Previous posts on the trip to Phuket:
Boarding KA Flight 212
After a short stay in the always superb Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge – The Pier, it was time to board the flight to Phuket. This flight was on Dragon Air, a subsidiary of Cathay Pacific and also known as Cathay Dragon. KA flight 212 was departing from one of the satellite terminal which requires a bus transfer from the main terminal at HKG.
Dragonair A321 Business Cabin
The Dragonair A321 has 24 business-class seats and 124 economy seats. Seatguru says the business-class seats have 42 inches of pitch, the distance between a point on one seat and the same point on the seat in front, and are 20 -21.5inches wide.
Dragonair A321 Business Seat
My seat was 12H on the aisle.
The seats are recliners. There is not a lot of recline. Not even close to lie flat.
The seat has leg and foot rests that improve the comfort of limited recline.
USB power and a coat hook are mounted beside the video screen. A/c power outlets are between the seats on the floor.
Departure from Hong Kong
KA 212 was scheduled for three hours and six minutes for the 1,425-mile flight from Hong Kong to Phuket.
Gate pushback was just after the 8:40 am departure time. We were airborne at 8:57 am.
Service and Amenities
The amenities on the flight were a pillow, blanket and non-noise-cancelling headsets.
It was a morning flight. A breakfast of eggs or pasta was offered preceded by fresh fruit, yogurt and bread.
Fed up, as it were, with eggs on a plane, I chose the noodles, seafood and veggies which were fine but unremarkable.
I peeked in the bathroom to see what it was like.
Arrival at Phuket
The estimated flight time was pretty accurate as we landed at Phuket on Runway 9 at about 11:15 am.
HKT has one runway, 09/27. In my experience flights always land on 09 and depart on 27. That is unusual because aircraft usually use the same runway – the one that is most into the wind – for takeoffs and landings. Approaches and departures are over the ocean. There must be a topographical feature inland that makes approaches and departures over land inadvisable.
I got a glimpse of the new international terminal as we taxied.
It is nice that there is an international terminal now. However, it needs improvements as the immigration and customs inspection lines were overwhelmed with Russian tourists.
Dragonair A321 business class on this regional flight was akin to first class on a US domestic flight except with a nicer seat. Cathay Pacific offers nicer business class products on many (but not all) of its wide-body aircraft on intra-Asia flights.