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Review: Kyushu Karnival – KA 381 Fukuoka to Hong Kong A330-300 Business Class

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Cathay Pacific The Cabin Business Class Lounge Hong Kong
KA 380 HKG – FUK 333 J
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
Seikai Beppu
Dining at Seikai Beppu
Exploring Beppu
Hoteiya Yufu City
Dining at Hoteiya Yufu City
Exploring Yufuin
Lounge Fukuoka Fukuoka
KA 381 FUK – HKG 333 J

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

Dragonair Pacific Flight 381
Thursday, August 7th, 2014
Origin: Fukuoka (FUK) Gate: 54 Dep: 16:35 (17:40)
Destination: Hong Kong (HKG) Gate: 63 Arr: 19:10
Duration: 3 hr 35 min (3 hr 5 min)
Aircraft: Airbus Industrie A330-300
Seat: 17C (Business Class)

I was actually half hoping to have a review of the old business class configuration up here, so I was almost disappointed when I saw the new business class leer around the corner.


Dragonair Airbus A330-300 Business Class


Dragonair Airbus A330-300 Business Class


Dragonair Airbus A330-300 Business Class


Dragonair Airbus A330-300 Business Class

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Dragonair updating A320s

Back in March my pal Jason went to Chiang Mai and came back, reporting on his (now qamostly-abandoned) blog:

At least they updated the seats with the new economy seat covers!

After quite a bit of digging time (which included Jason sending me an Air China A321 Economy Class photo to try to give me an idea of what the cabin looked like, I found a picture of his cabin on Travel Codex:


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How Cathay Pacific screwed up my December trip booking

This post is by my friend Jason, who wrote up one trip report here already and expect another one from him soon. He booked on his iPad, and didn’t take any screenshots, so sorry for the lack of them. I’m going to add in some gifs to make up for it.

A couple of weeks ago, my family decided to go to Nagoya for our Christmas trip. When I was still in Europe, I got a nasty surprise when I saw that quite a lot of my Asia Miles were expiring by the end of the year. So basically, I had 40,000 miles to burn (I know, not a lot but…) on this trip.


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Travel season ends for me…

My travel season is pretty much over for the year. Next time I see an airport, it should be February next year.


We don’t go anywhere for Christmas (my dad’s job), and I’m still a schooling student, and I’m a good student who looks for at least a 100% attendance rate, and…

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The old and new of the A330

I flew back from Shanghai Pudong today on Dragonair, as the second and last leg of my package. Ultimately I received B-LAA (a 9 year old A330-300), as opposed to B-HLC (a 19 year old A330-300) on the way to, which is much older (but has been refurbished with the new Economy seats too). Contrary to my expectations the difference was pretty big.


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Dragonair A330-300 New Economy Class

Nihao from Hyatt on the Bund Shanghai! I came to Shanghai this morning on Dragonair, and I’m happy to say that I had the new economy product, which I’ve always wanted to try but thwarted my own chances.

I’d seen and tested out the seat before, but this was the first time I actually got intimate with familiarized with the seat.


Dragonair A330 New Economy Ground Services

Second to none.


Dragonair A330 New Economy Seat

Dragonair’s new A330 Economy is identical to Cathay’s A330 and 777 economy, as well as the airline’s own A321 Economy.


Unfortunately, I was stuck in one of the middle seats, 44F, and my seatmate on the right was one of the chunkiest and most sizeable people I’d seen, as well as the most clueless (more on that later).


The cloth used for the seats didn’t feel scratchy at all, and the seat was well padded. I’d take this over Singapore’s A380 seats (which I took in 2010) any day, and over EVA’s A330-200 seats (really, those are the only two comparable seats, regardless if I’ve taken them or not).

Also, I love seats with an extra layer of padding (as opposed to just padding over the seat wrapped with cloth), and this seat delivered.


Well padded and with sizeable recline, I’d have no big problem with the seat over a 10 hour period (maybe that’s all I can stand the seat), let alone a two hour flight.


Dragonair A330 New Economy Headphones

Unfortunately, the headphones haven’t changed, as they looked crap. Fortunately, though they feel kinda tight on your ears, they work pretty well.


Dragonair A330 New Economy Class IFE

Dragonair, Dragonair, Dragonair. Keep the touchscreen, but don’t scrap the remote control. My screen kept malfunctioning and I couldn’t watch The Fault in Our Stars even though if I wanted to.


Dragonair A330 New Economy Class Meals

All Dragonair lacked in their meals today was presentation. The fish I had on my flight was fresh tasting, flaky and the linguine was spiced with olive oil too.


With the pumpkin and prawn salad we were served, it was a ugly business class meal. Yum.

Dragonair A330 New Economy Class Service

Bottom line on service? It was the most unpolished flight I’d had throughout the year, and with Air New Zealand also running for that title, there’s some competition on that title. The staff were nice, but even the purser, I have to say, was clueless. More on that later.

Bottom line on Dragonair A330 New Economy Class

A strong comfortable product with a few flaws to correct. I’d definitely fly them again in the future, but wouldn’t exactly look forward to my flights as much as I looked forward to this one on them anymore.

Expect a full report soon.


Cheap economy fares to Los Angeles during Christmas!

Cathay Pacific is now posting sub-HK$8000 fares from Hong Kong to Los Angeles, roundtrip, for travel during Christmas.

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Unfortunately, as of this morning, only CX 884 and CX 885 are eligible for the fare, and CX 885 doesn’t exactly have the best timetable.

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