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: Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich

Introduction: 20,000+ Kilometers In Three Days
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy Hong Kong to London Heathrow
How Is It Like Staying At An Imperial College Dormitory?
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow Airport
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


Qatar Airways Flight 57
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Origin: Doha (DOH) Gate: A9 Dep: 07:20 (07:20)
Destination: Munich (MUC) Gate: B12 Arr: 12:30 (12:15)
Duration: 6 h 10 min (5 h 55 min)
Aircraft: Airbus A350-900
Seat: 5K (Business Class)

I boarded through the forward door into Qatar Airways’ stunning leased A350 cabin, owned by LATAM.

Qatar Airways Airbus A350-900 Leased Business Class Cabin

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Review: Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha

Introduction: 20,000+ Kilometers In Three Days
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy Hong Kong to London Heathrow
How Is It Like Staying At An Imperial College Dormitory?
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow Airport
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


Unfortunately I got rather sick during my “layover” back home, which meant that by the time I got to the airport I had completely screwed up my body clock. I got to the airport at around 10 PM feeling groggy and in need of a shower, so I decided to get one at The Pier, which I had access to as a oneworld business class passenger. I originally planned to re-review The Pier as I’d heard that the lounge had a lot of wear and tear by then, but it was good as new and as great a lounge as I’d remembered, so I won’t be reviewing it again.

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong

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Review: Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong

Introduction: 20,000+ Kilometers In Three Days
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy Hong Kong to London Heathrow
How Is It Like Staying At An Imperial College Dormitory?
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow Airport
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


Virgin Atlantic Flight 206
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Origin: London Heathrow (LHR) Gate: 16 Dep: 21:55 (22:20)
Destination: Hong Kong (HKG) Gate: 27 Arr: 17:05 (17:10)
Duration: 12 h 10 min (11 h 50 min)
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
Seat: 24K (Premium Economy Class)

Soon I found myself back in Virgin Atlantic’s premium economy cabin. I’ve reviewed the cabin extensively on my flights from London to Hong Kong last year and from Hong Kong to London on the outbound this year, so I won’t do so again.

First impressions – it was my first time seeing Virgin Atlantic’s cabins in the absence of mood lighting, and I was surprised to see how much more sterile the cabin seemed. Virgin Atlantic relies heavily on their mood lighting to add spice to their cabins, to the point where in its absence the cabins almost lack personality.

Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9 Premium Economy Cabin

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Review: Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy Hong Kong to London Heathrow

Introduction: 20,000+ Kilometers In Three Days
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy Hong Kong to London Heathrow
How Is It Like Staying At An Imperial College Dormitory?
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow Airport
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


As I outlined during the introduction post, the roundtrip between Hong Kong and London in premium economy ended up costing a substantial amount, so I was looking to be wowed on this flight. Unfortunately it certainly could’ve started out better, as I had quite the dilemma during customs at the airport that night. I originally wanted to write a feature post about what you could do during a long layover or delay at Hong Kong Airport, which would require touring around the airport for a bit, but I stuck to the gate after that, as I wasn’t in any position to work anymore.

Hong Kong Airport Terminal

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What Is Cathay Dragon A330 First Class Like?

Earlier in June, I had the opportunity to fly Cathay Dragon First Class aboard their A330 to Beijing and back. While there is significant coverage of Cathay Pacific/Cathay Dragon business class here on the blog, this will be the first international Cathay Dragon first class review on the blog. This post will mainly be focusing on the highlights of the flights and the main differences when compared to Business Class.

IMG_0265Cathay Dragon Airbus A330-300 First Class

I actually paid outright for the round-trip full fare (Fare Class F) First Class flights. I ended up paying around HKD$14,670 for the flights which is quite a lot of money, but considering the Business Class fares at the time which sat somewhere around $11,640, and the upgraded service and meals that I would receive, I went ahead and splurged for it.

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Review: Cathay Dragon A321 Economy Class Hong Kong to Haikou

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.

img_2045Qantas Hong Kong Lounge Entrance 

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Review: Singapore Airlines 777-300ER Premium Economy Singapore to Hong Kong

While I enjoyed my inbound flight on a Singapore A380 in premium economy, I was excited to have the opportunity to try the product on the 777. Singapore’s 777s feature updated cabin products in first, business and economy class, so I figured it would be a good opportunity to have a look at them as well. Furthermore, I also wanted to answer the question, “Is Singapore Airlines’ A380 premium economy better than their 777 premium economy?”

With that in mind, we arrived Singapore Changi Terminal 3 at 11 AM for our 1:05 PM flight.

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3 Exterior

We walked over to line 7, which is where the Singapore Airlines Star Gold and premium economy check-in line is located. Singapore Airlines’ Terminal 3 is a stunning terminal, and we were promptly checked in. I inquired about upgrade space, though the check-in agent (nicely) replied that business class was full for the day.

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Review: Singapore Airlines A380 Premium Economy Hong Kong to Singapore

From now on I’ll start excluding flight numbers from trip reports. While they’re quite useful when reviewing some longhaul flights, e.g. Lufthansa flight 796 which will be operated by an A380 possibly through the end of the schedule, they’re less useful in most cases, where SQ 863 could easily be operated by a 777, an A330, an A350, etc.


Since this trip report only consists of three installments, I’ll just write them separately, instead of producing a cohesive, multi-chapter trip report which I normally do. We were able to find promotional Singapore Airlines premium economy roundtrip fares for HK$3,800 per person, which you wouldn’t normally be able to find in such a premium market.

We arrived Hong Kong Airport at around 12 PM for our 2:25 PM flight, and were promptly on our way, as I had checked everyone in beforehand. Since I didn’t have lounge access this time around, I stuck to plane spotting, though made my way to behind the gate area at 1:30 PM to watch our massive A380 tow itself into the gate.

Behind Gate 15 Hong Kong Airport

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Review: Cathay Pacific 777 777-300ER Economy Class Hong Kong to Jakarta

It’s not often that I write isolated trip reports, though there are two products that I think I’ve reviewed to a substantial extent – Cathay Pacific’s regional business class and Cathay Pacific/Cathay Dragon’s new economy class. I had a quick trip to Jakarta earlier in the month, and while I initially wasn’t planning to write any reviews, I flew Cathay Pacific’s 777 economy class for the first time, so I decided I’d quickly talk about that.

When flying economy class nowadays, departing from Hong Kong Airport I’m just accustomed to staying at the gate and taking pictures of nearby aircraft. Hong Kong Airport has one of the world’s best airport WiFi systems, as it’s really fast and easy to connect to, so I have no issues sticking by the gate beside the aircraft and catching up on last-minute work. After all, Cathay Pacific’s 777s don’t have WiFi, so having all my work on Google Drive I can’t really do anything onboard.

I was initially thrilled to see that our aircraft had the new livery, as it would be my first time taking a non-A350 Cathay Pacific aircraft with the new livery.

Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Hong Kong Airport

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