Review: Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class Hong Kong to Newark

In January, I flew from Hong Kong to Newark in Cathay Pacific’s A350 product in Business Class. Alvin has previously extensively reviewed the A350’s Business Class seat, so check out his post if you’re looking for a deep dive into the hard product. Also, since I flew this in early January, service procedures could have been moderated in the meantime.


After arriving at the airport, I headed straight for Cathay Pacific’s dedicated U.S check-in area, where I was given a short and quick interview by friendly security officers. I then cleared security and made a beeline for The Cabin, and grabbed a quick bite to eat before heading to my gate.

img_2126Cathay Pacific The Cabin Hong Kong Bar 

I went to my gate shortly after the published boarding time, which was a really bad decision. The gate area was a clusterf**k, with no clearly marked lines and tons of people everywhere. I found the priority line buried near the podium, which was thankfully empty. There was one last security interview before passengers were herded down the jetbridge for a final bag check where liquids over 100mL were confiscated.

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Cathay Pacific Rumor Mill: Flights to Canberra, A350 Expansion and More!

It’s going to be a busy year for Cathay Pacific. So far, they’ve announced new long-haul services to Copenhagen, Dublin, Brussels and Washington D.C.. With that in mind, I thought I’d talk about some of the latest rumors about the airline’s route network.

Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-900 Hong Kong Airport

Disclaimer: none of these have been confirmed, though whenever rumours circulate out regarding Cathay Pacific, they’re normally pretty reliable. With that said, here we go…

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Cathay Pacific’s New Route to Washington DC And Possible Cape Town Flights?!

Cathay Pacific has announced that they will be launching a new service to Washington Dulles from the 15th of September, 2018. The new route will be Cathay’s seventh destination in the United States, and will also be Cathay Pacific’s longest route, as well as the longest route out of Hong Kong. The flight will be operated by Cathay Pacific’s yet-to-be-delivered A350-1000 aircraft. You can read more about the cabin configuration and the seats on the aircraft here. 

Washington Dulles Airport 

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ACT FAST: Hong Kong to North America from ~HK$2250

ACT QUICKLY! Cathay Pacific has recently published a limited fare sale for flights from Hong Kong to San Francisco and Los Angeles, with fares starting at HKD2250 in Economy Class. The offer ends in four days, so be sure to hurry!

As is the case with any fare sale, there are some conditions. The departure period for your trip must be from the 1st of March, 2018 to the 20th of June, 2018. There is a maximum stay period of one month.

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What Is Cathay Pacific’s A350 Premium Economy Like?

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.

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Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-900 Premium Economy Seat

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Review: Cathay Dragon A321 Business Class Haikou to Hong Kong

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.

IMG_9465Cathay 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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Review: Haikou Airport HNA First Class Lounge

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.

IMG_9456Cathay 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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Review: The Ritz-Carlton Haikou

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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Irregular Operations on Finnair: What Is It Like? What Should You Do?

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. 


My Experience

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.

IMG_9814.jpgFinnair Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Airport Drop-Off Area

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What Is Finnair’s A350 Business Class Like?

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.

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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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