Review: Cathay Pacific Shorthaul(HKG>MNL)

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.

Economy

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.

 

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Premium Economy

The premium economy seat in this route (shorthaul) is also the same product as their longhaul premium economy seat (click here).

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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.

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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.

 

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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

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Review: Cathay Pacific Longhaul (LHR> HKG)

Aircraft and Flight

Cathay Pacific usually use the Boeing 777-300 on their London Heathrow to Hong Kong route but I believe they are also using their new airbus a350. The aircraft incorporates a four tier cabin layout with six first class suites, fifty three flat bed business class, thirty four premium economy and one hundred and eighty two economy seats.  I have only experienced and will write about their economy and premium economy tiers.

London to Hong Kong is around eleven hours in flight time, so two appropriate meals are served depending on the time of flight including snacks such as pot noodles available upon request whenever you please.

Economy

Cathay Pacific economy seats have thirty two inches 20170401_104918.jpgin pitch and eighteen inches in width, it incorporates many of the standard amenities other airlines of similar standard embodies. The usual requirements of a table, seat pocket, personal light, air, armrest and entertainment system are built in. However the product that Cathay Pacific applies that I believe is overlooked by other airlines is the cup holder because if you only have a beverage there is no need to pull down the whole tray table giving more space to manoeuvre. Another aspect that I love in this seat is the long amenity holder just under the screen which can hold many of your personal belongings such as phones, tablets, books and many more.  In my opinion this rack is more useful for your personal belongings than your seat pocket. A USB is also built in next to the screen which is another added bonus however the product I always believe is useless in any economy product is the coat hanger because it is used very little and if it is used it is usually not affective and will also affect your leg space. All their products seem very robust and I have never experienced a faulty one.

In this specific eleven hour flight you are served two meals, one just after take-off and the other just before landing with cup noodles and beverages available upon request at anytime of the flight. The meals are not overly amazing but is delicious and does the job. You are given a choice which usually consist of a chicken, fish, beef with either rice, noodles, potatoes and others. A salad, bread, water bottle and bread will be on your tray already but sometimes your desert which is usually a small tub of Haagen Dazs ice cream is given after.  I have to say the food is delicious however pretty small.

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Premium Economy

Cathay Pacific’s premium economy product is similar to that of their main economy tier but with enhanced comfort. It is in a separate cabin in a 2-4-2 configuration. Firstly their seat have an added six inches in their seat pitch making it a total of 38 inches, the seat is also 1 inch wider than that of economy class making it a total of 19.5 inches.

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Premium economy gets an upgraded baggage allowance and upon entering the aircraft you are given an amenity kit and a welcome drink which you don’t receive on the main economy cabin. Noise cancelling headphones is given instead of the basic ones and blankets and pillows seem a bit larger.

Majority of the products that are incorporated in economy are also applied in premium economy but with a few added items and characteristics. Firstly there is a footrest applied and a larger recline for added comfort. Furthermore a centre console between each seats is  built for a more personal affect it is also used to incorporate a beverage holder in which there is also an extension if needed. The entertainment screen is 10 inches which is around 1 inch larger than that of the lower class and two charging methods with either a universal or USB socket.

The meals were a little different from economy, firstly you were given a nice menu instead of a boring small card which is a nice touch. You are usually also offered three options, I believe the tray including the bread, salads and condiments is from economy but the main meal is taken from business, but don’t quote me on that because im not too sure.

 

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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

Review: Cathay Dragon

The Airline

Cathay Dragon (formerly known as Dragon Air) is a subsidiary and sister airline of Cathay Pacific. Just in the past 2 year in 2016, Dragonair went through a rebranding phase, re-naming to Cathay Dragon and giving their livery paintwork the same brush wing logo as Cathay Pacific in order to align the two airlines. However although both liveries have a similar appearance Cathay Dragon is coloured red whilst Cathay Pacific kept its green exterior. The purpose of the rebrand was to align the two companies giving passengers easier seamless connections to each others network, although Cathay Dragon (DragonAir) is still operating as a separate airline.

 

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Dragon Air ‘s Old livery design

 

Brief

Hong Kong > Hanoi (Noi Bai)

We have used Cathay Pacific in many occasions  but taking Cathay Dragon (or Dragonair) last year in October from Hong Kong to Hanoi was a first. There were many similarities to the service but each had their own personality.

Aircraft and Flight

Although still operating as two separate enterprises, sister companies Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon gives the impression that they are under one strong brand. Even their website is now housed under one domain and furthermore Cathay Dragon uses the same facilities such as check-in (in Hong Kong airport) and lounges as Cathay Pacific’s.

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Getting on the aircraft was easy there was no delays and it was pretty empty (it wasn’t peak season) staff was also very friendly and allowed me to move seats once boarding was complete. The staff had similar uniform as that of Cathay Pacific, they wore the same red blazer (or looked the same) with the brush wing logo but their shirts were different as Cathay Dragon sported a black and red shirt whilst Cathay Pacific wear a white shirt with their logo printed across their shirt. The Cabin again was similar of that of their sister company, a touch screen IFE (entertainment system), USB charge point and more alike (however i believe it has since been modernised). The food was simple, it was only a short fli20171022_190752.jpgght so I weren’t expecting anything heavy. There were very nice fresh fruits, water, cookies and a rice meal. Soft drinks, tea and coffee is also served afterwards.

The flight was nice and comfortable, there was a little turbulence but that cant really be avoided. Blankets were available upon request and headphones were placed on our seats before boarding for our use. Again their staff was very nice and professional, they attended to my every needs and although it was late night they didn’t look tired and they were still full of energy

Conclusion

My flight with Cathay Dragon was very satisfying, it wasn’t too expensive and still had the feel of a luxury airline well deserving to carry the Pacific Groups name. Honestly I didn’t even know ‘Dragonair’ as a company let alone as a subsidiary of the Cathay Group, the rebrand in my opinion has been successful, I now know the company and the level of standard they regard. Although I’ve only been on the airline once I’m still very intrigued if they are consistent with other routes. Overall I am very happy flying with this airline and wouldn’t mind to fly with them again in future travels.

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Reference

DragonAir rebranding (https://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_HK/about-us/press-room/press-release/2016/Cathay-Pacific-group-enters-new-era-with-rebranding-of-Dragonair-as-Cathay-Dragon.html)

Photo

Main Photo (https://www.flickr.com/photos/130275500@N02/28468552585/)
Old Dragon air livery (https://www.flickr.com/photos/30949611@N03/10498449363/)