Hong Kong was always a distant land for me. I assumed it is full of bankers and traders. One fine day when Cathay Pacific approached me to explore Hong Kong with them – I said ‘Why Not!’. Thus, began my research on Hong Kong – The Tourist Destination.
In the middle of September, I was at Mumbai airport to board the airlines from Mumbai to Hong Kong. It was a 1:05 AM flight that gave me ample time to explore the vibrant T2 terminal – my favorite airport in the world. My check-in process was smooth. The Airline staff at the check-in counters were courteous. I was happy to have my preferred window seat – as it would allow me to have an aerial view of Hong Kong as I land.
Flying Mumbai – Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific
Boarding was easy and on time.
As I entered the plane for my economy class seat, I noticed an array of newspapers to pick. This included The Sunday Morning Post, The New York Times and a Chinese Newspaper. I picked up the Sunday Post to read on the current affairs in my destination.
The flight was full which tells me the route is popular and the airline is doing good business. I settled into my seat and watched the safety video. The airline uses animation to tell you about the safety procedures, that is quite cute.
A bright little magazine peeped from the seat pocket in front of me. Sucker that I am for the written word, I picked it up to read. The cover had Princess Diana on it and the story promised to take me through Diana’s London. Aptly titled ‘Discovery’ – this airlines magazine is bilingual – you can read it in both English and Chinese. I flipped through the pages and discovered some interesting things about Hong Kong and some events happening during the month. After a few pages, I found a feature on Hyderabad. Remember, until a few years back this was my home. It was a nice trip down the memory lane to see the images of Hyderabad Old City and fondly remember my heritage walks there.
Another magazine ‘Discover The Shop’ was for onboard shopping. Now, I am not much of shopper, so I just admired the products on paper and kept it away.
Since I was not hungry, I requested the crew to give me my food an hour before landing. They agreed with a smile. I wrapped myself in the blanket and went off to sleep.
Precisely an hour before landing, the crew woke me up and handed me my vegetarian breakfast. This is how it looked.
Food was simple with very mild spices and just perfect to have before you land and reach your hotel.
Vegetarian Food Options
When I was doing my web check-in I looked at the menu options for vegetarians. I was surprised to see the wide variety of options available. As a vegetarian, I had all these meal options to choose from:
- Vegetarian Hindu / Indian Vegetarian meal
- Vegetarian Vegan meal
- The Vegetarian raw meal
- Vegetarian Jain meal
- The Vegetarian Oriental meal
- Vegetarian Lacto-Ovo meal
- Fruit Platter meal
Please Note: If you do have any special meal requests an order should be placed 24 hours before your scheduled flight.
Flying Hong Kong – Mumbai with Cathay Pacific
5 days in Hong Kong, I tired of myself. I walked an average of 15 km every day. Remember, Hong Kong is all hills so you go up and down all the time. So, by the time I reached Hong Kong International Airport to board my 8:05 PM flight to Mumbai, I was dead tired. Thankfully, the queues at the check-in counter were very small or the number of check-in counters was large enough to not let the queues build up. It took me less than 5 mins to check-in and proceed to my gate.
After an easy boarding, I was once again on a window seat to fly back home. The screen in front of me gave me enough options to sit back and entertain myself. I surfed through the wide array of world cinema & TV shows options available. I watched a newly released Hindi Film and then a few Ted Talks.
There is a small vertical tray below the screen to keep your gadgets. I comfortably placed my mobile phone and the Kindle there. Right in front of my eyes, it was impossible to leave them in the aircraft. There was also a USB port to charge the devices, though I did not use it. This is something I have noticed only on their aircraft so far.
Did you know Cathay Pacific first established its office in India at Calcutta in 1952?
Overall, I had a pleasant, hassle-free experience. The airline being Hong Kong’s premier airlines provides the best connectivity to Hong Kong.
Cathay Pacific Fact Sheet
From India, they provide connectivity from Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore & Kolkata.
The airline operates from 4 cities in India and connects them directly with Hong Kong.
- Mumbai – 10 flights per week
- Chennai – 7 flights per week
- Hyderabad – 4 flights per week
- New Delhi – 14 flights per week
- Bangalore – 7 flights per week
- Kolkata – 6 flights per week
I am already looking forward to flying with them. Just have to figure out which destination!