This year, i got lucky and went to Hong Kong (actually, as i'm typing this, i'm still here) with my father. Hong Kong is a lovely place, but shame the weather wasn't so good with heavy rain during our first day, and light rain the following. Other than that, this place is gorgeous.
Here's the report on my first ever trip on Board CX.
My father decided to book CX last minute since they have better time option than GA. We picked the red-eye flight because i still had to work on Christmas Eve.
We left our house on the far end of Jakarta and heads toward the airport at 8 PM. We thought the ride was gonna be a smooth one. It wasn't. The traffic was hell. Combined with earlier torrential rain, you got yourself a traffic with no escape.
Anyway, we managed to arrive at the airport at round 10:15 PM. We went straight to CX counter at terminal 2D. Check in was fast and the agent was friendly.
On the other booth though, there's a large group of Chinese people who seemed to find trouble checking in. Why this matters? you'll see in a bit.
Wasting no time, realizing the waiting room is already open, we went straight ahead. Immigration and Security was quick and we're inside.
We were greeted by EK B77W on the neighboring gate, ready for DXB departure later that night
Approximately around 45 minutes before our departure time, the CX finally docked to our gates. Can't see the registration number, but i think it's either a rather new plane, or it just got a refurbishment.
Now, here's why i told you about this group of Chinese people earlier and why they matter for me and my dad. Out of nowhere, my father got called by an agent. Weird. So my father answered such calls and returned to me with a question
they asked me to move to Business class, is that okay for you?
YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME
Yes, the flight got overbooked, and they had to bumped several people (i counted 3-4 that night) to J. If there is a God of luck, i'm pretty sure he favors my dad so much. First it was the upgrade on the CGK-AMS flight earlier this year (report here >>> http://flight-report.com/en/report-7139.html), now this?
Well, i can't do nothing, other than sigh and let my father know i'm okay with it. (to be honest, still jealous LOL)
Not long, boarding started, we got called by numbers, and off we go in.
My seat was exactly in the middle of the plane, and the view was pretty good. So with my father gone, i was left wondering who am i going to sit with that night. Lo and behold, one of the people from that Chinese group was seated next to me. I'm just glad he's not the kind that talks as if they were screaming, and i can manage some decent sleep that night.
Anyway, here's the look on the seat
IFE system was gorgeous. It has HD screen and fast response. I'm not complaining, but i could sure use more movie options.
Now, knowing CX was Skytrax airline of the year, i had high expectations on the service quality. But what i get was far from 5 star. If i can give a negative, i would. Service that night was horrendous. I only count 2 crew member who actively smiles and greets/helps the passenger with their needs. The rest? dreadful. Especially the ones assigned on my aisle. No hot food service that night since it's red-eye, but cold food was indeed delivered with an even colder attitude. Let's just say i'm glad the food was good enough to erase some of the bad experience.
Flight itself was relatively smooth, a little shaking near HKG coast, but nothing major.
No visit to lavatory was done since my neighbour blocked my way for the rest of the night and i ended up sleeping.
Jakarta - CGK
Hong Kong - HKG
My first ever flight with CX leaves me with a sour taste in my mouth. I really hope the action of these several crew members doesn't do the judge for the whole airline.
Anyway, here's what i like; (+) On time performance (+) HD+Responsive IFE (+) Comfortable seat for regional flights
Thanks for reading!
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