The first of Cathay Pacific's new Airbus A350 jets is expected to take wing in March 2016, with new design seats fitted from tip to tail.
Each of the airline's twenty A350-900 jets will carry 280 passengers split between business class, premium economy and economy.
(That's up to 45 more seats than the three-class Airbus A330-300s which the A350 will gradually replace, with all of those additional seats allocated to the economy cabin.)
38 business class seats will take pride of place at the pointy end of Cathay's A350.
They'll be based on the airline's current highly-regarded business class (shown above) and in the same 1-2-1 layout – but with an updated design which CX is carefully positioning as a 'refresh' to improve the existing seat, based on extensive passenger surveys and in-person workshops.
Travellers can expect to see improvements in storage space, the ability to slide the meal table forward and back, and a degree of tilt for the large HD video screen.
There's also a compact premium economy cabin of 28 seats in a 2-4-2 arrangement.
(That's the same layout as on Cathay's Boeing 777-300ERs, but a little tighter in the middle compared to the 2-3-2 of the Airbus A330s.)
This will sport an all-new design with a padded swing-up legrest be built into every seat – unlike the airline's first premium economy offering (below), which has a proper legrest only in the first row of seats and a less comfortable swing-down 'T-bar' footrest for all other rows.
There's also tipped to be a little more legroom due to a slightly greater distance between each row of seats.
Cathay has also added a handy 'tablet tray' beneath each seat's inbuilt screen onto which passengers can perch a tablet or even a large-screen smartphone for watching BYO inflight video.
The rest of Cathay Pacific's A350 will be given over to 214 new economy seats ranked in a 3-3-3 grid, which also boast a similar tablet/smartphone ledge below their larger video screens.
The Airbus A350 will also be fitted with inflight Internet, which is a first for Cathay Pacific's international fleet and an overdue catch-up to competitors such as Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Etihad.
Cathay Pacific has already announced London's Gatwick Airport as one of its new A350 routes, with four flights a week from September 2nd, and says A350 flights between Hong Kong and Auckland will commence in the second half of the year.
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