Must-read Earlier Installments:
- Singapore, Cathay, and Qantas First Class.. Some of the Best Meals of My Life, and a Tour of Hyatts in Bangkok, Singapore, and Sydney
- Inside the New Oneworld Lounge at LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal
- Cathay Pacific First Class, Los Angeles – Hong Kong
- Cathay Pacific “The Wing” First Class Lounge, Hong Kong
For more than two years I’ve been looking forward to flying Cathay Pacific’s new regional business class product but I’ve been foiled every time — I keep getting their long haul business product on my short intra-Asia flights.
That streak, lucky in most ways, continued. And I was sort of banging my head against the wall over it. What better way than a short hop between Hong Kong and Bangkok would there be to try out lesser seats?
Our plane sat waiting:
We were delayed 30 minutes for unspecified reasons. The gate agents couldn’t be apologetic enough but they also couldn’t explain the delay either.
Once onboard though I was once again graced with Cathay’s long haul business class product, which really is excellent — reverse herringbone fully flat seats with all aisle access.
I got comfy at my seat, and admit I may have let my eyes close for a minute or two during boarding although I was awake for a predeparture glass of water — after long haul flying I do my best to stay hydrated.
We had a fairly long taxi out and takeoff. And once we were in the air, flight attendants were in the aisles immediately to offer service.
This was the breakfast offering:
Place settings were distributed first, and then another flight attendant came behind shortly with entree selections.
I went with the dim sum:
After the meal I sat back with another episode form season 2 of The Newsroom, and soon enough we were descending in Bangkok. Fast track immigration cards had been distributed in business class, although I wasn’t going to need one.
I had hurt my foot when I tripped running for a flight as doors closed days before the trip, and knowing that the walk from some of the farther gates at Suvarnabhumi airport to immigration can be fairly interminable I queried a company I’ve used in the past for car service and expedited immigration about their golf cart meet and greet service. It turns out that they aren’t a bargain anymore, or hotel pricing has come down since weren’t charging lower prices than anyone else. So I figured I’d have the Grand Hyatt Bangkok arrange it for me (2400 baht), since that would mean a bit of a more seamless experience.
When the plane pulled up to the gate, I was one of the first off the plane. We were about 25 minutes late, and there was no one there to meet me. So I made the long way to immigration, used my fast track card, waited for bags, and then found the hotel’s representative in the arrivals hall.
Next up: the Grand Hyatt Bangkok