CX402 – HKG to TPE – A350 Premium Economy – Flight Review

Because we had points expiring and no-where particular to go, Ms. Buddha and I decided to do an impromptu trip to Taipei. Ms. Buddha advised that given that it was a flight that was only just over an hour, Business Class was unnecessary, but given that Premium Economy was only 6k miles more I went with Prem. Economy on CX402 which departs Hong Kong at about 6:30pm (leave work a little earlier) and get there by about 8:30pm.

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Timing of the flight

Initially, the flight is not serviced by Cathay’s new A350, but when we arrived at the airport and reached the boarding gate, I was pleasantly surprised to see a raccoon faced plane.

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Raccoon A350 – so new looking

Boarding was quick and business class boarded first – I was actually happy this time to not be traveling business class since that I’ve heard good things about the new premium economy. Once we boarded, I managed to take a few people free snaps.

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After seating myself and getting comfortable, also, the overhead cabin space is sufficient for 1.5 carry on bags. I began a process which caused Ms. Buddha to look at me in complete disdain. I looked at the monitor in front of me and started looking for the the volume and brightness controls – hoping it was similar to business class. Ms. Buddha made a comment that we should now travel in economy only so that I stay “grounded”.

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The troublesome screen
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Lots of luggage space

Ms. Buddha also proceeded to show me…

Take-off was smooth and the cabin is generally quieter than the older planes – shortly after take-off, we were “distributed” food. Another fact that I didn’t realise – they no longer serve food in Premium Economy – instead you get a Easter Show type bag – to me, it made sense given the length of the flight.

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CX Premium Economy Food bag

So what comes with the bag? A hot savory pastry, a cookie and a juice popper. The items aren’t bad in the sense that it’s meant to keep you fed for 1.5hrs – but the quality of the savory pastry in particular really does need to be improved – it was packed with salt and tasted awful – I placed it neatly back in the box after one bite and Ms. Buddha didn’t even touch hers. The cookie was nice though.

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“Gift Bag” Content

Before we knew it, we were landing into Taipei already – and Ms. Buddha was right in that Premium Economy was comfy enough for a short flight. What I would’ve hoped is if the food offering was a little better.

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