With flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and even Cairns to Hong Kong, Qantas partner Cathay Pacific is the go-to for many business travellers jetting to Asia and beyond.
The bulk of the airline's Australian flights are served by the Airbus A330-300 aircraft with fully-flat beds for business class guests and direct aisle access from every seat: practically staples of modern international flying and which Cathay Pacific delivers on every journey Down Under.
We take a look at Cathay's flagship business class seats and share our top picks for an enjoyable flight.
Cathay Pacific Airbus A330 business class
Without first class on flights to Australia, business class instead begins at the very front of the aircraft with one main cabin numbered as rows 11-18 (skipping row 13 as is the norm in Asia) and a second, smaller cabin as rows 19-21 just behind:
Dividing them are toilets and a galley, which present the usual pros and cons as we highlight our top picks.
15A, 15K: Smack bang in the middle of the main business class cabin, light sleepers will rejoice in being far away from both the front and rear restrooms and galleys, have pristine window views and are well-positioned for a relatively quick exit, regardless of whether the front or central door is used.
Any other window seats, for solo travellers: As Cathay Pacific's business class comes in a 1-2-1 layout, each passenger has their own space and direct access to the aisle – so if you're not travelling with anyone, grab a window seat and enjoy the view or be in full control when you want darkness to sleep.
The centre pairs, for couples: Many business class designs don't cater to couples particularly well, but Cathay's layout not only lets you sit together in the centre, but you can also slide your chair forward to chat or clink glasses through a divider that opens in between.
19A: Picture yourself sitting in 19A and you'll quickly realise that looking forward spies a curtain, rather than a sea of other chairs. Although this seat is 'exposed' on boarding and passed by economy and premium economy passengers heading rearward, throughout the flight you'll feel like you have more privacy than everybody else.
Otherwise, there isn't really such a thing as a 'bad' business class seat on Cathay's A330s – just be mindful of the baby bassinet locations, being ahead of row 11 and immediately behind row 21, and steer clear if you're not immune to the sounds of screaming children.
The business class restrooms are also closest to seats 11G, 11K and 19G: also spots to avoid if you're easily disturbed.
Additional reporting by David Flynn
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