Flight Review: Cathay Pacific 777-300ER First Class from Hong Kong to Tokyo HND

Flight Review: Cathay Pacific 777-300ER First Class from Hong Kong to Tokyo HND

Flight Information
Date
: September 24, 2017
Flight No.: CX548
Route: Hong Kong International to Tokyo Haneda
Airline: Cathay Pacific Airways
Type: Boeing 777-300ER
Registration: B-KPV

After visiting Cathay Pacific’s lounge in Bangkok, then flying to Hong Kong, and visiting “The Arrival” lounge, both business and first class “The Wing” lounges, and “The Pier, First” lounge, it was time for the last part of my Cathay Pacific first class experience – a flight to Tokyo.

Boarding Cathay Pacific Flight 548 to Tokyo

As the flight was scheduled to depart at 8:50AM, I left the lounge around 8:15AM and made my way to gate 69. The short walk to the gate was enjoyable thanks to the great views Hong Kong airport offers through its floor-to-ceiling windows.

Hong Kong Airport Terminal

Hong Kong airport terminal in the morning.
A Kid Dreaming of Flying

A small boy dreaming of becoming a pilot one day?

When I got to the gate, the boarding was already in progress with a long economy class queue, a short business class queue, and no first class queue. As such, I was able to get onboard just ten minutes after exiting the lounge.

Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER

The Cathay Pacific 777-300ER that brought me back to Tokyo.
Boarding Cathay Pacific CX548 Flight to Tokyo

Boarding in progress.
Boeing 777-300ER Cathay Pacific

View of my aircraft from the jetway.
Walking Down the Jetway

About to board.
Newspapers

Newspapers in the jetway.

Once onboard, I was shown to my seat – 2A – by one of the cabin crew members.

Welcome Onboard

“Welcome aboard.”
Hong Kong Airport

Still in Hong Kong…

Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER First Class Cabin & Seat

Before continuing with the flight itself, I will stop for a moment to take a closer look at Cathay Pacific’s first class cabin and seat.

First class is only featured on the airline’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, and consists of two rows of “open suites” in a “1-1-1” configuration located between the first and second sets of the aircraft’s doors.

As a side note, the first class cabin does not have overhead bins.

Cathay Pacific 777-300ER First Class Cabin

Cathay Pacific first class cabin.
View Out of First Class

The cabin is located between doors 1 and 2.
Overhead Panel

The first class cabin doesn’t have overhead bins.

Each of the suites spans the length of three windows, and features one of the wides seats I’ve seen on an aircraft together with an ottoman across from it. On the side of the seat, there is a large faux-wood counter which also includes the dining table.

Cathay Pacific First Class Seat

Seat 1A.
Seat from Top

Cathay Pacific first class seat.
Seat

The seat is very wide.

The ottoman across from it which – besides becoming part of the bed once the seat is turned flat – also serves as a companion seat allowing two passengers to dine face-to-face. And, it also allows one to store a fairly large bag under it.

To the right of it is a panel that has a screen that slides out for easier viewing, a small storage compartment for “literature only,” as well as a small closet where one can store a carry-on bag. There was also a blanket and a bag with bedding in the closet.

For details about the entertainment system, Studio CX, see my previous report.

Ottoman

Ottoman with a storage area underneath.
Screen

IFE screen.
Compartment

Small “literature” storage area.
Closet

Closet for carry-on.

Each of the seat has a reading light on both sides of it, as well as in the overhead panel. The window-side of the seat also sported a fresh flower decoration, while the other side featured a “seat pocket” with the safety card, etc.

On the window-side, there was also a small storage compartment that fit a smartphone, the IFE controller, as well as the seat controller. The seat controller was a small touch screen which let passengers adjust the recline, seat’s massage function as well as lights.

Finally, on the panel under the counter, there were the headset port, universal power port as well as a USB port.

Overhead Panel

Overhead panel.
Flower

Fresh flower and a reading light.
Seat Pocket

Seat pocket, seat controls and a reading light.
Compartment and Controls

Storage compartment, and IFE and seat controllers.
Headset Port

Life vest and headset port.
Power Ports

Power ports.

When it comes to choosing the right seat, I recommend seats 2D and 2K for people traveling in pair, while I recommend seat 2A for solo-travellers.

Cathay Pacific 777-300ER First Class Seat Map

That is because there are no seats behind row 2, and so the only time a crew member would go that far down the aisle is when serving you. Also, the “D” seats face the “K” seats, and so the “A” side is only facing a wall. Which makes it feel very private in spite of the suites being “open.”

