What are the best times for a leisure traveller to depart and arrive a destination?

I know this varies for every traveller. Most people like arriving a destination in the morning, and leave their last destination for home at late afternoon or night. In Hong Kong, it varies, for every place to go to.

For places revolving around South East Asia

  • The best time to leave Hong Kong would be between 8:45am and 3:45pm
  • The best time to arrive destination would be around 11:00am
  • The best time to leave destination would be around 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • The best time to arrive Hong Kong would be before 11:45pm

For places revolving around Japan and Korea

  • The best time to leave Hong Kong would be 8:45am – 10:45am
  • The best time to arrive destination would be before 4:00pm
  • The best time to leave destination would be around 4:00pm-7:45pm
  • The best time to arrive Hong Kong would be 9:00pm-11:45pm

For places in China

  • The best time to leave Hong Kong would be 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • The best time to arrive destination would be before 8:00pm
  • The best time to leave destination would be from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
  • The best time to arrive Hong Kong would be from 10:00pm – 11:45pm

For places in Europe

  • The best time to leave Hong Kong would be between 11:45pm and 9:00am
  • The best time to arrive destination would be between 6:00am and 4:00pm
  • The best time to leave destination wold be between 6:00pm and 12:00am
  • The best time to arrive Hong Kong would be between 1:00pm and 6:00pm

For places in Australia/New Zealand

  • The best time to leave Hong Kong would be around 9:00pm – 11:00pm
  • The best time to arrive destination would be around 7:00am – 11:00am
  • The best time to leave destination would be between 2:45pm – 9:45pm
  • The best time to arrive Hong Kong would be between 9:00pm – 9:00am

For places in North America

  • The best time to leave Hong Kong would be around 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • The best time to arrive destination would be around 11:00am – 2:00pm
  • The best time to leave destination would be between 3:00pm and 1:00am
  • The best time to arrive Hong Kong would be between 8:00pm and 8:00am

For places in West Asia

  • The best time to leave Hong Kong would be between 11:45pm and 11:45am
  • The best time to arrive destination would be between 6:45am and 3:45pm
  • The best time to leave destination would be about 5:00pm – 12:00am
  • The best time to arrive Hong Kong would be between 8:00pm and 7:45am

Connecting flights: Since HKIA only has 3 connection desks, arrive about 1.5 – 2.5 hours before your connecting flight, if possible.

New Cathay Pacific Flights – LAX and ORD

Okay, this was announced by Cathay last Wednesday, but still, in case you didn’t know:

  1. CX 892 HKG – LAX 09:30 – 07:55
  2. CX 893 LAX – HKG 09:40 – 15:25
  3. CX 800 HKG – ORD 18:25 – 20:20
  4. CX 801 ORD – HKG 01:15 – 05:50

All of these new flights will run on 777-300ERs, with CX 892/3 running with F, C, PY and Y and CX 800/1 running with C, PY and Y (i.e. non-F).

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It’s not the first time this picture has come up on HKAN, but it does make you imagine yourself in this luxurious seat…

Can you wait?

American to bring itself to Hong Kong

American should have come earlier, but it was just yesterday that American Airlines announced that they would bring their new Cathay-inspired B777-300ER to Hong Kong from Dallas Fort Worth.

In those big birds they would install their new First Class, a replica of Cathay Pacific’s business class, what looks like a replica of Cathay’s economy class (as Economy+) and the super slim (speaking of width) notorious 3-4-3 economy layout.

And trust me, they look good. (Yes, even economy.)

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That’s AA’s first class that takes role as the pointy end of the bird that comes to Hong Kong.

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American’s new business class is fully flat and bears a striking resemblance to Cathay’s business class of 2011, see below.

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That’s Main Cabin Extra, or Premium Economy, which looks quite like CX’s economy class.

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They don’t look bad, do they?

So expect AA to roll in its big bird in June 2014 – which is a long time away, but when they come, it’ll be worth the wait. AA seems to want to fly the bird (actually, birds) here daily, with schedules to be announced later this year, or possibly early the next.

Is this the future of Business Class?

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The PaperClip Design Seat Manufacturer has lots of futuristic airline seatings, including its Crystal Cabin award-winning Meerkat Concept Economy Class.

These days, business class is becoming more and more luxurious. Therefore, a variety of seat manufacturers have created some futuristic business class offerings. We won’t say much in this post, but we’ll give some examples:

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An improved, more airy concept on the hated herringbone. Smart.

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Business Class that looks like First Class

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Extra Privacy Modern Cabin

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It’s not all about comfort here…

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A staggered but seemingly more futuristic seat concept

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Wow – stairs, seats, beds and no electrical flipping or reclining?

Business Class on Jetstar’s 787

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Jetstar’s B787-8 is going to arrive Melbourne on Thursday this coming week under the special flight number JQ 7878. Earlier this year AusBT (the Australian website that HKAN was based on) sent out a dream for business class passengers, even though it was labelled as “the fictional Jetstar economy class – Project Sirius”:

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Well, yeah, I wish. However, the real Jetstar business class’ pictures have been released. They don’t look as comfortable, but we can live with it:

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Jetstar’s website: “Comfortable Seating”

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The actual seat

It looks a tad more comfortable than the old jet-black Jetstar business class, but they are still generous recliners. After all, Jetstar is a low cost carrier.

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You can see a striking resemblance between Jetstar’s business class and Qantas’ premium economy class, even though Qantas’ premium economy class has slimline seats and not as good padding.

It’s not what one should choose for a long flight, but it is a great improvement over Jetstar’s previous business class.

For a refresher of what a recliner is, see our thorough guide to business class seats and layouts