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Flying Cathay Pacific’s Airbus A350 Business Class For The First Time

Flying Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350 Business Class For The First Time

What is it like flying business class for the first time on-board one of the world’s top airlines and in the newest aircraft released by Airbus?

I came to the airport without any clue that I would be one of the lucky passengers to be upgraded to business class of Cathay Pacific’s A350-900 flight CX 906 from Manila to Hong Kong. I thought I was already lucky to have a Premium Economy ticket and avoided the 1 kilometer queue in Economy Class. But to my surprise, I was told by the ground staff during check-in that I was just upgraded to Business Class. She handed me over my ticket and checked it many times to be sure that I heard her right about the upgrade.

Airbus A350 Business Class For The First Time

I have flown to almost all types of jets except to Boeing’s 787 and Airbus’ A350 so I was really ecstatic to take this flight.  I consider myself a frustrated commercial pilot and addicted to airplanes so I enjoy every single moment of flying. And since I am in a Business Class and Airbus A350-900 this time, let me share to you my first-hand experience.

Flying Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350 Business Class

When I set my feet in a very unfamiliar segment of the airplane and settled my body on a fancy seat at 17K by the window in my own pod sipping my welcome drink, I honestly did not know what I was doing there exactly. It is the moment that every traveler dreams but I was not expecting that it would come that easy. As a frequent flyer and traveler, this is definitely a milestone moment.

Cathay Pacific’s A350 started operating on July 01, 2016. It has an extra-wide cabin and with windows affording panoramic views. Its business class consists of 38 reverse herringbone seats designed by Studio F.A. Porsche that can transform into a complete flat bed and offers the perfect privacy. It has an L-shaped ottoman and an excellent legroom for great comfort and has a side storage that can fit a huge laptop.

Flying Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350 Business Class

Flying Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350 Business Class

To the right of my seat is a panel with intuitive seat controls that is a total stranger to me which I easily figured out to operate. The panel also has an adjustable reading light and a touchscreen remote control.

Flying Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350 Business Class

The video handset shows the flight and seat numbers, temperature and remaining flight time

Flying Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350 Business Class

My own pod also has a table finished with faux butternut wood that has a compartment which features a mirror, mobile phone holder, headphones, power port and USB port. The headphone is a high quality one which is totally different from the ones I used before in economy class.

Flying Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350 Business Class

Flying Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350 Business Class

Another feature that amazed me is its 18.5 inch multimedia touchscreen TV and 4.3 inch video handset than can work as a remote control or a standalone entertainment device. You can watch a movie in your big screen and at the same time; monitor the map in your video handset. The TV screen can be pulled closer but cannot be tilted up and down. Anyway, I enjoyed browsing their entertainment system and they have loads of movies, TV series, music and games. The devices have a very responsive touchscreen capability as well which makes browsing pretty simple and easy.

Flying Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350 Business Class

18.5″ multimedia TV screen

Flying Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350 Business Class

4.3″ video handset

Flying Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350 Business Class

Upon reaching the transition altitude, the flight attendants handed out the menu for lunch. I ordered for a baked salmon, zucchini, capsicum, new potato and tomato concasse as my main course served with Gemtree Bloodstone Shiraz McLaren Vale 2014. If it was a long-haul flight, I would definitely try the liqueurs and whiskies which all come as complimentary in this flight. I can honestly say that the food is good but not exceptional. However, the Australian wine and chocolate hazelnut cake for my dessert made my meal complete.

Flying Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350 Business Class

Flying Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350 Business Class

Lunch Menu

Flying Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350 Business Class

Wine List

Flying Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350 Business Class

Drinks List

Even though my flight was just less than 2 hours, I did not miss the chance to try the full capacity of my seat with the bed extension after my meal. I set it as if as I was going to have a long snooze during the flight and felt the comfort of being in a business class.

Flying Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350 Business Class

I love flying with Cathay Pacific even in Economy Class but the service and coziness that I experienced in Business Class is definitely incomparable. No wonder why those people I know are willing to spend extra bucks to upgrade their seats to business class during long-haul flights.

Airbus A350 Business Class For The First Time

The opportunity to fly business class for the first time is a welcome experience for me. But is it worth to spend extra cost to upgrade to business class seat? Well the answer is entirely all up to you. They said that only rich people can fly in business class, but I think hardworking people can also afford to fly in style and luxury.

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Flying Cathay Pacific's Airbus A350 Business Class

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33 Comments

  • Reply
    A Taste for Travel
    June 17, 2017 at 12:17 AM

    So lucky to have been upgraded! I haven’t flown Business Class for quite awhile as I’m focused on Caribbean these days but wow your flight looks amazing. I esp love the 18.5 inch multimedia touchscreen TV

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    Aarti Kamath
    May 20, 2017 at 3:37 AM

    This is fab! I will never spend on higher class seats however i keep hoping to get upgrades but sadly I have not been lucky so far! Fantastic post to make others envy lol

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    Andrea
    April 19, 2017 at 7:46 AM

    you are so lucky this looks like a great opportunity and like such a comfy way to travel for long flights. That upgrade really does seem like it is worth.

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    Jen
    April 18, 2017 at 9:39 PM

    Indeed it’s a treat… If I have the means to pay for business class, I sure will fly business class. But for now, it’s a dream of course.

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    Nicole Anderson
    April 18, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    That was a really interesting review. I enjoy Cathy Pacific and think their service is better than most. I can see what you mean by the food, but then again, airlines are not known for their cuisine. I agree that everyone has a different view on whether business class is worth the cost but you certainly covered the experience pretty well.

