San Francisco to Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific flight CX873

The route between San Francisco is fairly busy. Direct flights are offered daily by Hong Kong Airlines, Singapore Airlines and United as well as by Cathay with multiple frequencies. Indeed, Cathay’s two late night departures leave within half an hour of one another.


Checkin for this flight was slated to open at around nine o’clock and I was at the airport before then, so used one of the self-service check in machines. They display particular logos on their screen so I sought out the one in the area Cathay uses for checkin, which indeed displayed the Cathay logo. But in fact I think any of the machines would have worked fine.

At the airport

Security was a breeze and I headed to the Cathay lounge. My flight was changed from gate A3 to A6, still closeby. As I walked there a little under half an hour before departure, I heard a final call mentioning passengers by name including mine. At the gate, still a good twenty five minutes ahead of departure, there was a call just for me and it turned out that I was the last to board. I was surprised that the boarding had completed quite this early.


This was operated by a Boeing 777 (registration B-KPS). There  was a power port and USB and good range of entertainment options in the seatback.


Despite the timeous boarding, we pushed back a little after schedule. The flight was about two thirds full and towards the back where my assigned seat was there were a lot of empty seats. I was able to get a row of three seats together, which would let me lie down to sleep.

It was a smooth flight and we touched down on time in Hong Kong, arriving at a gate a few minutes’ walk from immigration.


This cabin crew was fine but nothing special. One of them came to welcome me onboard but as I had moved one seat back and to the side seemed flummoxed, even when I called to her twice to try to help her look less confused.

They passed out a menu and did the meal service pretty fast, soon after take off. The breakfast service was about an hour and a half out of Hong Kong.

Food and Drink

The dinner was better than a lot of other Cathay dinners. It was hardly outstanding, but did have more flavour than most.

Breakfast was run of the mill.


This flight was fine and as it had quite a few empty seats was more enjoyable than it may otherwise have been.

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