Cathay First Class has to be one of the more reviewed products on the web, however, I hadn’t flown it on a long-haul flight so when I saw space available and my dates matched, I jumped at the opportunity to book it. As I mentioned in my coming up post, I booked the flight for 70K Alaska miles which is fantastic value.
As I was transiting from my flight from Brisbane, I wasn’t able to get pictures of the First Class check-in section before security. Before the flight, I split my 3 hours of transit time in the Wing and Pier First class lounges.
Boarding started on time, and priority boarding was being enforced which made getting cabin shots much easier.
Cathay’s First Class cabin consists of 6 seats with two rows in a 1-1-1 configuration, one of the smallest First Class cabins out there.
The seat itself is massive and extremely comfortable. To give you an idea of how big it is, one single seat can fit 2 regular sized males, crazy!
In the let side of the seat, you’ll find a pocket which an assortment of reading materials.
Here is the menu, safety card, Discovery magazine and duty-free menu.
As I settled in my seat I was greeted by Irene, she would be looking after me on the flight. She provided me with pajamas from PYE, a bottle of Evian water and an Aesop amenity kit.
Cathay Pacific also hand out Bose headphones for First passengers, fun fact – as you are starting the descent, the crew will come and collect them from you, this is due to people stealing them.
Here are the contents of the Aēsop amenity kit.
The ottoman can be used as a seat if you are dining with another passenger. To the left of the ottoman is the IFE screen, the screen moves out and can pivot to an angle you’re happy with.
There’s a seatbelt on the ottoman for a secondary passenger is the case of turbulence.
On the right side of the seat, you’ll find both In-seat and USB power outlets.
As you can see, the First seat is very spacious, and even though it doesn’t have closing doors like it’s some of its competitors, it still feels private.
On the right side of the seat you’ll find the IFE controller, seat and light controls and a small storage compartment.
As I’m underage, I can’t have the normal pre-takeoff drink which is Krug, so I settled for water.
Irene also handed me a hot towel.
Hong Kong was very overcast and rainy, so I didn’t get any photos of the different aircraft at gates etc.
After leveling off at 34,000 feet, the meal service started shortly after. I started with a Coke and warm nuts.
The crew give passengers in First a hand written note when they dine, a nice personal touch.
To start with I had the caviar, without the champagne. Cathay Pacific use Calvisius caviar which is found on both Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines. The course is usually accompanied by Krug champagne or Belvedere Vodka.
After the caviar I went with the seasonal salad.
And for the main, I had the sirloin. Sadly the sirloin was heavily undercooked in the center which was a major shame. The outer parts were cooked great, and the outer parts tasted fantastic.
After having lunch I decided to get some sleep, the cabin slowly changed mood lighting then went pitch black after the meal service was completed.
The bed is extremely comfortable and the space is excellent, especially if you’re like me and move around quite a bit while sleeping.
I managed to get around 5 hours of sleep which wasn’t too bad but I would of preferred to have more. The whole flight was very turbulent with the seatbelt sign going on and off regularly, I found it difficult to get back to sleep.
As I couldn’t sleep, I decided to stay up and have some breakfast. I started with a hot cappuccino.
To eat, I ordered some fresh fruit and a muffin.
Beautiful fresh fruit which was full of flavour.
And for the main dish I had some bacon, sausages and fresh boiled eggs.
Bacon, Sausages and Tomato:
After getting some work done and watching a few episodes of Suits, the sun began rising, and we were fast approaching Los Angeles.
The sunrise was beautiful, and the sun made for some fantastic lighting opportunities for some final cabin shots.
Cathay Pacific First Class is still a word class product despite some recent cost-cutting. I really love the hard product and find the bed to be one of the most comfortable in the sky, the soft product on the other hand, was quite disappointing, I was expecting to try the new Michelin Star Menu, however, the crew hadn’t even heard of it which is disappointing.