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Cathay Pacific 510 ( CX510 ) - Hong Kong to Taipei Business Class Airbus A330-300

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AIRLINE: Cathay Pacific AIRCRAFT: Airbus A330-343X Reg: B-LAA (5 years old) CLASS: Business Class ROUTE: HKG-TPE (aircraft continues to Fukuoka) SEAT: 18K
SCHEDULED DEPARTURE: 14.55 ACTUAL DEPARTURE: 14.54
SCHEDULED ARRIVAL: 16.45 ACTUAL ARRIVAL: 16.37
After a very quick transit, in which I was assisted by Cathay ground staff through security, I boarded CX510 to Taipei, and onwards to Fukuoka. I would be disembarking in Taipei. Today's flight was operated by B-LAA, an Airbus A330-300 delivered new to Cathay in 2005. It has regional business class seats, but they are a more modern version than found on the A330 I flew from TPE to HKG last time on Cathay (see my previous blog entry). 
CX510 now boarding

B-LAA preparing to go to Taipei
I took the first left on the jetway and headed for the business class cabin, I was warmly welcomed on board at Door 1L and greeted by name and directed to the right side of the aircraft and my seat, 18K. The neighbouring seat was fortunately vacant, and remained s…

Cathay Pacific 708 ( CX708 ) - Bangkok to Hong Kong Business Class Airbus A340-300

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AIRLINE: Cathay Pacific AIRCRAFT: Airbus A340-300 (34B) Reg: B-HXA (13 years old)
CLASS: Business Class
ROUTE: BKK-HKG
SEAT: 17K

SCHEDULED DEPARTURE: 10.20
ACTUAL DEPARTURE: 10.24

SCHEDULED ARRIVAL: 14.05
ACTUAL ARRIVAL: 14.13
Check-In

Today I would be travelling to Taipei via Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific. It was a particularly exciting occasion for me as I had never traveled on an Airbus A340 before! This flight originates in Delhi and flies to Hong Kong via Bangkok. It's a pretty painful 3am departure from Delhi, getting into Bangkok about 9am for a 1 hour transit. I had pre-selected seat 17K on this long haul configured aircraft, and checked in online the night before.
I went to the business class check-in desk where there was no queue. The friendly check-in girl quickly printed out my boarding pass and lounge invitations and then wrote out my Fast Track immigration card.
The fast track card is great, you proceed through a dedicated security area and then passport control area, avoiding all…