Cathay Pacific's new Airbus A350s begin flying this week, bringing with them an upgraded seat and experience for business class travellers.
... joined by a completely open space under the ottoman, sufficiently large for your laptop bag, handbag or shoes, which we'd always struggled to fit into the tiny shoe cupboard in the older Cirrus seat:
... which now includes a handy 'do not disturb' option if you'd rather be left alone, a 'wake up call' feature to inform the crew when you should be woken: either for the first or second meal or let sleep until close to landing...
... free satellite television channels (BBC World News, CNN and Euronews), and of course, a bird's eye view from the aircraft's tail and nose cameras. We're sure your view will be a little different, of course.
There's a little give-and-take with the width, however, reduced from 21 to 20.2 inches on the main cushion but with more space in the knee zones on the left and right for travellers who sleep on their side...
Cathay Pacific's first commercial A350 flight runs from Hong Kong to Manila on June 1 2016, joined also by Taipei on a daily basis until the second A350 arrives in July.
That's when Bangkok, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Kansai will also appear on Cathay's A350 map, but all to be replaced by Dusseldorf and London Gatwick in Q4 2016 as the jets spread their wings onto longer routes.
More on Cathay Pacific's new Airbus A350:
- Up close with Cathay Pacific's new A350 premium economy seat
- Inside Cathay Pacific's all-new Airbus A350
- Cathay Pacific to offer inflight Internet
Chris Chamberlin is visiting Hong Kong as a guest of Cathay Pacific.
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