Departure time in Manila (MNL): 11:00 (actual 12:30)
Arrival time in Hong Kong (HKG): 13:30 (actual 15:12)
Aircraft: Boeing 777 (B-HNE)
Duration: 2h 42m
Date of flight: January 10, 2019
*This is a revenue ticket (upgraded from Premium Economy to Business Class), Business Class flight #174
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Island Hopping in the Philippines
I was with the Singelresor group visiting Cebu, Palawan and Manila for the new year celebration and needless to say, we really had a lot of fun 😍 Among the places we visited were Magellan´s cross in Cebu, the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Sabang, El Nido and Coron for our island hopping tours and Intramuros in Manila. Below are some pictures from our trip.
We stayed an extra one night in Manila after the group left so I could meet my family and stayed at the beautiful Conrad Manila, my home in Manila 😍
NAIA Terminal 3
Check-in, desks A12, A14 and A15
Cathay Pacific First & Business Class Lounge
Cathay Pacific First & Business Class Lounge is one of the two nicest lounges in Manila, the other one being the Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge 😍
While in the lounge, an announcement was made that our new departure time would be at 11:40am. Further delays were announced and finally, when the aircraft from Hong Kong arrived around 11:20am, boarding was then scheduled at 12pm.
Aircraft, Boeing 777 (B-HNE)
Boarding, Gate 111
Business Class Cabin
Unlike their A350s, this aircraft does not have wifi connection.
Around 12:22pm, the captain came on the PA to welcome us onboard and to apologize for the delay due to late arrival of the aircraft. He also mentioned our flight time of 1 hour and 39 minutes.
Inflight Safety Video
Around 12:56pm, we started pushback.
Landing in Hong Kong Airport
Around 2:38pm, the captain came on the PA to give us updated flight information and that we would be landing at 3:10pm, which confirmed that I would be missing my connecting flight to London Heathrow which was scheduled to depart at 3:10pm.
Being originally booked in Premium Economy, I can´t complain about the upgrade to Business Class. I already had access to their lounge and had priority boarding as a One World Emerald member so the extras I got was the real business class seat, the meal and of course the attentive service 😉 However, it was disappointing to have such a delay since I missed my connecting flight to London and had to wait for 8 hours in Hong Kong for the alternative flight to Stockholm via Amsterdam. Still, I felt Cathay Pacific did a good job in handling such delays especially when most flights back to Europe are full. Will I fly Cathay Pacific again? Definitely yes! They are one of the best airlines in the world ... and they know how to deal with mistake fares the right way 😉 PS: Looking forward to my flight with them in first class in August 😍😍
Review: Cathay Pacific Business Class, Manila to Hong Kong
Review: Cathay Pacific B777 First Class, Hong Kong to Frankfurt