CATHAY PACIFIC - BUSINESS CLASS
By Rhiannon Taylor, February 2018
AIRCRAFT: Airbus a350-900
SEAT: Business Class, 16K. Configuration is 1-2-1.
JOURNEY: MEL - HKG
LOYALTY SCHEME: Marco Polo Club and Cathay Pacific is part of OneWorld.
FLIGHT TIME: 9 hours, 35 minutes.
BAGGAGE: 2 pieces up to 40kg of checked baggage.
TRANSFERS: None included with a Business Class ticket.
CHECK-IN: The business class check-in line is swift, comes with a express pass for security and you are given directions to the lounge.
THE LOUNGE: Cathay Pacific's Melbourne lounge is small but well equipped. Internet connection is fast and there's a selection of asian inspired dishes, including Cathay Pacific's signature dumplings on offer.
THE COMFORT: All seats have aisle access and are angled away from the aisle to ensure privacy, giving this seat first-class feel. What really sets this seat apart however is the smaller details, which frequent travellers will relish. There's an inner storage compartment next to the knee, which when closed provides extra width when stretching out. There's also a panel that folds up on the opposite aisle-side, giving more width when extending the seat out to it's fully-flat 195cm. The connecting arm rest can be moved up or down to your preference and when raised reveals a convenient water bottle holder. Unlike many other fully flat airline beds, items such as shoes and personal belongings can be stored under the foot compartment prior to extending the bed, making the space less cluttered and streamlined. And there's a handy mirror in the noise-cancelling headphone compartment, which also contains a USB and international electrical outlet.
Your seat can be individually controlled and there's a one touch button for fully-flat and fully-upright positions. This control centre also has a dimmer light and a remote control with an inbuilt screen for entertainment. The 18.5 inch HD entertainment screen can be stowed flat or pulled out to an angle that suits and is also touchscreen with similar usability to that of an iPad. There's a great selection of new release movies and TV shows alongside an International collection and western classics. There's also a nose and tail camera for AV enthusiasts.
DINING: Perfection and delicacy reign supreme with brilliant menus from the Cathay Pacific Business Class kitchen. The ever-changing menu relies on fresh produce and brings some of the best of Western and Asian influences to it's guest. Noodles with oyster sauce and chicken tasted wok-fresh and were incredibly moorish. A breakfast croissant was French-style and flakey and a cheese platter was elegantly presented alongside champagne. Not to mention the handmade chocolates that floated about the cabin, with no judgment when you ask for seconds or thirds.
SERVICE: Above and beyond. From assisting with overhead luggage, to more hot water for your tea the staff are always attentive. One of the most seamless experiences we've had when flying.
VERDICT: It's true, Cathay Pacific is one of the best airlines in the world. World class dining, impeccably designed lounges (see our Bridge Lounge review), excellent staff and a comfortable seat make flying Cathay Pacific's Business Class one of the best luxury options, not only to Hong Kong, but onwards to Europe, USA, Canada and more.
The writer flew courtesy of Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Tourism Board.