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Thailand 2014: Cathay Pacific Business Class Hong Kong to Bangkok (HKG to BKK)

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Singapore Airlines Lounge Hong Kong
Thai Airways Lounge Hong Kong
Asiana Business Class Hong Kong to Seoul
Asiana Airlines First Class Lounge Seoul
Asiana Airlines First Class Suites Seoul to New York
United Airlines Business Class PS Service New York to San Francisco

CX 709
Hong Kong (HKG) to Bangkok (BKK)
Monday, February 3rd
Depart: 10:00pm
Arrive: 11:55pm
Duration: 2h 55m
Aircraft: A330-300
Seat: 14A

This flight featured a regional business class configuration on an A330-300. While it’s obviously not as nice as Cathay’s long-haul business class configurations, these seats are plenty comfortable for a 2.5 hour flight.

My seat, 14A
My seat, 14A
Look across the 2-3-3 configuration
Look across the 2-3-2 configuration

The in-flight entertainment is on demand, although it appeared as if there weren’t any movies on demand. I guess this makes sense since the flight is barely long enough to finish a movie, and there were plenty of TV options.

In-flight entertainment and foot space
In-flight entertainment and foot space
Seat controls
Seat controls

I was offered a pre-departure beverage and selected Cathay Delight. This crew definitely had a lot more personality than the crew we had on the SFO-HKG leg, and some of the crew members even memorized the names of all of the business class passengers to address us by name, which I thought was impressive for such a short flight.

Drink menu
Drink menu

I had pre-ordered a vegetarian oriental (VOML) meal through the website prior to this flight, which I didn’t really enjoy. This was mostly due to the fact that I wasn’t hungry after stuffing myself on the previous flight and in the lounge in Hong Kong, but also because the entree was just lots of mushrooms, which are not my favorite food. I did enjoy the dessert, which was sweetened silken tofu, like you can get in dim sum. They also had Hong Kong style milk tea on this flight, and I consumed many cups.

Vegetarian oriental (VOML) special meal)
Vegetarian oriental (VOML) special meal

They handed out immigration forms and fast-track immigration passes for BKK. The fast-track immigration passes weren’t really necessary since lines were non-existent when we arrived, but you can generally save the passes for future use if you so desire (they’re dated, but I don’t think they really check the dates).

Overall, this flight was great, and the crew was fantastic. If only flying around the US were as comfortable as regional flights within Asia…

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