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Old Yesterday, 04:23 PM   #76
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There was a manned, full service bar...





The wine, beer and spirits on offer...



...and also non alcoholic beverages...



A selection of breakfast pastries were laid out on the bar counter...



There was buffet table and casual (stand-up) dining area...



...with a beautiful continental breakfast spread...



...which included salads, cheese and cold cuts...



...as well as breakfast cereal...



Coffee and tea...



Yogurt, soft drinks in a fridge...as well as beer (A legit breakfast beverage in some parts of the world...)

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I was also very pleasantly surprised to find that there was a noodle bar...



...and sit-down dining area...



A very tempting range of noodles, rice and dim sum on the menu, all prepared to order...



...along with a full selection of condiments...



I could not resist ordering a bowl of rice porridge with grains...



This looked absolutely beautiful, and tasted great as well...
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The lounge also had a work area...



...and attached restroom (No showers)...





Overall, I found this to be a very impressive outstation lounge, done to a very high standard, and very distinctively CX. Thumbs up.
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I headed to the gate for CX616 BKK-HKG...



This flight was operated by an A330...



There was a section of the gate seating, closest to the aerobridge, cordoned off for First, Business and frequent flyers. A great idea.



Boarding commenced on time...



A selection of newspapers on the aerobridge...



At that time, the demonstrations in Hong Kong were already in the news, but the protests had not yet reached the airport, which was still operating normally...



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This was a two-class A330, with Cirrus fully flat Business Class seats laid out in a 1-2-1 reverse herringbone format...



This was essentially a long haul J product, similar to J on the A350...



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The Y cabin was laid out 2-4-2, which was pretty much standard for A330's...

Bulkhead window seats...



Middle bank of 4 seats...



The seats were comfortable: well padded, with good recline...



The emex row seats...



Widescreen touchscreen IFE...



The StudioCX AVOD system on this A330 was one generation behind the very latest version on the A350, but was still a very modern and user-friendly system.



There was a great selection of Movies, TV and music...



USB connector under the screen...



A/C power under the seats...



Bathrooms with mottled grey counter tops...

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Pushback...



...and a long taxi past a large terminal still under construction...



Take-off into the morning sky, with great views of the city, and Bang Krachao, visible out the right hand side windows...



...and later on, the morning sun glinting over the rice paddies...



...as we turned and set course for HKG...

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Very good cabin ambience on this flight, with the A330's 2-4-2 cabin layout being preferable, in some ways, to the 3-3-3 on the A350...



Breakfast was served...



There was an international and an Asian selection on offer. I opted for the Asian noodles...



The noodles were very tasty...



...with great noodle texture...



Based on on food labels on the water and yogurt, this looked to have been catered out of the BKK wonderful flight kitchens.

Coffee to finish...

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The flight took us over Laos, Vietnam, Hainan Island, and the port city of Haikou, capital of the province of Hainan...



...with glimpses of the coastline below visible through the clouds...





The weather got increasingly dark and stormy as we approached Hong Kong...



...with very dark clouds at low level as we approached HKG...





Landing on Runway 25L...with a long queue of planes waiting to take-off on 25R...



It was amazing how quickly the weather turned from bright sunshine over Indochina to such dark, stormy conditions over Hong Kong...



At the gate in HKG...



As I got off the plane, I received a stream of messages from my colleague in Hong Kong...

Bad news...there was a tropical warning in force, and offices were closed that afternoon...my meeting that day was not going to happen...



Mother nature had done what the protests had not been able to do: my meeting had now been cancelled...

"You should try to change to an earlier flight," my colleague texted.

So on this visit to Hong Kong, fate had determined that I would not even leave Chek Lap Kok airport. Fresh off CX616 from Bangkok, rather than clear immigration and head into Hong Kong, I did a U-turn and headed back through transit security to the airside departure area to catch a flight out to Kuala Lumpur...

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Old Yesterday, 05:08 PM   #85
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My next stop: CX Lounge "The Bridge"...



...where the CX counter staff helped me with flight arrangements for my onward flight to KUL...



But the next CX/KA flight to Kuala Lumpur was full. Overbooked in fact...

My original flight out to KL was confirmed that evening, but the weather was getting worse by the minute, with the cyclone warning soon to be upgraded to No.8...

Would I be able to catch an earlier flight? If the weather got worse, would any flights depart at all?

To be continued!
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