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User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1680 posts, RR: 65
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Cathay Pacific New Business Class Experience

CX 101 Hong Kong to Sydney
11 July 2011
Capacity 38J 223Y
POB 261 + 1 infant / 261
Seat : 18A
Aircraft : A330-343X (Delivered 14 May 2011)
Registration: B-LAL


I would like to dedicate this trip report to all the hard working staff of Cathay Pacific. Their service from the heart, enthuasism and professionalism have impressed me over and over. Cathay Pacific have been on the top spot of my airline flights this year. I would also like to thank you Roni's encouragement on writing this trip report. For many occasions I have been given up posting TR here entirely due to the length it took to write , edit pictures, posting links etc. However, it is hard to resist when you experienced something new first hand. This TR is also probably the quickest one I've ever posted since taken the flight.


With Sydney being the first destination of the newly announced Cathay Business Class flights. I handpicked flight CX101 to fly home during my winter vacation to sample the difference. I was very much looking forward to this flight.

Flight CX101 departs at 2355 out of Hong Kong, and arrives in Sydney at 1110 the next day with a scheduled flying time total of 9 hrs and 15 minutes. I use the Kowloon Station Airport Express in town check in at 9:30pm and arrived at airport at 10pm for the flight. This is quite early for my usual last minute to board standard and I did plan this for a reason…..

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HKIA was very busy on this summer evening. However it took me less than 3 minutes in total to clear security screening and passport control. It was the most efficient city and airport ever in my opinion!

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I head to the new Cabin Business Class lounge near Gate 23 as I have never visited this lounge.

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The Pier Business Class lounge is closed for renovation so the Cabin tonight is very crowded with passengers on midnight European and USA flights.

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I have some prosciutto and smoke salmon, it was delicious. They serve you at the counter instead of self-serve. There were 5-6 different types of hot dishes include soup, canapés and Chinese Dim Sim plus the usual full service bar available to passengers.


After staying less than 20 minutes in the crowded lounge, I decided it was time to head to departure gate 68. It was a rather long walk which I don’t mind because I am a plane spotter http://www.samchuiphotos.com/TripReportCX/IMG_0051.jpg

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At 11:10pm, I have arrived at gate 68 and introduce myself to the gate crew. I enquired about the opportunity to get onboard to snap some pictures before general boarding. My request was met with a very surprising positive response after some checking. The gate agent worked in a super speed walking up and down the aerobridge to organise the photo shoot. I was later told it was almost impossible to have this organised since the flight was not cleared but Cathay own security team for passenger step onboard but the very helpful Cathay agent made my “mission possible!” I hate messy cabin with a passion so the only way to get a proper new Business class cabin photo is to have it taken BEFORE passengers board the flight.


Onboard Cathay New Business Class before everyone else!




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The Cabin


The overall feel of the new cabin is much lighter and more elegant. There’s less of Cathay’s deep sea green on the fabric of the seats while the sidewalls are finished in brushed metal with touches of grey and champagne.
Cathay has also gone an extra mile in little touches such as bamboo patterns and abstract prints by Hong Kong artist Maria Lobo on the bulkheads, and a vase containing a fresh-cut flower in front of each set of middle seats.

Business class occupies the very front of the two-class A330-300 and is divided into two cabins.
The frontmost cabin is the larger of the two, with seven rows numbered 11-12 and then 14 through 18 – row 13 is missing.

Snuck away behind the galley kitchen is a second business class cabin (below) with rows 19 to 21, separated from the economy section by a curtain.

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The seats


Cathay Pacific’s new business class seats are modified from a base design by French firm Zodiac Aerospace, which markets them as the Sicma Aero Cirrus to airlines around the world

The seats are set into a fixed shell so that reclining them doesn’t steal space away from the passenger behind you.

The aisle side of the shell includes an angled extension adjacent to the head and shoulders to enhance privacy.

A cluster of controls on the side panel includes a reading light (with adjustable brightness), seat adjustment, the IFE (in-flight entertainment) controller, a universal power outlet for laptops and a USB port for charging tablets and smartphones.

