Cathay Pacific Flight Review

The year 2015 was a year filled with majority of my flights on Cathay Pacific and Dragonair. That was also the very first year I had the opportunity to experience and ‘try out’ the trademark 5 Star Airline of Hong Kong. In the 80s and 90s, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines were the household name of airlines in Asia. Though one of the few 5 Star Airlines, I have been hearing about the ‘not so good’ quality of the in-flight meal for the past 15 years. Yes, for the past 15 years. Due to promotional ticket available in the year 2015, coupled with vouchers, I have managed to book a flight to Osaka for my family members for ‘Cherry Blossom Hanami getaway’ at about RM1700 per person while for the trip to Haneda (Tokyo), the ticket cost me just RM1500 for a return flight. Following this year 2016, I booked an evening flight to Hong Kong and Narita (Tokyo) with similar expectations and experience.

The following reviews are the expectations of your future upcoming flights on Cathay Pacific for a short-haul flight (Hong Kong-Taiwan-Osaka, Hong Kong-Osaka and Hong Kong-Tokyo (Haneda and Narita route). Enjoy!.

Hong Kong To Osaka via Taipei

Cathay Pacific Boeing 777, Hong Kong to Taipei, Economy Class, Flight Review

The flight from Hong Kong to Osaka via Taipei is usually served by the Boeing 777 aircraft.

Cathay Pacific Boeing 777, Hong Kong to Taipei, Economy Class, Flight Review, 2-4-2 configuration, economy class, in-flight entertainment

Cathay Pacific Boeing 777, Hong Kong to Taipei, Economy Class, Flight Review, 2-4-2 configuration, economy class

The economy class cabin for Boeing 777 is fitted with 2-4-2 seating configuration.

Cathay Pacific Boeing 777, Hong Kong to Taipei, Economy Class, Flight Review, 2-4-2 configuration, economy class, studio CX, entertainment system

The current and latest in-flight entertainment system of Cathay Pacific, the Studio CX (similar to Studio KA) is a full touch 9 inch screen with range of latest Audio and Video on Demand. Coupled with USB port, you will also be able to charge your communication devices.

Cathay Pacific Boeing 777, Hong Kong to Taipei, Economy Class, Flight Review, Electrical power socket

At the bottom of each seat in Boeing 777, there is a 110V AC power socket for your laptop/computer.

In-flight Meal (Hong Kong to Osaka via Taipei)

Hong Kong to Taipei

Cathay Pacific Boeing 777, Hong Kong to Taipei, Economy Class, Flight Review, 2-4-2 configuration, economy class, short haul, in-flight meal, fried rice with soya bean drink

For a short 1 hour flight to Taipei, fried rice and soya bean box drink were served as refreshment. Though filling, the taste could be improved.

Taipei to Osaka 

Taipei to Osaka

The in-flight meal from Taipei to Osaka was Chicken Spaghetti with fruits and pineapple tart

Or

Taipei to Osaka Economy class meal

Chicken Rice with Fruits and Pineapple Pie. Despite its appearance, trust me, it was a delicious and tasty indulgence.

Osaka to Hong Kong

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The return flight from Osaka to Hong Kong is also usually served by the Boeing 777-200 with same economy seat configuration.

In-flight Meal

Osaka to Hong Kong

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The economy class food served from Osaka to Hong Kong was the Fried Noodle with minced meat and eggs, salad, bread and cookies.

Hong Kong to Tokyo (Haneda)

Cathay Pacific Boeing 747, Hong Kong to Tokyo, Economy Class, Flight Review, inflight meal, Boeing 747

Hong Kong to Tokyo (Haneda) flight is served by the ever reliable jumbo jet, the Boeing 747.

Cathay Pacific Boeing 747, Hong Kong to Tokyo, Economy Class, Flight Review, Seat Configuration, 3-4-3

The 3-4-3 seating configuration for the economy class seat in Cathay Pacific. This is my most favourite configuration and design whereby reclining seats do not affect the rear passenger.

