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Oct 17

Airline Review: Cathay Pacific – Business Class (Boeing 777-300 with Lie Flat Seats) : Los Angeles – Hong Kong (CX 885)

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Flight:  Cathay Pacific CX 885 from Los Angeles to Hong Kong

Equipment: B773(Boeing 777-300ER)

Class: Business

Seat: 18D (Middle row with direct aisle access)

Seat Specification: True Flat Bed, Seat pitch: 81.0 “. Seat width: 21 ”


Cathay Pacific operates multiple daily flights between Los Angeles and Hong Kong and all of them are on Boeing 777-300 ER in 1 x 2 x 1 configuration with all seats having direct aisle access.

I had selected row 17 for my parents and next row for me and my wife.

Each seat provides plenty of privacy because of the angle of seats as well as the design of the headrest.

My seat – 18 D

Plenty of leg-space

Single seat rows (A, K) are best for travelers flying alone

Plenty of privacy from the seat

IFE Monitor

Power ports, IFE Remote and Seat Console

Headphone Storage box and Seat Console

I declined pre-departure beverage as I had some at the Oneworld Lounge at the LAX airport. Interestingly, the crew did not hand out any menus for the flight. Meal service (Lunch) started soon after takeoff.

Warm nuts and Coke

Salad with shrimp appetizer in beet sauce

Steak & Gnocchi in sauce

Me and Karen both opted for Steak with Gnocchi in sauce. The steak was the best I’ve ever had – both on and off the ground. It was tender, juicy, medium-rare and the sauce went with it really well.

Cheese and Fruit plate

Deconstructed Compote

After lunch I laid out the seat in bed mode and watched a couple of movies and then went to sleep.

While I slept through, Karen opted for dinner service before landing.

Fruit plate

Eggplant Lasagna with Broccoli

Dessert – Lemon Cream pie


Bottomline:

Seat: *****

Service: ***

Food: ****

The seat is spacious, comfortable and right amount of firmness for a good night sleep for me. I prefer business class cabins with all seats having direct aisle access. I also like that the seat layout is at an angle (reverse-herringbone) as well as the design of the headrest gives enough privacy.

The service was mediocre and felt a little robotic. I cannot pin point any specific incident such as a stewardess not clearing table right away or anything like that but I felt that the service lacked warmth.

The post take-off lunch was superb. I had the best steak either on or off the ground ever!! The shrimp appetizer was very tasty as well. Unfortunately I had so much to eat for lunch that I did not opt for dinner service before landing but Karen said it was pretty good.

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