Review: OneWorld Extravaganza – CX 251 Hong Kong to London Heathrow 777-300ER Premium Economy Class

Introduction
W Taipei
CX 401 TPE – HKG 77W J
CX 251 HKG – LHR 77W W
Sofitel London Heathrow
BA 572 LHR – MXP 319 Y
Hotel Villa Franceschi Venice
The Style Florence
St. Regis Rome
Le Anfore Lounge Rome
CX 292 FCO – HKG 343 J

Comfort 5/5 Service 5/5 Amenities 5/5 Little things 4/5 Meals 5/5 Overall 5/5

While I’ve taken Cathay Pacific’s Premium Economy before, the longest flight I had taken it on before this flight was to Dubai, so this was the longest flight I’ve taken in the plush green seats.

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Hong Kong International Airport check-in Cathay Pacific Premium Economy

We were offered three upgrade seats in Business, but since lulu had not tried out the business class seats at all (nor had his family), we offered them the seats. (I’ve taken them HKG – SYD – HKG and TPE – HKG, so fair enough…)

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Hong Kong Airport Terminal 2

I was too tired to even planespot, so, knowing that the Terminal 1 immigration queues were long, I went over to Terminal 2 after checking in and waited for a gate. Once we were assigned Gate 2 I went over and slept until boarding, unaware of the delay.

When the delay was called, I went around the terminal, took a few pictures, and then returned to my sleeping spot until 20 till 1 when boarding was called.

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Closed shops

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Closed shops

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Empty gate

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The Wing Business Lounge from Gate 2

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Gate 2

When boarding was called I hopped out of my “bed” and into the queue. Oh, the life of Premium Economy… 😉

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER

Cathay Pacific Flight 251
Saturday, July 12th, 2014
Origin: Hong Kong (HKG) Gate: 2 Dep: 23:55 (01:50
+1)
Destination: London (LHR) Gate: 22 Arr: 05:40
+1 (06:30)
Duration: 12 hr 45 min (11 hr 40 min)
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER
Seat: 33A (Premium Economy Class)

I was surprised to see that everyone was herded through the front door, including me. That must have been disturbing for First Class passengers, but if you don’t mind, let me click the white button on that phone of mine for a few times…

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER First Class

Passing by the luxurious retreats was downright painful – especially not many days after experiencing one of them myself.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Business Class

By the time I reached the Premium Economy cabin, I was surprised I was still in Hong Kong – it felt like I walked to the gangplank, say New York.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy

I think Alvin’s review is extensive enough already, so I’ll just focus on the changes and the soft product.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy

It’s worth noting that Premium Economy on the 777-300ER feels neither wider nor narrower than Premium Economy on the A330, which is a good thing, since they can manage expectations easily.

The curvature Alvin noticed on the 777-200 was as noticeable, if not more, on the 777-300ER.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Cabin Curvature

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Pencil/Phone Inflight Container

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Legroom and Legrest

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Legrest Positioning

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Cocktail Table

An unaccompanied minor was sitting next to me, but he got moved when they realized I was in 32A (you can’t get a 13 year old to take care of a little child without knowing the 13 year old first…this is a similar situation). They apologised to me and suggested that I take their little amenity kit. Thanks…but no thanks…but thanks for the extra pillow! The seat next to me remained empty.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Pillow and Unaccompanied Minor Amenity Kit

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Cabin

The door soon closed, and after a small announcement from the Captain saying that we would arrive on “shed-jewel”, the entertainment system was turned on. Kudos to Cathay and Dragonair these days for turning the system on on the ground!

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy StudioCX Entertainment

It wasn’t entirely well presented, though…

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Something tells me this Boeing 777-300ER just came back from Singapore

It wasn’t long until we pushed back, but we stayed on the ground for a further delay.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Wing View

At the same time the safety video played. Cathay Pacific’s couldn’t be more sleep-inducing…maybe that’s a good thing on a flight like this. 😉

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Safety Video

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Safety Video

 

I tested out the tray table. Unlike Sergio’s experience, this was flat.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Tray Table

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Tray Table

While on the ground, drinks were distributed. Hot towels were also distributed. I took a glass of orange juice (for a person under legal drinking age, that’s basically the only option).

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Orange Juice

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Hot Towel

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Orange Juice and Headphone Plug

Speaking of headphones, they were noise cancelling and high quality. I heard that they give Business Class the same headphones…

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Headphones

I received a Business Class pillow (or two, including the empty seat next to me).

