My mid year holiday to England and Italy has officially begun, with the first leg of my 30 hour journey completed. Sitting here in Hong Kong airport at hour 5 of my 9 hour layover and having had very little sleep over the last 32 hours, may not be the best combination for blog post writing. However, as this was my first time flying with Cathay Pacific, I thought it was only fitting to let you know about my experience.
Having arrived home from Hawaii in February with a complete and utter urge to go on another international holiday mid year, a flight Cathay Pacific was the only way it was going to happen. With prices of flights hitting all time highs during the European Summer months, my all time favourite airline, QANTAS, was going to have to be passed on due their astronomical prices. So in the end it just so happened Cathay Pacific was having a sale for my exact dates, and here we are. So here are my thoughts on my flight in economy from Brisbane, Australia to Hong Kong (plane 333):
Seats: The seats on the 333 were a little hard compared to other airlines such as Singapore, QANTAS and Emirates. Also, i felt as though there wasn’t as much leg room and there was no foot rest. I did however, receive a pillow and blanket, which airlines such as Jetstar don’t. The seats did feel a little run down and old-this could have been the plane I was on. The actual seat width and size was great and didn’t feel too squished.
Food: Seeing I was travelling on an overnight flight, food wasn’t really on my radar. The menu contains mostly Asian options and one western style option. I choose the roast vegetable pasta, and honestly, it was fine (for plane food). Breakfast on the other hand, was not so great. But to be honest, I have much the same experience on every airline. One bonus point goes to the mango weiss bar; I’m always up for one of them.
Service: Service is where I felt as though Cathay Pacific is some what lacking. The staff were very attentive and happy to help, however on a number of occasions, it made the journey not as enjoyable. The trays from meal times were left with the passengers for at least 1.5 hours (and when it’s 2am in the morning and all you want to do is sleep, this is incredibly annoying) and also the lights were not turned off until quite late into the flight as a result. However, the pilot and crew members were extremely friendly and made you feel calm.
On-Flight Entertainment: Despite the older looking media sets, the on-flight entertainment provides a great assortment of TV Shows and Movies to choose from, with options for Western or Asian cinema & TV. One thing to note, which i think is a bonus, is that you aren’t required to have a headphone adapter to watch the programs. Meaning, you can take any old headphones with you and not worry about packing that little adapter that always seems to get lost.
Overall:Although it sounds as though there are a number of ways Cathay Pacific could improve their service as an airline, I would recommend flying with them, if other options were simply out of your budget. I give it 7/10.
I am flying the next leg of my journey (HKG-LHR) with Cathay Pacific, this time on a 777, so I’m interested to see if there is a difference.