- Introduction: A Last Minute Singapore F1 Weekend
- Review: British Airways Terraces Lounge – Boston Logan Airport
- Review: Cathay Pacific Boston to Hong Kong – Business Class – 777-300ER
- Review: Cathay Pacific “The Wing” Lounge – Hong Kong International Airport
- Review: Cathay Pacific Hong Kong to Singapore – Business Class – A330
- Review: W Singapore – Sentosa Cove
- Exploring Sentosa Island
- Review: Marriott Singapore Tang Plaza
- Wandering Singapore before and after the Singapore Formula 1 Night Grand Prix
- Review: Skyview Lounge – Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1
- Review: Cathay Pacific Singapore to Hong Kong – Business Class – A330
- Review: Cathay Pacific Hong Kong to Chicago – First Class – 777-300ER
- Conclusion: Last Minute Singapore F1 Weekend
We briefly stopped in the Wing lounge again, but really not long enough to do more than visit the restroom and have a beverage. Soon it was time to board, so we made our way to the gate. It turned out that we were among the last folks to board in First Class, which had 5 of 6 seats taken.
Cathay Pacific First Class is 3 across, 1A and 2A have the aisle to themselves, where as the other 4 seats share the port side aisle. This worked out well for my wife and I, seated in the second row. It turned out that there were some avid mile and point folks in the first row, that I chatted with briefly before departure. It’s always nice to run into others who share our hobby.
The cabin itself does not have overhead compartments, rather, the seat has a closet to fit a standard sized rollerboard in, my Briggs and Riley Transcend fit snuggly, but still fit.
The seat itself is quite wide, I’d wager a guess that it is very similar in width to Singapore’s First Class seat, although I liked the way that Cathay responded to this width when in a seated position – they had an arm rest that came down. This was much better, in my opinion than a simple pillow.
I dare say between the 5 of us in First, at least 2 bottles were enjoyed, maybe more.
Soon after, Toshi brought by our amenity kits and pajamas.
Cathay Pacific includes all of your “sleep wear” in one convenient bag, including pajamas, slippers, and eye shades.
I was quite impressed with the pajamas and found that they even wash well (and thus have become staple for home lounge wear – great when UPS comes for a pick-up!) In them, one looks like either a monk, a samurai, or a North Korean Dictator that shall remain nameless.
We ended up departing late, I think because they needed to find a cell phone and offload some bags. Such is life, we were more than happy to enjoy the great service for just that much longer.
Eventually we did depart, and very quickly we were provided menus for lunch. My wife and I both chose to eat soon after departure, which included a small array of options.
I opted to try some Caviar (which amount to a few bites), however my wife had enjoyed it so much, that she traded plates with me, alleviating me of the guilt of not finishing it.
Then I moved on to the soup, which I felt was good, just not as creamy as I would’ve liked.
After I finished my soup, came perhaps the single largest steak I’ve ever had onboard a plane. This thing looked huge! If I were to guess, I’d say it was 16-18 ounces, or at least that’s what it felt like. It was good, and came with a peppercorn sauce and a béarnaise sauce. I don’t think I was able to eat even half of it. It was accompanied by sweet and roasted potatoes, and some other garnishes.
By this time, I was getting full, so I skipped on desert, save for some Hong Kong Milk Tea, which proved to be not the best idea, as we encountered some pretty substantial turbulence. Nothing to be afraid of, but it was enough to topple my water glass, which may have been a first for me.
Though I skipped on desert my wife ended up having some.
As the turbulence didn’t seem to be subsiding, I decided that I would seize the opportunity, and asked the crew to make up the bed. I’ve commented many times, that I typically sleep better with a bit of rocking and rolling.
I’m sorry to say that I ended up sleeping far too long, I think I woke up just over an hour out, which allowed for enough time to change and eat, but, I would’ve liked to have been able to finish my movie.
For my pre-arrival meal, I chose breakfast, while my wife (my smarter, and better half) chose afternoon tea. I wish I had chosen that as well!
I started off with a small fruit dish and toast:
This was followed by cereal (I had a ton of cereal this trip)
And then I had some bacon, a sausage and a couple of hard boiled eggs.
It was nothing awe-inspiring, but more than sufficient for me.
My wife on the other hand enjoyed afternoon tea, leaving me quite jealous.
Cathay Pacific First Class had been my “White Whale” for many years, never having had the chance to fly Cathay Pacific First. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’ve flown a ton of great first class products (Like Emirates, Korean Air, Etihad, ANA, Thai, Lufthansa, Qantas, and the list goes on), and some very good business products (Qatar Airways, Japan Airlines, Swiss, and others), but Cathay had still evaded me.
Now that I’ve finally had the chance to fly Cathay, I have to say, I am impressed. Cathay runs a solid operation, maintains a very comfortable hard product, and the soft product is wonderful as well. Would I fly them again? Without a doubt.