Your choice of scheduled airlines: It is Cox & Kings’ policy to use scheduled flights on airlines with strong reputations for service, reliability and punctuality. Our holidays to the Far East feature a number of world-class airlines and on these pages we have highlighted six of the best, as well as the different services they offer.
Stretch out: On long-haul flights, a little extra room can make a big difference to your comfort,so Cox & Kings offers a range of upgrade options at great prices. In addition, the faster check in and comfortable lounges available to most upgrading passengers allow you to pass through the airport with ease.
Regional connections: Cox & Kings offers excellent add-on prices for those wishing to connect to long-haul flights from regional UK airports. For further information, please either refer to the table beside the price grid applicable to your tour or contact Cox & Kings.
British Airways flies from London Heathrow nonstop to Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. You can check in at the check-in kiosk at the airport, or alternatively online or by using the British Airways app, printing or downloading your boarding pass and taking your baggage directly to the Bag Drop desk. World Traveller benefits: A 79cm (31in) seat pitch with lumbar support, footrest and adjustable headrest; 23cm (8.9in) personal television screen with audio video on demand, offering access to 200 film, television and music channels; and three-course meals with complimentary bar service. World Traveller Plus benefits: A smaller cabin for more privacy; a 97cm (38in) seat pitch; wider seat with adjustable headrest, leg rest, footrest and lumbar support, offering more personal space than World Traveller; 27cm (10.6in) personal in-flight entertainment screen; and enhanced choice of meals served on china crockery with complimentary bar service. Upgrade from £545 per person return. Club World benefits: Club World customers benefit from dedicated check-in desks, departure and arrival lounges, as well as complimentary treatments in the Elemis Travel Spa*. Club World features a seat that converts into a 183cm (6ft) fully flat bed; 31cm (12.1in) personal in-flight entertainment screen; excellent local and international cuisine is served along with fine wines and beverages; and snacks and beverages are available from the Club Kitchen. Upgrade from £2,495 per person return.
Thai International Thai Airways International operates twice daily between London Heathrow and Bangkok, with onward connections throughout Thailand and Asia. Economy Class benefits: An 81cm (32in) seat pitch; 27cm (10.6in) personal television screen with audio video on demand; and a choice of Thai or continental meals with complimentary bar service. Royal Silk Class benefits: Separate check in and access to lounges; 188cm (74in) seat pitch which converts to a flat bed between London Heathrow and Bangkok; 38cm (15in) personal television screen with audio video on demand; choice of Thai and continental meals; and open complimentary bar. Upgrade from £1,835 per person return. Royal First Class benefits: Separate check in and access to lounges; 211cm (83in) seat pitch which converts into a 220cm (7ft 2in) fully flat bed; and gourmet cuisine served with the finest wines and champagnes. Upgrade from £3,245 per person return.
Emirates operate 17 daily flights to Dubai from the UK. There are onward connections to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Manila, Osaka, Seoul, Bangkok, Phuket, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Economy Class benefits: Up to 84cm (33in) seat pitch with adjustable headrests; 27cm (10.6in) personal television screen with more than 2,000 channels of on-demand in-flight entertainment; and multi-course meals with full complimentary bar service. Business Class benefits: Complimentary airport chauffeur-drive service (distance restrictions apply); priority check in and exclusive airport lounge access; lie-flat beds with up to 201cm (6ft 7in) pitch; up to 43cm (17in) personal digital television screen; and multicourse gourmet cuisine served with awardwinning wines. Upgrade from £2,595 per person return.
Malaysia Airlines flies twice daily non-stop from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur, with onward connections across Malaysia, Borneo and south-east Asia. Check in online or use the selfservice facilities. Economy Class benefits: Up to 81cm (32in) seat pitch with adjustable headrest; 27 cm (10.6in) personal television screen with audio video on demand; and Malaysian or western meals with complimentary bar service. Business Class benefits: Separate check in and access to lounges; seats that recline into a 183cm (72in) fully flat bed; personal 43cm (17in) television screen; choice of gourmet Malaysian or western meals, with a chef-oncall meal service, where an extensive selection of meals can be pre-ordered, accompanied by award-winning wines. Upgrade from £2,995 per person return.
Cathay Pacific operates five daily flights from London Heathrow and four weekly flights from Manchester to Hong Kong, with onward connections to Japan, China, Taiwan, south-east Asia and Indonesia. Economy Class benefits: Seat’s cradle mechanism, enabling you to recline without intruding on those seated behind you; 81cm (32in) seat pitch with adjustable headrest; 23cm (9in) personal television with audio video on demand, offering 450 free channels; choice of meals with complimentary bar and snack service. Premium Economy Class benefits: Available on the Hong Kong route. Separate check in; a quiet cabin with a maximum of 34 seats; a 97cm (38in) seat pitch with a 20cm (8in) recline; adjustable headrest and footrest; large table; personal 28cm (11in) television; upgraded choice of meals; and complimentary bar service. Upgrade from £825 per person return. Business Class benefits: Separate check in; exclusive airport lounge access; seats with a width of 60cm (24in) that convert into a 198cm (6ft 6in) flat bed; personal 39cm (15in) television with noise cancelling headset; a personal cabinet; silver-service trolley with fourcourse meals accompanied by fine wines and champagnes. Upgrade from £3,395 per person return.
Singapore Airlines operates four daily flights from London Heathrow and one daily flight from Manchester to Singapore. There are onward connections through Asia. Economy Class benefits: A 81cm (32in) seat pitch with adjustable headrest, and ergonomically designed seats; 27cm (10.6in) personal television screen, with more than 1,500 channels of on-demand in-flight entertainment; choice of three meals with complimentary bar service. Premium Economy Class benefits: A dedicated cabin featuring seats with a 97cm (38in) seat pitch; 34cm (13.3in) personal television screen; enhanced meal service; priority check in; and 35kgs baggage allowance. Upgrade from £895 per person return. (Note: This service will be gradually rolled out on certain routes from the end of August 2015) Business Class benefits: Separate check-in and access to lounges; seats that convert into 193 cm (6ft 4in) fully flat beds; personal 40cm (16in) television screen; gourmet cuisine is served along with fine wines, with the opportunity to pre-order your meal in advance. Upgrade from £3,095 per person return. Suites benefits: Separate check in and access to lounges; the A380 has private suites with doors, a leather seat, and a separate 198cm (6ft 6in) fully flat bed; the 777 has seats that convert into a 198cm (6ft 6in) fully flat bed; sleeper suits and slippers are provided; personal 58cm (23in) television screen; gourmet cuisine is served along with fine wines and champagnes. Upgrade from £6,795 per person return.