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Cathay Pacific First, Korean A380 First, a 72 hour hall pass & the RGN mistake fare

Cathay Pacific First, Korean A380 First, a 72 hour hall pass & the RGN mistake fare

Old Nov 5, 12, 1:49 pm
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Another SFO777 report. There goes my work productivity this week
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Old Nov 5, 12, 9:36 pm
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Cathay Pacific First and Business Lounge

Still a long walk from the concourse and still no view, but when the place isn't packed to the gills, it's not that bad a lounge. Despite the fact that I got to the lounge before official opening time, terrific lounge dragon Lilibeth welcomed me in, offered beverages, and over the next three hours, brought OJ, water refills and food.



































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Old Nov 5, 12, 9:37 pm
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CX goes after the Singapore Girls with Cathay Girls (and Boys)

I set up shop in the small but pleasant business area which consists of seven cubicles each equipped with a PC. Cubicles are big enough that one can set up a laptop and still have lots of room to work, and eat.

But, the best past of this arrangement was the CX screen saver show. ^















And if you'd like to see more of Grace, check out this day in the life of a Cathay FA video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGEhidjLrI8





And in the equal time department...







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Meanwhile at the other lounges...

The Delta SkyClub still has better views and is much closer to the concourse, but was more crowded today in the business center and the bar area. Probably a lot of AC pax since DL and AC have a deal to let MLL members/J pax use the SC which T3 is being renovated, and there YVR and YYZ flights were departing from nearby 1A and 1B.







And a pathetic selection of food, same as a domestic SC.



But they did corner the best location in the south pier with great views of the action...



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Old Nov 5, 12, 10:47 pm
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Jealousy... That's what I feel every time I read a TR related to the RGN error. Hopefully it will happen again and I'll be able to take part.

Meanwhile, I'll just enjoy the trip through your eyes.

Looking forward to the next installment.
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Ah, the jealousy that overcomes me when I saw the title! Good start and excited to hear your experience. I tried to get in on Round 3 of the RGN mistake fare but now we are waiting for the DOT and Swiss. Will see what happens. But until then, as a person loving in Korea, I am very excited to hear your Korean Air experience...
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I have been looking forward to the next SFO777 report. Thank you ^
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Good for you, SFO777! Have a great trip! Looking forward to the rest of the TR.
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Old Nov 6, 12, 4:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Genius1 View Post
Another SFO777 report. There goes my work productivity this week
Thanks Genius1, I think.

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Jealousy... That's what I feel every time I read a TR related to the RGN error. Hopefully it will happen again and I'll be able to take part.
Meanwhile, I'll just enjoy the trip through your eyes.
Looking forward to the next installment.
Sitting at ICN, I'm beginning to think that I may let the other two RGN trips go by the wayside. It was interesting, but I'm dead tired and probably won't do it again. Hopefully, the ICN-LAX will make up for BKK-ICN flight. Note to self: Don't book KE regional 773 F.

Originally Posted by SOLTATIO View Post
Ah, the jealousy that overcomes me when I saw the title! Good start and excited to hear your experience. I tried to get in on Round 3 of the RGN mistake fare but now we are waiting for the DOT and Swiss. Will see what happens. But until then, as a person living in Korea, I am very excited to hear your Korean Air experience...
Thanks SOLTATIO. First impressions are mixed. Great staff but the 2-2-2 regional F product? Not so much. Mercifully we were only 3/6 so each of us had two seats. Swiss First is worth fighting for. Good luck with the DOT.

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I have been looking forward to the next SFO777 report. Thank you ^
You are most welcome. Thanks for kind comments Madone59.

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CX 879
SFO-HKG
747-400
November 4, 2012
11:50A-6:50P +1 (sked)
12:30P-6:50P +1 (actual)
Departed 9/9
Seats 2K


Bored with the lounges after 3 hours, I headed down to Gate 3 at about T-50.









Said it before and will keep saying. CX should have worked out a deal with BA to renovate the Terraces lounge, where both F and J can board directly without dealing with gate lice. And CX boarding continues to underwhelm, especially at a cramped Gate 3. They did change the boarding lanes, moving F&J to against the window didn't improve anything. Yo CX, would it kill you to board your 9 F pax and instead of F & J?

But once on board, I relaxed pretty quickly. A mix of old and new pics...









And the first of many glasses of Krug. Although FA Iris forget the PD nuts.
Either someone missed 2K or we are just keeping the same now tired orchids as the inbound.



Great views of the tarmac and 28R approach.





OK, we'll wait for AF before we roll...









Our turn...







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Old Nov 6, 12, 5:14 pm
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Spectacular views today on our climb out...



























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