Pajama Party Trip
In my life I have visited 6 continents. Flown well over 1 million miles. Yet this past weekend I reached a major milestone in travelling.
I received my First Set of Pajamas from airline!.
Now this is sounds like a pretty strange milestone. When I first started reading trip reports on the internet about flying long-haul international first class, I was fascinated to learn that some airline provide their first class passengers a set of Pajamas to sleep-in. Ever since this revelation I have longed for the day when I could have a pair for myself. So without further ado here is my report of this landmark trip.
Cathay Pacific Flight CX888
Vancounver (YVR) – New York (JFK)
Date: June 15, 2014
Aircraft: Boeing 777
Seat: 1A (First Class)
This Red-eye flight is the continuation of a flight from Hong Kong. It is one of the rare flights that have long-haul international First Class service without crossing an ocean.
I started this flight with a trip to the Cathay Lounge at Vancouver Airport. After checking-in with the lounge agent, I was escorted to a large room behind a glass door reserved for First Class Passengers. I arrived about 2 hours before boarding and had the lounge all to myself for the first hour or so. Later-on a small family and another passenger arrived, although I did not see them in First Class.
This lounge was solid by North American standards, but a pretty weak lounge compared to the one offered by Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong. The lounge does offer some hot-food. I sampled some of the Chicken Penne Pasta and Dim Sum on offer, although in retrospect I should have saved my appetite for the Food served on the plane which turned out to be far superior.
Moet & Chandon was on ice in the lounge. But First Class Passenger can expect Krug on the plane.
Once on-board I was greeted by name and shown to my seat for a way too short 4.5 hour flight to New York.
This was an exceptionally spacious seat as you’d expect. Although the seat did not have a door like some airlines provide, it was still incredibly private. They only people I saw while seated were the flight attendants serving dinner.
Shortly after being seated I was presented with a pre-deparature beverage (I requested ice water) and given a Zegna Amenity kit and a set of PYE pajamas.
Soon after being presented menus for dinner, The plane took-off. Then began dinner service. First course was a salmon and scallop appetizer.
Next was Corn chowder soup. I was also served a glass of Krug Champagne. Although I found it a bit too dry for my taste.
Next Came the Salad course which included smoked duck breast
For desert was some chocolate Haagen Daaz ice cream.
After what was way too much food for way too late at night, I changed in to my PJ’s as the flight attendants make up my bed. Unfortunately this was now 2 hours into the flight and this proved to be way too short a time to experience the best bed in the air i have ever seen.
Fortunately I will get another chance to experience Cathay’s First class service in about a month when I fly Hong-Kong to JFK direct. Stayed tuned for my next Pajama Report.