Flight number: CX138
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER
Duration: 9 hours, 20 minutes
Cathay Pacific’s Boeing 777-300ER Business cabin is in a reverse herringbone layout with a 1-2-1 seating configuration. There are 40 teal-accented Business seats onboard, the signature colour of the airline.
The lie-flat seats are spacious and comfortable, with a length of 88 inches (223 centimetres) and a width of 21 inches (53 centimetres). Passengers can adjust the pitch of the seat manually to their preference, or use the automated lie-flat button for a quick recline. When reclined to a flat-bed, there was plenty of room to shuffle around and get comfy. I also loved the large, soft quilts that made the journey all the more cosy. There’s storage on the inside of the unit for small items, though you won’t be able to easily access these when the seat is in the lie-flat position.
The entertainment options were extensive, with a wide selection of movies, television shows, music and magazines to choose from; viewed on a 15.4-inch (39-centimetre) touch-screen entertainment unit. Noise-cancelling headphones are provided in a separate storage compartment (which also contains a handy mirror) adjacent to the seat. There’s also a powerpoint and USB port for charging personal gadgets during the flight.
The service struck the sweet spot that is attentive, without being overbearing. I was referred to by name throughout the flight and staff didn’t hesitate to make meal and wine recommendations for me, especially when my menu indecision became apparent!
Food and drink
A glass of Piper Heidsieck Champagne on arrival helped me settle in while the rest of the plane boarded. I was given a menu that outlined the two meals that would be served on the flight – dinner and breakfast.
The dinner entree was smoked duck breast with apple raisin salad (see above), and I chose a main course of steamed ling fillet with soy sauce, stir-fried vegetables and egg fried rice. A green salad and an assortment of warm breads were also offered to accompany the two delicious courses. The duck, in particular, was especially tasty.
I enjoyed poring over the wine list, which featured tipples from Australia, France and Austria, with detailed tasting notes. I went for a glass of Hollick Bond Road Chardonnay 2014 to accompany my fish.
Dinner was capped off with a cheese plate, fresh fruits and a choice of chocolate mousse slice or lemon meringue tart. Pralines were handed around the cabin as an extra sweet treat.
The breakfast menu featured Asian fare like dim sum and congee, as well as an omelette with sausages and beans. Pastries, breads and preserves, fresh fruit and bircher muesli were also served with a selection of juices, tea and coffee.
The onboard Business amenity kit is designed by men’s lifestyle brand Seventy Eight Percent. Inside are products from natural Aussie skincare brand, Jurlique; as well as soft flight socks, earplugs, a dental kit and a sleep mask.
Cathay Pacific Business passengers can check in two pieces of baggage weighing up to 40 kilograms in total; and take onboard one piece of cabin baggage and one small item weighing up to 10 kilograms in total.