Cathay Pacific Airlines Review: Flying Economy class from Delhi to Hong Kong

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A few years back, I had booked my parents on a Cathay Pacific Airlines return flight from India to the Philippines. In the beginning, I was little apprehensive as they were flying on that sector for the first time with the airline and I myself had never experienced their service before. But my parents had only good things to say about the airline. Recently I got an opportunity to fly economy class return from Delhi to Hong Kong with the carrier and here’s my honest Cathay Pacific Airlines Review.

Why I chose March to travel

1) Being the moth of International Women’s Day, a lot of good offers are announced for women travelers during March. For example, Cathay Pacific offered a two-day exclusive offer where customers could avail a discount of Rs. 300 on their UberPremier rides for 8th and 9th March 2019 to and from the airport. Right now, they even have an ongoing offer wherein if you are travel before July, you get discounts on a range of popular attractions and more.

International Women’s Day special Uber promo by Cathay Pacific

2) When spring hits the city, it means only one thing – time for the annual Hong Kong Arts Month. This is a perfect time to experience the diverse art culture of the city, where local and overseas artists converge to bring about inspiring programmes, including exhibitions, dance, music, theatre and, even edible arts with the creative menus available around town. You can either dabble into the local art scene at artsy Hong Kong neighborhoods such as the ARTLANE‘ in Sai Ying Pun, Art Central and HKwalls or get up close to the best collection of international modern art at Hong Kong Art Basel. There are plenty of things to do around town this month. 

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Are you planning to go somewhere out of the country in March? If yes, head to #HongKong as it is a perfect time to explore the city's cultural life, particularly the art scene. It’s #hongkongartsmonth and for the entire month of March, the city will welcome visors to participate in the plethora of arts and cultural events around town, including the internationally renowned #ArtBaselHongKong and #ArtCentral. ⠀ ⠀ During my latest visit, I saw a lot of new cultural venues and street artworks. One of my favourite was the latest 'ARTLANE' in the hipster Sai Ying Pun area, where murals by local and overseas artists can be found on walls of old buildings and staircases. ⠀ ⠀ And, it’s not just street art, the four-decade old ‘Hong Kong Arts Festival’ featuring opera, theatre, music, dance and more will showcase the city's cultural life. You can pick and choose from 166 performances and over 300 exciting arrays of outreach activities by over 1,700 artists from around the world till 29 March 2019. ⠀ DON’T FORGET TO SWIPE and CHECK ALL THE PICS. ⠀ So, what are you waiting for? Book a trip to Hong Kong with @cathaypacific now and dive into a sea of arts and cultural treasures! ⠀ ⠀ @hongkong.insta @discoverhongkong #hongkong #hongkongcity #hongkongdiscovery #publicart #hongkonglife #hongkongtrip #hongkongisland #hongkonginstagram #hongkongphoto #hongkongstreets #yourhongkong #hongkonger #SoloTravel #TravelSeeWrite #WallArt #hongkongers #HKArt #traveladventure

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3) During most of March, the weather is very pleasant and comfortable with temperature oscillating between 11 °C – 28 °C. Therefore, one light sweater and a rain jacket are enough to keep you outdoors for long. Also, the misty and drizzly weather with alternate dry and clear spells is great for taking dramatic pictures.

March is a great month to shoot the city in different moods
March is a great month to shoot the city in different moods

My experience of flying with Cathay Pacific

Check-in and Boarding

I am a firm believer of the fact that your experience with a service provider starts much before your actual physical experience. And, I have to give 100% marks to Cathay Pacific for a great start. Right from availing the Uber offer to online check-in, everything was butter smooth. While there was a long queue at the check-in counter (because the Delhi-Hong route is a very busy route), it hardly took me five minutes to get my documents checked and get the boarding pass.

Cathay Pacific Airlines Review: Efficient staff ensures hassle free and quick check-in
Cathay Pacific Airlines Review: Efficient staff ensures hassle free and quick check-in

The ground staff was very courteous and wore a big smile. They even obliged me with a good aisle seat. Due to some airport issue, the flight was delayed by an hour, still, they managed to get everyone on board quickly. I even got lucky to board before other passengers.

Cathay Pacific Airlines Review: Hassle free and quick check-in and boarding
Cathay Pacific Airlines Review: Hassle free boarding

Early Arrival at Hong Kong

While Cathay Pacific has a lot of good options to keep you entertained throughout the journey, I prefer taking night flights to catch up on my sleep and wake up fresh the next morning. An early arrival in the city gave me ample time for sightseeing.

