Which Cathay Pacific Flights Need The A350 Most?

I’m writing this post between Sydney and Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific’s 777 as the return segment of my week in New South Wales. My family sometimes travels with family friends, and honestly, as an extrovert, that’s mentally exhausting for me. All the children traveling with us are around half my age, and my parents and their friends are around triple my age, which doesn’t bode well for me when with family. On the plus side, my parents were kind enough to let me have my own time in Sydney, which I’ve grown to really like, so I’m grateful for that and enjoyed my time there for the most part.

Sydney, Australia

At the same time I haven’t had the time and energy to (sanely) catch up with my friends back in Hong Kong, or finish anywhere near the amount of work I was expecting to get done, for that matter.

On that note I rather excitedly boarded this Cathay Pacific flight home. I’ve already reviewed my outbound segment and really enjoyed my flight, though knew that since this was a daytime flight, I’d probably end up feeling a little differently.

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Is This The Best Gym I’ve Been To At A Hotel?

Greetings from Sydney! I’m midway through a stay at a chain hotel in Sydney, and it’s quite nice, despite being ever so slightly on the dated side. I’m also a fan of Sydney as a whole – it’s becoming a city I really like and can connect with, despite being rather exhausting (the pace here’s a little too quick even for me!).

I’m a frequent user of hotel gyms, though this was a first for me. I’m not sure if I like this or not, so I thought I’d share my thoughts real quick.

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Review: Cathay Pacific 777 Business Class Hong Kong to Sydney

As my workload continues to pile up, I’ll write this upcoming trip report as the trip goes. Not only am I reducing my work pileup, but I’m also bringing ultra-fresh reviews, which I think gives value as a review of Cathay Pacific’s 777 business class from me is long overdue.

I’ve long been wanting to take this flight, simply so I can see how Cathay Pacific’s business class has changed. The last time I flew them longhaul was in 2015, and in the meantime I’ve only flown them shorthaul in business class a few times in 2016. Jason’s also flown Cathay Pacific in business class between Hong Kong and Newark in the meantime, though having flown a few other great business class products, I was curious to see how they’d stack up against some of their newer competition.

With that in mind, I paid quick visits to The Bridge and The Pier, two great oneworld lounges at Hong Kong Airport. At around 11:05 PM I headed to gate 36, right across from The Bridge, where our flight was departing, given that boarding was scheduled for 11:15 PM. I was excited to find out that our aircraft was less than three years old, as I’d learned in the meantime that some of their older 777s are experiencing substantial wear and tear.

Cathay Pacific Boeing 777 Hong Kong Airport

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Cathay Pacific 777 Business Class: Perfectly Simple, Simply Perfect

Hello from Sydney! I’m fresh off a flight in Cathay Pacific 777 business class from Hong Kong to Sydney. It’s been years since I’ve flown Cathay Pacific business class longhaul, and despite knowing that they’ve been going on somewhat of a cost-cutting trajectory, I had high hopes for the experience. After the flight, I’m happy to say that Cathay Pacific still offers a pretty good longhaul product. While the product they offer is pretty no-frills, they’re able to execute the basics perfectly, so I came off this flight with pretty positive impressions.

My flight was operated by a 777-300ER without first class, and I’d assigned my family seats along the left side of the plane, as is our new preference when assigning seats in reverse herringbone business class as a family.

Cathay Pacific Boeing 777 Business Class Cabin

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Here’s What Cathay Pacific’s Customers Want The Most

Today I was sent a Cathay Pacific Insights survey that asked me a few questions about Cathay Pacific’s brand proposition. It asked me a few questions about Cathay Pacific’s own brand, before linking me to a few car brands and asking what I thought of them.

At the end of the survey, I was asked what elements of the experience Cathay Pacific should offer brand partnerships with in order to further improve their own brand. After I inputted my personal top three choices, the survey showed the results of what people ended up choosing for that question, which I found very interesting. I’m bummed that I didn’t screenshot the bar graph provided – it would’ve been really interesting to analyse – but I’m glad I took note of the top three elements that Cathay Pacific’s consumers wanted the airline to have partnerships with, which I want to share in this post.

Cathay Pacific Airbus A350 Hong Kong Airport

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Next Up: Cathay Pacific 777 Business Class

2018 and 2019 will be less crazy travel years for me, as my workload peaks and I have to start worrying about university. That said, university opens up another new can of worms set of opportunities for me to fly, so in 2019 you can expect a multitude of reviews featuring different products.

