Review: Cathay Pacific The Arrival Lounge Hong Kong

Introduction
The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Cabin Lounge Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Wing Business Lounge Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Bridge Lounge Hong Kong
W Taipei
Plaza Premium Airport Experience Zone Taipei Taoyuan
Cathay Pacific 405 A330-300 Business Class Taipei to Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Arrival Lounge Hong Kong


It was around 6:45 PM when we exited the arrivals hall area, so I asked my mom if I could take a couple of pictures of the Arrivals lounge, as I had no plans to take Cathay Pacific business class in the near future. She obliged, though note that this was taken out of a sheer ~3 minute trip to the arrivals lounge.

Cathay Pacific has long offered an arrivals facility at Hong Kong Airport, though its reputation hasn’t been great. Any facility is better than no facility, and the lounge does feature showers, but I decided to check it out to see if it was worth it.

I made my way into HKG’s arrival hall and followed the “lounge” signage to the arrivals lounge. To do that I had to walk down some stairs – unlike the Swiss Arrivals lounge in Zurich, it can be rather hard to find the lounge, which explains why not many people know about it.

img_2658 Cathay Pacific The Arrival Lounge Signage Hong Kong Airport

I found myself in a little underground corridor heading towards Terminal 2. The Plaza Premium Lounge was located on the left side, and the Arrivals Lounge on the right side.

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Review: Cathay Pacific 405 A330-300 Business Class Taipei to Hong Kong

Introduction
The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Cabin Lounge Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Wing Business Lounge Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Bridge Lounge Hong Kong
W Taipei
Plaza Premium Airport Experience Zone Taipei Taoyuan
Cathay Pacific 405 A330-300 Business Class Taipei to Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Arrival Lounge Hong Kong


I headed towards the gate from the airport experience zone, which was a short walk. While Taipei’s airport isn’t blinged out at all (and actually feels a little run down), it is pretty colourful.

img_2534Taipei Taoyuan Airside

I got to gate B5, and saw the gorgeous A330 from the side window. While I’ve been on plenty of Cathay Pacific’s old A330s, it was nice to know that this aircraft was less than two years old.

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Cathay Pacific Premium Economy: How Has It Changed?

A few days ago, I flew from New York to Hong Kong in Cathay Pacific’s Premium Economy and had an absolutely phenomenal experience. Not only was the service incredible, but Cathay has also made numerous changes to the in-flight soft product that has drastically improved the passenger experience. 

img_3959Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy

I’m not sure if a full report will be to follow, so let me cover the changes.

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Taiwanese Airline TransAsia Ceases Operations

Jason and I have long been intrigued in Taiwanese airline TransAsia, which operated flights from Taipei to various destinations around Asia. Their fleet consisted of A320s, A321s, A330s and ATR 72s, and had A321neos and A330neos on order. They seemed to have a rather nice onboard product, with angled flat seats at pretty attractive rates.

img_2563TransAsia Airbus A330-300 Taipei Taoyuan

Unfortunately, they’ve had two ATR 72 crashes in a row, which didn’t really work out for them. So as of last Tuesday, November 22nd, TransAsia Airways has ceased all operations.

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Review: Plaza Premium Airport Experience Zone Taipei Taoyuan

Introduction
The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Cabin Lounge Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Wing Business Lounge Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Bridge Lounge Hong Kong
W Taipei
Plaza Premium Airport Experience Zone Taipei Taoyuan
Cathay Pacific 405 A330-300 Business Class Taipei to Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Arrival Lounge Hong Kong


After a ride from the W Taipei straight to the airport, we arrived at Taipei Taoyuan Airport at around 2:30 PM, ready for our flight at 4:20 PM. I didn’t think there were any lounges worth visiting for any longer than needed – while I really like the Cathay Pacific Lounge Taipei and consider it to be one of the world’s best outstation lounges, it isn’t hard to get tired of the lack of runway views there after some point.

img_2518Taipei Taoyuan Airport Exterior

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ON HOLD: Singapore Airlines and British Airways Premium Economy!

While I’ve loved trying lots of business class products in the past few years (including Thai, Korean Air, Swiss and Cathay Pacific), I’m guessing I won’t be able to have such amazing opportunities in the far future. I’ve been keeping my hopes on premium economy, due to how many airlines offer it nowadays – though the only premium economy products I’ve really reviewed are Cathay Pacific’s and Virgin Atlantic’s. They’ve all been amazing experiences, so I’m willing to keep going deeper into the market.

DSCF9224Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9 Premium Economy

Well, in this quest to do so, I’ve booked two premium economy products at reasonable prices that I think will give me a pretty good impression of what the premium economy is like. They seem to be at opposite ends of the spectrum, too, which makes it even more interesting.

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My Options to London This Summer

Last summer, I went to London as part of a summer camp, and had a blast. My initial preference was to try out how the U.S. would work out for me this summer, but after the elections, my mom’s preference is for me to stay out of the U.S. alone for now – though she still wants me to have more exposure at a university I could potentially go to. While I’d think I’d be fine, I need to keep my mom happy, so Oxford it is again.

screen-shot-2016-11-25-at-08-22-28Oxford, United Kingdom

Obviously, this leaves me many choices of how to get there.

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Review: Cathay Pacific 831 777-300ER Premium Economy New York JFK to Hong Kong

It’s been a while since we’ve reviewed Cathay Pacific’s Premium Economy, so I decided to stop procrastinating and start adding to the reviews on this blog. I’ve been having a blast now studying in New Jersey, though it’s been a busy few weeks, so I’m sorry my contribution has been rather slim these days. 


We arrived at JFK’s Terminal 7, which is where most United and oneworld flights depart. The Cathay Pacific check-in counters were on the far right of the terminal, where we were checked in by a lady who seemed to be pissed at the whole world (Donald Trump wasn’t elected yet at the time, so she really has no excuse).

IMG_3781.jpgCathay Pacific New York JFK Business Class Check-In Counters

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R.I.P. Dragonair, Welcome Cathay Dragon

I’ll keep this brief because of the work I need to get done, but as of yesterday, November 21st, the brand Dragonair has officially ceased to exist. From now on, this brand will be known as Cathay Dragon.

Image result for cathay dragon logoThe new Cathay Dragon logo

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Review: W Taipei

Introduction
The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Cabin Lounge Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Wing Business Lounge Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Bridge Lounge Hong Kong
W Taipei
Plaza Premium Airport Experience Zone Taipei Taoyuan
Cathay Pacific 405 A330-300 Business Class Taipei to Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Arrival Lounge Hong Kong


While the Mandarin Oriental was a great choice in Taipei last time and came at a similar price point, I wanted to try something different this time round. One hotel I’d been dying to review was the W Taipei – while I’d stayed here before, it was before I started the blog, and I remember the experience being really “fun” in a nice way.

I was curious to know if the hotel would be as good under working standards, now that I’m spending 75% of my time in Taipei in a hotel room working. I know that universally W hotels aren’t amazing when it comes to design, so I was excited to give the W Taipei a revisit to see if my opinions changed at all after a second stay.

The exterior of the hotel is modern – it looks better at night, while looking rather industrial during the day, but it’s definitely easy to spot.

img_2497 W Taipei Exterior

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