On our flights from Toronto to Hong Kong and back, we booked with Cathay Pacific airlines, because they offered a direct flight to Hong Kong (no dealing with grumpy, power-crazed US security folks) and because of their reputation for providing attentive service. That reputation is well deserved! There were more than a dozen staff in their snazzy red uniforms, all very helpful, pleasant and competent. They weren’t constantly flogging the duty-free goods, like some airlines do and there were plenty of food and beverage selections – all free of charge, unlike Canadian airlines that nickel and dime you into catatonia. The aircraft – new airbuses with comfortable wide seats – were quiet and well designed. The washrooms were surprisingly large (yes, doing the Mile-High thing would definitely have…

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