Huh? Hong Kong Airlines Wants To Start Service To Moscow Vnukovo

As Cathay Pacific has monopolised Hong Kong’s aviation market for far too long, I’ve been happy to see Hong Kong Airlines expand quite nicely. They offer a decent product in both business and economy class (as far as I’ve heard, though I’ll be finding out for myself in a couple of weeks), and they’ve made a few longhaul launches as of late, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Auckland.

Hong Kong Airlines Airbus A330 Sapporo Chitose Airport

So far I’ve been really happy seeing Hong Kong Airlines expand, and I agree with the choices that they’ve been making so far. However, this new route is a bit of a curveball for me, so I’m trying to figure out the logic behind it.

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Introduction: Flying The Nordic Shortcut to Europe

Introduction: Flying The Nordic Shortcut to Europe
Cathay Pacific 777 Business Class Hong Kong to Bangkok
Oriental Residence Bangkok
Finnair A350 Business Class Bangkok to Helsinki
Hilton Helsinki Airport
Finnair A321 Business Class Helsinki to Amsterdam
Hotel Des Indes The Hague
Hotel Le Royal Luxembourg
Sofitel Brussels Le Louise
Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht
British Airways Lounge Amsterdam
British Airways A321 Economy Class Amsterdam to London
My Bloomsbury London
Finnair A350 Business Class London to Helsinki
Finnair A350 Business Class Helsinki to Hong Kong

Welcome to my next trip report, and I apologise that it’s taken so long. While some of the installments had been written shortly after I took the trip in July 2017, life happened, so I finished most of the other installments of the report over the past few days.

Last year, our family decided on going to the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg during the summer. My mother and I also took a week-long detour to spend some time with family in London, as well as to allow me to attend a summer camp. Meanwhile, my father had to head home straight from Amsterdam due to work.


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What Is Cathay Pacific’s A350 Economy Class Seat Like?

I recently had the chance to fly from Hong Kong to Bangkok in Cathay Pacific’s Airbus A350-900. While we’ve covered almost all hard products that Cathay Pacific offers, their A350 economy seat is the only one that no one in our team has tried, tested and reported back, so I was excited to have the chance to do so over the past few days.

Cathay Pacific’s A350-900 features 214 Economy Class seats. The seats are a slightly modified version of the Rockwell Collins’ popular Pinnacle Economy seat. You’ll also find these seats flying on EVA Air, Delta, and United. As is standard on the A350, these seats are arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration, and are each 18 inches wide.

IMG_4804Cathay Pacific Airbus A350 Economy Class 

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More Cheap Economy Class Fares to Los Angeles and San Francisco on Cathay Pacific

TL;DR: Cathay Pacific has published Economy Class fares from Hong Kong to San Francisco and Los Angeles starting from HKD2600 for travel between the 1st and 13th of November, 2018. 

In a bid to compete with Hong Kong Airlines, Cathay Pacific has returned again with some very competitively priced Economy fares for travel to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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Cathay Pacific’s New Lounge “The Deck” To Open Next Month

Cathay Pacific’s long had the best hub lounge game out of any airline that I’ve flown. While their flagship business class lounge The Pier is one of my few favourite lounges around the world, the true selling point about Cathay Pacific’s lounges is that The Pier is only one of many lounges that you can access, the others including The Wing, The Cabin and The Bridge.

Cathay Pacific is about to add another lounge to the list, The Deck. This will replace the G16 lounge that was shuttered shortly after I’d visited in March 2016, and is located by gate 16, next to the Qantas Lounge.

Cathay Pacific The Deck Lounge Hong Kong Airport

Cathay Pacific The Deck Lounge Hong Kong Airport

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Next up: 10 Abreast 777 Economy with EVA – Plane Horrible or Hell?

I hope everyone is having a great week! I will be flying to Singapore tomorrow morning to attend a Model United Nations conference on behalf of my school.

While I’m very excited for the trip, I am most looking forward to the flights, as any aviation enthusiast would. Unfortunately, our school’s travel agent has made a miserable choice of booking us in EVA Air’s 10 abreast Economy Class on their 777’s for the 5-hour flight. While certainly not as bad as a 12-hour transpacific flight, I’m bracing myself for what I predict is not going to be a pleasant flight.

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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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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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