Cathay Pa­cific 777-300ER Busi­ness Class Los An­ge­les (LAX) - Hong Kong (HKG)

Business Traveler (USA) - - TRIED & TESTED - BT

CHECK-IN AND BOARD­ING: Check-in at LAX was quick and easy thanks to ded­i­cated Busi­ness Class lines and the pres­ence of a lot of CX staff to guide ar­riv­ing pas­sen­gers. Cathay Pa­cific uses the OneWorld lounge, shared with Bri­tish Air­ways and Qan­tas, and it of­fers a nice range of food, space to work and even a (sim­u­lated) firepit.

Board­ing was also smooth with no de­lays, again thanks to ded­i­cated First and Busi­ness Class lines. As with check-in, there were a lot of CX staff on hand to as­sist, mak­ing the process go quickly.

THE SEAT: The Cathay Pa­cific Busi­ness Class seat is a stan­dard long-haul, flat-bed that of­fers a fair amount of per­sonal space, es­pe­cially with the 1-2-1 cabin con­fig­u­ra­tion. The two cen­ter seats are an­gled to­wards each other, en­sur­ing ex­cel­lent pri­vacy when re­clined or the abil­ity to talk to your neigh­bor when the seats are in their up­right po­si­tion. There’s a bed ex­ten­sion that comes up when the seat is fully re­clined, mak­ing the bed width a full 29.5 inches, al­though the seat it­self is only 21 inches wide. The large IFE screen swings out to present a wide range of pro­gram­ming with a good se­lec­tion of clas­sic and cur­rent films and TV shows. Noise-can­cel­ing head­phones are pro­vided. One com­plaint; the screen’s pri­vacy func­tion makes it hard to see from any an­gle other than right in front. And it doesn’t tilt, so when the seat is re­clined flat the screen dark­ens be­cause of the view­ing an­gle.

THE FLIGHT: Strong head­winds pushed the flight to 15 hours, but none­the­less the time was quite en­joy­able, given the de­li­cious food, fine wine and avail­able IFE op­tions. The tim­ing works well with your body clock, with a de­par­ture from LAX just after mid­night and ar­rival (one day later) into Hong Kong at 7 AM.

The food was ex­cel­lent with beef, chicken and vege­tar­ian op­tions, along with a nice range of side dishes. Given the di­ver­sity of Hong Kong cui­sine, it would have been nice to see more lo­cal spe­cial­ties rather than generic West­ern and Ital­ian selections, tasty as they were. The wine list fea­tured great of­fer­ings from France, Spain and Aus­tralia.

Break­fast was served about two hours prior to land­ing and fea­tured a se­lec­tion of fresh fruit, a bagel with cream cheese and a hot meal with omelet, pota­toes and ba­con (an Asian break­fast op­tion with con­gee was also on the menu). Bonus points to Cathay Pa­cific for mak­ing me a hot choco­late, a re­quest I al­ways make on flights but rarely have ful­filled.

AR­RIVAL: The im­mi­gra­tion process at HKG was fast, with no de­lays. There is no ded­i­cated fast track or pri­or­ity line for pre­mium pas­sen­gers, but the sys­tem works well and I’ve found there are al­ways an ad­e­quate num­ber of of­fi­cers on hand to han­dle the crowd. I had a con­nect­ing flight to Tokyo and had a chance to visit The Pier, just one of the air­line’s lounges at HKG. The large air­side lounge had very good food and a lot of space to re­lax, along with show­ers and other ameni­ties. Its con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion above the de­par­ture gates makes it easy to visit be­tween my flights.

VER­DICT: Cathay Pa­cific con­sis­tently de­liv­ers a su­pe­rior Busi­ness Class prod­uct with com­fort­able seat­ing, ex­cel­lent food and wine and re­li­able on­time ser­vice. With an al­ways-pro­fes­sional cabin crew and a truly global route net­work, they re­main a pre­mier pick for busi­ness trav­el­ers.

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