Flight of the Dragonair

Few years back Dragonair launched its maiden flight route for Penang – Hong Kong, little did I know that Dragonair is a premium subsidiary airline of Cathay Pacific. Thus the urge and wish to experience this new airline came true in the month of November 2014 last year. Currently, the only direct flight from Penang to Hong Kong is only served by Dragonair (2015- present) after HKexpress cancelled its operation in Penang. The average ticket I have paid for an economy class ticket to Hong Kong was about RM600 (HKD1300) which was quite affordable. 

Dragonair livery, Flight review, Hong Kong - Penang, economy class, 2-4-2 configuration, Asia, 5 star airline, Airbus A330-300, variant seat

The current livery of the Dragonair fleet is in white colour with a red dragon.

Penang to Hong Kong Route (Morning Flight)

Dragonair Interior Cabin, Flight review, Penang - Hong Kong, economy class, 2-4-2 configuration, Asia, 5 star airline, Airbus A330-300

The Penang to Hong Kong route is served by the Airbus A330-300. It’s interior cabin spots  2-4-2 seating configuration for economy class.

Dragonair Interior Cabin, Flight review, Penang - Hong Kong, economy class, 2-4-2 configuration, Asia, inflight entertainment, 5 star airline

The blue interior cabin gave me an impression of clean and neat atmosphere.

Dragonair Interior Cabin, Flight review, Penang - Hong Kong, economy class, 2-4-2 configuration, Asia, electrical socket, 5 star airlines

In-seat power outlets is also available to all passengers and can be accessed at the bottom of your seat.

Dragonair Interior Cabin, Flight review, Penang - Hong Kong, economy class, 2-4-2 configuration, Asia, 5 star airline, Airbus A330-300, touch screen entertainment system

Economy class seats fitted with StudioKA which features a 9-inch (Economy Class) full touchscreen display Audio/Video On Demand and a USB port for connectivity/charging your smartphone.

Dragonair Interior Cabin, Flight review, Penang - Hong Kong, economy class, 2-4-2 configuration, Asia,

The inflight entertainment system offers a fully touch screen without any joypad or joystick

Economy Class In-flight meal (Penang to Hong Kong)(Morning Flight)

Dragonair Interior Cabin, Flight review, Penang - Hong Kong, economy class, 2-4-2 configuration, Asia, 5 star airline, Airbus A330-300, food, chicken pasta

Chicken spaghetti with raw salmon and a dessert.

Penang to Hong Kong, Dragonair, Economy class, inflight meal, in-flight meal, Dim Sum set with chicken and vegetables

Dim sum set with chicken and vegetables and fruits

Penang To Hong Kong, Dragonair, Economy class, inflight meal, in-flight meal, short haul, fried glass noodle, meehoon with mushroom and shrimps

Fried glass noodle/meehoon with mushroom and shrimps

 Penang to Hong Kong Route (Evening Flight)

Airbus A320, Dragonair, evening flight, 3-3 configuration, economy class

The evening flight from Hong Kong to Penang was served by the smaller Airbus A320 with its 3-3 configuration. Evening flights are usually filled to less than 50% of the total passenger.

Airbus A320, Dragonair, evening flight, 3-3 configuration, economy class, mini inflight entertainment

Inflight entertainment on the Airbus A320 is limited to basic TV as shown on the photo.

Economy Class In-flight meal (Penang to Hong Kong)(Evening Flight)

Airbus A320, Dragonair, evening flight, 3-3 configuration, economy class, inflight meal, Fish and potato with vegetable

Fish with potato and vegetable and Haagen Daaz Ice Cream.

Hong Kong – Penang Route

Dragonair Interior Cabin, Flight review, Hong Kong - Penang, economy class, 2-4-2 configuration, Asia, 5 star airline, Airbus A330-300

The Hong Kong-Penang route flight is also served by the Airbus A330-300 variant fleet.

Dragonair Interior Cabin, Flight review, Hong Kong - Penang, economy class, 2-4-2 configuration, Asia, 5 star airline, Airbus A330-300, variant seat

Economy class cabin spots a 2-4-2 seating configuration with smooth metallic bezel around the seat. What amazed me about this seating was, the seat could be reclined without affecting the passenger behind as each seat frame is fixed permanently.

Dragonair Interior Cabin, Flight review, Hong Kong - Penang, economy class, 2-4-2 configuration, Asia, 5 star airline, Airbus A330-300, touch screen entertainment system

The economy class entertainment system of Airbus A330-300 is fully equipped with Studio KA 9 inch screen and joypad/phone system

Dragonair Interior Cabin, Flight review, Hong Kong - Penang, economy class, 2-4-2 configuration, Asia, 5 star airline, Airbus A330-300, touch screen entertainment system, power plug, usb

USB port and power plug are located at the desk tray section.

Economy Class In-flight meal (Hong Kong to Penang)

Dragonair Interior Cabin, Flight review, Hong Kong - Penang, economy class, 2-4-2 configuration, Asia, 5 star airline, Airbus A330-300, dim sum set

Chinese dim sum set with fruits

Hong Kong to Penang, Dragonair, Economy class, inflight meal, in-flight meal, Tomato pasta with brocolli and egg

Tomato pasta with broccoli and egg with fruits

Hong Kong to Penang, Dragonair, Economy class, inflight meal, in-flight meal,  Pasta with cheese and carrots

Pasta with cheese and baby carrots and fruits

Economy Class In-flight meal, Hong Kong to Penang, Chicken noodles with dimsum

Chicken Noodle with Dim Sum

Economy Class In-flight meal, Hong Kong to Penang, Chicken Rice

Chicken Rice with Haagen Daaz Ice Cream

Overall the Dragonair flight experience was a pleasant flight except there is an encounter of full flight whereas one might have to be re-scheduled. The food was tasty with ample and new entertainment system. That will risk your luggage of being delayed in which I have experienced in this flight. I filed a complaint and I was compensated with a USD50 service voucher in which I used it to purchase my flight to Tokyo in the month of May. The advantage is, there is a high possibility of upgrade to business class.

With the frequent flyer programme, Asiamiles, you will be able to acquire mileage points in which you can use it to exchange for flights or any other gifts. Another higher tier would be the Marco Polo Club which could be enrolled by paying USD50.00. An enrolment will entitled you priority check-in and boarding privileges.

4 thoughts on “Flight of the Dragonair

  1. Diana Diane Teo

    I flew with Dragonair like almost ten years ago; twice – one to Hong Kong and the other one to Beijing. We were even being served with Haagen Danz ice-cream. Last year, my mom, sis and I supposed to fly with Dragonair to Korea, but at the end, we flew with Korean Air instead. I also love to try fly with different airlines lately. Maybe next time again for third flight with Dragonair.

    1. VVorld Post author

      wahhh 10 years ago!! that’s like ages~~ now no more haagen dazz icecream for us…Korean Air better i guess…hehe glad that you have tried other airlines as well..

  2. Blackswan

    The cabin looks spanking clean & neat. I think I’ve to try other airlines instead of sticking to SQ. Hahaha! Don’t recall having the chance to upgrade to business class; I always have to pay for it. No such luck, I guess. It’s usually between $4K – $5K on SQ depending on the period of travel, but I won’t pay anything beyond that.

    1. VVorld Post author

      but i guess you get some discounts on that right? hehe…well dragonair’s cabin’s really spanking clean and neat but overall still i would prefer SQ no matter what…hehe

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