Previous posts on the trip to Phuket:

British Airways Galleries Lounge Newark, NJ (EWR) – Review in 14 Pictures

Cathay Pacific Business Class 777-300ER Newark, NJ (EWR) to Hong Kong, SAR China (HKG)

Japan Airlines Business Class 787-8 Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) to Tokyo, Japan (NRT)

Japan Airlines First Class Lounge Tokyo, Japan (NRT) Main Building

Japan Airlines 787-9 Sky Suite, Tokyo, Japan (NRT) to Boston, MA (BOS)

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.

Bus transfer
Boarding KA 212, an A321

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 class

Dragonair A321 Business Seat

My seat was 12H on the aisle.

Seats 12H & K
Seats 12H & K forward view
With the way the hard shell of these seats are made, there isn’t as much room as 42 inches of pitch suggests.

The seats are recliners.  There is not a lot of recline.  Not even close to lie flat.

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Seat controls are mounted on the console between the seats

The seat has leg and foot rests that improve the comfort of limited recline.

View of a business seat fully reclined with leg and foot rest deployed.

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. IMG_3536

Gate pushback was just after the 8:40 am departure time.  We were airborne at 8:57 am.

KA 212 projected flight path

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.IMG_3538

Eggs and pasta entrees

Fed up, as it were, with eggs on a plane, I chose the noodles, seafood and veggies which were fine but unremarkable.  IMG_3540

I peeked in the bathroom to see what it was like.

The lav was nicely stocked with facial mist and toner and hand lotion as well as an artificial flower arrangement.

Arrival at Phuket

The estimated flight time was pretty accurate as we landed at Phuket on Runway 9 at about 11:15 am.IMG_3550

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.

Thai Airways 747 at domestic terminal and international terminal behind.

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.

Line to get through customs.

Overall Impression

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.