Review: Cathay Pacific

The Airline

Cathay Pacific Hong Kong’s flag carrier and one of the members of the ‘Oneworld Alliance’. Cathay was founded in 1946 and was initially based in Shanghai however the two owners an American and Australian moved to Hong Kong where the airline was further established. It was said the that the owners though of the name ‘Cathay Pacific’ in the bar at ‘Manila Hotel’.

To date (2018) Cathay Pacific has a strong fleet of 146 made of both Airbus and Boeing aircraft.

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Brief

I often use Cathay Pacific in some of my travels to the Philippines and back, this route stops over and changes in Hong Kong International airport as it is not direct, meaning two flights are taken each way. Apart from the flight duration and meals both journeys to Hong Kong and the Philippines have similarities, both routes usually use the 777-300 with identical products and services inflight.

At the airport

Hong Kong international airport terminal 1 is Cathay Pacific’s home and main hub. It is a massive structure where arrivals is situated in the ground floor whilst departures a few floors above. The airport incorporates isle type sections in the check-in desks and Cathay Pacific uses three of them (isles A-C from my memory).

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Aircraft and Flight

Cathay Pacific is one of my most favoured airline for longhaul flights to and from Asia as it gives desirable experiences for a relatively competitive price all year round. Furthermore the airline flies from London Heathrow to Hong Kong about five times a day, whilst Hong Kong to Manila six to seven times a day  so your preference in departures, arrivals and transit times range from a multitude of choices. Moreover the airline has consistency in their products and services which is great for frequent travellers who just want confidence in their flight.

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As the two routes trips I make have a few differences ive decided to write these under two different posts please click to see:

Conclusion

Cathay Pacific is a reputable airline worthy for a frequent flyer with a medium budget who wants to fly with the confidence in his or her flight, although not highly amazing their consistency in products and service is applaudable. Cathay Pacific is not my overall favourite airline but is my preferred carrier when travelling long-haul into Asia. Their seats are comfortable and gives me everything I need to ensure maximum comfortability. Whilst the meals small they were undeniably delicious and you can taste that they didn’t go cheap in their ingredients. Furthermore their staff are friendly and do their jobs to the very best of their ability, there are no loud personal conversations whilst in front of customers.

Overall Cathay gets and has always got a thumbs up from me. A plausible airline that is affordable and brilliant in its operation.

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Reference:

https://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_GB/travel-information/airport.html
https://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_GB/about-us.html
https://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_GB/about-us/about-our-airline/history.html

Photos:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/115391424@N05/albums/
https://www.flickr.com/people/130961247@N06
New Cathay Pacific livery on B-LAJ
https://www.flickr.com/photos/seabirdnz/38772727491

 

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Review: Avianca

The Airline

Avianca is Columbia’s flag carrier since 1919 undeFile:Avianca Logo.svgr a different name. The airline which has a fleet of 189, routes into 26 countries throughout the American and European continent.

 

Brief

I used Avianca whilst on my South America trip in a night flight from Lima to Rio de Janeiro.

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Aircraft and Flight

My flight from Lima to Rio De Janiero used a small Airbus A319 in a 3-3 configuration. The aircraft did incorporate a business class which was divided using a simple curtain assembly, it looked nice however I cant write about it because I flew on economy.

Firstly I’d like to start off with something I was not too keen on and that was the Cabin crew’s uniform. It had a red cloak styled jacket with a red cloche styled hat which was designed by a famous Columbian designer. The uniform has had many praise from other fellow bloggers, however for me it was too fancy for a flight (my personal opinion).

The economy seats were similar to that of any other standard airline, it had a cup holder, magazine pouch, foldable table, personal light and air. The seat was leather with adjustable headrest which I always appreciate in an aircraft. Furthermore seats had an entertainment system which for some strange reason I didn’t think they had as it was a small aircraft. Come to think of it this flight was the smallest aircraft I know with screens incorporated in it.

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Avianca’s entertainment system was (along with ICE of Emirates) one of the most comprehensive and pleasing I have ever experienced. Its program and controls  were very tidy and easy to navigate around in which even the freshest user wont struggle. Firstly the airline’s promotional videos upon boarding, taxiing and before each movies were amazing, short pleasing clips of tourism in South America which makes people want to travel to the destinations in the future. Secondly one thing that I quickly acknowledged that was pretty impressive was the entertainment system’s front, starting or home page whatever you call it. It was easy to use and understand  no matter where you have come from with the upfront choice of languages. Furthermore the division of the adults and children’s menu, I found very plausible. The entertainment catalogue have a comprehensive choice of the latest most notable tv shows, movies and music from Latin America, Europe and the US, so it wont be too difficult for each passengers to be entertained.

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My service in Avianca was simple, it was a night 5 hour flight so  we only got one meal service. The meal was simple with only a few things to eat including a salad, main dish (chicken and rice), bread roll and a sweater bread I can only think is a traditional desert of some kind, obviously including the normal choice of beverages. The meals were delicious but you can taste the simplicity of the dishes, there were no elaborate ingredients and there was very little to eat so it wont fill you if you was very hungry.

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After the meal service, as it was a night flight the main lights were switched off or dimmed I can only guess for sleep. Before landing cabin crew gives the relevant immigration cards for ease in arrivals. 

Conclusion

Avianca to me was neutral it had its goods and it had its bad, the biggest positive for me was the entertainment system, a brilliant program with many enjoyable films from western to Latin America, the ease of use was brilliant. The meal for me was a bit of a disappointment it was very simple, small and untidy in its presentation. However ive only flown with  the airline once in a single route so I don’t know its consistency with its other routes. Its a fine airline to fly with and I would definitely try them again.

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Reference

https://www.avianca.com/us/en/our-company/corporate-information/corporate-profile

Photo

http://www.avianca.com (for the logo only)

 

 

Review: Emirates Airlines

The Airline

Emirates airline is the flag carrier of the middle east nation of the ‘United Arab Emirates’ and is known to be one of the most prestigious airlines in the world with numerous awards most recently being trip advisors ‘Best Airline of 2017’.

Brief

I am most passionate about this airline (I don’t work for this company) due to the many different services I have received throughout many years of flying with the airline. I usually fly Emirates when I to go to the Philippines (usually yearly) and although I could get cheaper flights elsewhere and use staff travel through the airline I work with, I always opt to fly with Emirates.

Please click on each chapter:

  1. Emirates at the Airport.
  2. Emirates Business Class Lounge
  3. Emirates Flight London > Dubai
  4. Emirates Flight Dubai > Manila

Conclusion

In overall conclusion Emirates deserves their prestigious reputation. Whether economy or business they have opted to compete at the highest level and resist the changing market to go cheap on their service and products. All my flights throughout the years have been consistent with very few to little flaws.

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Reference

Emirates.com

Photos

Buisness class (https://www.flickr.com/photos/45236612@N00/3867029487/)