Take 2 on CX premium from HKG-YYZ
Hello fellow FTers, I’m back, albeit a year and a half later than I promised… But I hope you enjoy this trip report on CX business from HKG-YYZ.
Flight: CX 820
Departure Time: 2:45 am
Arrival Time: 6.00 am
Departure Date: August 29, 2010
Aircraft: 777-300ER (B-KPC)
August 27th, 2010
– Mental process: press check in, fill out particulars, reconfirm seat, press confirm, click click click as fast as possible.
- BN 1- Mmmm, that wonderful number. A smile starts forming on my face. A few months ago it showed the availability of this flight to be Y0 B0 H0 K0 L0 M0 V0. This was expected. After all, it was peak season for students returning to school. Inside, I was grinning evilly. I knew what this meant. Yup, you guessed it: Op-up
August 28th, 2010
I try to remain calm. It’s still approximately T-24. Still no upgrade? ☹ Take a deep breath. Heeeeee-hooooooo*. Ah, much better
An exhausting day full of last minute shopping and packing makes me forget about my flight later that evening (well alright, tomorrow for all you nit-picky FTers). Hrm… maybe it’s time to check on cx.com just in case…
Business. Seat 20D. Inside, I was doing the op-up happy dance to praise the op-up gods. I then continue the dance on the outside, and proceeded to dance around the house. At this moment, my mom looked at me with what Hong Kongers call “o-mouth” (ie. Your mouth resembles a big O, and you stare at the subject doing the craziest thing imaginable) Yes, another opportunity to experience long haul J on CX.
Check in goes relatively smoothly except for some luggage issues… nothing to dampen my mood though (I was thankfully not charged for overweight items).
I was now situated at the south departure hall of HKIA.
Mom: “Siu sum di la. Hui dou da deen wah bei ngor la” (Be careful. Call me when you get there)
Me: “Duc la duc la” (ok, ok)
Mom: Ho la, bye bye (okay, bye bye) (tight hug, a few kisses- I return them, trying to conceal the embarrassment of this display of public affection…)
I leave before my mom could call me back for some more hugs. I knew I would get a chance to call her again before I left.
I step into the lounge, only to see everything closed. However, some of the food is still out, and I manage to get some cheese and crackers before they are taken away. No worries, I would get a meal a couple of hours into the flight anyway. I spent some time checking my email, FT, and browsed the net before heading for a shower. The lounge was relatively quiet, with most flights already departed by the time I got there. At the lounge, I spot the SFO security checks happening down below. It was interesting seeing people get pulled out last minute for random checks even though the gates were closing…
“Ladies and Gentlemen thank you for waiting…” Boarding call! Tonight, CX 820 was originally scheduled to leave from gate 2, but due to tech issues (speculation) earlier on a 747 parked at gate 2, we were switched to gate 3 for tonight. I slowly packed up, and headed downstairs, looking at the long economy line as I walked past. Phew, glad I’m not there.
I get settled at 20D, and the FA comes by with a welcoming drink. Not very welcoming considering the FA’s attitude… but I remain hopeful. I sit down and call my mom to let her know I was on the plane. Again, the signature “take care and call me when you’re there” conversation ensued:
Mom: “Seung jor gei la. Ho la, siu sum di la. Gei ju da bei ngor wor” (You’re on the plane? Okay, be careful and remember to call me)
Me: Okay bye
Aircraft doors close right on time, and everyone is settled. Ready to go
After a long taxi, we line up with the runway. Nothing exciting during take off… one must understand that it is
1. pitch black outside
2. a very late flight
Sometime during the dead of night (HK time)
Drinks are served, as well as a “refreshment” a.k.a. a full course dinner. I skip the salad (smoked salmon), and just nibble on some garlic bread. The dinner options are the traditional ones… beef, pasta, etc. I choose the beef as the main course. The last thing I remember was falling asleep while waiting for trays to be taken away…
I wake up and realize I didn’t finish dinner before I fell asleep. Feeling a little peckish, I walk up to the galley, and ask the FA for a noodle in soup. She gives me a warmer reply than the ones at dinner.” Certainly, but it will take 15 minutes to reheat”. No problem, I can wait.
My noodle soup arrives, and it smells oh so good. Nothing beats a bowl of signature CX noodle soup. I dig into my mid-flight snack, and finish it in approximately 8 minutes.
After resting for a bit, I feel slightly dissatisfied, so I press the call button, asking if the FA had any cheesecake left from dinner. With a smile, the FA replies, “I don’t know if we have any, but I will try looking for you ok?” I thank her and she heads off.
The cheesecake arrives, and I start eating. Oh my goodness, it tastes divine. It was gone in a few minutes. I felt like eating an extra one, but to avoid becoming a pig, I decided against it.
1:30 pm (Toronto Local Time)
I watch a couple of movies, and relax in my seat. Getting a bit tired at this point, I decided to snooze again for a bit.
3:45 am (Toronto Local Time)
Breakfast is served! I have to say that of all my CX flights, the breakfast I had on this flight was hands down THE best one I’ve had. It was chicken congee with “cheung fan” (rice rolls) in X.O. sauce. Generally slightly salty, but the congee was just the right consistency, and the cheung fan was flavourful.
Mmmm mmm ☺
5:15 am (Toronto Local Time)
The sun is starting to rise, and I get out of my seat to get a few shots from the window at the 2L door. The captain makes an announcement and tells us we’re approximately half an hour from touchdown, and asks the cabin crew to prepare for landing.
The rest of the flight is uneventful. Cabin crew was courteous upon landing, thanking each of us for choosing CX and to have a nice day. I trek down the length of the terminal to get to immigration and my luggage
Luggage in hand, I head out to what was surprisingly a pleasant early morning in Toronto.
Hope you enjoyed the report