Photos: Dragonair's new first class seat

Photos: Dragonair's new first class seat

Cathay Pacific's regional offshoot Dragonair has unveilled its new first class seats – and, no surprise here, it's pretty much identical to Cathay Pacific's much-acclaimed business class seat.

And that's a good thing, considering this lie-flat bed is widely rated as one of the world's best business class seats. It's super-comfortable, with ample storage space and a pleasing degree of privacy due to the angled layout and wrap-around shell.

And it'll mean great consistency for travellers transferring from international Cathay Pacific flights onto Dragonair's regional routes.

Of course, Dragonair and Cathay Pacific also share the same regional business class seat...

 

... while Dragonair is also rolling out the same economy seats as Cathay is now rolling out on its long-haul international flights.

That's not to mention Dragonair's on-demand inflight entertainment system named StudioKA – which is modelled on Cathay Pacific's StudioCX system and includes iDevice connectivity, USB ports and AC power sockets in every seat from tip to tail.

But back to the pointy end of Dragonair's planes – and as you can see from the table below, it's a substantial improvement over the regional airline's current first class.

Dragonair's new first class will debut in March 2014 on selected three-class Airbus A330-300 jets.

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David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

12 comments

  • Alvin Tse

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    17 Dec, 2013 06:09 pm

    Ah yes! Another choice from HKG to PEK (and PVG etc of course). Keep it up Dragonair!

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  • GaryOak

    GaryOak

    23 Oct, 2014 11:09 pm

    I flew the old A330 from HKG to PEK, but i flew the new A330 on the way back (which was described in the photo).... So i guess u could get a mixed bag....

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  • Alvin Tse

    074061

    29 Oct, 2014 03:17 pm

    I've flown both old J and Y and new J and Y, along with Dragonair's (brought from CX, but not refurbished) shell seat economy. Mixed bag, usually good in biz but really a mixed bag in Y...

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  • kash

    kash

    17 Dec, 2013 09:24 pm

    Dragonair is easily the worlds best regional airline

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  • watson374

    watson374

    17 Dec, 2013 10:37 pm

    When regional is an A330 from Hong Kong to Chongqing and Wuhan, not a Q400 from Sydney to Dubbo and Port Macquarie, yes.

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  • kash

    kash

    18 Dec, 2013 02:49 pm

    well of course QF is way behind but using large aircraft is the way CX operates!!! no one is stopping the chinese carriers or QF from doing the same

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  • Alvin Tse

    074061

    17 Dec, 2013 11:18 pm

    And Cathay is also one of the world's best airlines. They make a great pair!

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  • eminere

    eminere

    17 Dec, 2013 09:55 pm

    Great for consistency as you point out. 

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  • moa999

    moa999

    18 Dec, 2013 12:04 pm

    I thought thewy were rebranding to Cathay Dragon

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  • Alvin Tse

    074061

    18 Dec, 2013 06:27 pm

    Long story short, the information is faux.

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  • KG

    KG

    18 Dec, 2013 02:53 pm

    Interesting to see the evolution of an "international" business class seat being used as "regional" First class seat (AA using the same seats as transpac First class on their new A321).

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  • TomCharlie925

    TomCharlie925

    28 May, 2015 03:14 pm

    This is just like Business class, premium economy and economy class on Cathay's A330s, except it's Dragonair and Business class becomes First and Premium Economy becomes a much better business class.

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