At the Airport
The checkin queue was quite big when I arrived at the airport around an hour and a half prior to departure. Security did not take too long and the staff were very helpful and friendly.
Due to my Marco Polo status, I could use the British Airways lounge. It’s not a great lounge but sufficient for a short drink and with some good runway views. Unfortunately, it was nowhere near the gate from which my flight was to depart so necessitated a ten or fifteen minute walk there and back.
This flight was operated by a Boeing 777 (registration number B-KQR).
I had a bulkhead seat which was decently comfortable. A cushion and blanket were at the seat on arrival. There was a plugpoint and USB socket, and Cathay’s normal decent selection of entertainment.
The flight was almost full in economy class. We pushed back on time, had a very smooth flight and arrived in Hong Kong a smidgeon ahead of schedule.
The flight timings for this flight work quite well: the post-noon departure means that one can get up at a civil hour and arrive at the airport in good time, especially with Schiphol’s excellent transport connections across the Netherlands and beyond. By the time lunch is finished, with perhaps a post-prandial digestif, it’s a good time to sleep and the arrival into Hong Kong is early but not so early that daytime transport is not yet up and running.
The crew distributed menus shortly after takeoff and did a drinks service then the meal service. Breakfast was, predictably, served an hour and a half prior to arrival. The crew was friendly, efficient and helpful.
Food and Drink
The meals on this flight were the best I have had in Cathay’s economy class for some time. Here is the menu:
For the first meal, the starter was delicious and the chicken breast was excellent.
Even more pleasing was that the breakfast was tasty, filling and cooked to perfection, which with breakfast eggs on planes is unusual. The low fat yoghurt was a bit tasteless like American yoghurt – a creamier, European-style yoghurt would have been suitable on this route.
I would appreciate some Dutch beers on board, which they did not have, although perhaps from an earlier Aussie flight they did have some VB so I enjoyed that despite (or perhaps even more thanks to) my antipodean friends telling me that it is a bogan drink.
This was a good long haul Cathay flight: good service, smooth flying and good food for the airline and class.