Hello from Colombo. I’m resting up as I start the long trip home later today (via Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Amman, Bucharest, Milan, and San Francisco…). Here’s my first impressions of Cathay Pacific’s A330 business class.
I flew from Hong Kong to Colombo as part of my trip around the world and was able to experience Cathay Pacific’s A330-300 for the first time. The aircraft features reverse herringbone lie-flat seats in business class and has no first class.
My originally assigned seat was in the small rear business class cabin behind door two. My seat, 20K, had a large closet in front of it which on the one had provided more privacy but on the other hand totally obstructed my view. Frankly, it felt claustrophobic to me. The flight was not full and I ended up moving up a few rows so that I did not feel so constrained. Personally, I recommend avoiding 20K.
We departed Hong Kong in the evening and the 5.5-hour flight offered me a chance for dinner and nap. Dinner was served after takeoff, which included mixed nuts, a shrimp appetizer with salad (no choice), choice of three main courses, and cheese or sweet dessert. I ordered halibut, which was somewhat disappointing. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I found the fish rather dry and tasteless.
Service was attentive during the meal service, then FAs disappeared for the remainder of the flight (in fairness, I took a nap for a couple hours).
I did appreciate the amenity kit and fresh orange juice, something I look forward to on every Cathay Pacific flight.
Quite honestly, it was a boring flight. And a boring flight is better than a bad flight…so I have nothing to complain about, but also nothing to rave about. Put another way, Cathay Pacific offers a dependable, comfortable product, but don’t expect great things in business class.