Flying Cathay Pacific, but not to Hong Kong…

Continuing my quest to fly “Fifth Freedom Routes”, I flew Cathay Pacific to get me down to Singapore from Bangkok, despite visiting Hong Kong a few days earlier, I did not fly Cathay at the time and flew Sri Lankan Airlines, which was a great experience. I needed to fly back to Singapore to catch my Malaysia Airlines flight.

The flight was operated by a new Airbus A350-900 (Reg. B-LRA),  a type I flew with Cathay’s OneWorld partner Finnair from London to Helsinki.  I had high expectations from this flight, which I again took in Business Class in aide of maintaining my British Airways status.

Having boarded, I discovered the seat is identical to those of Finnair on the A350, however, the colour scheme is inline with the Cathay branding. I was in solo seat 18A facing the window.

The seat was very comfortable, providing privacy, space and a direct view out the window, as when you have a window seat, you want to look out the window.

Following take off, I quickly discovered Cathay Pacific staff fully recognised my BA OneWorld Emerald status and two senior cabin crew came to introduce themselves. Very impressed, as this rarely happens on BA these days. I was even addressed by my surname. (Which is a challenge for most people to pronounce).

The food menu looked nice and I selected the prawns.

Thanks to my status, my food was served before other passengers too, I am liking Cathay Pacific!

Overall the flight was uneventfull. There was onboard Wi-Fi, but this was not free, unlike with Finnair. As the flight was relatively short, I did not bother.

Cathay is a great airline and I was impressed with the seat, the service and the food.



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