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Pillow

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Safety Card

Right before takeoff I asked for a blanket, and I was immediately presented one right before the crew were to be seated before takeoff. We lifted ground at 1:50.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Blanket

The blanket was substantial for Premium Economy, but I hope they don’t use these blankets for Business Class passengers.

The failure of dimming cabin lights prevented good picture quality outside the window, so I didn’t help myself.

Shortly after takeoff I visited the toilet (which I hadn’t visited since walking to the gate at 8pm…so I was bursting). There’s not really a difference between the Premium Economy toilet and the Economy toilet…at least Premium Economy had their own toilet.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Toilet

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Toilet

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Toilet

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Toilet

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Airshow After Takeoff

Soon after takeoff menus and Jurlique amenities (without the kit) were handed out.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Jurlique Amenities

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Jurlique Citrus Hand Cream

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Menu

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Menu

Soon dinner was served. I had garoupa with soya sauce – it tasted better than it looked, but not much better.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Meal

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Meal Appetizer and Bread

Immediately after that the crew served us Häagen-Dazs ice cream. It wasn’t rock hard – just the right temperature, which I find scarce on planes nowadays.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Meal Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream

After that the crew distributed Evian ice cream.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Evian water

Service throughout the meal was awesome. The crew kept checking on us to see if we were finished and waited until we finished our meal before she handed us the next course. What I found interesting was that they kept pulling down their shirts. Well, I guess everything has a cause…this isn’t any exception.

After dinner I went over and checked on lulu, who was about to watch The Real Housewives of Atlanta on his iPad (hey, he’s a year older than me, so…)

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lulu searching for The Real Housewives of Atlanta on his iPad (I don’t get this stuff)

Well, to make a long story short I was happy that I wasn’t staying with lulu for the following two weeks (he was staying at the aloft London ExCeL and I was staying with friends), given how he was behaving at the luggage carousel. I blame NeNe. 😉

The meal service was finished approximately three hours into the flight.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Airshow after Dinner

I spent a few minutes forgetting about my screen and tracing my finger along the window. (I blame the scene of my friend drooling upon seeing NeNe Leakes.)

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Window

When I sneezed, a flight attendant immediately appeared with a box of tissues (okay, granted that she was walking past me that second, but it’s still a really nice touch).

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Tissue Box

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Entertainment Selection (okay, my entertainment selection could be different from some)

I settled on Frozen, which I have no idea what the hype is about. I hadn’t it watched it before – I’m glad I did, but I don’t need to watch it again.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Frozen starting

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Cabin by night

Okay, I’m being broad by saying that I watched Frozen, as the blaring sound effects through my noise-cancelling headphones did not help a bit at stopping me from dozing off. When I woke up it was light. (No, this is not a beginning of a novel.)

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy View upon Waking Up

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Cabin upon Waking Up

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Airshow upon Waking Up

Not along a flight attendant appeared asking if I wanted breakfast. Hell yes, I was starving (even after a meal of freshwater garoupa doused in soya sauce). I took the omelette served with veal sausage, hash browns and cherry tomatoes.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Breakfast

It was served with a croissant, which I enjoyed but was nothing special (though quite sweet).

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Breakfast

And yoghurt in a container.

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Breakfast

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy View after Breakfast

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Airshow after Breakfast

I took some hot cocoa, which was made quickly and served in a hot cup that I’ve also seen in Business. (I had no idea they had these cups in Premium Economy too.)

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Hot Cocoa

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Airshow before Landing

Soon it was light enough to see something interesting on the wing.

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Yes, ma’am!

We started our descent at about 06:20, and arrived at the airport taxiing to Terminal 3. Ah, the joys of Heathrow…

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Traffic upon Landing

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Traffic upon Landing

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Screen Landing Display

We disembarked less than an hour behind schedule. Fair enough for me, but my friends were literally sleeping on the chairs. Poor guys…

Bottom line on Cathay Pacific Premium Economy

Overall this is a solid product. We lucked out with a great crew and the food is adequately good, so there’s not that much more to ask for with a small premium over Economy (okay, that’s true for some routes, but not true for others). I wouldn’t hesitate to fly Cathay Pacific’s Premium Economy again.

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3 thoughts on “Review: OneWorld Extravaganza – CX 251 Hong Kong to London Heathrow 777-300ER Premium Economy Class”

    1. @ Jane – Hello from our new section of the blog, Young Travelers of Hong Kong (youngtravelershongkong.wordpress.com). There is an exit row ahead of Premium Economy, so you can pass through to access the toilet. Business Class is only roped up in front of the galley as far as I know, though Jason was the one who flew the flight.

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