Review – Cathay Pacific Business Class – Seoul to Hong Kong – A330-300

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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.

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Waiting for boarding at gate 126 at ICN
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Two jet bridges for boarding; one for business and one for economy

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.

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Cathay Pacific A330 taking us to Hong Kong

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
Class: Business

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Boarding from the forward door

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.

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Cathay Pacific A330 business class reverse herringbone seat configuration
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Large TV screen that can be stowed when not in use
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Seat controls, reading lamp, media controller, power outlets, and headset storage
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Seat storage underneath the side table
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Cushion and seat padding
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Cathay Pacific A330 business class cabin

I was offered an orange juice for a pre-departure drink.

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Served a pre-departure beverage as I settled into my seat
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Jeju Air beside us as we prepared for pushback

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.

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Cathay Pacific signature drink Oriental Breeze, and a tray of warm nuts before meal service

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.

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Marinated prawns appetizer

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.

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Chicken entree

As usual, I finished off my Cathay Pacific meal with a cheese plate and fruit platter.

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Cheese plate and fruit platter

Perhaps the most exciting part of the meal was the Haagen Dazs ice cream dessert.

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Haagen Dazs Belgian Chocolate ice cream and coffee

As I finished my meal, we were already approaching Hong Kong. I took the opportunity to take a short tour around the cabin.

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Business class washroom
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Washroom features Jurlique amenities
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Cathay Pacific A330 galley
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Cathay Pacific A330 economy 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.

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Hong Kong International airport traffic
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Hong Kong International Airport tower

In Summary

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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