After a nice overnight stay at the Marriott SkyCity, I headed back to Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok airport to catch the high speed downtown. The PYE 500 HKD certificate received on CX807 was burning a hole in my pocket. I was able to spend a few hours in downtown Hong Kong and brought back a nice shirt.
Then it was back to the airport to try and convince the First Class Pier Lounge gatekeeper to grant me access. Technically I could not enter even though I was on a First Class ticket. The Oneworld rule states the connection must be before 6AM the morning after your original departure.
The answer was no, I could not enter. So I asked if it would be okay to take a few pictures. I was granted 5 minutes. I can now say, Here is your 5 minute tour.
Imported from Ubud Indonesia?
This is the main seating off the dining room.
There was a small room off to the side of the bar, kind of a self service room.
The main dining room which was sizable.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to view the Day Suites and figured I pressed my luck enough at this point. Tick tock.
Back up the escalator to The Pier Business Class lounge.
This lounge is huge. Multiple rooms, various kinds of seating and eclectic food stations as well.
Even yoga for the weary traveler.
Along the side were plenty of seats that offered ground level views of the tarmac.
Showers are located in the back.
There were 3 or 4 dining areas with different types of seating available.
Noodle bar and self serve, even a cookie bar.
I enjoyed a cup of coffee and a cookie then headed over to my gate. Boarding commenced on this older A330.
This aircraft has the first generation Cirrus seats that are extremely popular with premium class flyers.
A large footwell that would offer plenty of room for sleeping. Downside is there was no place to store computer bag / purse.
Telltale sign of age.
On to lunch, or maybe this was a snack flight as it departed around 2PM.
Yes, Afternoon Tea. Sounds like a great idea.
I enjoyed this with a Hong Kong style milk tea, well I enjoyed the tea after I was finished with the meal.
Two scones, not really. One scone and one mini pie filled with some sort of crab mixture. The beef was a little odd and there was plenty of jam and clotted cream for a single scone. And how can you go wrong with two desserts?
Carrier: Cathay Pacific
Date: July, 2019
Route: Hong Kong Bangkok
Flight #: 751
Aircraft: Airbus A330-300 B-LAL
Configuration: C39 / W21 / Y191
On Time: Yes
Reward Flying Rating: 4.9 out of 10 ✈
Cabin: ✔︎These older A330’s are getting long in the tooth. Cabins, lavatories and seats are showing their age. However with Cathay continuing to take delivery of A350s, these A330 will either be fazed out or placed on shorter routes like this to Bangkok. Having a lie flat seat was great for this trip.
Cabin/Seats Rating: 5 out of 10 ✈
Food/Amenities: ✔︎The selection I made, finger sandwiches, was creative and very good. Highly recommend.
Amenity/Food rating: 7 out of 10 ✈
IFE: ✔︎ If they keep these A330s flying this is one are that needs to be addressed. Monitor was pretty poor.
IFE rating: 4 out of 10 ✈
Flight Attendants: ✔︎The crew did their job of serving then were gone.
Flight Attendant rating: 4 out of 10 ✈
Aircraft: ✔︎Airbus A330-300. Delivered to Cathay in late 2011, it looked its age.
Aircraft rating: 5 out of 10 ✈