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Feb
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cheap flight to hong kong-be the first to try out Cathay Pacific’s new Premium Class

Cathay Pacific premium economy class let’s you stretch out

cathay pacific airlines

cathay pacific airlines

Yes, people for all of you with flights to hong kong on the horizon, things just got a heck of a lot more interesting. Put it this way, cheap flights to hong kong might just feel like you’re flying first.

Let me give you a little taste… priority boarding and more legroom, Cathay’s new premium economy class is¬† re-igniting passenger enthusiasm for long-haul travel, and Cathay Pacific just picked up its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft yesterday.

Fitted with the airlines’ new “premium economy” class seating configuration, the aircraft is the first of 87 planes Cathay will ahve with the new class of service by the end of 2013.

On each plane there will be 26 to 34 seats. The section will be located between economy and business class areas, the legroom is way more than in economy class and the class will also have its very own dedicated flight attendant.

And yes, Premium economy passengers will get priority check-in and boarding, and a five-kilo increase in baggage allowance.

What about the cost?

welcome aboard

welcome aboard

Okay, sure the flight to Hong Kong is going to be 50 to 80 percent higher than¬† a standard economy ticket, because there’s nothing economy about the seat or the amenities and when we’re talking hours in the double digits, it’s worth it. The designers and engineers at Cathay Pacific have really done a superlative job.

Premium Economy Details:

larger seats

larger seats

The first and most important feature are the seats. Thirty-eight whole inches of seat pitch, which is the distance from the back of a seat to the front of the seat behind it.

That’s six whole inches more than in normal economy class and when you’re flying to Hong Kong, it makes all the difference in the world.

hong kong

hong kong

Cathay Pacific’s premium economy class also seriously beats the 34-to-36 inches on United Airlines’ economy plus class,¬† but is less roomy than Turkish Airlines’ luxurious 46 inches on its Boeing 777-300ER V2, which is seriously wonderful.

reclined seat

reclined seat

The additional space also means no more scrambling over sleeping row mates just to get from your window seat to the aisle. You can walk straight through unless someone has a meal tray down.

Cathay Pacific premium economy seats recline up to eight inches. The seats are also slightly wider than in economy class and come with larger video screens and with the business-class-size pillows given you can lean back and enjoy your movie.

touch-screens

touch-screens

Meal trays are housed in armrests, similar to the setup found in many business- or first-class cabins, giving you far more space as well as allowing you  not to feel jabbed each and every time the passenger behind you wants to put his tray up or down.

One bad thing is, however, that only the two center seats in the 2-4-2 layout allow arm rests to be raised, which means you can’t spread out if you’re lucky enough to have an empty seat adjacent to you.

Cocktails and Champagne are also offered to premium economy passengers when you come on-board and that makes you feel pretty good when you walk onto your Hong Kong Flight.

Food

inline food

inline food

Cathay Pacific premium economy passengers get special menus: grilled U.S. beef tenderloin with red wine sauce, roasted potatoes and seasonal baby vegetables. It came with a small bottle of virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, as well as a cup of Häagen-Dazs ice cream. Not bad.

Hot Trend

new planes

new planes

Premium economy class is the hot trend in commercial aviation, according to Neil Hansford, chairman of Australia-based Aviation Strategic Solutions.

“Airlines who have not launched this product clearly don’t understand market dynamics,” said Hansford. “From business to economy (class) is a step too far, so premium economy is a workable alternative.

“It provides an option to those who can’t afford or aren’t authorized by their employer to use business class. For airlines, it’s a way of getting yield from the economy traveler.”

comfort

comfort

Response to Cathay Pacific’s premium economy class has been great. Since booking for premium economy seats became available on February 14, the carrier has sold more than 1,000 tickets.

The first Cathay flights with premium economy class will take off in March. Beginning in April, premium economy class will be offered on select flights on Sydney, Toronto, Vancouver and New York routes.

The new class of service will gradually be offered on more long-haul routes, which is great news for all the business people who book flights to Hong Kong regularly.

Space for premium economy seating will be taken out of economy sections, meaning fewer economy-class seats will be available on flights offering the new premium economy service.

Cathay’s Designs innovations

Cathay Pacific has added new design touches in economy class, as well. So those of you who book cheap flights to Hong Kong on Cathay ¬†won’t be disappointed.

Small footholds have recently been installed beneath seats, allowing shorter passengers easier access to the overhead storage bins.

footstep

footstep

Amenity stowage spaces have been added beneath video screens for small items such as mobile phones and iPods.

Multi-port connectors next to screens allow passengers to connect personal devices to the aircraft’s inflight entertainment system and charge electronics through USB ports.

These are attractive options, especially when compared with carriers such as United Airlines, which doesn’t supply any power sockets.

sockets

sockets

For Cathay travelers unable to pay for the new premium economy class, there’s some good news — the carrier plans to unveil a new and improved long-haul economy class seat.

The new seats will be installed on 62 long-haul aircraft by the end of 2013.

Cathay’s new economy class seats will allow passengers to recline, unlike their much-criticized fixed-back seats, which were a major bummer.

New seats also mean a chance for new in-flight entertainment. The new long-haul economy seats will be installed with the ¬†touch-screen televisions too! Yeah! So any way you go, be it cheap flight to hong kong or premium economy to hong kong you’ll be happy.

inflight entertainment

inflight entertainment

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