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Bali trip in Cathay Pacific First Class: Business Class Service from Denpasar Bali to Hong Kong

Once back at somewhat chaotic Denpasar airport, we cleared a few security checks before getting to the check in counter areas.  Despite some traffic, it was maybe 30 minutes or so by taxi from The Laguna.  There is a lot of construction going on at the airport, and hopefully on our next trip, the renovations will be complete.  Since our Hong Kong layover was only 14 hours or so, we asked if we could check our bags all the way through, and carried our overnight items in a rollerboard, to save us hassle when heading between the airport and our hotel in Hong Kong.

DPS airport

photo from flickr

The agent took some time to do this, but tagged our bags appropriately.  We were able to be seated in the first class section of the 747 again for the return flight to Hong Kong. We also received invitations to the Bali Premier Lounge, which is a contract lounge shared by several carriers. 

The lounge was somewhat crowded when we visited, so I didn't get too many photos.  A nice review of the lounge is located here.  There is a decent food spread, and various reading materials available.  One unique feature was a large balcony that overlooks the airport and looks towards the runway and towards Jimbaran in the background.

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View of DPS from the Bali Premier Lounge

The location of this lounge is at the opposite side of the terminal from the gate where our flight departed.  Not a big deal, since the airport is pretty small, but it was a longer walk than I expected.  There was another security screen at the gate, and a long line in order to board.  Once down the jet bridge, we were warmly greeted by the Cathay Pacific staff, who directed us to turn left for our seats in the first class cabin.

Cathay Pacific 784
DPS-HKG
Boeing 747-400
Seats 1A, 1K

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last glimpse of Denpasar airport before departure

There were 6 of the 9 seats occupied in first class.  There were 3 main flight attendants serving us, and the service was impeccable.  Victor was the Cantonese in flight service manager, and we were also served by Mitchie, a Philipino senior purser and Samantha, a Mandarin speaking senior purser.  I mentioned their names since their service was so excellent.  I only mention their nationality/primary language since it was noted on their name tags and I'm intrigued by the diverse Cathay Pacific crews.  Among other nice touches, were the 3 hot towel services during the 5 hour flight.


As can be seen above, I opted for champagne as a pre departure beverage.  Flight attendants offered various newspapers, brought us menus and took a drink order for after takeoff.  This was served with warm nuts. 

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cocktail service

The menu was familiar to what we were offered on our flight from Hong Kong.  The wine list was identical, but the main courses were different since this was a dinner service. 

Welcome on board Cathay Pacific

Your Business Class menu today offers a choice of carefully selected and prepared seasonal dishes.  We are delighted to be able to offer you a choice of authentic Chinese Favourites or contemporary international cuisine, complemented by a variety of fine wines and beverages. 

We hope you enjoy your flight and should there be anything you require, our cabin crew will be delighted to assist. 

No pork, or products containing alcohol are used in preparation of meals on this flight. All meats are prepared according to the Halal method.

Dinner

Starters

Smoked salmon with salmon roe and crème fraiche

Mixed salad with artichoke, marinated mixed peppers and mint yoghurt dressing

Main Courses

Baked herb crusted ling fish with sun-dried tomato concasse, sauteed kipfler potatoes and roasted vegetables

Nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice) with chicken satay and baked egg

Pan-fried beef fillet with tomato onion sauce, steamed jasmine rice and Chinese cabbage with carrot

Saffron fettuccine with tomato concasse and cherry tomato

 

Cheese and Dessert

Cheese selection

Fresh seasonal fruit

Chocolate mascarpone cream cake with mango coulis

Tea and Coffee

Pralines

Drink List

Juices

orange, apple, tomato

Soft Drinks

Coke Zero, Coke, Coke Light, Sprite, Perrier water, tonic water, soda water and ginger ale

Coffees

freshly brewed coffee, espresso, cappuccino, and caffè latte regular or decaffeinated

Teas

Hong Kong style milk tea, Ceylon, Japanese, jasmine, organic selection: chamomile, earl grey and peppermint

Hot Chocolate

Wine list

Champagne     Billecart-Salmon Brut Champagne

White Wines     Domaine des Malandes Chablis 2009

                          Mount Riley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Red Wines       Moonvine McLaren Vale Shiraz Cabernet Merlot 2009

                          Château Taffard de Blaignan Médoc 2009

Port                  Dow's Late Bottled Vintage Port 2006

Apertifs and cocktails

Gin * Rum *  Vodka * Martini Rosso * Martini Extra Dry * Campari * Sweet and Dry Sherry * Bloody Mary * Screwdriver

Whiskies  

Chivas Regal 12 Years Old * Johnnie Walker Gold Label * Jack Daniel's * Canadian Club

Cognac       Hine "Rare and Delicate' Fine Champagne

Liqueurs     Cointreau * Drambuie * Bailey's Irish Cream

Beer            International Selection

Signature Drinks      Cathay Delight * Pacific Sunrise

When the flight attendants returned to take our meal orders, they offered us the opportunity to dine together, as we did between Chicago and Hong Kong.  We did not take advantage of the opportunity on this flight.

The first course was the starter and a salad.

cathay_starter

 

For the main course, I went with the fish, although in retrospect, I'm not sure why...It was tasty enough, but not outstanding.

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Sorry, I started eating before I remembered to document this meal!

 

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My wife had the pasta which was probably a better choice.

As I mentioned before, the service on board was wonderful.  It was apparent that these flight attendants were experienced, but still took great pride in their work.  It was nice to have a personal chat with each of them individually as they stopped by our seats as the flight was near its end.  In their own way they expressed their appreciation for my business, and wished me a pleasant onward journey. Very impressed. 

Upon our evening arrival at HKG, we quickly cleared immigration, and since didn't have our checked baggage, we were on our way to the Airport Express rather fast.  We got off at the Kowloon stop, and caught free transfer bus to the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui for our short stay.

 

 

Comments

#1
Rocky June 26, 2012 at 01:29 pm

Looks great! Thanks for sharing! I'm somewhat surprised by their Whiskey list though. I would expect something better for 1st! That's the SAME list that Korean Air uses in Business class!

#2
Brad June 26, 2012 at 09:07 pm

Thanks Rocky. To be fair, this was considered business class service on this sector, I just was fortunate to be seated in first class. I'll share the First Class drink list for the return flight soon, but check it out from my outbound FC leg: Cathay Pacific First Class meal service

I do love Cathay Pacific. So cool you had "first class" business class experience.

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