Updated on May 27, 2016
**Kevin took a very similar flight when he flew from MLE to HKG in June, so my report will be short and sweet as these flights are the same plane/setup. I won’t be doing a full trip report breakdown of each aspect, but simply give you an idea of the experience and some pictures!**
With the short, nondescript flight from MLE behind us, it was time to hurry to our next flight to Hong Kong!
Now while I thought we had to hurry, as luck would have it, it was more of a hurry up and wait situation. By the time we got to CMB, our flight was supposed to start boarding in about 15 minutes. As it would turn out, we would hurry to gate 9 only to have the flight delayed 40 minutes and just sit in the gate area. Not the best experience in the CMB airport but not a huge deal.
The gate area is somewhat strange at CMB. You entered through another security area at the gate clusters, which isn’t uncommon in this part of the world. But the thing messing everyone up was the screens (not again!). They had very generic language up on the screens for the two flights, and didn’t advertise very well which lane was open, if they were open, which flight was boarding, if they were delayed, etc. This caused many people to start walking through to the wrong gate, cut in line, and even get in small altercations with airport staff because they thought their flight was boarding and they weren’t being let through. Another great example of how a little communication can go a long way!
Finally we were allowed to process through security screening and went to wait at the “business class” waiting area – basically just the row of chairs cordoned off along the window.
Another funny situation came here. People kept stepping over the chairs to be in this area – thinking it was special? No, in reality they knew the business class people here would board first so they cut over. Then the staff would kick them out, then others would do it, so on and so forth. One gentleman did not take kindly to the woman asking to see his boarding pass to confirm he was in business. He started yelling at her in a language neither her nor we understood, and then for the next 30 minutes proceeded taking pictures of her. She then had to get security to get him to delete them. Then he kept doing it. It was extremely bizarre and uncalled for.
Alas, the madness ended – time for the flight!
Airline: Cathay Pacific
Route: CX610 CMB-HKG
Cabin: J (Business)
Seats: 15D and 15G
Flight time: 5 hours and 25 minutes
This would be my first long haul/flatbed flight on a foreign carrier. Kev and I flew Delta business class to Peru, but it was on the old cradle seats. Every other time it’s either been in first class or economy! So to say the least I was excited to try it out!
We had a very, very full flight that night with 38/39 seats occupied. We settled in and were offered a PDB of champagne. Following my general rule of never turning down champagne, I indulged.
Just like Kev and Katie, we had the two seats together in the middle!
Being an overnight flight with a full day in Hong Kong the next day, our priority was absolutely to get as much sleep as possible. I think I got about 3.5 hours while Jaime slept almost the whole flight and got just under 5.
The IFE was as good as always on Cathay flights (it’s the same system), but the equipment was a little worse for the wear. The headphone plug was so sensitive that if it even moved the slightest bit it would make a loud, screeching noise. Very irritating.
Food: Couldn’t tell you. Like I said, we were focused on sleeping, so we both passed on food and went to bed! I will say my neighbor on the window seat got lots of food and it looked delicious! I also knew that we were headed to the arrivals lounge in HKG so I would just eat breakfast there!
Seat: By far my favorite part of the flight. We both agreed that they were extremely comfortable seats and we got great sleep. I usually have trouble sleeping on planes but I went right to bed once I started trying – had to get in a few TV shows first to wash down the alcohol.
Service: Staff did a great job. Constantly referred to us by our names with a smile and provided prompt service – can’t ask for much more than that on an overnight flight.
Overall, we had a great flight. After a long day of traveling, it was great to get some sleep and relax on an overnight flight.
Next up, Cathay Pacific Arrivals Lounge and Hong Kong!