FAR EAST TRIP – MAY 2014
Airline: Cathay Pacific
Flight: CPA238 / CX238
Aircraft: Boeing 777-367/ER
Route: LHR (London Heathrow) – HKG (Hong Kong)
Seat: 52A (Economy)
Flight Time: 11 hours 25 minutes
Departed: 18:10PM BST – Runway 09R
Arrived: 12:35PM HKT (+1) – Runway 07L
For years I have been wanting to visit the Far East. The furthest east I have ever travelled is LCA (Larnaca) in Cyprus, so to get the opportunity to visit Hong Kong, Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo all in the space of a fortnight I naturally couldn’t say no!
The first flight consisted of flying LHR-HKG for the first part of the trip, aboard Cathay Pacific Airways CX238. I had chosen this flight for price but also arrival time. We could have a lay in in the morning on our departure day, and also arrive in the morning to catch the remainder of the day in Hong Kong. The flight however was delayed by over an hour due to a late arriving aircraft (which wasn’t really that late in arriving…) however the crew spent the entire flight profusely apologising so it made up for it.
The flight was good. Food was excellent. You wouldn’t think that Pasta & Lemon Crumble would taste good, but it really does – it tastes exactly like you can imagine it. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried. I’m also remarkably surprised that free peanuts were given out on board – its been years since I’ve encountered that. Naturally I scoffed as many as I could.
For connecting passengers it was incredibly handy as connecting flight information was displayed on the IFE during our arrival into HKG so they knew exactly what gate to head to. I think this only happens on arrival into HKG as on arrival to KIX and LHR later in the flight no such message was displayed.