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This trip review was in Business Class on a Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 from Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Qatar to Hong Kong (HKG). The flight itself was ok with a great cabin crew, excellent seats, but unimpressive food. Cathay Pacific features in my top 10 best airlines for longhaul Business Class.

Cathay Pacific Business Class passengers have access to the brilliant Qatar Airways’ Al Mourjan Business Lounge, located on level 3 at Hamad International Airport. From the lounge, it was a ten minute walk to gate A7 for my Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 flight.

Business Class Cabin
Business Class on Cathay Pacific’s Airbus A330 is spread over 2 cabins: a large Business Class cabin in the front of the plane with 28 seats, and a smaller Business Class with 11 seats in front of the Premium Economy cabin. The herringbone layout in a 1-2-1 means that all Business Class seats have direct aisle access. The Business Class seats on the sides are angled toward the window (about 2 windows per seat), while the seats in the middle are angled towards each other. The herringbone layout is great for privacy, even in the middle seats,.

Business Class Seat
The seats are identical to the ones on American Airlines’ Boeings 777-300ER. Each seat has plenty of storage space for all your personal items. Next to the seat, at eye level, are the seat and entertainment controls, reading light and power port. Seats have a universal power supply outlet and a multi-port connector with an RCA port, an iPhone/iPod connector and a USB port. The RCA and the iPhone/iPod connector allows you to connect to your own devices and watch video through the TV screen. The seats feature a large tray table in addition to a work surface so you can eat and work at the same time. There’s a large footrest in front of every seat and each seat has a 15-inch TV screen with movies and so on.

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The Cathay seat retracts to a fully flat-bed which is just over 2 metres (82 inches) in length. A bed extension increases its width by 16.5 cm (6.5 inches) to provide hip support. The side storage compartment offers extra knee space.

What are the best Business Class seats on Cathay Pacific’s Airbus A330-300?
Single travellers should go for window seats. Travel companions should go for the middle seats. However, the middle seats are very private so are not ideal for couples. I personally would choose 2 Business Class window seats one after the other when travelling in a couple.

What are the worst Business Class seats on Cathay Pacific’s Airbus A330-300?
I suggest to avoid the very front row 11 and row 18 due to their proximity to the galley and toilets. Row 21 is not ideal as it is close to Premium Economy bassinet seats.

Each seat comes with a blanket and a decent pillow. The Business Class amenity kit has been created by Seventy Eight Percent and contains Jurlique products (natural lip care balm, balancing day care dream, and citrus hand cream), anti-skid socks, eyeshade, toothbrush, toothpaste, earplugs and monitor-cleaning cloth.

Food Review On Cathay Pacific
Before takeoff, I was offered a welcome drink; OJ water, or a strange sunrise hued drink. Fifteen minutes after take-off (2.30 am), dinner was offered, starter, main course, and desert served at once on a single tray. The food was good but the presentation was uninspiring. The starter consisted of freshly prepared savoury dips with mini pita bread. As an entrée, I choose the Nile Perch with lemon dill cream sauce, parsley mash and roasted pumpkin. Dessert was a fresh note of mixed berries (see pictures).

90 minutes prior to landing, a continental breakfast was served, with a mixed berry and banana smoothie, freshly brewed coffee, seasonal cut fruit, Bircher muesli, and a selection of bakery items. There was no hot dish which is disappointing when travelling in Business Class.

You can read more of my Business and First Class airline reviews including flight reviews of Cathay Pacific First Class On Boeing 747-400, Cathay Pacific A350 business class and my top 10 Best Business Class airlines for long haul travel.

It is worth reading my 10 tips to find cheap long-haul Business Class flights for a way to save money on your next First, Business and even Premium Economy flight booking.

Review by my friends at Luxury Travel Expert

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