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In this trip report, I review my flight on Hong Kong Airlines in business class on their A330 from Hong Kong to Shanghai. This flight was for a recent work trip, and I booked with Hong Kong airlines as Cathay Pacific was booked up and the flight times of this Hong Kong Airlines flight suited my flight schedule. The flight was a morning flight, and the plane was a A330-200.

The plane had a two-class configuration. There were 18 business class seats and 246 economy class seats. The business class had 4 rows of 1-2-1 configuration and the last row of one seat on each window. I was seated on the first row at 11C, which was a seat on the left side of the plane.

Waiting for me at my seat was a pillow, a blanket and slippers. After seating, the stewardesses came around and distributed bottles of Evian water, a hot towel and the noise cancelling headphones. My seat was 21 inches wide and had a pitch of 45 inches. In front of my seat was a small footrest, which had a small compartment underneath to store my shoes.

On the left side of the seat was the side table. The seat controls, in-flight entertainment remote and power socket were located below this, while a reading light and compartment for the magazine and menus were on top of the table. In front of me was the TV screen, and on its left was the tray table folded up. A coat hanger is located to the left of the table.

Soon, the flight was fully boarded, and we took off. I noticed that the business class section of the flight was not at full capacity. I started watching a TV series while waiting to reach cruising altitude. The in-flight entertainment system of Hong Kong Airlines contained a decent number of movies, TV series, music and games.

Shortly after reaching cruising altitude, the flight attendants came around and began taking orders for the meal. I must note that the business class menu on Hong Kong Airlines is very colourful! The design was apparently done in collaboration with artists in Hong Kong. There was a decent selection of food and drinks. However, as I was trying to catch up on sleep, I opted to skip the main course altogether and just had water, coffee, fruits and yoghurt. No champagne at 9 AM for me on a work trip!

After the quick bite, I proceeded to recline the seat into the fully flat bed. I managed to catch some light sleep on this short 2-hour 30-minute flight. I was woken up by the flight stewardess when we were preparing to land.

Overall, Hong Kong Airlines met my expectations for a short haul flight. I was already very relieved and happy that this flight was not a 2-2-2 configuration despite being a short haul. I guess competing with Cathay Pacific is not easy, and you really have to step it up. As I understand, there are other different seat configurations for Hong Kong Airlines, I would recommend taking their 1-2-1 business class planes if you have the choice!

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Review By Lenard Lim.