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After a few days in Hong Kong, it was time to begin the final portion of my journey home. Thanks to my generous US Airways award routing, I was able to have a 23-hour visit to Osaka, Japan. I loved my visit to Japan last year, so I jumped at the chance to spend a day there. Rather than fly back directly, I went from Hong Kong to Osaka in Cathay Pacific Business Class, via Taipei.
The flight was on an Airbus A330-300, which I have flown on in business class on Cathay a couple of times before. The regional business class seats in the 2-3-2 configuration aren’t as comfortable as the long haul reverse herringbone solo seats, but they’re fine. Business class was about half full when we departed from Hong Kong. I had seat 12A, with nobody next to me.
We had this great view of Hong Kong International Airport as we took off.
Meal service began as soon as possible, with the food being served mostly all at once. First came some fruit for a starter, plus a roll, but the main course, stir-fried chili prawns glazed with crab meat, followed almost immediately. The prawns were delicious. The veggies looked gross, so I skipped them. The chocolate tart was good, though the caramel could have used a bit more sea salt.
After the quick meal, we landed in Taipei. We had been in the air about an hour at this point. This was the first stopover I’ve had in years. Annoyingly, despite only having an hour stop in Taipei, everyone had to deplane for security reasons. This meant that everyone had to remove all of their things, reclear security, then go to the transit lounge. The whole transit process took about half an hour. I’m not sure why this stopover exists rather than being serviced as a separate flight, and it does add to the travel time, so be aware if you’re booking this route.
Finally, we were back in the air for the second leg of the trip to Osaka. By this point, business class was almost empty for the two hour journey.
Interestingly, despite the total flight time of about 3 hours, split into two parts, we were served a second meal on the second leg. This makes sense since not every passenger will be on both parts of the flight, but if you are on both, you’re certainly not going to go hungry. The second meal was listed as a refreshment rather than lunch, but it was every bit as heavy as the lunch.
I wasn’t too hungry, so I only had some of my meal, which was fried halibut, fettuccine, and lobster sauce.
There was ice cream for dessert.
I realize this was only a regional flight, but it was disappointing that the only inflight entertainment was TV shows, no movies. The usual excellent selection I’ve encountered on Cathay wasn’t available this time. Granted, it was only three hours total, but I could have easily watched a whole movie.
The service on both legs of the flight from Hong Kong to Taipei to Osaka was great, as it always is with Cathay Pacific. The flight attendants are always friendly, but never obtrusive or over-the-top. It’s one of the reasons why I enjoy flying on Cathay flights.
Read below for all of my posts about my trip around the Pacific Rim!
A trip around the Pacific Rim – Introduction
OneWorld Business Lounge Los Angeles LAX review
Cathay Pacific Business Class Boeing 777-300ER Los Angeles LAX to Hong Kong HKG review
Cathay Pacific Business Class Airbus A330 Hong Kong HKG to Kuala Lumpur KUL review
Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral review
A layover in Kuala Lumpur – Street markets & Petronas Towers
Cathay Pacific Lounge Kuala Lumpur KUL satellite review
Plaza Premium Lounge Kuala Lumpur KUL review
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge Kuala Lumpur KUL satellite review
Malaysia Airlines Business Class Airbus A330-300 Kuala Lumpur KUL to Auckland AKL review
Air New Zealand Economy Class Airbus A320 Auckland AKL to Queenstown ZQN review
Queenstown Motel Apartments – Queenstown, New Zealand review
Queenstown, New Zealand – A Lord of the Rings tour
Day trip from Queenstown, New Zealand – Milford Sound
Queenstown, New Zealand – Skyline Queenstown
Craft beer in Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown to Franz Josef, New Zealand by bus
Hiking to Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Franz Josef to Nelson, New Zealand by bus
Fellworth House – Nelson, New Zealand review
A beer & wine tour through Nelson, New Zealand
The best craft beer in Nelson, New Zealand
Nelson to Wellington, New Zealand by bus and ferry via Picton
A nerdy day at Weta Workshop in Wellington, New Zealand
Exploring the museums & parks of Wellington, New Zealand
The best craft beer in Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington to Auckland, New Zealand by bus
New Year’s Eve in Auckland, New Zealand
A rainy New Year’s Day at the Auckland War Memorial Museum
A rainy day at the Auckland Art Gallery & New Zealand Maritime Museum
The best craft beer in Auckland, New Zealand
Emperor Lounge Auckland AKL review
Malaysia Airlines Business Class Airbus A330-300 Auckland AKL to Kuala Lumpur KUL review
Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur review
A layover in Kuala Lumpur – Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia & Jalan Alor
Malaysia Airlines Golden Regional Lounge Kuala Lumpur KUL review
Malaysia Airlines Business Class Boeing 737-800 Kuala Lumpur KUL to Hong Kong HKG review
A visit to Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong for dim sum
A rainy day in Hong Kong – Science Museum & Kau Kee noodles
Hong Kong – Victoria Peak & more great food
More dim sum in Hong Kong – Din Tai Fung & Dim Sum Square
A day trip to Macau from Hong Kong
Grand City Hotel Hong Kong review
The best craft beer in Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Cabin Business Class Lounge Hong Kong review
Cathay Pacific The Bridge Business Class Lounge Hong Kong review
Cathay Pacific Business Class Airbus A330-300 Hong Kong HKG to Osaka KIX via Taipei review
A layover in Osaka – Ramen, sushi, & exploring the city
JAL Sakura Lounge Osaka KIX review
JAL Business Class Boeing 787 Osaka KIX to Los Angeles LAX review