Review of Cathay Pacific flight Singapore Hong Kong in Economy

Airline Cathay Pacific
Flight CX736
Class Economy
Seat 60K
Aircraft Boeing 777-300
Flight time 04:10
Take-off 13 Sep 14, 09:55
Arrival at 13 Sep 14, 14:05
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seahyile
By 6784
Published on 16th August 2014
Hello everyone,

I just joined flight-report.com in 2014 hence this is my 1st FR. A little background about myself, I am a polytechnic student in Singapore studying an aviation course. I usually travel only during vacation time for holidays. This time, we had plans to visit Hong Kong. At first, the routing was SIN-HKG and then HKG-SIN. However, we had last minute changes and decided to visit Bangkok as well. Thus, we cancelled the HKG-SIN sector

The final routing is as follows:
1) 13 Sep 2014: CX736 SIN-HKG, B773, Economy
2) 16 Sep 2014: CX755 HKG-BKK, B777-300ER, Economy
3) 19 Sep 2014: TZ301 DMK-SIN, B772, Economy

I would be flying Cathay Pacific, the World's Best Airline 2014 and I was excited to experience the Economy Class experience as I had last flown with them in 2012.

Arriving at Singapore Changi Airport
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The iconic control tower of Changi Airport, world's best airport
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Drop-off at Stand 4, where Cathay Pacific is located.
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We had done online internet check-in, hence we were able to check-in very quickly.
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Sign leading to the departure hall
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FIDS showing my flight, CX736, codeshared with oneworld members as flight AA8907 and S7 4846. Scheduled to depart at 09.55 at Gate D42
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Some plane-spotting airside after clearing immigration. Parked at the gates are a Xiamen Airlines B737-800 (B-5659) and 2 Jetstar A320(9V-JSQ and 9V-JSK)
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On the other side, another Jetstar A320(9V-JSJ) and Air China A330-300(B-5916) operating as CA976 to Beijing.
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A view of Terminal 1 airside.
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One of the many beatiful decorations present in the airport terminal. This decoration is the Piazza Garden.
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Pushback for this Jetstar A320 (9V-JSF)
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This screen is common in many parts of Changi Airport, which gets travellers to rate the experience/quality of the facility/decoration.
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Piazza Garden decoration.
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Signs for directions to the different gates. My gate for the flight is D42.
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Silkair B737-800, a brand new aircraft with its 25th anniversary livery
For more information:http://www.silkair.com/jsp/cms/en_UK/mi_press_release_news/nf1003-14022014.jsp
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At Terminal 2, this Singapore Airlines B777(9V-SQL) being prepared for its next flight.
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flight-report.com viewed from my iPad
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Preparing to board the flight
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Flight display at the gate, with weather information for Hong Kong
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My plane for the flight would be a B777-300 with registration B-HNQ.
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View of the aircraft of the day. Boarding was quick and efficient, with the Business Class& oneworld alliance members followed by Economy Class Passengers.
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Aircraft view from the aerobridge
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Economy class seats of the World's Best Airline 2014
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My seat for the flight, 60K, a window seat which I pre-selected 48 hours before the flight. I have a good view of the wing at this seat.
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The flight route displayed on the personal entertainment system. I apologise for the reflection in the image.
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View of the B777-300's wing. Perfect for some photos later on during the flight.
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My seat pocket with the safety card, inflight headphones. I had placed my passport and amenity kit with my items within in the seat pocket for easy access. The amenity kit is from Air France's 80 years anniversary.
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A Singapore Airlines B777 parked at the bay.
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Underside camera of the aircraft. A picture of the landing gear during taxiing.
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Taxiing towards the runway for takeoff.
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A Tiger Airways A320 and Air India B787 Dreamliner (VT-ANO) queueing for takeoff.
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Flight progress: Just took-off from Singapore
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Advertisement on the entertainment system.
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Studio CX's Welcome Page, available in the various languages as well as flight time and progress.
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Nice view of the clouds during climb
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Heading north to Hong Kong and climbing
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Inflight headphones
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Selection of the music tracks of different genres. Under the CDs selection, there is a good variety of music albums which I did not show here.
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Flight progress: Cruising at 10,972m (36,000 feet)
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There was no menu given out onboard, hence the crew told us that there are 2 selections available, which are
1) Chicken rice
2) Fish with pasta
We also had a small tub of Haagen Dazs strawberry ice-cream which was very nice. If I am not wrong, SQ also has Haagen Dazs ice-cream as dessert for Y pax.
I took the fish with pasta while my mum chose the chicken rice.

Chicken rice meal here.
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Fish with pasta meal. A generous portion of the fish was given which tasted good.
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Flight progress: Flying above the South China Sea near Vietnam after lunch
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Flight progress: Remaining flying time to Hong Kong.
I decided to continue with my movie before landing.
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Flight progress: About to descend into Hong Kong International Airport
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Flight progress: Approaching Hong Kong but we had to circle once due to heavy traffic at the airport.
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Some of the outlying islands near Hong Kong.
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A Dragonair A320 parked at the bay seen while my plane is taxiing to the arrival gate.
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Hong Kong's control tower.
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The iconic shape design of HKG.
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Baggage reclaim at Belt 13. Immigration took about 15 minutes as there was a queue.
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Verdict

Cathay Pacific

8.5/10
Cabin9.0
Cabin crew9.0
Entertainment/wifi7.0
Meal/catering9.0

Singapore - SIN

9.6/10
Efficiency10.0
Access9.0
Services9.5
Cleanliness10.0

Hong Kong - HKG

9.1/10
Efficiency7.5
Access9.0
Services10.0
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

Cathay Pacific
Food: Meals were delicious with the strawberry Haagen Dazs ice-cream. I finished everything.
Crew: Crew were friendly and efficient, pleasant experience.
Entertainment: The selection of movies was good, although the music albums present were average compared to SQ's entertainment system. There could be a larger variety. I decided to use my MP3 player for songs instead. Overall the IFE was good, but the touchscreen was not very responsive. Using the control is faster.

For the price paid, I find the overall experience very pleasant and I would definitely fly with CX again.

Singapore Changi Airport
Plenty of shops, beautiful decors. Security procedures were efficient. Airport is very clean. Definitely a great place for transit travellers with plenty of activities available.

Hong Kong International Airport
Immigration took about 15 minutes as there was a queue but most counters were open. Baggage reclaim was fast and we were out within 30 mins.

Do leave your comments for me so I can improve on my further FRs. Thanks!

Information on the route Singapore (SIN) Hong Kong (HKG)

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