WHERE: Hong Kong to Bangkok
DURATION: 2 hours 5 mins
One of the nicest flights we've ever had was on Cathay's A350-1000 from Hong Kong to Bangkok (CX-701) for just over 2 hours (wish it had been longer).
From the moment we stood on board, the service was amazing. The on board team went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and we were lucky enough to be up the pointy end, using points.
The Cathay Pacific A350-1000 is configured with 46 flat bed business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, located completely between doors 1 and 2. Following that are 32 premium economy in 2-4-2 and 256 economy in 3-3-3, with a total of 334 passengers at 100% capacity.
The Business suite is probably the best designed I've ever experienced. Comfort was terrific. Screen size was ample and entertainment system was easy to use. Lots of storage (you can see inside the red bin in one of the images above).
One of my fave bits in the suite was the little storage unit where I could stash my headphones, mobile, pen, boarding card, passport etc during the flight. It also had the charing port in there so I could charge as I flew.
It wasn't long before I was offered a drink and my phone was out to take a lovely snap of it as we flew out of Honkers. I had a Cloud Nine, which was a refreshing combination of vodka, cointreau and sprite with a refreshing touch of lemon flavour.
The food was superbly designed and presented. Marinated prawn, carrot, pumpkin and kohlrabi salad was offered to start.
Followed by your choice of Braised chicken with spring onion and ginger in Chinese rice wine, asparagus, carrot and steamed jasmine rice, or Braised lamb shank, green beans, carrot, zucchini and hash potato. Dessert was ice cream and coffee or dessert wines.
Or if you liked, you could partake in the afternoon tea set (which of course I did), which consisted of a scone, clotted cream and strawberry preserves, assorted favourites and sweets.
Honestly I could fly around the world on one of these planes, with this type of service and this type of food and this type of comfort.
Business Class has a 1-2-1 configuration and lay flat beds. To see how Premium Economy and Economy are configured, check out the video down below.
Paul told me to make sure I checked out the loo before landing and to take a picture in there (weirdo), so I did (there it is to the left) and when I got back to my seat he said "what did you think?" and I said, "yeah it was okay". "But what about the window - there's a window in the loo". I replied with "There was a window?" #epicfail
One of my highlights of the A350 was the birds eye view of the trip with a camera they have tucked into the plane's tail. My video below gets a bit shakey on take off and just before landing, but check out the trip in the video below.
If you'd like to take a tour throughout the Cathay Pacific A350-1000 to see the Business, Premium Economy and Economy seating, then check out the video below.