My parents are excited to visit Australia again, and to our surprise the cheapest options we found were on Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines. While Singapore Airlines was obviously where my vote went, unfortunately the times didn’t match up against our schedule (since we wanted to be out of Hong Kong by the end of the first day of the Lunar New Year), so I went with Cathay Pacific. After all, while I certainly don’t mind a connection or two, I can’t complain about flying direct when I’m with my parents.

img_5635Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Hong Kong Airport

So you’d think that Cathay Pacific’s business class has been overreviewed on a travel blog based in Hong Kong, but I’m honestly stoked to review Cathay Pacific’s business class, for multiple reasons.

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Help Me Choose How To Get To London This Time

I’ll be in the UK for university in a couple of years, and for the next year and a bit I’ll be swamped with trips to the U.K., which I’m happy about. While London is by no means a low-yield travel market, my travel options to London are probably numerous enough to last for me to take a different airline for each trip between Hong Kong and London. So in late June, I’ll be traveling to London yet again.

There are two distinct differences this time, though. The first is that my dad is coming with me. This opens up premium cabin options, as well as they’re (somewhat) reasonably priced. It also means that he won’t be up for any crazy connections, since he still has a rather rigid work schedule to stick to. The second is that I’ll be in London for less than a week, then I’ll be flying back. This gives me a lot less time to play around with, and as much as I’d love to connect, I’m best off sticking to a quick direct nighttime flight to and from London each way.

London, United Kingdom

This left me two compelling options with similar prices, and I’m wondering which one will interest you guys more, for the few of you that read this blog on a regular basis. Once again, thanks for sticking by, and dealing with the pretentiousness that is to come. Now, here we go:

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INSANE Business Class Fares From Japan To Melbourne!

UPDATE: Hmm, booking this fare consistently seems to bring you to an error page on Hong Kong Airlines. Calling to book might help.

Hong Kong Airlines has the business class product I singlehandedly most want to try. Their business class product features a staggered fully flat seat (which I’ll be trying in due time), and they’ve seemed to have upped their game substantially in terms of their soft product, at least according to what I’ve heard. Similarly, I’ve always wanted to try Virgin Australia, an airline operating to Hong Kong with reverse herringbone seats and a generally well-acclaimed product. A recent itinerary allows both to be combined for a really low cost – one I wasn’t expecting.

Virgin Australia Airbus A330 Hong Kong Airport

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A Guide To Qatar Airways’ Business Class (787, A380, A350)

When we review flights at Young Travelers of Hong Kong, we attempt to center each review around each specific flight. For that reason, last year we introduced guides, where we’d introduce the product as a whole based on our cumulative experience, as well as other experiences that we’ve read from trusted sources. In this post, I’ll be giving my version of a comprehensive guide to Qatar Airways’ reverse herringbone (A350, A380, 787) and leased A350 business class product.

Qatar Airways Airbus A350 Doha Airport

I haven’t flown Qatar’s A330 or A340 (which has a similar configuration to Lufthansa’s A380 business class, though with different finishings and slight structural differences), their old 777 business class (different finishings but otherwise similar to their leased A350) or their brand new 777 QSuites, so I’ll leave them out of this guide. If I do fly them in the future (which is likely, since Qatar will switch to flying their older 777s from Hong Kong for both frequencies later this year), I’ll write a separate guide about these products.

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Ethiopian Airlines Will Rearrange Hong Kong Fifth-Freedom Routes In June 2018

My dream is to be able to travel with my parents for pennies on the dollar. Obviously I can’t redeem miles for every single flight I take, so I’ll need to learn to take advantage of cheap deals, especially when traveling alone. One way to find cheap deals is to fly fifth-freedom flights from Hong Kong, and a primary airline that offers fifth-freedom flights from Hong Kong is Ethiopian, which offers flights from Hong Kong to a couple of northeast Asian destinations.

Ethiopian Boeing 787 Hong Kong Airport

Why fly Ethiopian between Hong Kong and North Asia? Let’s take the airline’s fifth-freedom route from Hong Kong to Tokyo Narita. Few know that Ethiopian offers a reasonably competitive seat for the shorthaul flight from Hong Kong to Tokyo, so demand for the route will be lower. So Ethiopian offers an angled flat or fully flat seat (depending on aircraft) between Hong Kong and Tokyo Narita for sub-HK$6,000 fares, whereas for around 2.5 times the price you could fly Cathay Pacific regional business class, which offers a seat that isn’t nearly as good. (Hong Kong Airlines offers a pretty good seat too for only marginally more, but they’re a rather new player that’s hella inconsistent, so that’s a different story altogether.)

Ethiopian has long offered the route, and has even contemplated switching to an A350, which means that a fully flat seat on the route would be guaranteed. However, it seems like they’re making a few switch-ups.

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