Hey everyone good morning
it is 4.53 in the morning I’m at Tokyo Haneda Airport, just spent the night at
the airport hotel airside and now I’m gonna head off and fly HK Express from
Tokyo to Hong Kong so come and check it out with me. I had spent the night at the
Royal Park Hotel which has an air side option so you don’t have to clear
security again in the morning. it’s really nice because it also has a
little departure lounge that you can relax in before heading to the gate as
you can see in the video here. For my flight today I paid a
staggeringly low 64 pounds one way which is almost a fifth of the price compared
to Japan Airlines or ANA who also fly this route. I had never had a
flight that departed this early from Haneda Airport and I’ve never seen the
airport this empty. Originally founded in 2004 as heli Express it wasn’t until
2013 that the airline was rebranded HK Express in terms of making it an
affordable to run airline. If you would like to see the longer cut of this video
just click the little tab in the top right hand corner for the less edited
version. Legroom was really tight and I’m not
gonna lie I should have paid for the red-colored seat in front of me to give
me that extra legroom it was about 25 pounds for that seat on this flight but
it would have made a world of difference. I have no problem flying with low-cost
carriers and in the future my plan is to fly them more but pay for those extra
legroom seats to make the flight more comfortable. It was an absolutely
beautiful morning in Tokyo and we pushed back about 10 minutes behind schedule The first 45 minutes of our flight today
were quite choppy so the seatbelt sign remained on but the amazing thing about
this flight was seeing this incredible view of Mount Fuji on our climb out from
Tokyo. At the time of this video HK expressed
serve around 28 destinations and have 23 Airbus aircraft in their fleet. It was a
fairly early flight and most people were sleeping but not me I was going to try
out some of the food on the menu. The meals are all very resonably priced and
not expensive at all and you pretty much have to pay for anything that you
want I didn’t realize that each meal you purchased came with a free bottle of
water so I did order a bottle of water and ended up with a few more with the
meals I ordered. I had pre purchased my meals online when I bought my ticket so
the food just arrived whenever it was ready. I do love the business model of being
able to purchase whatever you want on a flight compared to having to eat the
same meal as everyone else on a more full-service carrier. I went with the dim
sum set and the Pad Thai and both were very enjoyable. I also love trying different drinks from
around the world and I’ve never seen this in Europe or the U.S. so I had to
give this try. The flight time today was just over three hours and 47 minutes
and with it being a low-cost airline and there wasn’t a lot of space for me to
film my seat because there was so many people packed into the aircraft so
unfortunately I didn’t get too many pictures of the seat, but I can assure
you it was perfectly fine for being a low-cost airline I had no complaints
about the seat, at six foot tall and had just enough legroom to be able to
survive before our flight and actually had a really enjoyable flight with HK
Express and would definitely fly them again. Thank you for flying me this week and
enjoying this video of HK Express please leave a comment, like and subscribe and
it’d be great to hear your feedback below on the airline. This was also my first time ever parking at a remote gate at Hong Kong International Airport and it was
definitely a really interesting experience. I would also like to give a special shout-out to my $15 plus patrons thank
you very much Michael Armstrong for your continued support of this channel.


25 Responses

  1. Hong Kong Aviation

    August 30, 2018 3:32 pm

    Fantastic review James , I have flown with HK Express A321 too a few weeks ago , and I must say that legroom is dreadful ! Looking forward to your next review ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Kosner

    August 30, 2018 3:33 pm

    Wow very solid flight for the money, very well done video! Side note: how was the milky soda, was it enjoyable?

  3. North Sea Brent

    August 30, 2018 6:08 pm

    It was always far more dramatic flying over the city and landing at the old Kai Tak international airport than it is at Hong Kongโ€™s new airport.

  4. ReluctantTraveller

    August 30, 2018 6:55 pm

    Thanks for saying how tall you are! I'm 6' too and have been debating about whether this would be too tight – friend I'm travelling with is 6'6 – obviously we should book the extra-legroom seats!

  5. Pierre Ledieudonnรฉ

    August 30, 2018 7:02 pm

    Great video. BTW, where are you originally from? Asking because I've never heard a brit pronounce 'schedule' with a hard 'k'. ๐Ÿ˜

  6. cardiff_flyer

    August 30, 2018 8:30 pm

    Great video! Never been to Japan or Hong Kong! With those views i'll definitely have to put them on my list of places to go!

  7. Quinnlan Burke

    August 30, 2018 10:48 pm

    Seems like a very nice airline. Considering that it is a short low-cost flight. Its great that they provide water with every meal, I wish some other low cost carriers did that.

  8. Long Chun Pang

    August 31, 2018 12:38 am

    As a Hong Konger I would like to inform you that this airline delays much more frequently than other airlines. Other than that Hong Kong express is perfectly fine.

  9. walterwlim

    August 31, 2018 4:37 am

    Do you find the Asian airlines more strict on not allowing you to mount your camera to the window?

  10. One World Flyer

    August 31, 2018 7:47 am

    Lovely video! 65 pounds for the ticket and 20 for the extra legroom!? Still very cheap! HKG-HND is so expensive compared to HKG-NRT

  11. Asia Travels

    September 1, 2018 3:29 am

    Great video! I actually have similar thoughts about low cost carriers too. For short to medium flights low cost is a great alternative to the traditional alliances though you do miss out on the potential for an upgrade. Even if you pay for extra leg room and meals, the cost can be less than a full service airline. The money saved is better spent on hotels.

  12. Michael Gask

    September 2, 2018 3:26 am

    Great review… Given your early start, it's great that you were able to book a room airside (hotel looks pretty good!). I'm with you regarding the extra cost of legroom… as the ticket is so much cheaper, definitely worth paying a little bit more for the extra seat and food (great point as well about the fact that you actually have a lot more choice of meals this way…). Enjoy your next flight, James! Cheers, Michael.

  13. Brendan Berkhout's Travel Videos

    January 29, 2019 3:26 pm

    Hi James,

    Great report as always, hkexpress seem to be a great low cost carrier! The ordered food looks great as well. How did that milky cream soda taste? Doesnโ€™t sound all to appealing tbh



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