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Flight review: Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Experience business class on one of the world’s top 10 airlines: Cathay Pacific. 

Business class is the only way to fly. The in-flight service is better, the seats are more comfortable and the food is not only tastier but more aesthetically pleasing, too. Flying in such elevated conditions ensures a restful sleep on long-haul flights and a calm environment from which to work when doing business on the go. This year, Cathay Pacific placed eighth in the Skytrax World Airline Awards, so what can you expect from a business-class ticket on one of the world’s top 10 airlines?

Airline: Cathay Pacific
Flight number: CX101
Route: Hong Kong to Sydney
Aircraft: 777-300ER
Class: Business
Seat: 12G
Duration: 7 hours 55 minutes
Reviewed by: Laura Barry

The cabin

With high ceilings, unobtrusive overhead storage and angular seating pods with a 1-2-1 configuration, the business class cabins on Cathay Pacific’s 777-300ER feel open and spacious with plenty of clearance for taller passengers.

flight attendant
© Cathay Pacific

The seat

The business class seats onboard Cathay Pacific’s 777-300ER are comfortable. Upholstered in a thick navy weave with faux leather trim on the arms, the Cirrus seats are wide with upholstered armrests that cocoon around your body. The seat itself is a fully customisable recliner, and passengers can rise and lower the leg rest and backrest independently, while the seat itself can be maneuvered back and forth. The seat folds down entirely into a 208-centimetre lie-flat bed that is smooth and snug for catching Z’s on a long-haul flight. Opposite the seat is a footrest for stowage of bedding – which includes a pillow and 400-thread-count cotton seat liner and duvet by British label Bamford – and to the side is a deep storage compartment.

The pod has a small locker with a mirror, over-ear headphones with crystal-clear sound, Evian water and toiletries by Bamford. Cathay Pacific’s 777-300ER business class seat also has a side table and control panel with task lighting, an RCA connector, a USB port and a power socket for portable device charging. The tray table is wider and deeper than anything you’ll find in premium economy, perfect for balancing a laptop when work needs to be completed inflight.

lie-flat business class seat Cathay Pacific
© Cathay Pacific

Entertainment

The 15.4-inch swing-out television screen is your portal to thousands of hours of entertainment, with programs from BBC, Disney+, HBO and new release films, from both the east and west, plus K-dramas and more. There’s a music selection featuring everyone from Rod Stewart and The Rolling Stones to Troye Sivan, Taylor Swift and the latest K-pop. There are even guided audio meditations by Headspace and games to play. In-flight shopping is also available.

Service

Cathay Pacific’s 777-300ER business class staff are attentive and helpful. I was offered a drink and refreshing towel upon arrival, and my pre-ordered breakfast card had been filled, collected and filed prior to takeoff. Dinner was served around 30 minutes after take-off and the moment my beverages were finished and cutlery set down, an attendant was by my side to clear the table and enquire as to whether I required anything else.

bedding and amenities in Cathay Pacific business class
Bedding and amenities © Cathay Pacific

Food + Drink

The food and drinks on my CX101 Hong Kong to Sydney flight aboard Cathay Pacific’s 777-300ER were delicious. I started my culinary journey by sampling Cathay Pacific’s signature non-alcoholic drink, the Cathay Delight, a concoction of kiwi juice, coconut milk and fresh mint. For dinner I enjoyed shredded chicken noodle soup with Shanghainese pak choy and Huadiao wine, which had a mild and soothing broth with pleasantly firm noodles, accompanied by two dinner rolls and butter. I finished with a warming Hong Kong-style milk tea.

When breakfast rolled around I awoke to a selection of fruit (strawberry, pineapple, honeydew and cantaloupe), a warm croissant and danish, with a main dish of toasted banana bread with apricot compote, whipped ricotta, honey and walnuts. A glass of orange juice completed the offering.

inflight power outlets on Cathay pacific
Power outlets © Cathay Pacific

Amenities

Toiletries by Bamford, including hand and body lotion, lip balm and a hydrating face mist, plus eye mask, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouth wash, eye mask, ear plugs and slippers. In the business class bathrooms, which are more spacious than that in economy, you’ll also find products by Bamford, such as hand wash, hand lotion, antibacterial hand gel and even scented sprays.

Baggage

Travelling in Cathay Pacific’s business class affords passengers two pieces of carry-on baggage with a total of no more than 10 kilograms, plus two pieces of checked baggage at 32 kilograms each.

Bamford amenity kit
Bamford amenities © Cathay Pacific

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