This Review of Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300 from Bali DPS to Hong Kong is part of a Southeast Asia trip report including luxury resort stays at Amanpulo, Amanwana, Mandapa and the St. Regis Bali.
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Cathay Pacific 777-300 Regional Business Class Cabin and Seat Selection
Cathay's 777-300 regional business class cabin has 42 seats in a 2-3-2 configuration, across 5 full rows, plus 3 seats, 11D, 11E and 11G in front and 4 seats, 18A, 18C, 18H and 18K in the very back.
Couples will want to select the paired window seats, for example 14A/14C, 14H/14K, etc., although I'd avoid the very last ones in row 18, and also 12A/12C, which are right by the lavatories. 12H/12K in the bulkhead could be especially good for those who want extra legroom.
For obvious reasons, you'll want to avoid middle seats, 11E-17E, and pick an aisle seat if you want to easily be able to get up and stretch your legs.
Here's my son's seat, 15C:
Cathay Pacific Business Class Seat, 777-300 Regional
On its regional 777-300s, Cathay Business Class seats are recliner seats, not flat bed or even angled flat. This is what is used on the DPS-HKG route, since it's a 5 hour flight and Bali is a leisure destination. Here are the seat controls:
The seat is 20 inches wide, so 1 inch narrower than the 21 inches you'd get on the international 777-300ERs with flat bed seats. Each seat had a pillow on it, but as a daytime regional flight (Bali departure time: 4:05pm) there were no blankets, and also no amenity kits.
Each passenger has a power outlet; these are located between the seats.
The seatback IFE screens are quite small, but at least feature Cathay's excellent CX Studio, with many international as well as Hollywood choices. Given Cathay's Hong Kong hub, there's even a dedicated category for films made in Hong Kong.
Cathay Pacific Business Class Service, Food and Drink
The gate area was completely packed, so it was no surprise that the entire flight was very full; all 42 seats in Business Class were occupied. Given that, the Cathay Pacific in-flight team was very efficient. Hot towels were soon distributed, once everyone was in their seats:
There was a choice of orange juice, water, and champagne (Piper Heidsieck Cuvee Brut) for pre-flight drinks.
Here's the dinner menu for the flight:
Prior to the meal we were served mixed almonds and cashews with a pre-dinner drink. I chose tomato juice.
While it doesn't look like much in the photo, the lamb rendang with coconut okra and steamed rice was fantastic. The rendang was redolent with cinnamon, cloves, galangal, chili and coconut, and spicier than I'd have expected on a commercial airline flight.
Afterwards, cabin crew offered fresh fruit and cheese and crackers from a trolley. I chose the cheese plate, which was perfectly fine, although not memorable.
I didn't have any, but there was also a cheesecake of sorts being offered. It wasn't cherry cheesecake, which was on the menu, and didn't look like anything too special.
Since I'm originally from Hawaii, another leisure destination, I understand that many airlines aren't willing to invest in flat bed business class. I nevertheless hate business class recliner seats in general, especially on flights of 4 hours or more, and would have loved a comfortable seat, which these were not.
The rest of the flight, however, was good: efficient service, a really tasty Indonesian main course, and as usual plenty of variety on the Studio CX IFE.
If you've flown Cathay's 777-300 regional business class within Asia, what was your experience?
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