The economy menu on Cathay Pacific and Dragonair

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slim

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 May 2013

Total posts 46

Hi there. I'll be flying a mix of CX & KA flights in the near future in economy. I've found the CX website focusses its F&B information primarily on JC & FC. Can anyone confirm: 1) on the early morning (i.e. <9am) 'breakfast' CX flights ex-SYD & ex-HKG, what is the menu like & are there alcoholic beverage offerings ? 2) on KA flights, what is the on-board catering like for flights between 3-4h in length? Thanks heaps!

Chris Chamberlin

Member since 24 Apr 2012

Total posts 1,109

Hi Slim,

If you wouldn't mind limiting the number of abbreviations used to ask one question, that would be great – some less-frequent travellers may not yet understand them, and we'd naturally like everybody to feel included!

Just to explain for the message above:

CX = Cathay Pacific,
KA = Dragonair,
JC = business class,
FC = first class,
SYD = Sydney,
HKG = Hong Kong,
and of course, F&B = food and beverage

To help with your question, both Cathay and Dragonair provide (at least) wine in economy, as I've ordered it in the past. It's been a while, but to your second question, I once did a Dragonair Hong Kong-Beijing flight in economy that departed in the evening, and there was a choice of two hot meals, again with wine.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

Are we dumbing down now? We've turned into the BBC now have we?

If people don't know they can:

1) Ask - we're not going to bite your heads off for showing enthusiasm

2) Take the initiative and Google. The answers are out there.

Chris Chamberlin

Member since 24 Apr 2012

Total posts 1,109

Not 'dumbing down' at all, and there are of course no formal rules against using abbreviations (let's face it, they do save time once you know what they all mean!).

It's just that when seven of them are used to ask a relatively mainstream-type question, less-advanced readers don't and won't know what they all mean (and many won't ask), so you:

1) Have a reader that doesn't know what they're actually reading, and instead then clicks through to something else that makes sense to them, and

2) Prevent people who may know the answer to the question from responding because they don't know all of the abbreviations and thus what the question is, and aren't about to search around to try and decode a question on a Q&A.

Again, no rules on using (or not using) abbreviations and you can use them as you wish, it's just that it can sometimes be faster not to use them to open up the number of people that can help to answer the question.

slim

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 May 2013

Total posts 46

Hi Chris,

Many thanks for the feedback on food & beverage options on Cathay & Dragonair flights!!

With regards to use of abbreviations, duly noted for future posts :)

11sjw

Member since 11 Mar 2012

Total posts 159

You did nothing wrong with your use of abbreviations.  They're all fine, acceptable and well known.  Personally I'd use J/F instead of JC/FC.  Enjoy your trip.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

Thank you 11sjw! I was beginning to think I was in the Twilight Zone!

Chris Chamberlin

Member since 24 Apr 2012

Total posts 1,109

"You did nothing wrong with your use of abbreviations."

^^ Indeed, I'm just hoping that with the explanations, the question will make sense to a few extra readers who may be able to provide an answer to the question. :)

And my pleasure Slim - I've only flown Cathay economy within Asia (Beijing-Hong Kong after that Dragonair flight), so I'm hoping someone else will be able to help with Australia-Hong Kong.

Frank

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 09 Sep 2013

Total posts 94

I think your comment J/F instead of JC/FC is exactly what Chris was alluding to..

DK

Member since 30 May 2011

Total posts 14

I did an economy flight with CX leaving HKG in the early morning, don't recall there being any offering of alcohol with breakfast. I did a red eye from SYD-HKG and the breakfast I chose was fish congee (it was horrible and that's probably why I still remember it, no photo).

This is breakfast on Cathay 

As for the onboard catering for KA, I can only speak for short 1-2 hour flights. I flew from KHH (Kaohsiung) -HKG and the catering was superb for economy. I felt it was actually better than the catering from SYD and HKG. So to answer your question, the catering should probably be decent for a 3-4 hour flight. 

This is lunch on KA.

Don't forget to enjoy the Haagen-Dazs ice cream which should be available on most CX and KA flights. 

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