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Our flight to Hong Kong departed from gate 126 from Terminal A. Getting from the main terminal to Terminal A requires taking the shuttle train. One thing to note is that once you’re in Terminal A, you can’t take the shuttle train back to the main terminal.
Our ride was on an A330-300 configured with the international business class seating, which meant that we would be getting reverse herringbone seats. We began boarding on schedule at 1:55pm.
Seoul (ICN) -> Hong Kong (HKG)
Airline: Cathay Pacific
Flight No: CX439
Aircraft: Airbus A330-300
Date: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Scheduled Departure: 1:55 PM
Scheduled Arrival: 4:40 PM
Duration: 3 hrs 45 mins
The seat features and functionality are pretty much identical to the business seats on their 777 which I have previously reviewed here, so I won’t go into detail about it again. I’ll just reiterate that Cathay Pacific’s reverse herringbone seats are a great product, offering a good balance of space, storage and privacy, along with direct aisle access.
I was offered an orange juice for a pre-departure drink.
As it was a short flight to Hong Kong, the meal service began promptly after reaching cruising altitude. I started off with a tray of warm nuts and one of Cathay Pacific’s signature drinks, Oriental Breeze.
The appetizer consisted of marinated prawns, pan fried scallops, French beans, tomatoes and yellow capsicum. It was served with a side of salad. It was a light and refreshing dish.
For my main, I had the chicken steak with broccoli, carrots and mashed potatoes. I should have opted for the halibut instead. The chicken wasn’t particularly good.
As usual, I finished off my Cathay Pacific meal with a cheese plate and fruit platter.
Perhaps the most exciting part of the meal was the Haagen Dazs ice cream dessert.
As I finished my meal, we were already approaching Hong Kong. I took the opportunity to take a short tour around the cabin.
Pretty soon, we had landed in Hong Kong. I just loved looking out the window as we taxied past all the different planes at the airport.
Not surprisingly, the short flight was another pleasant one with Cathay Pacific. I love how they are so consistent with their service throughout their different routes. I didn’t go into too much detail for this flight as I had previously reviewed a very similar flight from Hong Kong to Seoul, and this flight felt much the same. The reverse herringbone configuration that Cathay Pacific offers is great, providing a balance of space, storage and privacy. The one thing I thought was underwhelming was the food selection and quality, which seemed to be a common theme on my other Cathay Pacific flights.
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Alvin is an aviation geek, enthusiast photographer, and software developer with a goal of exploring the world. He uses mileage programs to redeem premium flight travel, and shares his experiences here on OneMoreWeekToGo.