Hello from London!
I just flew Cathay Pacific first class from Hong Kong to London, which was fantastic as always. I’ve reviewed Cathay Pacific first class many times before, so won’t be doing a full review again. Instead I’ll just share my general thoughts, especially in light of the recent minor first class service changes that Cathay Pacific has made.
Cathay Pacific’s 777 first class cabin consists of just six seats, spread across two rows in a 1-1-1 configuration. While Cathay Pacific doesn’t have fully enclosed suites, they do have among the most private and spacious first class products out there. I don’t think I’ve once found myself wishing that the seat had a door — that’s how private it is.
The finishes are beautiful, and you really feel like you have your own “cocoon” for the entire journey.
Cathay Pacific’s first class amenities were the same as usual. There were a set of comfortable pajamas, slippers, and an Aesop amenity kit. The amenity kit has a great Aesop moisturizer and lip balm, though is otherwise quite basic.
I find food on Cathay Pacific to be consistently mediocre. Or perhaps more accurately, some courses are consistently good, while others are consistently “bleh.”
The caviar service is among the best in the sky.
The soups are generally quite good as well. On this flight it was a roasted red pepper soup.
At the moment Cathay Pacific seems to have a first class catering partnership with Tosca, which is the great Italian restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong.
Unfortunately some of the dishes don’t translate very well. The octopus terrine salad was not good at all.
For the main courses the choice is usually between a steak and pasta. The steak is typically massive but tough and not very lean, while the pasta isn’t great either. So usually I skip the main course. However, in this case they had chicken as a main course, which was one of the Tosca signature dishes. It was a pan friend chicken breast with green beans and couscous. It was reasonably good, though not amazing.
Then for dessert there’s always a dish consisting of berries with cream, which was excellent.
My usual Cathay Pacific meal “plan” is to have the caviar, soup, sometimes the salad, and then the berries for dessert. That meal is of course rounded off with a good bit of Krug as well. 😉
The best part of the Cathay Pacific meal service is that you can dine face to face with someone, which is always a special treat on a plane.
While there’s a full meal service before landing, I elected to just have an afternoon tea service, given that we were flying to London and I wasn’t all that hungry.
The flight time was 12hr30min, and I managed to get a solid eight hours of sleep. Cathay Pacific has the most comfortable bed in the sky, so thanks to that I managed to get “real” sleep. That’s amazingly good on a daytime flight. I had loaded up a bunch of work to get done, but that never ended up happening. Oh well, I needed the sleep.
The service on this flight was excellent as well, as I find to be the norm on Cathay Pacific. The crew was friendly, engaging, and attentive.
Cathay Pacific also has a solid entertainment selection, though I didn’t watch anything on this flight. While Cathay Pacific is installing wifi on their newly delivered A350s, unfortunately none of their 777s have wifi.
As I hinted at above, Cathay Pacific has made some very minor service cuts. There’s no longer a pre-takeoff amuse bouche. Instead they just serve the welcome drink with mixed nuts.
They also no longer offer a plate of chocolates after the meal, but rather a box with two chocolates. I actually quite like this change, as it allows you to enjoy the chocolates later on in the flight. After all, after downing a five or six course meal, you may not exactly be in the mood for a whole plate of chocolates.
Cathay Pacific first class continues to be one of the best ways to fly. Their seats are comfortable, spacious, and private, the service is excellent, and they have the most comfortable bed in the sky. While I don’t love all of Cathay Pacific’s menu, the caviar and Krug, soup, and dessert are consistently excellent, which is plenty for a proper meal.
The only reason I haven’t been flying Cathay Pacific as much lately is because I’m trying to review new products.
If you’ve flown Cathay Pacific first class recently, how did your experience compare?