ricardo361
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Cathay Pacific red-eye CX178 MEL-HKG loads

Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:09 pm

Good evening everybody,

I have a couple of questions for anybody who has recently flown on the overnight CX178 flight between MEL and HKG.

This coming May/June I will need to travel between Melbourne and Manila via Hong Kong with either Qantas or Cathay Pacific (need one of those to rack-up QF points). Last year I managed to secure the very comfortable QF29/30 B747 service between MEL and HKG both directions on a weekend.
This year however, it seems the Qantas website schedule shows an A330 operating the service all week and no more 747 which is a bit of a let down and not worth the effort heheh.

So I'm instead considering trying the CX178 B77W overnight service to save myself some time, money and a hotel stay in HKG in the process. I am just interested to see if the load factor will be high or if I am lucky enough to get a relatively empty plane. Red-eye flights aren't much fun, especially in the back of a 777, but I find if you have a spare seat next to you, it can still be comfortable and enjoyable.

Anyway, if anybody can shine some light on their past experiences on this flight that would be amazing.

Thanks in advance!
 
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Re: Cathay Pacific red-eye CX178 MEL-HKG loads

Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:34 pm

ricardo361 wrote:
Good evening everybody,

I have a couple of questions for anybody who has recently flown on the overnight CX178 flight between MEL and HKG.

This coming May/June I will need to travel between Melbourne and Manila via Hong Kong with either Qantas or Cathay Pacific (need one of those to rack-up QF points). Last year I managed to secure the very comfortable QF29/30 B747 service between MEL and HKG both directions on a weekend.
This year however, it seems the Qantas website schedule shows an A330 operating the service all week and no more 747 which is a bit of a let down and not worth the effort heheh.

So I'm instead considering trying the CX178 B77W overnight service to save myself some time, money and a hotel stay in HKG in the process. I am just interested to see if the load factor will be high or if I am lucky enough to get a relatively empty plane. Red-eye flights aren't much fun, especially in the back of a 777, but I find if you have a spare seat next to you, it can still be comfortable and enjoyable.

Anyway, if anybody can shine some light on their past experiences on this flight that would be amazing.

Thanks in advance!


Where QF is concerned flights have probably been downgraded back to A330 due to May being a lighter month for travel to/from Australia.

For CX the 77W has been operating into MEL for just over a month so you are not likely to get much feedback on that. Looking at last May CX had an outbound LF of 89% from Australia, unfortunately load factors are only published Australia wide.
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Re: Cathay Pacific red-eye CX178 MEL-HKG loads

Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:06 pm

May and June are slow months so there is a chance of it being half empty, but weekends could still be busy. Also, as you may be aware CX is frequency limited into Australia (including MEL) which could points to fuller planes on average. I wouldn't worry too much about seat mates as 9 abreast in Y is quite comfortable.
 
ricardo361
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Re: Cathay Pacific red-eye CX178 MEL-HKG loads

Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:31 am

Thanks for the informative responses everybody!
Well it seems like unless there is a reliable place to find-out whether Qantas is actually really downgrading its weekend MEL-HKG services during June and September I guess will just take the Cathay Pacific 77W/A350 option and hope its not too packed!

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