Growing Old in Style – Cathay Pacific CX376 Düsseldorf to Honk Kong in Business Class.
AUTHORS NOTE: PICTURE HEAVY.
- 40.. wait? You’re 40???
- Off to Heathrow with National Express
- Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 and British Airways Galleries First
- BA936 London Heathrow to Düsseldorf in Club Europe
- Düsseldorf airport and the most boring lounge… in the world (Lufthansa Business Lounge)
- CX376 Düsseldorf Airport to Hong Kong International Airport in Business Class
- Hong Kong International Airport and CX The Arrival
- To Hong Kong aboard the Airport Express
- Over to Kowloon on the Star Ferry
- Exploring Kowloon
- Holiday Inn Express, Sheung Wan
- The Peak during the Evening and Night
- Riding the Ding Dings and Causeway Bay Presents “The Force Awakens”
- Mong Konk Ladies Market – or the “Hard art of haggling”
- A Symphony of Lights (Pictorial)
- Temple Street Market or “Haggle more”
- Back to Hong Kong International Airport
- The Pier First Class Lounge
- CX253 Hong Kong International Airport to London Heathrow
- The Great Rush Home
- 40 up
CX376 Düsseldorf to Hong Kong International Airport
Cathay Pacific, Seat 12F, Boeing 777-300ER
5730 Miles flown, 0 Avios earned, 0 Tier Points Earned
With a skip and a bounce, I headed down the jetway.
I was welcomed aboard, and escorted to my seat in front business cabin (Cathay Pacific have two business class cabins aboard their 777-300ERs – 2 rows in the front section, and the bulk of the seats behind.
As a result the forward cabin is a very intimate affair.
I popped my stuff in the overhead bin and took stock of my surroundings.
So the seat – it’s a very nice reserve herringbone seat, in a 1-2-1 formation. I’ve gone for a window seat… well.. just because.
In another place, there maybe other seats than window seats… but not in my world.
The seat itself was comfortable and didn’t feel like a bench, with multiple controls for it. IFE system controls were also there too.
IFE inputs, Power outputs and USB Output/Input
Headphones provided were the noise cancelling variety in a vanity box to the site of the seat.
Welcome drinks were offered – and there was only one drink to go for…
Departure was slightly delayed as I sat back and watched the world go by. In that time two members of staff greeted me
In front of me, was a 15″ screen of Cathay Pacific CX Studio screen.
15″ IFE Screen
The safety video played indicating it was time for us to push back and make the long trip to Hong Kong.
The plane begun its taxi past the parked Germanwings, Air Berlin and Eurowings planes, and lined up for the runway.
With a roar, the twin GE-90s spooled up, powering the accent into the sky
With a smooth take off, the German countryside unfolded below me.
With Germany and more underneath, it was time to explore the IFE system.
Let’s start with the negatives – of which there are two. Firstly, before any programme plays on the IFE there’s a 4 minute set of adverts that plays.
Secondly – and perhaps more importantly, the content whilst varied wasn’t that great of actual content – and it seemed the IFE programming was put to together in a hurry rather than planned.
Compared the content of a modern British Airways 787 or a Qatar Airways A350/787, it was distinctly lacking.
That being said, I found appropriate content to enjoy on the system. Well, anything involving Supermarionation, Minions and American Dad can kill time happily.
Hot nuts were handed out, along with orders for drinks .
I do like to vary my diet… so I tried a Pacific Sunrise – made of Champagne, Drambuie, lemon & orange zest.
Table cloths were handed out as I fumbled around to release the table (and also.. re-configuring the seats too).
A tray arrived with the starters and a salad.
The salad – a rather deep bowl, with carrots, radishes and of course – lettuce.
Bread was also offered..
The mains arrived – I went for the Chinese option – Chicken with Pak Choi, Carrots and fresh rice.
The rice was nice and fresh and the chicken dish was a nice compliment to the dish. It was a simple dish – but simple dishes work really well in the air when they have good flavours.
With the cheese tray passing, I slowly was yawning myself to sleep as the sun was setting outside.
I pretty much crashed out after lunch and popped the bed in flatish position. Well, lets put it this – I was out cold for a good 5 hours or so.
Guess the lack of sleep caught up with me.
By the time I woke up, there was a bottle of water beside me… the blinds drawn and the world was still a good place
With 4 and a bit hours on the clock still to go, I was feeling a bit peckish. There was also turbulence. So after getting a drink, and waiting for turbulence to settle, there was a delivery of Wantons and Noodle Soup.
Well… why not?
Mmmm. Lovely Wantons and Noodle Soup. Well. I like noodles, wontons and soup.
I settled into into a film… and found… Minions!
(You’ve got to admit – the Universal theme sounds a lot better with Minions singing it).
As you can see, a tablecloth was set for the breakfast service. Drinks were offered
A tray was offered with the first parts of breakfast – Muesli with Yoghurt, and fruit
The cabin during breakfast – First class beyond those curtains.
The cooked breakfast. A little mean (almost like a Club Europe breakfast), made up with an omelette, spinach, chicken sausage and a potato hash.
With breakfast being served whilst we were over China, our plane was heading towards its destination of Hong Kong.
The cabin itself was cycling through the colours as the cabin was tidied up for landing.
With the cabin tidied up, we were all set for the approach into Hong Kong. This being early in the morning was in darkness.
With the plane descending, it made a powerful landing at Hong Kong International Airport.
The pane turned off reasonably quickly off the runway, passing the cargo ramp to the right of the plane and the passenger terminal to the left.
The taxi to the gate was unusually short – indicating that there would be a heck of walk coming up to arrivals and immigration. Wonderful.
Arriving after 10 hours and 30 in the air, our Boeing 777-300ERs engines spooled down, and the jetbridge connected.
Disembarkation was via Door 1L, with the curtains not pulled back until the First Class passengers had disembarked.
I thanked the crew, and headed off into the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
OVERALL: A pretty good product. The seat itself was comfortable for the lounge haul trip, the food was great (if a little mean portioned… but that’s just me), and the interaction with the staff was faultless. The IFE system is good in principle, but the content needs a good look and examination.
But nothing overly bad to report in the least in the air – and that’s a good thing.
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