Review – Cathay Pacific Business Class Hong Kong To Sydney

by Zac George
a seat in a plane

After my short trip in Hong Kong I wasn’t really ready to leave as I wanted to see and explore more of the city however I was excited to finally review Cathay Pacific business class to Sydney.

Cathay currently have the most popular business class seating known as Reverse Herringbone which is very spacious and private and it offers direct aisle access. They have an updated model for their A350 aircraft.

For this trip I met up with some family as they were flying to Newark so we checked in at the same time, 11 hours early for my flight…

Check-in was painless and we existed security within minutes and mad our way to the lounges.

For premium passengers there are many lounges you can choose from. The Wing, The Pier, The Qantas lounge and the Dragon air G16 lounge.

As a Oneworld Emerald I used the Pier and Wing First lounges.


The Wing Cabanas


The Pier First Class Lounge

The Pier First Class Lounge

Reviews of both lounges can be found here: Review: The Wing – Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge & The Pier – Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge.


The Pier First Entry

After my very lengthy lounge visit’s I made my way to the boarding gate 10 minutes before boarding.

I made my way to seat 21A which is in the second section of business class.



The seat was excellent. Privacy is a big factor for many travellers and this seat does well in the privacy category.

However, the bottom half of the seat was very firm and was quite irritating while laying flat but for lounging it was perfect.

The drink list was quite extensive for a 9 hour flight.







Grilled lamb rack

The meal was very nicely cooked but servings were on the small side.




For breakfast I have the omelet with bacon and sausage which was ‘ok’

Considering the duration of the flight no pyjamas were provided which made some passengers quite frustrated. I think that’s fair, some airlines wont give them out on 12 hour flights even.

An amenity is provided.



The amenity kit has your basic items and is branded by Jurlique.


Cathay feature a 15.4 inch IFE screen which hundreds of hours of entertainment. The biggest complaint was the ads every time I wanted to watch something. It showcases ads for their ‘Life well traveled’ slogan.


The IFE remote, Recline buttons and power outlet are on the side of the seat.




I am sorry for the lack of photos as one of my SD cards for my camera stuffed up loosing half of the images. I loved the seat and slept for a full 7 hours and felt fantastic when arriving into Sydney.

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1 comment

claude bereny September 3, 2018 - 10:20 am

Hi there.
I am trying to get some information as to what version of the A330-300 cathay operates on flight no CX111 from Hong kong to Sydney in, as I believe there is an older version of the plane that does not have lie flat beds in business class. The fkligth normaly departs at 18.45 in the evening arriving is Sydney in the morning

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