Hello! I’m back after a school-induced hiatus. I flew Cathay Pacific’s new A350 back from Newark in Premium Economy. Although I slept for most of the flight, I thought I’d throw together a quick post detailing my experience. I’ve also got a review of my recent whirlwind European trip and a more detailed review of Cathay’s new Premium Economy in the pipeline, so stay tuned!
Cathay Pacific’s Premium Economy cabin is arranged in a 2-4-2 configuration, with 28 seats spread across four rows of window and aisle pairings and three rows of center seats. This represented a reduction of four Premium Economy seats from the 777-300ER that was previously assigned to the Newark route.
Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-900 Premium Economy Seat
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Haikou Airport’s non-domestic terminal consists exclusively of bus gates. As is the case with bus gates all around the world, while you get priority bus boarding, it’s essentially a free-for-all when you get to the gate.
At Haikou, Cathay Dragon boards all Marco Polo members, oneworld Elites and Business Class passengers at the same time, which, as usual, consisted of half of the plane.
Cathay Dragon Haikou Airport Bus Gate
We were bussed to our remote stand, where there was a massive crowd waiting to board. After another superficial boarding pass check, we were directed up the airstairs.
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My father and I arrived at Haikou Airport’s international terminal after spending fifteen minutes trying to explain to our taxi driver that Cathay Dragon was an airline from Hong Kong and there was a separate terminal for Hong Kong departures.
Cathay Dragon Haikou Airport Business Class/Marco Polo Check-In
There was no one in the priority line and we checked in quickly. The slightly cold agent also informed us of our upgrade to Business Class due to overbooking in Economy. We were then sent on our way through Haikou Airport’s confusing airport security process.
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Booking The Hotel
My father and I decided to take a trip to Haikou to play some golf, so we started looking for hotels. Seeing that there was a brand new Ritz-Carlton in Haikou’s Mission Hills golfing complex, we found a nice package that included buffet breakfast for two people as well as a one-way car transfer on their website and decided to bit the bullet. Overall, the stay cost CNY2342, which I’d say is actually a half decent deal.
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On my recent trip to Europe, our flight from Bangkok to Helsinki was delayed for two hours, and we missed our connection on our onward flight from Helsinki to Bangkok. Here’s a recount of how Finnair handles irregular operations, as well as some tips as for what you should do in case this happens to you.
Finnair sent out an email prior to departure informing my family that our flight to Helsinki had been delayed for two hours, and told us to arrive at the airport three hours prior to the new departure time.
Finnair Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Airport Drop-Off Area
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I recently completed a trip to Europe on Finnair’s Business Class. I was able to fly from Bangkok to Helsinki to Amsterdam and from London to Helsinki to Hong Kong, due to a cheap business class fare. Here are some of my thoughts on the experience.
I’d like to note that I flew from Bangkok to Helsinki to London and from Barcelona to Helsinki to Bangkok on Finnair last year, which featured the same onboard product. However, after flying them again, I’m back with updates on their service, new photos, etc.
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Cathay Pacific has announced that they are going to allow passengers to bid for one-class upgrades to its Premium Economy and Business Class on selected flights in a second scheme, branded as “Upgrade Bid”. I thought I would take a look at the program and offer some… umm… critiques on it.
Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy
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After arriving at the airport from the Airport Express, I headed straight to security and immigration – which was a breeze – and got myself some Hong Kong-style milk tea and some really nice Japanese food at the Qantas lounge. My flight was departing from the North Satellite Terminal, which meant having to spend more time getting to the gate.
Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Entrance
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This is the literal definition of a first world problem. I’m still incredibly fortunate and glad to have been given the luxury of flying in Business Class, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little pissed by this.
Note from Alvin: I am not an affected individual of this travesty and will shortly provide a follow-up and objective report of this new change. 😉
Finnair no longer offers free full-flight WiFi in Business Class. Instead, passengers are only given one hour of free WiFi – after which you’re supposed to pay either €7.95 for 1 hour of access, €11.95 for 3 hours of access or €19.95 for whole flight access. Previously, passengers received free WiFi for multiple devices for the duration of the entire flight.
Finnair Business Class WiFi Code
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Since I go to boarding school in New Jersey – I take a lot of ultra long-haul flights. While I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have been given the opportunity to fly in Premium Economy and Business cabins, I also do a fair bit of flying in Economy, so I thought I’d take a look at some little things that I do that make really long flights suck a little less.
Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Economy Class
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