I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to experience flying first class with Cathay Pacific on September 28 from Toronto direct to Hong Kong. And my goodness, I definitely lived in the lap of luxury for a good 15hours or so.
After spending the morning doing last minute things to prepare for my yearlong round the world trip, both of my parents brought me to the airport. I walked right up to the First Class counter and was given my boarding pass as well as lounge invitations for Toronto and the Arrival lounge in Hong Kong. After some tearful goodbyes, I made my way through security and was in the KLM lounge enjoying some snacks and using the free WIFI. If there is one thing that I feel Cathay Pacific could improve upon, it’s the use of the KLM lounge. I haven’t traveled much in upper class to see different lounges, but this was probably one of my least favorites. It’s not very pretty, and the selection of food and drink is quite basic. However the open self serve bar is a nice touch.
Excited to be flying first class, I boarded my flight at approximately 3pm and once I stepped foot on the plane, the greeting flight attendant was very prompt to get another attendant to take her spot as she personally brought me to my ‘suite.’ I was then greeted by Farzana, my personal attendant (one of two that were taking care of the 3 of us in first class) — we chatted about my travels, she showed me where to put my things (in my own personal closet) and then asked if she could get me some champagne to enjoy before we took off.
I enjoyed the champagne and waited patiently in my comfortable suite as the rest of the plane boarded and we got ready for take off. Once in the air I was given a menu and told that I was free to choose whatever I’d like, whenever I’d like and however much I would like to eat. I was also given my very own pajamas and a beautiful toiletry kit that was in a gorgeous designer makeup bag. Once getting comfortable in the pajamas, I decided to order an early dinner and settle in with a movie — I chose Midnight in Paris. My appetizer was brought to me – some caviar and salmon. I was also given a beautiful hand written note from Farzana and the other flight attendant Joanne that wished me safe travels over the next year.
After caviar, I enjoyed some seafood chowder.
Then I settled in with my main course – Stir Fried Lobster with jasmine rice, pak choi and steamed carrots
Then I got a cheese plate with a great variety of different delicious cheeses.
I’m actually kind of upset I had eaten everything as I didn’t have any room for dessert. But they had a molten lava cake that was supposed to be to die for.
Once I finished the first movie, I turned on Water for Elephants, but felt myself dozing off to sleep. At this time I buzzed for Farzana and she changed my seat into a bed, giving me some extra pillows and a lovely duvet. I must have been a lot more tired than I thought I was, because I ended up sleeping for a good 7-8 hours or so, before waking up and watching a bit more television. I fell asleep for another hour and then woke up, had my bed changed back into the chair and received my second meal — starting with a fruit plate.
Followed by fettuccine with truffle spinach sauce and mushrooms.
The meal was completed with a delicious piece of chocolate hazelnut mousse cake and a coffee.
We were originally set to land an hour ahead of schedule and upon our first attempt into the Hong Kong airport — there ended up being way too much wind to go through. It felt as though the plane were a ragdoll in the sky. It had just so happened that a large typhoon had gone through earlier in the day and there were still some residual winds causing problems for the airplanes trying to land. We ended up having to circle for nearly an hour before the plane made it back on solid ground. Due to the fact that my friend was meeting me at a certain time, I was unable to check out the Arrival lounge at the Hong Kong Airport.
Everything about my flight was absolutely amazing, I can see why my dad loves to fly first class with Cathay Pacific, as they are an incredible airline and really cater to their customers’ every need. I would highly recommend them as an airline (even for simply economy) to anyone. The first class experience, however, was just that – FIRST CLASS. The front facing ‘pods’ were extremely spacious, the finishes were second to none, and personal touches of the service were spectacular. All in all, I’m pretty safe to say that this particular opportunity flying first class with Cathay Pacific has definitely ruined all future flying experiences, as it is going to be very hard to beat the extraordinary service and comfort that I enjoyed.