Flight: Cathay Pacific – CX 701
Origin: Hong Kong (HKG)
Destination: Bangkok (BKK)
Booking Class: First Class
Equipment: Boeing 747-400

After exploring Hong Kong for a few hours, I decided to head back to the airport a few hours early so I could visit a few lounges.
Cathay Pacific planes at HKIA.
Once I re-checked my bag, I went to The Wing, which is Cathay Pacific’s largest lounge at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). Since they were renovating the First Class area, I was unable to use a “cabana” which is a private room with a bathtub and lounge chair inside. Unfortunately, the cabanas will be gone once the renovation finishes.  Instead, I decided to walk around and get some shrimp wontons at the new Noodle Bar.

Cabana at The Wing. Thanks to David Flynn on Australian Business Traveller.
Noodle Bar at The Wing. Thanks to Cathay Pacific.
After having the shrimp wontons, I walked to The Pier, which like The Wing has both a First Class and Business Class area. Since I had a First Class boarding pass, I obviously went to the First Class area of the lounge. However, once I was inside the lounge, I was rather disappointed since there were no windows and it was rather crowded. I preferred The Wing since it’s more comfortable and airy.

While I was waiting at the lounge, I met up with another FlyerTalker and we talked for an hour or so before he had to leave for his flight to Toronto. A few minutes later, I decided to walk over to my gate so I could see the China Southern Airbus A380 that was parked next to my departure gate. I was very excited to see the A380 since it was my first time seeing the aircraft and I would be flying Lufthansa’s Airbus A380 a few days later.

China Southern A380. Thanks to sutrakhk on Airliners.net.
Moments later, the boarding process began for my flight to Bangkok and I was one of the first passengers to board the plane. I was very surprised by how spacious the First Class cabin was on the Boeing 747 than the Boeing 777 that I took from New York.

First Class Cabin on the Boeing 747.
The first two windows on the main deck is where seat 1A is! Thanks to flcriminal on Plane-mad.com.
View from seat 1A.
Cathay Pacific First Class seat.
Once I got to my seat (1A), the flight attendants introduced themselves and asked if I would like a pre-departure drink. Since I had a few glasses of champagne at the lounge, I decided to get a diet coke with lemon. The flight attendant came back minutes later with a menu, nuts, and the diet coke.
Menu, mixed nuts, and diet coke.
A half hour after take-off, the flight attendants began the meal service. I decided to have the Thai Beef Massaman Curry as my entrée then the Yuzu and Milk Chocolate Cake for dessert. The food was decent but the service was fantastic since the flight attendants kept refilling my drinks without me having to ask every time.
Curry with rice, bread basket, milk tea, water, and diet coke with lemon.
Yuzu and milk chocolate cake and a glass of Johnnie Walker Blue.
An hour after the meal service ended, we began our descent into Bangkok International Airport which meant my Cathay Pacific First Class experience was coming to an end. Upon arrival, I was able to use the Priority Immigration lane which was appreciated since the normal lanes were long. After I cleared Immigration and picked my checked bag, I walked to the taxi stand where I was quoted a specific fare for my ride to the VIE Bangkok Hotel.



11/03/2012 10:08pm

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