Cathay Pacific First Class Seat 2A

The most private seat on the plane – 2A.

Departing Hong Kong Onboard Cathay Pacific’s First Class

Going back to the flight itself, shortly after I got onboard, I was offered a pre-departure drink. And, I went with Cathay’s signature mocktail – Oriental Breeze – once again.

Shortly after, another crew member – Mayumi – came by to introduce herself and to bring a hot towel. Then, another one came with customs and immigration forms.

Oriental Breeze

Oriental Breeze.
Hot Towel

Hot towel.

At 8:44AM, the Captain welcomed the passengers and announced that we were going to be delayed about 10 to 15 minutes due to congestion. Around the same time, the menus were distributed.

Menu

“Dining.”
Welcome from Chef

A welcome from the catering manager.
Cathay Pacific First Class Breakfast Menu

Menu for the flight.

Another couple of minutes later, the cabin crew came around offering magazines, and they also made an announcement mentioning the flight time of 3 hours and 37 minutes. Once again, too short to enjoy the first class fully, but better than the even shorter flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong!

We were pushed back at 8:49AM – a minute before the scheduled departure time in spite of the prior Captain’s announcement. At this point, it was sunny again. We started taxiing at 8:56AM, making our way to runway 07R.

Cathay Pacific A350

Cathay Pacific A350.
Dragonair A321

Dragonair A321.

While the taxi wasn’t too long, the take-off queue was.

Cathay Dragon A320 Hong Kong Airport

A scene taken while taxiing for departure.
Cathay Pacific A330

Cathay Pacific A330 next in the queue to depart.

And so, it wasn’t until 9:28AM – half an hour after being pushed back – that we finally took into the skies. Besides being able to get nice views of the airport as we lifted off, we were also offered great views of the city.

Hong Kong Airport Aerial View

View of the airport as we climbed out of it.
Hong Kong

Hong Kong.

The In-Flight Service Between Hong Kong and Tokyo

The seatbelt sign was switched off fifteen minutes after take-off, and the service commenced.

First, Bose noise-cancelling headsets were distributed. Then, Mayumi came to take my breakfast order.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headset

Bose noise-cancelling headset.

While waiting for the breakfast to be served, I reclined my seat and continued watching Silicon Valley from where I ended on the last flight.

Watching Silicon Valley in Cathay Pacific First Class

Watching Silicon Valley.

Just a couple of minutes later, my table was set up, and the bread basket and fruits plate were brought. The fruits were fresh and tasty, while the contents of the bread basket – warm pastry, croissant, and chocolate muffin – didn’t disappoint either.

Once I was done with the fruits, cornflakes and yoghurt followed.

Breakfast Fruit Plate

Breakfast set-up including the fruit plate and bread basket.
Cathay Pacific First Class Bread Basket

Bread basket.
Yoghurt

Strawberry yoghurt.
Cornflakes

Cornflakes.

Finally, after finishing the cornflakes (I left the yoghurt for after the main), the dim sum was brought.

Cathay Pacific First Class Dim Sum

Dim sum set-up.
Dim Sum

Close-up of the dim sum.

With the table cleaned and folded, I reclined my seat into full flat bed – and watched some more of Silicon Valley before falling asleep for about an hour.

Relaxing

Relaxing and watching Silicon Valley.
Sleeping

Ready to take a quick nap.

Arriving at Tokyo Haneda Airport

About the time I woke up, the Captain came on the PA announcing that we would be starting our descend in ten minutes – and notifying the cabin crew that about thirty minutes were left until landing.

The seat belt sign was switched on at 1:44PM Japan time, and so I went to also open the three window blinds. Before I managed to do so, however, one of the cabin crew members came around saying:

Please, please, please, allow me [to open the blinds]. Did you have a good rest?

While I thought it was a nice touch, it was also the only time where I felt like it was too much attention for my liking.

In either case, less than ten minutes later, the cabin crew was asked to take their seats for landing. And, at exactly 2:00PM, we touched down on Haneda’s runway 34L.

Haneda Airport

Haneda airport control towers and terminal 1.

Another four minutes of taxiing followed before we parked at our arrival gate 142 at 2:04PM – bringing the amazing Cathay first class experience as well as my Europe trip to an end.

Parkings at Haneda

Taxiing to gate 142.
Jetway at Haneda

The flight is over – time to connect the jetway.
 

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