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Review: Cathay Dragon First Class A330 Shanghai to Hong Kong

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Shanghai to Hong Kong in style.

When we originally booked our weekendwarrior trip to Shanghai and Hong Kong, Dave and I were planning on flying an inferior Cathay business class from Shanghai to Hong Kong. Here’s the thing…Cathay Dragon, formally known as Dragonair, is a subsidiary of Cathay Pacific and operates within Asia. While Cathay Dragon can be booked using One World partner miles, it can’t be accessed using Alaska Miles for you a redemption. Since I was redeeming my portion of the trip with Alaska miles we were restricted to flights operated on Cathay metal. Luckily, when we checked in at the airport, we were lucky enough to swap flights, arrive earlier into Hong Kong, and fly in Cathay Dragon First. Here’s what it was like.

Click the link above if you wanna read about how I negotiated us into First and Cathay Dragon, otherwise…continue on to the Cathay Pacific/Dragonair lounge.

The Deets:

  • When: November 21, 2017
  • Where: Shanghai to Hong Kong
  • Points used: 70k Alaska ( part of PVG-HKG-ORD)
  • Seat: 2G
  • Flight: KA803
  • Aircraft: A330
  • Duration: 2H 50mins

The Cathay Dragon A330 is broken into 3 cabins:

The biggest reason I wanted to swap from Cathay Pacific’s 772 into the Cathay Dragon A330 is the difference in cabin. It’s only a 3 hour flight, but being able to lie flat, have better IFE, and sit in a more exclusive cabin is always a nicer experience. Plus, we both paid a first class fare…usually they will accommodate you if that’s the case. Additionally, this flight arrived a few hours ahead of our original flight, which gave us more time to hang out in Hong Kong.

The cabin is two rows – 1-2-1 configuration. Very Similar to Cathay Pacific Long Haul business class. Zodiac Cirrus to be exact.

As you can see, the middle seats don’t have overhead storage which makes them feel much more open. They’re great if you’re traveling together. When we boarded the plane we were escorted through business class and shown to our seats, and asked which drink we would prefer. A very nice touch.

The window seats are more private and ideal if you’re traveling on your own.

One big difference between the first row and 2nd is the foot well storage space. Notice the pic with Miles…nowhere to put your things whereas as the pic on the left ( row 1 ) has room.

We started with some bubbly.

This was served promptly after boarding…we had barely gotten settled before we had a little sippy sip 🙂 These were served with some warm macadamia nuts.

two glasses of champagne on a table

 

The Food:

Neither of us were particularly hungry, but decided to tempt the sweet tooth a bit. I had a brownie with ice cream.  It was quite good, heh, heh, heh.

a brownie with ice cream and mint on a plate

 

While the flight is very short, I did take advantage of the fully lie flat seats.

a stuffed animal on a bed

Overall:

I’ve read reports that Cathay Dragon offers a caviar service onboard, but we weren’t offered one. The cabin was completely empty when I looked the morning of the flight. The cabin ended up half full. In fact, I’m pretty sure they weren’t expecting many people in First Class as we kind of snuck in at the last minute, but the service was still fantastic.

Speaking of the service. The lady that ended up sitting in front of me was wearing a dark skirt. The blanket ( seen above ) had rubbed off onto her skirt and left a ton of lint. The amazing thing? They had lint rollers, and by the time we landed she had been de-linted. Pretty impressive amenity.

a plane with windows and a screen


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