayed to 20:30. He said that we are able to disembark the plane in 1h. Just after I disembark the plane, a F/A give me a 75HK$ coupon in order to eat while waiting in HKG. The food court in HK was closed and they were only 3 restaurants open.






SOOOO after 2 hours in plane I here again in HKG trying to get some food, with the 75HK$ Cathay gave me.




Let's go.



Here is the IFE




EVA AIR A330 Hello Kitty livery




Pushback at 21:00 take off at 21:30




ads before every movie or TV Show. I'm watching the Lego Movie in order to forget our delay. I order a car pick-up in Beijing, and I'm wondering if he will wait me during 4hours at the airport…



Meal service, Beef or Pasta



Approaching Beijing on rough weather



The new seats offers more storage. You can control the seat features via the PTV



Landing…



Nope haha, go around. So I have to explain clearly. The ATC and the Captain aborted the landing, because of a rabbit on the runway, so we have to do a go around, and 30min approach.



I'm boring…

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Approach + Landing



Rainy landing in Beijing Capital airport. Landed at 1:00am. Schedule arrival time : 20:30.

4h30 late….



Sample of the cabin during deboarding.




Beijing airport

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Well that's all for me today, hope you enjoy reading this report. See you soon for the seconde part of this itinerary on my way back to France.
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Verdict

Cathay Pacific

8.3/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment/wifi9.0
Meal/catering7.0

Hong Kong - HKG

7.5/10
Efficiency8.0
Access5.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness9.0

Beijing - PEK

7.8/10
Efficiency7.0
Access8.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

I don't gave marks for the On-time performance and the Access and parking in HK, because I can't really give mark. Cathay Pacific is not responsible of this delay, it's the Chinese Air traffic center. All flights were delayed at the same time.

After this very long journey from France to Beijing I've found the Cathay Pacific service very good, as the catering. The economy seats are comfortable. The IFE offer a great experience of entertainment with a good selection of movies, TV shows, and music! The delay was well managed by Cathay Pacific and his crew were very professional to manage it. Even if this is usual in China I don't understand why they don't use bigger aircraft for less flight ? They could use B747 instead of A333 for this route. So that was a really good experience on board Cathay Pacific's new economy class flight to Beijing.

The IFE and the meal were excellent for this Regional flight of 3 hours. We don't have such a nice service on flight within Europe.

Thanks a lot for reading me! I will upload the report on Youtube soon as I can! Stay tuned and subscribe, I will really appreciate.

See you soon for the next report. Have a nice week everyone!

Information on the route Hong Kong (HKG) Beijing (PEK)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 12 reviews of 3 airlines on the route Hong Kong (HKG) → Beijing (PEK).


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2 Comments

  • Comment 112904 by
    jetsetpanda 2296 Comments

    Thank you for sharing another great report with equally nice pictures.

    I think CX is the best airline that one can fly between HKG and mainland China. Another good option is KA from what I have heard, but CX is more prestigious. However, the meal could have been better and at least CX should have provided a better dessert instead of a Toblerone bar and a proper appetizer. This meal would have been acceptable if it departed late after dinner time, but the dept. time and flight length calls for a true dinner.

    The only comparable European carrier that serves a meal on intra-European flights in Y would be TK. Then again, whether one considers Turkey an European country is another story (or debate).

  • Comment 112919 by
    Airline Spotter AUTHOR 90 Comments

    Thanks a lot! I've flown Dragonair on the return flight KA 909. See you very soon for the next report! ;)

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