AIRLINE Cathay Pacific Airways
PASSENGER Travel writer Gillian McLaren
ROUTE B777-300ER; Johannesburg-Hong Kong
LOUNGE In Hong Kong, I thoroughly enjoyed the recently refurbished The Pier. The mood is that of a Hong Kong street, and tasty food is provided in four areas: a food hall, bar, noodle bar, and teahouse.
BOARDING It was a joy to glide past the queue, and the airline staff welcomed me aboard with a hot face towel and a flute of Billecart-Salmon Brut Champagne.
THE SEAT I could adjust my seat from upright, through the relax position, and into a flat bed of 191cm.
GOODIE BAG In a chic grey bag, I was delighted to find Jurlique advanced serum, lipcare balm, and rosewater balancing mist, together with the cotton eye mask, earplugs, and toothbrush.
FOOD This was fine dining, with white-linen cloths, white porcelain by Narumi of Japan, pleasing glassware and cutlery, and impeccable service.
BEST THING The cabin is sleek, and cubicles are private, comfortable, and ergonomically designed.