After spending two days in Hong Kong, it was now time to fly to Osaka. Our final destination was Kyoto, but that is an easy, hour long train ride from the Osaka Kansai airport. When I first booked this flight the equipment was a 747-400, but a schedule change occurred and the flight ended up being flown by a 777-300 with the new “regional” business class.
This trip report will cover the Wing lounge at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) and the Cathay Pacific flight from HKG to Osaka Kansai (KIX).
Check-In at Hong Kong Airport Express Station
I was staying on Hong Kong Island and utilized check-in at the Hong Kong Airport Express station. The Hong Kong Airport Express train goes from the Airport to Central and vice versa in about 25 minutes with only a few stops. Furthermore, the Hong Kong station has check-in desks for most airlines, so one can even check their luggage in the city.
There were a couple of people ahead of me and it only took a few minutes. The wait would have been shorter except one guy in front of me was refusing to check his bag and making a big scene about it. I have to admit the check-in agents really were calm and kept their composure in that situation.
After a short train ride, we were at the Hong Kong airport. This airport is one of my favorites in the world. I actually wrote a term paper about this airport when I was at university. It is a marvel, not only from an airport engineering perspective, but also because the airport has so many fun things to do.
Cathay Pacific’s The Wing lounge at HKG
Cathay Pacific is based at HKG and it is the airline’s premier hub. As such, the Cathay Pacific lounges at HKG are truly aspirational. There are three of them at the airport: The Wing, The Pier, and The Cabin. For this flight, we chose to visit The Wing, which had been recently renovated.
We proceeded upstairs and found a seat near the entrance. I went to the bar for a glass of champagne and grabbed a few bao.
I have to admit, I was a bit puzzled since it had been renovated. Where was the dim sum, the Noodle Bar, this can’t really be it? I’m not in HKG for scrambled eggs and potatoes. I then noticed a long hallway. I peeked around the corner and found my oasis. I quickly grabbed the luggage and my drink and moved from the front past the hallway to a nice open space where the Noodle Bar and dim sum are located.
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong (HKG) – Osaka Kansai (KIX) Boeing 777-300 Business Class Seat 17D
It was now time to go to the gate and board the flight. Cathay Pacific’s new “regional” business class on the 777-300 is 7 across in a 2-3-2 configuration. There were 6 rows with 42 total seats. The plane filled up and business class was full.
After take-off, the cabin crew started with a drink and snack service. The flight attendants were doing a great job and I could tell immediately that service would still be great even though the cabin was full.
After the first drink and snack, a tray was presented with the salad and appetizer already plated.
Shortly after, the main courses were served from a trolley. I like this concept because you can actually take a quick look at each of the main courses before choosing rather than just reading the menu description.
Unfortunately, I somehow forgot to take a picture of the main course. My selection was grilled Australian prime beef tenderloin with red wine sauce, roasted new potato wedges, French bean and capsicums.
Throughout the meal, the flight attendants were very quick to refill drinks. It seemed like once my glass reached a quarter full, they would stop by to refill the glass.
As with my last flight, I once again was chosen for the random paper survey. Maybe I just look like a happy guy who will give positive remarks. In any case, I took the survey since it was a different product and, soon enough, we were starting our approach to Osaka Kansai International Airport.
The “regional” business class product may not be on the same level as the long-haul business class product in terms of the seat, but the service on this flight was excellent. The seat was fine for a two to three hour flight. Overall, the service was great, the meal was decent, and the seat was comfortable for the flight length.