On my return to Hong Kong (and to London), I chose to fly out of Osaka instead of Tokyo, in part eyeing the later evening departure and the fact that our last stop on this trip was Kyoto, which has a direct train to Kansai Airport. When I booked, only CX507 was available in Business Class. So despite the regional configuration (CX595 had the long haul configuration), I chose to fly CX507.
We departed Kyoto a bit later than we wanted and only got into Kansai about 1 hour 45 minutes prior to departure, which was not always going to be a problem. But, with it being very peak season and Cathay with its 3 evening departures out of Kansai, check-in took over an hour to process, even in Business Class.
(Un)surprisingly, Business Class was overbooked. I did not hold the more valuable ticket that the ground staff was looking for (I suspect the later two flights were overbooked as my flight’s seat map remained open until online check-in) so I did not obtain the sizeable cash for downgrading. Oh well. My ticket was cheap enough so I should not moan.
After checking-in, it was already 45 minutes to departure. The ground staff gave me a Fast Lane pass (as a custom for Business passengers, I presume) and urged me to hurry up as boarding will begin very soon.
Gate 4 today
As ever, the Business Class line had more people than there were seats for Business Class.
My ride today
My seat today is 14A. Legroom is 45 inches and width 20, which is not bad for a 4-hour ride to Hong Kong. I mostly enjoyed myself, although I would definitely appreciate direct aisle access.
Welcome drinks offered
Inflight entertainment was available gate to gate
Except… during the mandatory safety demo
Soon enough we were on our way. A short taxi followed by a short take off roll
Welcome announcement post-take off
Gin and Tonic and mixed nuts
A brief note here: the Senior Purser was offering seconds for nuts after the drink cart came around. He noted that I did not like the wasabi beans, and when I asked for more nuts, he proactively offered me the mix without the wasabi beans. That exemplified the Cathay service
Soon enough table cloth was laid in preparation for dinner service
To start: Smoked duck and roasted vegetables, Mixed salad and balsamic vinaigrette, Plum soba noodles
With assorted bread rolls
Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut
Main Course: Steamed pork rib, onion sauce, jade melon mixed vegetables and steamed jasmine rice; White wine: Yealands Estate Land Made Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Selection of Cheese and Fruits
Bailey’s on rocks
The meal service took the good 2 hours to complete. By the end of which, we were approaching Taiwan
A chamomile tea to finish off the meal
Eventually we made our descent into Hong Kong
Closer to New Year than Christmas… there were still Christmas decorations lying around
As ever, noise-cancelling headsets for Business Class
The flight landed just before 9 pm, which was well ahead of the scheduled arrival time of 9:35 pm
I stopped by the Arrival Lounge and had a bite to eat
Not very spacious
My pasta: a real passable attempt
Overall verdict: I was mostly pleased with the flight. The regional business seat was not the best, which seems to be the consensus, but for a flight where sleep is unnecessary, I am not fused. Service was good, not excellent, but granted the full flight on the regional configured 773 which holds nearly 400 souls on board. The food was above par and so was the wine. The inflight entertainment is, as ever, hard to fault; and the noise-cancelling headphones are, well, functioning. A good flight, could be better, but again could have been worse.