Aircraft and Flight
Cathay Pacific also use the 777-300 for their shorthaul Hong Kong to Manila routes but I also believe they use the airbus a330 and new airbus a350. However unlike their longhaul route which incorporates a 4 class cabin, their shorthaul (or this specific flight)only use a 3 class cabin as there is no first class tier or have never seen it in this specific flight.
Hong Kong to Manila is around an hour and a half in flight time.
Cathay Pacific’s shorthaul economy seat on their 777-300 is the same as that of their longhaul economy products (from what I have experienced a few times) click here .
The huge difference between Cathay Pacific’s longhaul and shorthaul is their meals which quiet understandably is reduced from 2 meals (LHR>HKG) into a quick snack bag. This small card bag contains a drink (sometimes water other times juices), a biscuit (usually Anzac cookie) and a pastry (many different flavours). The pastry in itself is very delicious and rightly warm, however although flavours of the pastry will change, if you are a frequent flyer with the airline this could get very boring. The cookie is standard and the drink inside the bag changes without a choice, the crew do not offer any other beverages and I am not too sure if you can request one either. The bag is nice and convenient, when you are done with your snacks you can put all your rubbish inside so it can be collected later. However if you like little souvenirs this small card bag is nice to keep.
The premium economy seat in this route (shorthaul) is also the same product as their longhaul premium economy seat (click here).
However the biggest surprise is that the meal or snack in this flight was exactly the same as their economy meal. The snack also included the same Anzac cookie, a drink and a pastry which all does the job for this short flight. The small bag the meal comes in is nice and for those souvenir lovers it is nice to keep, otherwise it is very convenient to use for your rubbish until it is collected.
Other than the meals and the exclusion of a first class cabin, I didn’t see much of a difference from their longhaul flights than I have seen on other airlines. This is a good thing in opinion as it gives a seamless journey.
Reference: https://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Cathay_Pacific_Airways/Cathay_Pacific_Airways_Boeing_777-300ER_A.php Photos: Main Photo : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Arpingstone