Cathay Pacific Business Class – Boeing 777-300

Cathay Pacific Business Class

Flight: CX501 Tokyo (Narita) – Hong Kong

This is a review of Cathay Pacific’s Business Class onboard a Boeing 777-300 from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to Hong Kong International. As always the review is split up into several areas but I don’t provide a ‘rating’ for the flight on this page. If you’re after rankings of Business Class offerings compared to others, check out my What’s The Best Business Class page.


Cathay Pacific Business Class - seat controls headphones ife
Move your seat by, well, moving the little seat – nice design Cathay

The seat is a fully reclining flat bed with independent back and footrest adjustments. The design of the seat controls is pretty innovative and very easy to use. You can also ‘one-click’ set your seat to bed or full upright for take-off and landing.

Food and Drinks

Cathay Pacific Business Class menu
Any menu with chocolate something for dessert is a winner

Ours was a 4h 50m day flight so we were served lunch. Lunch was a 4 course meal, with a choice of two starters, 4 main courses, a cheese/fruit course and a choice of two desserts.

Crab salad, corn, tobiko and yellow tomato.
Crab salad, corn, tobiko and yellow tomato.


Pumpkin and Parmigiano ravioli
Veggie option – Pumpkin and Parmigiano ravioli, artichoke, olives and tomato concasse


Cathay Pacific cheese and crackers
Three bits of cheese and two crackers doesn’t maths for me


The Cathay Pacific service was very good. Staff were very attentive and our drinks were refilled without having to request it. The greeting onboard the aircraft was very warm and we were well looked after on our flight.

Value for money

This was booked as part of a OneWorld Round The World points redemption, so it’s hard to give thoughts on value for money. However from the point of view of the points redemption, the OW RTW Business Class ticket which costs 280,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points (at the time of writing) is, in my opinion, one of the best uses of frequent flyer miles out there.

Would I book again?

Yes. The Cathay Pacific Business Class service and cabin was great, one of the better ones I’ve flown. If I had a chance to fly again I definitely would. Also Cathay Business through Hong Kong gives you access to the Cathay Pacific lounges at HKG which are amongst my favourite lounges anywhere in the world, another good reason to book CX through Hong Kong Airport.

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