Cathay Pacific Airlines Review: early arrival gives a day extra to explore the city
Cathay Pacific Airlines Review: early arrival gives a day extra to explore the city

The seat

The airline has recently upgraded its fleet with Boeing 777-300ER, which means the seats are wider and more comfortable with customized seat cushioning. I could adjust the headrest four ways – up, down, and sideways. As a result, I didn’t wake up with a cramped neck. Each seat was supplied with a small pillow, plastic-wrapped blanket and headphones. The seats reclined well and I was pleasantly surprised by the leg room; I could easily stretch out my small legs and store a small bag underneath the seat in front.

Cathay Pacific Airlines Review: Wide and comfortable seats with customized seat cushioning
Cathay Pacific Airlines Review: Wide and comfortable seats with customized seat cushioning

In-flight entertainment system

Being a frequent flier, this is where I get my entertainment fill. I was so glad to find a nine-inch touchscreen TV loaded with a wide selection of 52 movies and 90 TV shows to fuel my binge-watching. And, for people who are not interested in movies and TV, there were games, music, ‘Discovery’ in-flight magazine, ‘Discover the shop’ shopping catalogue and a wide variety of daily newspapers and magazines.

In-flight entertainment: nine-inch touchscreen TV loaded to fuel your binge-watching
In-flight entertainment: nine-inch touchscreen TV loaded to fuel your binge-watching

Also, the USB charging port located at the bottom of every personal TV was pretty neat. However, a point to be noted is that in-flight charging works only after take-off. Another small but thoughtful feature I loved was the small dedicated shelf below the screen at eye-level to keep my gadgets. I comfortably placed my mobile phone there.  

Cathay Pacific Airlines Review: small dedicated shelf to keep your gadgets
Cathay Pacific Airlines Review: small dedicated shelf to keep your gadgets

The Staff

For me, they are the real deal. I found the cabin crew extremely warm, friendly and very helpful. They even had a Hindi-speaking cabin crew to help communicate with the people who can’t speak in English or Mandarin. They served everyone attentively. Since I had eaten just before the flight, therefore I requested them to serve me late dinner. And, they didn’t bat an eyelid.

Cathay Pacific cabin crew is extremely warm, friendly and helpful
Cathay Pacific cabin crew is extremely warm, friendly and helpful

Other things that stood out:

Boarding pass delights

If you fly with Cathay Pacific, your fantastic experience continues long after your journey. Usually, as soon as I get out of the airport I throw away my boarding pass but flying with them gave me a reason to keep it safely. I had one of the best organic vegetarian meals (yes, Hong Kong has fabulous vegetarian options. Detailed post coming soon) at Grassroots Pantry, where I got 15% discount on my food and drinks bill by just flashing my Cathay Pacific Boarding pass. And, that restaurant is not the only one, there are many restaurants where you can get up to 20 % discount on food and beverages.

Fly with Cathay Pacific & get 15% discount on meals at Grassroots Pantry, Hong Kong 
Fly with Cathay Pacific & get 15% discount on meals at Grassroots Pantry, Hong Kong
Relish the organic vegetarian or vegan meal at Grassroots Pantry, Hong Kong

Facility of in-town check-in at Hong Kong

While I was traveling with no check-in luggage, my friend could check-in her bag at Kowloon Airport Express station early in the morning for an evening flight. Apparently, if you take the Airport Express (AEL) to Hong Kong International Airport, you can take advantage of Cathay Pacific’s in-town check-in facilities at either Hong Kong or Kowloon Airport Express/MTR stations. You can check in and collect your boarding pass as early as one day in advance or as late as 90 minutes before departure.

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Cathay Pacific flying credentials

Cathay Pacific Airlines Review: Why you should fly with them?
Cathay Pacific Airlines Review: Why you should fly with them?

Cathay Pacific is one of the world’s leading flying carriers with services to 232 cities in 53 countries and territories across Asia, North America, Europe and Africa. Being a frequent flier on international routes, I prefer flying with airlines that are a member of some alliance as you can accumulate Frequent flier miles that you can redeem later. Cathay Pacific is the founding member of the Oneworld global alliance that serves more than 1,000 airports in over 150 countries. You can also join Cathay’s own royalty program – Marco Polo Club.

Hope you liked my honest Cathay Pacific Airlines Review. I had a good time with them and I am already looking forward to flying again with them for my next international travel.

