Cathay Pacific First Class Flight Review JFK-HKG is part of the TPOL Down Under Trip Report.
“Who would want to be stuck in box for 15.5 hours?”, my friend asked. My answer: I would when that ‘box’, as he called it, is aboard Cathay first. Last time I flew Cathay, I took the scenic route through Vancouver to have even more time in the sky (see Cathay First JFK-HKG: Part 1 to Vancouver).
I forgot how massive the seats in Cathay are compared to most business class flights I have taken. There is room for two to relax in one pod and even dine! That was a first for me.
The Kim Jong-un pajamas have been updated from dark gray to light blue.
Here is Cathay’s gift basket:
“Up, up, up,” to quote Uncle Frank again. That request was honored over and over as I savored glass after glass of Krug champagne.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Although there were only 4 people in first, we managed to finish all the Krug and had to endure one glass of business champagne.
Breakfast was dim sum, a smoothie, and more champagne. The dim sum was slightly overcooked and got stuck in the basket. But it’s dim sum on an airplane!
I’ll pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today. On Cathay, burgers are snacks and they only take fifteen minutes to prepare.
I also had the cheese plate, samosas, along with Pinot Noir.
Oh caviar, where have you been? I haven’t seen you since Russia.
At this point, I could not eat but I did my best with the soup, shrimp, and steak.
Nothing but the best.
Home Alone was available (see above Uncle Frank reference). Need I say more? There also were many other new releases, but my favorite was Sleep which featured best actor, TPOL.
Bed was prepped and I was out cold. Again, the size of the seat makes the time pass by peacefully.
Every flight experience, whether it be in peasant or first, dependent on the crew. Cathay is one of the best. I need not press the flight attendant button because they are so attentive to my needs that they show up at the exact moment I want something i.e, when my glass runs dry.
The sad part about flying Cathay is wondering how I will do it again, given the tightening of churn rules. That anxiety quickly passes as I chose to live in the moment and appreciate the service.