Review: Cathay Pacific 530 Hong Kong to Taipei Boeing 777-300ER Business Class

Cathay Pacific Flight 530
Sunday, December 21st, 2014
Origin: Hong Kong (HKG) Gate: 23 Dep: 09:15 (09:30)
Destination: Taipei (TPE) Gate: B8 Arr: 11:00 (10:25)
Duration: 1 hr 45 min (1 hr 5 min)
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER
Seat: 11K (Business Class)

The aircraft on my flight did not feature first class. Cathay Pacific’s business class cabin is located from the nose to the wing on this 777-300ER, and has 40 reverse herringbone seats across two cabins; a larger forward one and a smaller aft one.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Seatmap

There are advantages and disadvantages to this configuration:

Advantages:

  • You get to be the highest cabin class of the aircraft. Can’t beat being in Seat (1)1K for the flight! 😀
  • Cathay Pacific ordered all their Boeing 777-300ERs with first class, but after the order they botched first class on a number of their fleet. Therefore, the washrooms on these 777-300ERs have first class sinks for business class passengers at the front of the cabin, and they’re the actual classy round ones.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Sink

Disadvantages:

  • There are two ginormous cabins behind the nose, and I can’t say that any one is less private (the rear cabin is exposed to premium economy, whilst the forward cabin is so big, you can walk from Hong Kong to Vancouver in it – I kid).

As I entered the door, I was greeted by the two inflight service managers, one of which was training and the other was a trainer. They were both friendly, although they didn’t appear in the cabin that often. Then I was welcomed again by a flight purser. She was an absolute delight. Stay tuned for more on her.

I turned left into the cabin, and while I had seen these seats before, I still got myself hyper as these are my favourite seats in the industry. Can’t beat having two legs on the same day in the seat!

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Forward Cabin

After settling into my seat, 11K, I realised just how damn spacious this seat is compared to other products, and perhaps on par with some airlines’ first class cabins. The colour palette of the cabin was warm with sea green seats, and bland white “shields” along with abstract paintings with Hong Kong artist Maria Lobo. I have to say that the Cathay Pacific product team did an amazing job crafting this cabin.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Seat 11K

I took the time (as passengers were boarding) to take some cabin pictures.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Cabin

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Seat 12K

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Artwork

The seat was also very well designed, with a very comfortable seat which looked like the premium economy seat. The surroundings of the seat were clean and the finishes were gorgeous. Seat controls were intuitive and easy to use. Storage areas were plentiful. If anything, my only “complaint” of the seat is that you eventually have to leave it. 😉

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Storage Area and Surface Area

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Magazine Storage

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Seat Controls

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Storage Area

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Retractable Armrest

The headphones were fairly high quality, though not Bose.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Headphone Storage Compartment

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Headphones

Then, there was a virtually unusable shoe compartment under the retractable armrest.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Shoe Compartment

The amazing flight purser came around the cabin offering pre-departure drinks. Not only was she just amazingly friendly, but also very polished, warm and kind. I loved how she asked “would you love to have a glass of juice?” rather than “juice for you?”. Amazing little touch.

Of course, given her kind offer, I couldn’t decline, and I picked a glass of orange juice which appeared freshly squeezed and had little fruit “bits” inside of it.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Pre-Departure Orange Juice

I was then offered a hot towel by the senior purser who was also very friendly, warm and kind.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Hot Towel

The safety video was then showed which was boring as usual, and we were soon underway to Taipei.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Safety Video

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Entertainment Screen

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Views While Taxiing

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Views While Taxiing

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Views While Taxiing

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Views While Taxiing

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Views While Taxiing

After a long taxi to runway 25R, the aircraft engines spooled up and we started our takeoff.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Takeoff Roll

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Takeoff

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Takeoff

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Takeoff

The service started with the friendly senior purser distributing menus for todays flight…which looked essentially like an economy meal service in long haul flights served on nicer hardware.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Menu

The flight attendants first came through the cabin with the first tray, which was a small bowl of fruit, a glass of water, butter and a croissant. The croissant was flaky, buttery and flavourful, the fruit fresh and cold and the glass of water…well…was water.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Breakfast Setup

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Tableware

Then, the came through the cabin offering main courses. There was a dim sum and a frittata on offer, both of which looked extremely unappetising. However, I was starving since I hadn’t eaten anything all day (the food from The Bridge was disgusting), so I bit the bullet and picked the frittata.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Breakfast Frittatta

The frittata was extremely dry in some areas, yet soggier than a hot towel in others It was really disgusting. I would honestly rather dine on economy fare, which would most likely have been a sandwich. At least it tastes good. As for the rest of the dish, it could be summed up by a comment left on my instagram by Alvin after I had posted it.

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Needless to say, the food wasn’t very good, but more than I’d normally expect for breakfast on a sub-1 hour flight (yes, flight time was 55 minutes, I didn’t even ask how they managed to do the service).

After that, I settled for some Big Bang Theory.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Television Selection

Before I knew it, the cabin crew announced that we were nearing Taipei, and asked that we return to our seat.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Descent Views

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Descent Views

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Landing

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Landing

At this time the cabin crew requested that all passengers bound for Nagoya deplane and clear through transfer security. However, we were also asked toke all of our luggage off the aircraft as the cleaners would be cleaning the aircraft.

During our taxi to the gate, the signature Cathay Pacific landing screens also flashed up.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Thank You Screen

Since I was in the first row, deplaning wasn’t really as annoying as it’s made out to be ;).

We cleared transit security soon after and made our way to the departures concourse which had been recently renovated. It still managed to look as shabby as possible.

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Taipei Taoyuan Airport Terminus B Gate Shopping

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6 thoughts on “Review: Cathay Pacific 530 Hong Kong to Taipei Boeing 777-300ER Business Class

  1. Amazing trip report – love the pictures! I’m based in SIN and tend to fly SQ, so it’s eye opening to get a look at what CX offers in J. Sure does look like they’ve got it right! 😉

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