Good Morning! Hong Kong calling!!

Rise and shine, it is going to be a looooong day!

What a wonderful night’s rest in Hong Kong. Our many thanks to the kindness of all of the staff at the Marriott Sky City Hotel. We look forward to returning in the not too distant future, when we hope to have a longer stay to avail ourselves of your lovely property.

We’re now at Hong Kong International Airport (Chep Lap Kok), about to board our flight to Kuala Lumpur, and experience the delights of Cathay Pacific!

Check-in at the futuristic CX desks was quick and efficient, as was security. As our flight is departing from gate 22 today, we managed a quick visit to one of the Cathay Pacific lounges here at their Hong Kong hub.

Cathay Pacific operate three terrific lounges called The Wing, The Pier and The Cabin. The Wing is currently undergoing a refurbishment in the First Class area, so the other lounges have taken over for the time being.  All of them are equally nice, welcoming, relaxing and efficient.  They are a perfect place to escape the hubbub of the airport, and relax with some terrific food, thirst-quenching beverages and extremely comfortable seating.  As always, we were welcomed with a smile, and have immensely enjoyed the fine lounge hospitality. If only we could stay longer! The Cabin, our lounge today, features unique Solus chairs, a combination of relaxation, work and privacy. Thanks for a great visit!

We start today with Cathay’s CX723 Boeing 777-300 service to Kuala Lumpur, a flight that is a mere 1,572 miles.   Cathay operate both the 777-200 and –300 variants in their fleet, and the –300 fleets are divided with a regional configuration as well as a long-haul configuration. This route tends to be operated with a regional aircraft configuration with 59 business and 323 economy class seats, but one never knows – we might luck out and get a long-haul aircraft as a last minute substitution with 40 business class seats (and a terrific 82-inch seat pitch), 28 premium economy seats and a further 282 economy class seats.  Either plane will be more than comfortable, as the legendary Cathay Pacific service is always impressive. An interesting note: Cathay Pacific are the launch customer for the Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, which we understand is a fitting replacement for the Boeing 777-300 aircraft currently in use.

Watching the Cathay operation here at Hong Kong is just amazing. CX have a fleet of 138 aircraft, and operate them to 168 destinations in 42 countries around the globe (some of these are cargo destinations). Hong Kong is the home hub, but CX has interesting fifth-freedom flights operating from Singapore, Bangkok and Taipei, so these cities are CX Focus Cities. Cathay Pacific also wholly owns Dragonair, which flies to a further 36 destinations in the Asia-Pacific region. A completely wide-bodied operation is impressive to observe – the arrivals and departures never seem to cease in this amazing airport.

With that, it is off to the gate we go to join into this wonderful symphony of aviation.  More from our next stop!

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About rtow2012

Richard and Andrew, aka modern day Phileas Fogg and Passepartout, have accepted a charity challenge to raise at least £20,000 GBP for the Flying Start charity, a part of Comic Relief. Together, we will fly just over 30,000 miles on all of the oneworld airlines, circumnavigating the globe.

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