Cathay Pacific Business Class A350-900 Hong Kong to Seattle

I purposely scheduled a long layover in Hong Kong as I needed to update my membership to the Hong Kong e-Channel services with a new passport information. Rather annoyingly, the office is located outside of passport control, so one must clear immigration in order to reach an officer. At any rate, the whole process took almost an hour but we had plenty of time to spare lounge-hopping before our flight to Seattle.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Japan Airlines Business Class 787-8 Seattle to Tokyo-Narita
  3. Japan Airlines Business Class 767-300 Tokyo-Narita to Jakarta
  4. AirAsia Economy Class A320-200 Jakarta to Denpasar, Denpasar to Jakarta, Jakarta to Singapore
  5. Beaches and Temples: What we did in Bali
  6. Hyatt Regency Bali
  7. Andaz Singapore
  8. 48 hours in Singapore
  9. Cathay Pacific Business Class A330-300 Singapore to Hong Kong
  10. Cathay Pacific Business Class A350-900 Hong Kong to Seattle

Cathay Pacific operates multiple lounges at Hong Kong International Airport. In the order of my preference: The Pier, The Wing, The Bridge and The Deck. The Pier offers a great view of the tarmac as well as multiple day rooms, massage service by Gentlemen’s Tonic, and great shower rooms equipped with Aesop amenities. I thought the dining and seating areas at The Pier are designed thoughtfully in accordance to Cathay’s signature lounge design (it even has its own signature scent!). The Wing, however, is more convenient if your flight leaves out of the low-numbered gates, and it offers a champagne bar as well as cabanas. We spent most of our time napping and dining in The Pier during this layover.

Flight Number: CX858
Route: Hong Kong (HKG) — Seattle/Tacoma (SEA)
Schedule: 23:35 โ€“ 20:35
Duration: 11h 0m
Aircraft Type: Airbus A350-900 (Registration: B-LRG)
Cabin: Business Class
Seat: 21K
Date: September 2, 2019

The daily Seattle service leaves around midnight. Given that it departs around the same time bank as the most of European flights, the gate area was busy, in addition to the usual security theater for US-bound flights. I quickly settled in seat 21K, the last row in the mini cabin of this Airbus A350-900.

Meal services on this flight consisted of a supper and a brunch.

The dinner menu reads as follows:

Served shortly after take-off.

Braised US pork cartilage with preserved mustard greens, kai lan, carrots and steamed jasmine rice.

Roasted duck with lai fun noodles in soup.

Seared lamb rack, potato gratin, roasted carrots, snow peas, salsa verde.

Beef burger: Monterey Jack cheese, bacon, pickled onion and zucchini on toasted brioche bun with chunky fries.

Sides, On Request
Garden leaf salad.

To Finish
Cheese plate: Double Gloucester, Camembert, quince paste and grapes.

Black forest trifle.

Selection of ice cream.

Seasonal fresh fruit.

I slept for the first half of the flight. Upon waking up, I discovered that Cathay Pacific had the whole HBO mini-series of Chernobyl — definitely a great watch if you have not already seen it. The crew popped by with a bowl of caramel kettled popcorn as snacks.

As I was full, I did not partake in snack service. However, knowing that they loaded burgers on this flight, I chose that for my brunch over other breakfast items.

The menu reads as follows:

Available on request throughout your flight.

Warm bean salad with roasted fennel, Romesco sauce and ricotta.

Beef burger: Monterey Jack cheese, bacon, pickled onion and zucchini on toasted brioche bun with chunky fries.

Roasted duck with lai fun noodles in soup.

Galley snacks: Ice cream, caramel popcorn, sweet and savoury nibbles.

Served prior to landing.

To Start
Seasonal fresh fruit.

Cold-pressed lime, strawberry juice.

Scrambled eggs with truffle sauce, Dingley dell pork sausages, bacon, potato cake and roasted Roma tomato. Served with warm pastry.

Congee with pork, bean curd and preserved vegetable, traditional dim sum.

Riccioli pasta with roasted vegetables and cream cheese sauce. Served with Banoffee pie.

In my opinion, Cathay Pacific’s business class meal offerings have always lagged behind its competitors. In the past couple of years, the airline has undergone a slight re-design of its meal service. Gone was the tray system and the menu was also redone. However, it still has way to go, in both quality and quantity, in order to be on par with its main competitors.

Descent occurred at around sunset time in Seattle, which offered a spectacular view on the starboard side of the aircraft. We landed early and that was officially a wrap of this trip.

I have flown Cathay Pacific many times – primarily in First, but also in Business. Perhaps you may have heard the notion of Cathay Pacific not being a perfect carrier, but it delivers consistent service. This flight is no exception. I plan on continuing to fly with them, even as I lose my decade-long oneworld Emerald status this year as I bid American Airlines farewell — but that’s a story for another day.

Thank you for reading!

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