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    Marge Gavan
    April 10, 2017 at 10:49 PM

    You are lucky indeed! I haven’t taken a plane that has such features (meaning I haven’t really gone that far) so I’ve always wondered how it feels like to fly on business class and first class. And my the seat that they gave you is awesome! You have your own TV screen and plenty of leg room. I’d be excited too if I get to experience that. I’ve heard from my friends though that Cathay Pacific is one of the best airlines; they sure aren’t lying about this.

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    Reshma
    April 10, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    First of all, congrats for getting upgraded to business class, I’m sure how excited you must have felt! The experience looks amazing from your pictures. Hope I get it to try it someday!

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    Jane M.
    April 10, 2017 at 2:53 AM

    Woah, lucky you! Being upgraded is every traveler’s dream! Too bad it was a short trip tho. 🙂

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    Andi
    April 10, 2017 at 2:20 AM

    Wow!!! This is the first time I saw the inside of a business class plane! And it looks awesome and classy. It feels like you are a VIP with lots of stuff that you can do to make yourself comfortable during the travel. I hope to experience this one day!

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    wellingtonwt
    April 8, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    Lucky you! Im happy for you! Ive never been upgraded so I buy business class tickets on long haul flights. Im sure it was an out-of-this-world experience. And after that, flying will never be the same….

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    Kesi To and Fro
    April 5, 2017 at 8:31 PM

    Lucky duck! Know why you were upgraded??

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      Jan Michael de Guzman
      April 5, 2017 at 10:47 PM

      The business class was almost empty so they upgraded those who were in premium economy

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    Swati & Sam (The Tales of a Traveler)
    April 5, 2017 at 1:17 AM

    Wow … We have recently been invited by Cathay Pacific , can’t wait to experience 🙂 You seems to have a great time. Food looks yum too

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    sabrina
    April 4, 2017 at 11:54 PM

    WOW! That must have been an awesome experience! How did you manage to get the upgrade? Despite flying so much I never got upgraded in my life 🙁

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      Jan Michael de Guzman
      April 5, 2017 at 12:10 AM

      I booked for Premium economy and since the flight is not full. They upgraded me to business class to occupy empty seats ???. Just hang on there… your time will come too ???

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    Garth
    April 4, 2017 at 10:17 PM

    Wow! looks like you had an awesome experience. We’ve flown Cathay Pacific many times in Economy and found it to be one of the best economy experiences we’ve had .. one day I hope we get to try biz class!

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    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    April 4, 2017 at 9:15 PM

    I just flew Cathay Pacific Business/First class to HK and then on to Vietnam and back from Bangkok to Los Angeles… It was a glorious time. I just wish they had WiFi and I wish MY FLIGHT had that salmon option!!

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      Jan Michael de Guzman
      April 4, 2017 at 9:21 PM

      We had a wifi in that flight. I think they offer wifi in their newer airplanes. Sure you had a great time too. ???

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        GiGi Eats Celebrities
        April 18, 2017 at 11:20 PM

        You’re lucky! 20 hours without WIFI and I went a little nuts – LOL! Kinda sad when you think about it!

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    Iza c/o Fill My Passport
    April 4, 2017 at 9:01 PM

    That was an incredible experience! I would love to travel in a Business Class someday. The menu looks delicious. You looked comfortable and relaxed.

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    Only By Land
    April 3, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    The leg room looks perfect to stretch out, maybe sleep or enjoy some movies. I’m sure this will make you arrive at your destination feeling a whole lot better. The food and options seem to be of a much higher standard than economy too.

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    Marlies - Crazy Dutch Abroad
    April 3, 2017 at 5:02 AM

    That is an impressive upgrade, wow! It’s incredible how efficient they can build planes with all the handy tools and tricks. Not sure at what moment I would consider buying a tickets like this but it must be so comfortable!

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      Jan Michael de Guzman
      April 3, 2017 at 9:59 AM

      Well we must all wait for upgrade then. The best chance for us is to book premium economy ticket and hope that the business class is almost empty.

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      Jan Michael de Guzman
      April 4, 2017 at 1:59 PM

      When there is a seat sale. ☺☺☺ but it only happens once in a blue moon

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    TravelingMel
    April 3, 2017 at 4:26 AM

    I am a little envious. I’d love to fly Business Class — you have so much more room and privacy. And the food looks like it’s a step up from what the rest of the passengers are eating. So glad you got upgraded.

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    Paulina on the road
    April 2, 2017 at 8:41 PM

    Wow I never flew business class but I hope it will be the case one day hahaa. It looks like a pleasant experience. Can t wait to live it 🙂

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      Jan Michael de Guzman
      April 3, 2017 at 9:57 AM

      Wishing you the best of luck. ??? I wanna do it more often hopefully for free again.

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    Probe around the Globe
    April 2, 2017 at 8:17 PM

    This would be my dream: an upgrade on an intercontinental flight in such a plane! Whooo lucky duck! It seems you had a blast and took advantage of the extra perks! Well done

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      Jan Michael de Guzman
      April 3, 2017 at 9:56 AM

      Yes I really enjoyed it. I actually got this upgrade on the same day that I went on a complimentary luxury cruise.

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    CJ Haughey
    April 2, 2017 at 6:32 PM

    I recently got an upgrade to Premium class while flying from Taiwan so I know the joyous feeling when it’s your lucky day. Business class with Cathay looks to be quite an experience, it’s a pity you only had 2 hours to enjoy it!

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      Jan Michael de Guzman
      April 2, 2017 at 6:59 PM

      Well I think flying at Premium Economy gives you a chance to upgrade to Business Class if the flight is not full. I surely enjoyed that 2 hours and I hope to get more upgrades on the future ☺☺☺

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