Hong Kong Airlines A330-300 Business Class, Hong Kong (HKG) to Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) and Club Bauhinia Lounge HKG

his year Hong Kong Airlines celebrates its 10th year in business.  This is its current route map:20170702_061045_resized

Hong Kong Airlines is not a member of an airline alliance.  It, however, has many airline partners, including Alaska, Ethiad and Hainan, on which one can earn credit in the Hong Kong Airlines Fortune Wings frequent flier program.  Hong Kong Airlines flies from HKG to Vancouver and plans to start HKG-LAX service in September 2017.

When the opportunity to fly business class round trip from Hong Kong to Bangkok on Hong Kong Airlines, an airline I had never flown, presented itself for only $311, I jumped on the chance to add another journey to my trip to Hong Kong.

American Airlines flight 125 from Dallas, TX arrived at HKG Terminal 1 just before 4:00pm.  Hong Kong Airlines flight 761 to BKK was scheduled to depart at 9:45pm.  The long layover was a good safety margin in case of a delayed flight on American and plenty of time to check out the Hong Kong Airlines Club Bauhinia lounge.  On arrival at HKG, I picked up my Hong Kong Airlines boarding pass at Transfer Desk E1 and proceeded to the lounge.

Hong Kong Airlines Club Bauhinia Lounge

Hong Kong Airlines Club Bauhinia (bauhinia is the flower that serves as the company logo) is located near Gate 23 in Terminal 1.  Those traveling in business class on Hong Kong Airlines and elite members of its frequent flyer program have access.  This lounge also serves certain passengers flying on a diverse group of other airlines.  The lounge hours are 6:00am to 1:30am daily.

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Club Bauhinia lounge entrance

The 500-square-meter lounge accommodates 120 passengers.  The lounge offers several seating areas, a buffet, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, showers, a business center with Mac computers, and two conference rooms.  Wifi speed was excellent.20170620_213609_resized

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The windows afford excellent tarmac views
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Buffet with simple, hot entrees
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Soft drinks, juice, beer, wine and liquor

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The also lounge offers made-to-order Cart Noodles, a Hong Kong tradition.

I settled in at a private spot with comfortable divans at the rear of the lounge.

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Comfortable, private and power.   I was wary of falling asleep and missing the flight.

While lacking the luxury of the Cathay Pacific lounges at HKG, Club Bauhinia was a good place to spend four hours until the next flight.  The food and beverages were better than the average Priority Pass international business class lounge.  My sole complaint was a shortage of electrical outlets.

Hong Kong Airlines A330-300 Business Class HKG – BKK 

Flight HX 761 boarded at the Midfield Concourse.  From the lounge it was a 12-minute walk and train ride to Gate 218.  Boarding was slightly delayed and began at 9:20pm shortly after I arrived.  This gate has separate jet bridges for business and economy passengers.

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Jet bridges at HKG are no mere metal tubes — clean as a whistle and outside views, too!

The business class section on this Hong Kong Airlines A330-300 has 30 business class seats configured 2-2-2.   Hong Kong Airlines also flies A330-300s with 32 seats arranged 1-2-1.20170620_214305_resized

Seat and Amenities

These business class seats are 20.5 inches wide and have 60 inches of pitch according to SeatPlans.com.  They recline to an angled, lie-flat bed.

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My seat 15K, a window seat in the second row.

On this two+-hour flight to Bangkok, I used flat-bed mode only briefly.  It was very comfortable to remain in a semi-reclined or upright position.

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Plenty of legroom

Seat cushions were firm.  A warm quilt and soft pillow were available at each seat for those desiring to nap.20170504_212545_resized

Hong Kong Airlines also suplied noise-cancelling headsets.20170620_214517_resized

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Two secure compartments under the video screen and bottled water storage between the seats
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Additional storage in the center console

Seat controls and the the video remote are on the armrest on the right.

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A variable intensity reading light and the headset plug are mounted on the seat at ear level above the console between the seats.  20170504_212523_resized

One can extend a panel near the reading light to serve as a privacy divider between the seats.  On this flight the load in business class was light enough that everyone who wanted to sat next to an empty seat.

Pre-Departure and In-Flight Service

The flight attendants (FAs) were busy prior to departure.  Beginning five minutes after boarding they offered guava juice and water.  A few minutes later they came by with newspapers.  Next they delivered the menus and hot towels.  Then, they distributed Thailand immigration forms and coupons for using the Premium Lane at immigration Last, they took dinner orders.

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juice, water and pre-departure hot towel

At 9:45pm, the scheduled departure time, the captain announced a 20- or 30-minute delay due to traffic at HKG.  Pushback was at 10:09 pm.  We taxied to runway 25 left and took off at 10:25pm.

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Another Hong Kong Airlines A330 taxiing at HKG.  Although I question having high-rise buildings in close proximity to an airport, it would be avgeek heaven to live in one of the apartments overlooking HKG.

Our route of flight was direct to BKK.  Cruise altitude was 40,000 feet.  To complete the 1,050 miles to BKK, flight time was predicted to be 2:27 with arrival at BKK at 11:53pm local time.   20170504_222759_resized_1

Service began while we were climbing.  Ten minutes after takeoff the FAs placed linen tablecloths on the tray tables.  They brought nuts and beverages five minutes later.  20170504_224129_resized_1

These were the menus for the flight:20170620_214924_resized20170620_214830_resized20170620_215238_resized20170620_215108_resized

The three course dinner was served at 10:56pm.  I had chicken.20170504_225234_resized_1

Warm bread and water followed at 10:59pm.20170504_225913_resized

Wine was offered prior to dinner and glasses were refreshed after the meal as well.20170620_231739_resized_1 (1)

The meal service concluded with hot towels at 11:25pm Hong Kong time.

After dinner I reclined the seat to get some of the sleep that I had avoided in the lounge for fear of missing the flight.20170504_234402_resized_1

Before dozing I visited the lavatory.  While there was no amenity kit on the flight, the bathroom had secure storage compartments for personal grooming items. 20170504_215605_resized_1

At 11:30pm local time, the pilot’s announced our final descent to BKK and the need to prepare for landing.

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Final approach to BKK

We touched down at 11:46pm and arrived at gate C6 at 11:53pm, the exact time of arrival predicted on departure from HKG.

Overall Impression

The service of the flight attendants was courteous and efficient.  While the food and seat fell short of standards for a long-haul business class flight, that was minor.  For the money ($155 one way) this 1,000-mile, 2.5 -hour business class flight gets an A.

 

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