Flight Review: Cathay Pacific Business Class – Airbus A350 Hong Kong (HKG) to San Francisco (SFO)

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Hong Kong International Airport is just an amazing place to visit. There are lots of things to do, even pre-security. You can go shopping, catch a movie or go up to the Skydeck and watch planes landing and taking off. Connections to get to and from the airport are great as well. Besides taxi and Uber you can take the MTR or Airport Express to go to Downtown Hong Kong. I chose to take Uber from my hotel on Hong Kong Island back to the airport. Thanks to technology riding Uber is even easy in regions like Hong Kong. My driver only spoke very limited English but thanks to Uber he knew where I wanted to go and we were able to figure the rest out.

Check-In was a bit confusing. I was looking for Cathay’s Business Class check-in counters and found them relatively quickly but got told by an agent to move to a different counter. Not because they didn’t, believe me, I was flying business class, it was because my flight is going to the U.S. and as you know there are some extra security procedures already while checking in. I didn’t get asked a lot of weird questions as they normally do, mainly they just wanted to verify that I have valid documents and permission/visa to enter the United States.

After that, I headed straight for the security checkpoint. There is nothing like TSA-pre here in Hong Kong and everyone gets to wait in the same line. The South Security checkpoint was the closest for me and it took only a few minutes to get past security.


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Once passed security I took the people mover to get to the proximity of my departure gate but before there was something even more important on my to-do list. I visited the American Express Centurion Lounge for just a little bit and then headed over to the highly appraised Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounge named “The Bridge”. Once my boarding time got closer I started heading over to my departure gate 49 which is at the very end of Terminal 1.

The waiting time until Cathay started boarding was only a few minutes. There was a small additional check right at the gate before the passengers were able to get on board the plane. From there I headed straight to my seat, which was the same as on my inbound flight from San Francisco.

As Cathay kept boarding the plane I got settled into my seat and got ready for a pleasant flight. A little while later the cabin doors got closed and we pushed back to get on our way to San Francisco. Every seat comes with a noise-canceling headset, a big fold-out flatscreen TV, an amenity kit, and your sleeping package.

Service was great and the flight attendants were amazing as on my inbound flight. The food menu was different and after meal service, I got myself ready for a long sleep. Just before we started our descent into San Francisco, another meal was served and the cabin crew prepared the plane for landing.

Usually, I don’t sleep much on a plane but I was a bit sick and the seats were just so comfortable to sleep almost the whole flight. That’s why this review will be a bit shorter as usual. But to get an idea of what it is like on this flight, check my review of the inbound flight to Hong Kong.

After landing I tried to get off the plane as soon as possible and rushed to the immigration counter before the line gets too long. Thanks to Global Entry, immigration was quick and easy. I picked up my luggage and went to Terminal 2 as I had a connecting flight to Miami on a separate ticket. That’s why my luggage was not checked all the way through.

After check-in with American Airlines, I was able to use the Admirals Club in Terminal 2 because I arrived on an international flight and in business class. Usually, it’s not possible to use the Admirals Club without membership or flying international even tho you are a top-tier elite with American.

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