Disclaimer: TPOL was compensated for providing a referral link for Jurlique, my favorite lip balm.
Cathay Pacific Business Class Review HKG SYD is part of the TPOL Down Under Trip Report.
This review will be as brief as the flight. Though the flight time was 9.5 hours, it felt much shorter. I boarded the plane, took the requisite photo of the seat, tried to enjoy the business class champagne, and promptly fell asleep.
The flight departed at 9:25PM, so dinner was served first. I slept right through it. I can’t tell you how the steak would have been.
Didn’t touch it though the selection was the same as my JFK-HKG flight.
They let me sleep and didn’t wake me like they do on some airlines to ask me if I want food.
After a seven hour snooze, I woke up in time to order breakfast. Like my HKG-BKK flight on Cathay business, the plate came out too hot. It’s clear that it was zapped in the microwave without adequate care given in preparation.
I like the amenities in business more than first. Jurlique is the best lip balm.
Business vs. First
Cathay first was 15.5 of the best hours that life can be. It’s worth resting the night before the flight to take advantage of everything offered (see Flying Business or First? Don’t Rage the Night Before). Like the Pier business lounge, business class does not compare to first. First is that much better. In first, there are six suites. In business there are 39 seats. Obviously, personal attention cannot be given because of the volume of people. In first, the seat is turned into a bed. In business, there is no mattress. Push the button, lie flat, and pass out. One advantage of that is not having to wait for the bed to be prepared. It’s more comfortable in first, but it’s more convenient in business. Most importantly, in first there is Krug. In business there is Piper Heidsieck NV Brut, which is better suited for mimosas rather than leisurely sipping.
Let me be clear: Cathay business is nice. It certainly trumps having to sit in cargo (see Points in the Front, Peasants in the Back). But first, first is the only way to live.