Duration: 2h 55m
Aircraft type: Boeing 777-200
Departure: 17:30 (on time)
Cathay Pacific has several flights a day from Bangkok, and their check in desks seem to be open continuously from morning until night. Although Cathay only offers economy, premium economy and business class for the short flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong, there are also dedicated First Class check in counters for those with either onward connections in First, or those with elite status Marco Polo membership, or oneworld Emerald status which includes First priority baggage for those eligible. For all other travellers, there are dedicated check in counters for the respective classes.
At check in, I was offered a voucher for the Cathay Pacific lounge in Bangkok (photos below) and also a fast track voucher for immigration and security.
I was welcomed on board as a oneworld Emerald member (through my Gold card with British Airways) before being offered a selection of pre-boarding drinks (orange juice, apple juice, champagne and water) and a cold towel. The aircraft used on this particular flight was a ‘regional configured’ aircraft which meant the seats were larger with more legroom, but without the ‘lie flat’ benefit; as Cathay uses a range of different aircraft on this route, it would be worth checking before booking if you would like to experience the flat bed service. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, for example, flies a few times a day between Bangkok and Hong Kong and offers a flat bed service in business class. There is also a flight between Singapore and Hong Kong which makes a stop in Bangkok which also offers a ‘lie flat’ service once daily.
Arrival and transit at Hong Kong International Airport
The flight arrived on time, and I had a short wait at HKG before connecting on to my onward departure to London. As I did not have a lot of time, I made a quick visit to the nearest Cathay Pacific lounge where I was able to have a quick drink and get changed before boarding my British Airways connection.