Cathay Pa­cific A330-300 Busi­ness Class

Mum­bai-Hong Kong

Business Traveller (India) - - TRIED & TESTED FLIGHTS -

BACKGROUND Hong Kong­based Cathay PaciÀc op­er­ates 177 ser­vices across 44 coun­tries world­wide. From Mum­bai, there is a daily and an ad­di­tional thrice weekly to its hub.

CHECK-IN I ar­rived at Mum­bai In­ter­na­tional Air­port at 0900 and pro­ceeded to a smooth check-in, se­cu­rity and im­mi­gra­tion through the spe­cial ac­cess path­way for busi­ness and Àrst class pas­sen­gers. Board­ing was at Gate 73.

BOARD­ING There wasn’t a long line for board­ing by the time I reached the gate at 1035. I was di­rected to my aisle seat 20D and was wel­comed on-board with pleas­antries, drinks and as­sis­tance to hang my jacket at my per­sonal coat hanger.

THE SEAT The busi­ness class cabin is quite roomy and conÀgured as 1-2-1. The freshly cut orchids placed in the mid­dle of the cen­tre two seats com­ple­ment the art­work of Hong Kong-based artist Maria Lobo in the cabin. The idea is to make you feel at home and Cathay PaciÀc does that with a sense of lux­ury. This is en­sured by the rich tones of olive, cham­pagne and brown that add a con­tem­po­rary feel to this large seat that is an­gled to en­sure ul­ti­mate pri­vacy. Equipped with a charg­ing point, USB port and multi-port con­ver­tor that in­cludes an RCA port, this seat is a cosy co­coon of util­ity too. A tray slides out folded from the right where I placed my lap­top and plugged it in the multi-port to charge. The am­ple stor­age space is im­pres­sive — from the shoe locker to the side stor­age. The arm­rest comes out from the left and a chunky, leather seat belt can be tied over the ÁuͿy du­vet, once you’ve com­pletely Áat­tened the seat. Head­phones are stored in a com­part­ment on the right and in-Áight en­ter­tain­ment has a range of West­ern, Chi­nese, Asian and art house cin­ema.


The last time I Áew this route, I sat on a win­dow seat. This time, since I had com­pany, I opted for the very pri­vate aisle seat that isn’t in­con­ve­nient if you wish to have a con­ver­sa­tion with your co-pas­sen­ger.

THE FLIGHT I was greeted on a Àrst-name ba­sis and pro­vided the menu card for the night. In-Áight ca­ter­ing man­ager Kim Chong claims to oͿer light and fresh din­ing op­tions paired with a well-cu­rated se­lec­tion of wines and other al­co­hol. The meal be­gan with fresh sea­sonal fruit and was fol­lowed by two In­dian op­tions — chicken biryani with yel­low lentil stew served with pickle and yo­gurt or tomato sim­mered veg­eta­bles, pea bas­mati rice and black lentils served with pickle and yo­gurt. There was also a Can­tonese op­tion of stir-fried egg noo­dles with prawn. I picked In­dian non-veg­e­tar­ian due to my al­lergy to shrimp. Con­sid­er­ing that In­dian food can be in­tense with Áavours and thus heavy on the stom­ach for a Áight, I rel­ished the del­i­cate aroma of this meal — light yet au­then­tic. To Ànish, there was red ched­dar, brie and Dan­ish blue cheese, white for­est choco­late gateau and vanilla sauce along with Illy coͿee and JING teas. There is a large col­lec­tion of wines on-board in­clud­ing Bil­le­cart-salmon Brut cham­pagne and Yealands Es­tate Land made Sau­vi­gnon Blanc Marl­bor­ough 2015. I chose the French Clos Bel­lane Cote Du Rhone Vil­lages Val­reas 2013, a deep pur­ple medium-bod­ied wine with a sub­tle black­cur­rant aroma. Other drink op­tions in­clude aper­i­tifs and Cathay’s sig­na­ture cock­tail — Cloud Nine, a re­fresh­ing com­bi­na­tion of vodka, Coin­treau, Sprite and lemon. I slept through the Áight and woke up be­fore land­ing. Jurilque prod­ucts in the chic amenity kit in­clud­ing the rose­wa­ter bal­anc­ing mist, her­bal re­cov­ery ad­vanced serum and lip­balm made sure I was fresh upon ar­rival in Hong Kong.

AR­RIVAL I landed at Hong Kong In­ter­na­tional Air­port on time and spent an hour at The Ar­rival — the air­line’s ar­rivals lounge. After a quick shower and light break­fast, I de­parted on the Air­port Ex­press for Kowloon.

VER­DICT Ex­cel­lent Áight ser­vice ac­com­pa­nied by a large and com­fort­able seat that en­sures a good night’s sleep.

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