Cathay Pacific boasts New Premium Economy

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Cathay Pacific Announces New Premium Economy

Cathay Pacific has let the cat out of the bag with details of their long rumored new Premium Economy Class. The Premium Economy Product will be progressively rolled-out at the start of March 2012 and available for passenger bookings from April 2012 forward.  At the same time, the Cathay announced it will progressively roll-out new economy seats on the majority of their long-haul fleet, also beginning in March.

“Premium Economy will be a real upgrade over Economy, and passengers will get great value for a great product. The seat will have a generous recline and plenty of legroom, and passengers will also enjoy improved service and many other extras,” said Cathay Pacific Chief Executive John Slosar.

Slosar continued, “Our new long-haul Economy Class seat will also provide more space and comfort, particularly in the enhanced recline position. And with lots of extras – including the latest in inflight touch-screen personal televisions and mobile device connectivity – those long flights will be even more interesting and enjoyable.”

Cathay’s new Premium Economy will be a step up from Economy with a quieter, more spacious cabin with 26 to 34 seats, depending on aircraft type.  The seat pitch, also known as the distance between seats, will be 38 inches, six inches more than Economy – aside from pitch, it’ll be wider with additional recline.  This new class will offer more creature comforts including a large meal table, cocktail table, footrest, a 10.6-inch personal television, an in-seat power outlet, a multi-port connector for personal devices, and extra personal stowage space.

Additional comforts include larger pillows, noise-cancelling headsets, and an amenity kit — as well as pre-departure drinks and an upgraded meal selection.

Premium Economy benefits will start on the ground with dedicated check-in counters and priority boarding.  Baggage allowance will be increased from 20kg to 25kg for flights based on the weight system or two pieces of baggage from 23kg to 25kg each based on the piece system.

The new Premium Economy product will be introduced to the long-range fleet including the Boeing 747-400s, Boeing 777-300ERs, Airbus A330-300s, and Airbus A340-300s.  The first aircraft to sport the new class will be a 777-300ER and an A330-300, initially to be featured on routes to Sydney, Toronto, Vancouver and New York.  The roll-out will continue with London, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, to be followed by continental Europe and other long-haul routes as more aircraft are overhauled with the new product.

As aircraft are upgraded, Economy Class will also receive a facelift on the 777-300ER and Airbus A330-300.  New long-haul economy seats will offer improved recline, all new high-resolution touch screen personal televisions, a USB outlet, as well as an iPod/iPhone outlet allowing passengers to connect their own mobile devices to the in-seat personal televisions.

While no pictures have been released yet, the following are specifications on the new seats:


Premium Economy Class

New Long-haul Economy

Current Long-haul Economy

Aircraft Type Boeing 777-300ER, 747-400, Airbus A330-300, A340-300 Boeing 777-300ER, Airbus A330-300 Remain on Boeing 747-400, Airbus A340-300
Configuration 777-300ER: 2-4-2

747-400: 2-4-2

A330-300: 2-3-2

A340-300: 2-3-2

777-300ER: 3-3-3

A330-300: 2-4-2


747-400: 3-4-3

A340-300 2-4-2


Seat pitch 38” 32” 32”
Seat width 19.3” 18.1”-18.5” 17.45”-18.5”
Recline: 8” 6” 4”


Cathay Pacific is Hong Kong based and a member of the OneWorld Alliance.


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