After staying overnight at the Regal Airport Hotel, it was time to take my flight back to Hanoi where I began this trip to the US. Find out what it was like flying Cathay Dragon in business class from Hong Kong to Hanoi.
Trip from Europe to the US via Asia flying Qatar Airways Qsuite & Cathay Pacific First Class
In 2014, I did two round-the-world trips, flying Asiana Airlines, Lufthansa and British Airways first class using miles. This year, I´m doing it again although it will be a bit different. I will fly from Europe to the US via Asia and will take the same route on the way back so it won´t really be a complete round-the-world tour. I´m flying Qatar Airways business class and Cathay Pacific first class (thanks to the mistake fare) so I´m really looking forward to a trip full of jet lag but nevertheless fun!
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Departure time in Hong Kong (HKG): 8:20 Terminal 1
Arrival time in Hanoi (HAN): 09:25 Terminal 2
Aircraft: Airbus A321
Duration: 2h 5m
Date of flight: August 17, 2019
*This is a revenue ticket, Business Class flight #197
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Hong Kong International Airport
Regal Airport Hotel around 5:25am and reached the terminal in a few minutes. I already had my boarding pass as well as a lounge invitation so I headed straight to security. The check-in desks are otherwise located in Aisle H in case one doesn´t have a boarding pass.
First Class Lounges
Wing First Class Lounge where I had some breakfast.
Pier First Class Lounge where I booked one of their day suites.
Aircraft, Airbus A321
Boarding, Gate 510
Business Class Cabin
At 8:05am, Captain Jonathan came on the PA to welcome us onboard. He gave the usual flight time of 1 hour and 35 minutes, the temperature in Hanoi which was 27 degrees and that it would be turbulent about 30 minutes after departure.
At 8:11am, newspapers were offered and a few minutes later, a flight attendant came to my seat addressing me by my name and offering me the breakfast menu card.
Safety Video & Take Off
At 8:44am, we began our push back and 21 minutes later, we had our take off.
- Seasonal fresh fruits
- Scrambled eggs with cheese and herbs, veal sausage, turkey bacon, potatoes and grilled tomato
- Braised rice sticks with roasted duck and snow vegetables
- Assorted breakfast bread, preserve and butter
- Illy coffee and a selection of teas
Landing in Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport
The captain was back on the PA informing us that we would be landing in Hanoi at 9:37am.
This was my second time flying Cathay Dragon in business class. I thought the crew were very friendly and professional. I was always addressed by my name and the meal served on board tasted great. The recliner seats were comfortable and movie selection was more than enough for a short flight. Overall, I had an enjoyable flight with Cathay Dragon and would not hesitate to fly with them again.