There are 4 daily flights to San Francisco. Each one has ups and downs. We’ve listed them here:
1. CX 872 00:30 – 22:10 B777-300ER
These new Business Class seats are wide and ergonomic, and these are the pick for flights to San Francisco. Timing is a problem though. These seats may be the best, but they are only featured on the latest flight to San Francisco. (Which makes sense, because these products are great for sleepy travelers.)
2. SQ 002 22:45 – 20:40 B777-300ER
These seats are also ergonomic and comfortable, but there are three big downsides. The first one is that the seats don’t recline into a flat bed; they flip into one. The seat thus has to angle slightly head-towards-earth because of the airplane’s nose angle. Second, you have to stick your feet in the cubbyhole which is kind of small. Third, this is also a night flight. It’s not really nice arriving at a cool destination after the day is over.
3. CX 870 14:10 – 11:40 B747-400
These are the old Cathay “coffin” seats that still are fully flat and offer direct aisle access, so it really isn’t that bad after all. However, it is still one to avoid unless the timing is good (which is the case for Hong Kong travellers here, it departs a couple of hours after noon and arrives right before noon the same day in San Francisco.
4. UA 862 12:30 – 08:20 B747-400
These are the worst seats in the SFO business class category. Even though they have a truly unique forwards-backwards design, they are quite narrow (2-4-2) and don’t offer direct aisle access. At least the screens are wide and it actually reclines into a bed, but don’t expect to have a view or extra privacy and be able to run off to the toilet immediately when you realise your bladder is about to burst.
- CX 872 goes back to HKG as CX 873 (01:00 – 06:15)
- SQ 002 goes back to HKG as SQ 001 (01:15 – 06:35)
- CX 870 goes back to HKG as CX 879 (13:40 – 19:00)
- UA 862 goes back to HKG as UA 869 (13:00 – 18:15)
So which do you prefer? We prefer CX 870/3 as our travel itinerary, but it’s up to you! What do you think?