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Cathay Pacific First Class , Hong Kong – New York

 

The thought of a 16hr flight is daunting such a long time to be on a plane! It is not that bad when you are flying Cathay Pacific first class. There are only six seats in First class on this plane & on this flight, all of them were occupied but once you are in your seat you would never know. The seat does not have a door like Singapore Airlines or Emirates, however, it still feels very private. The seat itself if very roomy, heaps of storage and it’s long I can only just touch the foot rest. When converted into a bed it is super comfortable also perfect for sleep on this very long flight.

This flight left in the late afternoon HK time so food service was a dinner and breakfast. There are many different food options available on the menu along with an extensive wine list.  You can have your meals at any time just order off the menu and it’s brought plated straight to your seat restaurant style no carts are used.  The food itself was good but didn’t blow me away, maybe I was expecting too much?

Cathay Pacific first class is great but still after 16hrs happy to finally get to ( JFK ) New York.

Bose headphones . Aesop amenity kit, Pye pajamas

Nice handwritten note from the crew

Cathay Pacific First Class Menu

Tomato , orange and basil soup

Bread basket

Sallad

King prawns, asparagus, millet , garlic butter & lemon herb

Tea

Fresh berries with cream

Seat converted into bed with a thin mattress placed ontop

Breakfast

Dim Sum

 

Cathay Pacific First Class, Hong Kong – New York

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Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge, Hong Kong

 

Take a look at Cathay Pacific’s The Pier First Class Lounge at Hong Kong airport. It does not feel like you are in an airport at all it has a real homely vibe to it. Food wise there is a ‘pantry’ fully stocked with pastries, cheese crackers, tea/coffee, snacks etc. There is also a restaurant with a la carte menu.

One of the coolest things in this lounge are they ‘day suites’ which is a small room with a couch/bed in it that you can relax in with a nice view over the airport or close the curtains and have a sleep.

This is definitely one of the nicest lounges I have been to.

Bar

Food spread in the pantry

Hallway to the day suites

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge, Hong Kong – Day suites

Nice view over the airport

Resturant area

Fruit plate with mango sorbet

Chicken Karrage

Shower room

Office area

 

Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge, Hong Kong

 

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Virgin Australia , Business Class Los Angeles – Sydney

 

Virgin calls business class on their newly refitted 777 “The Business” and as soon as you step on board it is hard not to be impressed with the new cabin design.  The seats are laid in a reverse herringbone pattern and angled for privacy also everyone has direct aisle access.  Sitting down you can’t see into any other seat unless you lean forward wich is nice. The seat is very comfortable both in the upright and reclined positions, with a large 18inch touch screen and all the features you would expect in a business class seat.

At LAX Virgin Australia business class passengers have access to the Star Alliance Busines Lounge wich is really nice.

The flight time is 15hrs departing LAX at 10:30pm local time and gets to Sydney two days later at 6:30am.  Just after boarding I was offered a glass of champagne and the head stewardess introduced him self to me. After take off dinner orders were taken , it’s an ala cart service with the menu designed bu Luke Mangan made to order so no set meal times and no carts going up and down the isles. As I was tired I opted to have mine straight away, about 15 minutes later dinner was served.  The food was all fresh and tasty I would not go as far as saying restaurant quality still quite satisfying.

Shortly after finishing dinner I asked for my bed to be made got into the provided pajamas and had a solid 9hrs sleep.

The new cabin is so cool and comfortable, the service was friendly while still being very professional and I had a great night sleep. I have always been a fan of Virgin Australia this flight was everything I would expect from them and more.

The lighting while very cool to experience in flight it doesn’t do much for photography and the fact that this was a night flight even more so the pics are not great(except the one below wich is from Virgin Australia).

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Photo Virgin Australia

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18 inch touch screen

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From the sitting view you can see how big the screen looks. The table is mounted on rails and slides down toward you and folds open to double in size. There is heaps of room im 180cm and even fully stretched out I don’t touch the end.

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Virgin Australia Business Class Seat

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Storage beside the seat with power point , usb port , headphone jack and the IFE remote control

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Another small storage space

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Seat controls

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Mandarina Duck amenity kit with REN facial moisturiser, lip balm and hand and body cream, tooth brush , socks, an eyeshade, ear plugs and a pen

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Virgin Australia Business Class Pyjamas – nothing fancy but really comfortable

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After take off snacks and wine

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Dinner Menu designed by Luke Mangan

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Dinner is served, I like the salt and pepper shakers that look like the sails of the Opera House

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Prawns with green papaya, macadamia , tomato with tamarind dressing

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Lamb cutlets with barbeque spices on braised cabbage with oregano photos and olive dressing

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Dark chocolate , hazelnut and orange mascarpone mouse cake with crem anglaise and blueberry 

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Nespresso cappuccino 

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Virgin Australia Business Class Bar – I have been on flights where the bar is like a mini party with people just hanging out on this flight however I didn’t not go to the bar or see anyone else use it. The late take off 10:30pm (for people like me coming from the east coast more like 1:30am) I guess it was too late and dinner was served after take off so the first time to go to the bar was well after midnight.  There are four seats at the bar with two single sofa like seats behind. They serve drinks (obviously) and the same snack menu available to you in your seat.

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Night cabin with stars in the sky, it looks much brighter in the pic than it is in real life the lighting is more subtle perfect for sleep.

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Seat converted into bed, When you are ready to sleep the cabin crew make the bed for you placing a thin matrice on the seat along with the sheets and blanket. The bed is very comfortable for sleep I would say its the best I have experienced in business class.

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Breakfast orders were taken soon after take off with this ‘wake up card’

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Coconut pancakes with pineapple, maple syrup and ginger – breakfast was served on a tray rather than having the table set. This was 90min before landing and the crew seemed very busy so I guess this is done to save time.

 

Virgin Australia flys from Sydney to Los Angles daily

https://www.virginaustralia.com