CATHAY PA­CIFIC

Business Traveller - - CONTENTS - By Craig Bright

Cathay Pa­cific flies its Boe­ing 777-300ER on this route, but it has nei­ther a first class cabin nor the air­line’s fully flat her­ring­bone busi­ness class seats. In­stead it has 42 of Cathay Pa­cific’s re­gional busi­ness class seats. These are not fully-flat (nor lie-flat), and are laid out in a 2-3-2 pat­tern mean­ing di­rect aisle ac­cess is un­avail­able to win­dow-seat pas­sen­gers as well as those in the mid­dle seats in the cen­tre rows.

Given that this is a flight of just about 2.5 hours long, the lack of a fully or lie-flat seat isn’t es­pe­cially griev­ous, though I had opted to min­imise dis­rup­tions by book­ing a win­dow seat – 16K. For a re­gional prod­uct, these seats are not bad. Pitch is good, even for me at 6’4” tall, and the width was suf­fi­cient that I didn’t feel hemmed in. The head­rest on these seats is com­fort­able and ad­justs nicely to pro­vide neck sup­port, and the but­tons for the seat re­cline and en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem are in­tu­itive to use.

In-seat stor­age is slim on these seats, but it is present. The arm­rests con­ceal a cen­tral stor­age space (this is where your head­phones and in-flight mag­a­zine are held).

Speak­ing of head­phones, these are com­fort­able and work quite ef­fec­tively, though the IFE sys­tem does make ad­just­ing the vol­ume a bit un­in­tu­itive when try­ing to do so through the touch­screen.

For­tu­nately you do also have a con­troller hid­den in the arm­rest to ad­just the TV set­tings.

As these seats re­cline by slid­ing the base for­ward rather than the back of the seat back­wards, there’s no is­sue of in­trud­ing upon an­other pas­sen­ger’s legroom (or hav­ing one’s own in­truded upon). As such, your best bet likely would be one of the aisle seats on row 15 or 16, keep­ing you equidis­tant from the gal­leys and lava­to­ries with­out hav­ing to be right by one.

This be­ing a rel­a­tively short flight, it wasn’t long un­til the menus came round (right af­ter the seat­belt signs went off) and our meals were served. I went for the seafood curry and wasn’t dis­ap­pointed. There are also nice, sub­tle touches with the cut­lery as well, such as the in­clu­sion of wooden chop­sticks.

Cathay Pa­cific serves a good se­lec­tion of wines, cham­pagne and other al­co­holic bev­er­ages on­board as well.

While Cathay Pa­cific may not of­fer a lie-flat or fully-flat seat on this flight, Hong Kong’s flag car­rier pro­vides a good fly­ing ex­pe­ri­ence com­pared with the com­pe­ti­tion on this route, with strong ser­vice and an over­all com­fort­able re­gional seat prod­uct.

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