Have you ever flown with them? If yes, I would love to hear from you.

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Disclaimer

I was hosted by Cathay Pacific . However, everything expressed above is based on my personal experience. Images used are either shot by me or provided by the airlines. Please do not copy anything without written permission.

18 Comments

  • Carinn Tan says:

    Omg looks so good! This is def one airline I wanna try the next time I fly!

  • Rachelle says:

    I haven’t flown with Cathay Pacific before, but I sure want to now! For me, staff interactions are key to either make or break a flight experience. It sounds like those staff members you encountered really raise the bar. Although it’s kind of a bummer than you have to wait until take-off to charge via USB. I guess it’s a small thing, but good to know!

  • Medha Verma says:

    It is so cool that you got a discount on our food in the city because of your Cathay Pacific Boarding pass! I never keep my boarding pass with me after the end of the journey but seems like it could be a good idea to do it in the future. Also, I didn’t know flights have offers during women’s day, I have personally not come across any but that’s fantastic!

  • Nikki Godwin says:

    I hadn’t heard of Cathay Pacific until now, but I will definitely consider them in the future following this review. I never think to keep my boarding pass, but what a great perk if it means discounts on yummy food!

  • Martha says:

    I haven’t flown with Cathay Pacific Airlines yet, but you’re making me wait to ASAP! I love the extra perks the airline has if you book them — the Uber credit and various discounts for restaurants. I think that’s very clever and a good incentive. That uber credit would definitely convince me to book with Cathay Pacific. Plus, the plane looked comfortable and very clean. Definitely will consider this airline when I’m in the area.

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra says:

    I share the same opinion with you. I flew Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong and it was a very pleasant experience for me. The airline staff was very nice. If I ever resume traveling again, Cathay Pacific will always be my top airline of choice.

  • Karla says:

    I haven’t tried Cathay Pacific yet. This is very timely because I plan to visit Hong Kong this summer! I need to read your itinerary too. Hehe.

  • Ryan Biddulph says:

    I have never flown this airline but sounds solid to me. Thanks for the great review.

  • Soumya Gayatri says:

    I have always heard good things about Cathay Pacific but never flown with them. Seems all those good things are true. I love the fact that they have special deals on and off that one can leverage on. Plus, that post-flight organic veggie meal that you had looks delicious. I could fly Cathay only for that meal.

  • Aisha Sylvester says:

    I really appreciate your detailed review of the airline experience. You’re so right about the experience starting from even before you board and it’s great that their process was so seamless. Also, kudos for being able to take advantage of their offer for International Women’s Month!

  • Monidipa Dutta says:

    I like your detailed review of the airline experience. I haven’t flown with Cathay Pacific Airlines yet, but this is something I would like to try.

  • Daniel says:

    I never flew with Cathay Pacific before but it was very interesting to read your review. The discount on food in the city because of your Cathay Pacific Boarding pass is so cool! I’ll definitely consider flying with them after reading about your positive experience.

  • David Elliott says:

    Looks like it was a great trip on an airline. Very comfortable and lots of amenities. I hope you have a great time while you are in Hong Kong. I had a great time while I was there. Beautiful people.

  • Yukti says:

    Cathay Pacific looks perfect flight with spacious seats, welcoming staff and other good deals they offer. Never knew that after traveling we can get discount from our previous boarding pass at certain restaurants. It is a good offer from this airline. I too agree March is great to travel for Hong Kong as it has perfect weather which suits to photography and many outdoor activities too.

  • Christina says:

    Cathay Pacific is an airline I don’t mind flying with. The food is great and the flight attendants are friendly and helpful. Last time I flew, it was in Business Class and I certainly didn’t have anything to complain about.

  • I have heard good reviews of Cathay Pacific from my husband, though I haven’t experienced it yet. It was good to read about your Hong Kong sojourn. I liked the comfort of having a Hindi speaking cabin crew member for helping people having language issues and also the discounts and perks on boarding pass sound great.

  • Anda says:

    Good to know Cathay Pacific Airlines has good offers for the International Women’s Day. Maybe I’ll fly with them if I go to Asia. Their planes seem very nicely maintained and comfortable. Not as crammed as other airlines. Looks like you had a great experience.

  • Tami says:

    I love that they have charging stations for every seat. I wish more airlines offered that! And more leg space, too! It’s hard to catch an economy flight any more with any airlines that gives you enough room. Sounds like Cathay Pacific is a good deal!

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