Cathay Pacific introduced their A350 service between Vancouver and Hong Kong on March 28th, 2017. This route is pretty special because it was the very first A350 route to Canada. There was a pretty big celebration on the day of the inaugural flight, and we even braved the torrential downpour to snap a photo. The route operates every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 9:30am.
After arriving in Tokyo, we headed straight for the Sakura lounge. There are two separate Sakura lounges in Terminal 2 of Narita International Airport: one in the main building, and one in the satellite building. Our flight to Singapore was leaving from the satellite terminal building, so we decided to go to that one since our layover wasn’t that long. It was a smaller lounge and also lacked the shower facilities.
Our Emirates business class flight to Dubai was operated by an a380 instead of the 777-300ER which regularly flies the route. The gate was already packed by the time we got there, and the crew were doing some final checks before boarding. At around 10pm, boarding was announced and we quickly lined up at gate D19. We then boarded through the upper deck jet bridge which gave us a great view of the aircraft. I just love the view from the jet bridge!
On the morning of our trip, we wheeled seven pieces of luggage out to the taxi, bound for the airport. For a travelling party of three, I thought seven bags was a bit ridiculous, but oh well. The check-in counters opened at 10am for our 1pm flight, so I had booked a taxi for 9:30am. I had hoped to maximize the amount of time we could spend at Cathay Pacific’s new lounge in Vancouver.
For the first segment of the trip, we had a 12:30pm departure out of Vancouver, and a layover of five hours in Edmonton before catching the flight to London. As this was a domestic flight, we arrived at the airport roughly two hours before departure for check-in. The check-in process with Westjet was smooth with plenty of self-check kiosks available. We immediately dropped off our bags after printing our boarding passes.
Upon arriving at the YVR domestic terminal, we checked our bags in, and grabbed a quick bite before heading to the gate. Our short flight was on a Bombardier Q400, which cannot park at an actual gate with a jet bridge, so we were required to board the plane from out on the tarmac. Unluckily, it was pouring rain that morning. As we sprinted for the boarding stairs, we saw that our plane was sporting the University of Washington special livery.