Cathay Pacific Boeing 747, Hong Kong to Tokyo, Economy Class, Flight Review, Seat Configuration

Cathay Pacific Boeing 747, Hong Kong to Tokyo, Economy Class, Flight Review, Seat Configuration, entertainment system

An older system of CX Studio entertainment system is installed in the Boeing 747 aircraft. Although without the USB port, an electrical socket is provided behind the tray for charing your electronic gadgets or laptops/computers.

In-flight Meal

Hong Kong to Tokyo (Haneda)

Cathay Pacific Boeing 747, Hong Kong to Tokyo, Economy Class, Flight Review, inflight meal, inflight meal, kung pao chicken rice, haagen daaz ice cream

Kung Pao Chicken with Rice, Salad and bread were served as inflight meal together with Haagen Dazs ice cream.

Tokyo (Haneda) to Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific Boeing 747, Hong Kong to Tokyo, Economy Class, Flight Review, inflight meal

Fish and Fried Rice were served on the return flight of Tokyo to Hong Kong. Too bad, no Haagen Dazs ice cream was served in this flight.

Hong Kong to Tokyo (Narita)

Cathay Pacific, Tokyo (Narita) to Hong Kong, Economy Flight, seat configuration, 2-4-2 copy

The return flight from Hong Kong to Tokyo (Narita) was served by the A330-300 aircraft with similar entertainment system installed as the Boeing 747 aircraft with a 2-4-2 seating configuration.

Cathay Pacific, Tokyo (Narita) to Hong Kong, Economy Flight, seat configuration, 2-4-2, seat copy

In-flight meal

Hong Kong to Tokyo (Narita)

Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong to Tokyo (Narita), Economy Flight, Inflight meal, Chicken pasta

Chicken and Mushroom Fettuccini, salad and macadamia cookie were served on the this flight

Tokyo (Narita) to Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific, Tokyo (Narita) to Hong Kong, Economy Flight, Inflight meal, Chinese Noodle Fish copy

During the return flight from Tokyo (Narita) to Hong Kong, Chinese Noodle with Fish, Yogurt and Fruits were served as morning breakfast.

Overall the economy flight for Cathay Pacific was an excellent experience. In addition to that the price paid was cheaper than Air Asia at the time of reservation. Each economy flight ticket grants you 30kg baggage check-in as well. The in-flight meal served was above average which is a far-cry from previous comments about the bland taste of the food. The in-flight meal could be further improved with salt and pepper which were included in the KLM and Singapore Airlines flight. The in-flight entertainment system and amenities were excellent in the sense of new range of latest movies to kill your boredom during the 3.5 hours flight. The seat was comfortable as well with ample leg space for Asians.

Cathay Pacific has two loyalty programmes which are the ‘The Marco Polo Club’ and the ‘Asia Miles’, the travel reward program. Registration for Asia Miles are free. However, to enrol into the Marco Polo Club, an amount of USD50 is charged annually (or 4 flight sectors for renewable). Members of The Marco Polo Club are automatically enrolled as Asia Miles members. The Marco Polo Club is divided into four tiers, Green (entry level), Silver, Gold and Diamond. An entry level member grant you privileges such as priority check-in, boarding as well as Club Miles and Club Sectors on eligible fare classes with Cathay Pacific, Dragonair and One World Alliance member airlines. For frequent flyers on Dragonair and Cathay Pacific, an investment of USD50 is worth every penny. The points could also be used to redeem business class lounge during long transit-hours. Otherwise, Asia Miles could be the alternative.

cathay pacific luggage tag, Green Member, Marco Polo Club member

Upon enrolling yourself as Marco Polo Club member of Cathay Pacific, you will receive a member card and two pieces of luggage tag with aluminium protector via mail.

4 thoughts on “Cathay Pacific Flight Review

  1. Louis

    Question, how long it took for you to receive the member card? I’m flying in about 7 weeks from New York to Hong Kong. I’m wondering will in come in time for me to use it, I’m mainly looking for better check in experience and priority boarding. Or will my membership show in my e-ticket? Thanks

    1. VVorld Post author

      Hi Louis, no worries, as soon as you made the payment, the status/membership will reflect on your e ticket. Therefore you will have priority boarding and check-in. All you need is to include your membership number when you are purchasing your tickets. otherwise, just show them your membership number at the check in counter 😀 Enjoy!

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