Flight Review: Cathay Pacific Regional Business Class Hong Kong (HKG) – Tokyo (NRT)

Flight Review: Cathay Pacific Regional Business Class Hong Kong (HKG) – Tokyo (NRT)

Flight Review: Cathay Pacific Regional Business Class HKG-NRT

After an awesome visit to THE PIER it was time to head over to our next flight to Tokyo.  This Cathay Pacific flight was originally suppose to be on either reverse herringbone longer haul business class configuration but a few weeks before there was a plane change.  Following this change our flight now featured a regional business class.

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

In the end this was really fine and I was able to see a different cabin then I had seen before.  Actually this is going to be one of, if not the shortest premium cabin review I have done because I fell asleep before we took off and awoke when we landed!  So the seat worked just fine for me haha.

Here is the trip so far!

The main difference between the two seating set ups is that the regional business class has a 2-3-2 configuration with the window seats and center seat not having direct aisle access (compared to 1-2-1 configuration) and the seats are also not fully flat.  They are recliner seats instead.  Similar to domestic USA first class flights but with more of a recline and leg support that come out more like a home recliner.  So less privacy and not as easy to sleep in…apparently not a problem for me.

Airline: Cathay Pacific
Route: CX524 HKG-NRT
Cabin: J (U)
Plane: 777-300
Seats: 12D and 12G
Flight time: 4 hours

We entered through the second door from the front of the plane which is located between the economy and business class.  We then turned left headed to our seats in row 12, which is actually the second row of seats on the plane.

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

Reading material when entering the plane

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

Regional Business Class Cabin

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

Upon getting to our seat there was already a blanket for us and we were offered a drink at that time, choosing some champagne and some sort of smoothie.  We were also given our menus for the flight.

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

The entertainment system appeared to be roughly the same as previous flights on Cathay Pacific which has a really easy to use system and a lot to choose from.  Not the most shows of the airlines I have been on but pretty good.  There are movies, TV shows, games, maps and kids entertainment.

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

Looking around the seat we see the remote control and the seat controls on the side of the seat and plenty of foot room below the seat in front.

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

Looking around the cabin you can see the angle the seats can take and the density of the cabin.

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

cathay pacific regional business class hkg nrt hong kong tokyo angled flat

I would love to tell you more about how the food was or what the recline on the seats were like but at this points I settled in for take off and promptly fell a sleep for the entire 4 hours flight, only awaking when we touched down.  Same thing for Katie who slept the entire flight.

Obviously these are not the ideal seats for a long flight, but they are far superior to a domestic first class seat which is what this flight would be most similar to.

In the end I was nice and rested to enjoy the Japan Airlines First Class Lounge upon landing!

2 Comments on “Flight Review: Cathay Pacific Regional Business Class Hong Kong (HKG) – Tokyo (NRT)

  1. I enjoyed your reports on the Pier and the ensuing flights back to the USA. I am in a similar situation for possible flights back to the LAX from HKG: CX Biz from HKG to NRT and then JL First from HKG to LAX. Using BA Avios, I want to take the same red eye out of HKG and connect with JL on their afternoon flight, thus providing an 11 hour layover at NRT. However, I believe I need to book it as two separate flights since BA’s website only offers a morning HKG departure with short 1.5 hour connection at NRT to the afternoon LAX-bound flight. I am wondering if I will be able to access the First lounges in HKG if I have two separate award tickets (Biz and First, respectively). What do you think based on your experience with the Pier Lounge attendants?

    • That is a really good question. I think you should be OK, since I just showed them my 2 tickets for my HKG-NRT and NRT-ORD. They wouldn’t have known if I booked them separately or not I wouldn’t think. At first the person said no because she didn’t know the rules but then the second woman at the desk said it would be fine and scanned us in. I know there has been some changes to making in-line connects with separate tickets booked through BA so you might want to check about that in terms of your checked bags actually, unless you planned to get your bags during your layover. Hope you have a great flight!

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