Cathay Pacific Regional Business Class : CX739 Hong Kong to Singapore B777-300
A little under 3 years ago Cathay Pacific debuted their new 'Regional Business Class' product. It's a recliner seat in fixed shells and now features throughout the Cathay fleet on regional configured Boeing 777's and A330's.
|Cathay Regional Business Class|
Some people were quite disappointed in these seats as they are not up to the usual standard of some Asian carriers such as Singapore that offer angled lie flats regionally. Personally I think they are quite ok for flights of up to 3 hours in length, other than red eyes. I don't have any need for a bed on flights of those lengths. This was my second flight with this kind of seat, having flown on it to Bangkok a year earlier.
Today I was flying on flight CX739, the 11.35AM flight from Hong Kong to Singapore, scheduled 4 hours in length with a 3.35PM arrival in Singapore. After visiting the Pier First Class lounge, the flight boarded on time and I headed to my window seat on the right hand side, 16K.
|Boarding in Hong Kong|
|View from my seat|
|About to line up on 07R|
|The view from my seat - a totally full flight|
Here is the menu...
Soon after takeoff nuts and drinks were on offer, I had a champagne:
The CX Studio audio/video on demand system was available with full length movies available on this sector, I noticed previously on some shorter flights they only allow you to watch TV shows.
|Enjoying the views|
Thankfully the main course was better. I chose the duck leg and it was very tasty. I drank the French white from Burgundy and I was happy with it. I managed to get regular drink refills even though the crew had their work cut out for them.
|The duck leg main course|
I noticed my seat companion could not decide what wine to drink... have a look at his lineup!
|Bizarre wine arrangement in the seat next door|
|My fruit and cheese selection|
Overall and despite the fact that I didn't like the starter, I found the meal very good. I had actually been half expecting it to appear on a single tray. But instead on this longer regional flight it was served in individual courses much like on a long haul flight. I was very impressed at how well the crew handled a full cabin, I did feel quite well looked after throughout lunch. The whole dining experience took about 2.5 hours, so by the time it was over we were already close to top of descent.
|Cloud dodging on descent|
|Arriving with passing rain showers in the area|
Cathay regional business class is a decent product, it may not have the best seat in the industry but I found it comfortable and the service was great. All in all a nice flight, but Singapore Airlines would be the pick of the carriers on this route pair if looking for more comfort and privacy.