I have already done the flight reports for other 3 segments, I wasn't going to write this one because I don't have enough pictures to share with everyone. But I notice this website is missing FR on this route with CX. I thought some info is better than none.
The CX uses terminal 1 for ground service at TPE airport. There are separate check-in for first class and business class/Marco Polo members passengers on counters 4. The ground service at check-in was efficient but nothing outstanding. After check-in was done, I quickly went upstairs the departure level for security check and immigration. There were no fast track service at this airport, so every passenger jointed the long queue for the security check. Here the immigration is always easy and extreme fast for me because I use E-gate, the process takes less than 10 seconds.
I only stopped shortly at the CX lounge, as I arrived late at the airport this time. I had a beef soup noodles and then went straight to the gate. The CX lounge is small but has a business class section and a first class section. I will have more detail on this lounge on my next CX flight report.
Boarding process was smooth as carried out in order of assistance needed passengers, business class, Marco Polo members and lastly economy class passengers.
The cabin manager quickly came to introduce herself after boarding, and welcome drink of champagne and juice were offered. I chose champagne, and it is Champagne Henriort.
The scheduled aircraft was Boeing 777-200, but it turned out to be a sister Boeing 777-300. It is my first time to board on CX new regional business class.
The seats are arranged in 2-3-2 in a row, the back is fix, but seat itself is adjustable. Seat is comfortable, leg room is adequate, obviously it is not a flat seat, but for a non-overnight flight or short flight like this, it is OK for me.
What I like most is the new design of the tablet. It is stored or hided in the back of front seat. it really frees more space between the seats.
The IFE is always a strength of CX flight. Good selection of current movies and TV shows. Although it all starts with an ad, I can always fast forward and skip it.
Once in the air, the menu was given, I ordered a CX signature drink Oriental Breeze, it is a sour-plum tea and cranberry juice based non-alcoholic drink with honey and lemon juice and rose water. My first time to try this cocktail, it tastes some how strange to me.
Lunch was first served with seasonal salad and Saba noodles, and a starter of prosciutto with Boursin cheese. The only thing I don't like are those sources come in plastic containers. They look really cheap.
The main course I chose lamb rock with green peppercorn cream. Both starter and main dish were delicious.
The last was fresh fruits, ice cream and cheeses.
After a wonderful meal, I fell asleep until arrival. I guess it said the seat was really comfortable. The immigration station was time consuming because of large numbers of passengers, the luggage claim was fast, I then took the shuttle bus to my hotel.
Cathay Pacific Lounge
Taipei - TPE
Tokyo - NRT
CX no longer offers first class service on this route, but its business product still stands out, IFE and meals are good as usual, although the regional business class is not a flat bed type, but it doesn't make CX less competitive at all.
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