Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER is perhaps the most consistent overall product out there. I recently flew them from Toronto (YYZ) to Hong Kong (HKG).  Unfortunately, Cathay does not operate First Class cabin service on this route so my redemption option was fairly straight forward.

Booking Cathay Pacific Business Class

Alaska Mileage Plan is my favorite program for booking Cathay Pacific flights. It costs 60,000 miles to fly from North America to Asia and only 62,500  for India! I was able to find two seats for the entire itinerary YYZ-HKG-BOM with a 2-day stopover in HKG, thanks to generous routing rules. Cathay flights cannot be searched or booked online with Alaska’s portal, so I called in ($25 booking fee) and provided the needed details. Searching Cathay award space on British Airways or Qantas website are good alternatives. One-way trip from Canada to India cost me 62,500 miles + $113.40 per person.

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Flight: CX 825  YYZ-HKG
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER
Duration: 15hr 20min
Seat: 23A

The check-in and baggage drop off procedure at YYZ terminal 3 was simple and straight forward. We scanned our passports to confirm seat selection, and obtained  luggage tags at the kiosk and proceeded to the baggage drop off booths. A quick scan of boarding pass and the bags were loaded on the belts. Easy, human free process.

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Cathay Pacific Check-in – YYZ Terminal 3

 

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Cathay Pacific Baggage Drop-Off: YYZ Terminal 3

Unfortunately, Cathay fliers do not get access to the priority security lane. Although, right kind of Amex or Nexus membership does the trick.

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Priority Lane – YYZ Terminal 3

CX 825 was delayed by an hour, which meant that the gate area was extremely busy at the time of boarding. The priority boarding too had quite a few passengers lined up already. However, with a dedicated aerobridge for Business passengers, boarding was hassle-free.

 

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Priority Boarding line for CX 825

 

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Cathay Pacific 777-300ER

Business class cabin on Cathay Pacific 777-300ER is split in two sections and my seat, 23 A was located in the second section in front of Premium Economy cabin. The seat layout was 1-2-1 with reverse herringbone configuration.

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Business Class cabin – Cathay Pacific 777-300ER

As expected, the window seat was extremely spacious and offered direct aisle access with adequate privacy. The upholstery however, has started to look tired and I hope Cathay can address this issue on their older fleet.

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Seat 23A on Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

 

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

I love Cathay’s Business class offering

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Cabin layout – Cathay Business Class 777-300ER

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Plenty of leg room to stretch out

The ‘media panel’ on the side of the seat is one of my favorite features on Cathay business class, so much easier when everything is in one place and accessible without bending, twisting and crouching 😉

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Media and Seat controls

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Headphone and storage cabinet

The in-seat storage space on Cathay 777-300ER is second to none, I quite like the space utility it offers.

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

More storage space in-seat

Pre-departure drink service was very prompt and started shortly after I had settled into my seat. A glass of champagne to start with.

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Pre-departure drink on Cathay: Champagne Deutz Brut Classic

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Noise canceling headphones

The premium Economy cabin behind me was a 2-4-2 configuration and by the looks of it, offered great leg room and came with similar upholstery.

Back in Business class however, it was time to explore the amenity kit, designed by Seventy Eight Percent. The contents included natural skincare products from an Australian company Jurlique.

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Cathay Pacific Business Class: Amenity Kit

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Standard contents of an Amenity kit: Skincare products by Jurlique

Soon, it was time to push back and head to the runway. by this time, we were already an hour past our departure time.

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Friendly Tail sights: Air Transat, Westjet. KLM and Delta

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Up Up and Away – Ascending over Mississauga, Ontario

Shortly after take-off, seat belt signs were switched off and the crew was in action with menu, more champagne, nuts while I got busy with exploring media options.

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

TV Screen on Cathay Business Class 777-300 ER

The extensive menu on this ~15 hour flight included a scheduled Lunch and Dinner Service with snacks options on demand.

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Lunch Menu

 

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Snacks and Dinner Menu

 

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Wines on Offer: CX 825

 

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

 

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

 

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

 

Dinner service kicked off with some more Champagne for me. Couscous and smoked duck appetizer was followed by roasted Cod for mains.

 

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Champagne Deutz Brut Classic

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Appetizer: Smoked Duck with Pearl Cous Cous and garden Salad

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Main Course for Dinner: Roasted Cod

Although crew comes around to collect meal options, it is standard for Cathay to bring all meals  in a trolley – very 80’s. I was happy to read that Cathay had committed to upgrading their meal service in Business class.

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Other main course options on the menu

 

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Cheese Plate and Fruits

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Dessert: Chocolate truffle cake with mousse

Confession time: I am a serious ‘sleeper’, as in I am known to sleep 7-8 hour stretches if I can lie down or even 7-8 hours of broken sleep in economy. I know, this is not normal and most people of envious of my super powers. Needless to say, after that smashing lunch/dinner service, I was looking forward to sleep. And sleep I did – A solid 6.5 hours later, I woke up to another round of food. Unhealthy, but I was thinking of writing a full review 😉 Had to be done. Given my sleep pattern, I did not have a chance to try the snacks menu as such. For Dinner, I chose Aloo Gobi (Potato and Cauliflower) with rice.

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Starter: Fruit Plate

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Main Course: Aloo Gobi with rice and vegetables

 

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

White Chocolate Banana Cake with berry sauce

Between the gluttony of food, drinks and sleep, Hong Kong beckoned and it was time to land. Unfortunately, we were still an hour delayed and landed in HKG with Cat 3 tropical storm warning. However, the landing was smooth as it could be.

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER

Window View in HKG

Final Thoughts

Another ride on the ever consistent Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER had come to an end. There is great comfort in familiar level of good service, over the years with Cathay. The crew on board were polite and always attentive to passenger needs. On this trip, I also found them going out of their way to engage with passengers like I have never experienced before, they were keen to know if it was our first time in town and if we had any specific plans. The seats offered great comfort and room to stretch out. The upholstery however is starting to show its age and I hope Cathay looks into revamping some of its older fleet as well. Cathay Pacific Business Class continues to be my favorite way to get to Asia, with Alaska miles – A true sweet spot if there ever was!