Flight Review – KA103 Kathmandu to Hong Kong

Airline: Cathay Dragon
Gate: 5
Seat 11D: (business aisle)
Plane: A330-300
Boarded 22.50 (scheduled 22.30)
Pushback 23.13
Departed: 23.21 (Scheduled 23.10)
Note: Time Change plus 2 hour 15 minutes
Arrived: 05.39 (Scheduled 05.50)
Duration: 4 hour 3 minutes
Distance: 2,937 kms

The return flight from the earlier Hong Kong to Kathmandu flight (review here) this was a short overnight flight. Prior to this flight I used the Kathmandu Radisson Executive Lounge (review here).

Check in Airport
Check in at Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu Airport) requires you to present you passport and ticket before entering the airport. You then get you bags scanned to get into the checkin area. I had arrived more than 3 hours before the flight so had to wait for the counters to be opened not knowing which counter would be for Cathay Dragon. They are a few shops for snacks in this area.

Cathay Dragon counters opened right on 3 hours be scheduled flight time. There were the first three counters being; business class, economy bag drop only, and economy. The couple checking in before me needed to purchase extra checkin allowance which considering business was 60 kg each passenger tells you they had some serious items in those bags. The credit card processing took approximately 6-8 minutes by which time several economy passengers had been checked in, however their line was massive.

After being checked in I was provided with a Lounge Pass as a business passenger (not sure if I’d get one as Oneworld Emerald but assume I would).

From here you go go to the escalators to head up to Migration control but before the escalator your boarding pass and passport are checked.

Once passed Migration but before Security there is a small food, shopping and seating area and the Thai Silk Lounge and the Kathmandu Radisson Executive Lounge (which I accessed). After finishing up in the lounge I went though security as directed at 22.30 at this point I released I had lost me Qantas Membership card and passport cover somewhere but which was unfortunate.

Finally at Gate 5 they had setup a special area for business class and Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members. We commenced boarding at 22.50 by walking to the plane across the tarmac and climbing the stairs.

The Seat
There is a small business class area (2 x 2 x 2 across in 4 rows so 24 seats) followed by economy. As this was an all night flight I had preselected middle group so I had direct aisle with nobody stepping over me.

The seat is a shell seat design which means when you recline the chair slides forwards rather than backwards into the passenger behind. The added leg rest swings up into a “lazy Z” position and you have a comfortable product for the journey but no lie flat seating. The seat pitch was 45 inches and width 20 inches.

Business class was full and it amazed me to here some USA passengers complain they weren’t sitting together and admitting they hadn’t selected seats and were on different tickets, not sure what Cathay Dragon was to do but allocate them to available seats without instructions!

Amenity Kit
Handed out before take off the kit included socks, mask, ear plugs, toothpaste, mouthwash and creams. I don’t recall getting one for the flight over to Kathmandu so might have only been provided as this is an overnight flight.

Meals
Juices and water offered while boarding was still occurring.

The meal was served almost immediately are plane reached cruising altitude. The meal included some season fruits, and I selected the stir fried fish, spring onion, Park Chou, fried vegetable noodles (lovely) and strawberry Haagen-Dazs Ice-cream.

Between the Entree (fruit) and the main meal I was somehow forgotten and my tray taken away before getting the main meal. Chief Flight Attendant apologised several times for the mistake (I wasn’t complaining just pointed out I was waiting for main meal).

Service
Despite the forgotten meal I still felt the flight attendants provided great level of service. At the start of the flight and at the end chief flight attendant come up to me welcoming me (start) and thanking me for flying with them (end) which I was the only one to get this treatment, I suspect I was the only Oneworld Emerald on the flight.

Entertainment System
Crystal clear large seat back screen which extensive choice of Western and Chinese programs. I selected Big Bang Theory for two episodes and then shifted to music to attempt to get a few hours sleep.

The Flight
The flight was very smooth except for the bumpy landing. We were woken up 30 minutes from landing. No complaints for the flight and I felt a good use of Qantas Frequent Flyer points.

Arrival
Our arrival gate at Hong Kong International Airport was 71. The internal trains don’t run before 06.00 and since we landed at 05.39 it meant a long walk to Immigration. I was one of the first people off the plane and I was the first to Immigration which only had limited people from other flights being processed. As I had completed the Immigration card on the plane I faced minimal delays.

Once in the baggage claim area (22 minutes after landing) I found my bag and was back airside. From here it was a visit to the Cathay Pacific Arrivals Lounge (review to be completed).

Summary
Other than then the mistake over the main meal, which I barely cared about, this was a great flight and use of points. The Tribhuvan International Airport isn’t the most modern airport but Cathay Dragon priority checkin, lounge access and priority boarding worked well. This short international overnight flight is timed well and is everything you would expected from a good regional international service.

About Nathan

An Australian World traveler who has been fortunate enough to experience 56 countries so far. https://nathanburgessinsights.com/travel/
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