After having the whole cabin avail to myself for 5+ minutes, I thank the staff and within minutes, the first batch of Business passengers have arrived to board. I settle down at my seat 18A, the last window seat of main business cabin.


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I have noticed how wide and spacious on the shoulder room once sat down. A big improvement compare with the last version. Cathay seems did their homework and have listened to their customer.

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My welcome drink : Oriental Breeze. This is my all time favourite on Cathay!

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It’s got everything you need at one place include USB/ AC charger outlet, Composite cable outlet and PC cable port!

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Agnes B Bon Voyage amenity kits were handed out along menu and immigration/fast track forms. Note the large side table.

We waited for some connecting passengers from Manila and China and pushed back few minutes after schedule. A long taxi to runway 25L and with no traffic holding, we turned onto position and took off with heavy climb out at 0020 with a left turn toward South-easterly direction. Tonight’s journey will fly past the Phillipines(Davao), part of PNG, overfly inland of Queensland before reaching Sydney.

Estimate flying time is 8 hours 44 minutes at FL360.

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After the seat belt sign have been turned off, the cabin lighting were kept at minimum with most passenger have turned seat straight into flat bed to sleep. I am well rested before the flight and decide to opt for the dinner and watch a HK Cantonese movie, which Cathay have a good selection on Studio CX, their IFE system.

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Dinner service started only a few minutes later. Note the two folded table design was a smart one, it allows you to slide around during meal service and leave your seat at leisure with table open. I can understand some may think the table is a little on the small side.



My choice of dinner was Sea Bass fillet in Cantonese style with Duck strip salad on the side. There is also a light dinner option with soup, salad and fruit serve in one tray.

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After the main course, I chose to skip the dessert and cheese for some fruit and tea.


For the next four hours, I was in deep sleep (aka cloud nine) on the new seat.

The seat turned into a full flat bed with over 2m long so I have no problem to sleep my whole body straight. You sleep in an angle (which may take time to get used to) instead of straight forward facing, but you do gain good width and plenty of leg room are offered. With the previous version of herringbone, your feet face the aisle. With the new Business seat, your sleeping position is exact opposite, with your feet face inward.

It’s hard to imagine anybody but the loftiest flyer finding this bed too short for a good snooze. I have no problem changing/flipping side from one to another during sleep.

Flight attentandy told me the new seat on B777-300/ER are wider than the one I experienced, on an A330-300

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When I woke up, the crew were busy serving a full breakfast with most of the passenger in Business class awake. We’re cruising over Queensland with 2 hours flying time to go.

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First sight of Australia!

Yogurt, Cereals, Muffin, Croissant, Chinese congee, Egg Frittata and Dim Sum were among the items served in full breakfast. I have the Dim Sum and it taste just like the Yum Cha I have the day before in Hong Kong. Again, all service requests are met with a smile on Cathay!

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I sleep a little longer after breakfast. The cabin final check took place when I woke up and I opened my window blind, I was met with this glorious Central Coast, NSW view

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My photography instinct kicked in and I started snapping all the way till we land.

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Over Northern Beaches and Pittwater continue South bound.

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Over fly the downtown and Sydney harbour

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Overfly of Sydney Kingsford Smih Int'l on a super clear winter day.

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Flying South, then turning to North with sparkling sea below.

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Royal National Park

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City of Cronulla, Sutherland Shire.

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Final approac over Kurnell.

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I have arrived in Sydney probably hundred of times and this was one of the best views I’ve seen. I think I must be missing home badly.

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Arrival view on Rwy34L with the usual suspects in Sydney.

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A quick taxi follow by turning to Gate 35 at 11:10am, which means we arrived on time.

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Last view of B-LAL. For some reason, it looks like a B787 to me……  

Summary


On first impressions it’s hard to fault Cathay Pacific’s new business class seats. They’re a smart design with ample space, comfort and amenities for the eight hour trip to Sydney. Cathay Pacific is a very disciplined and service oriented global network carrier. I think it has a rather humble image and publicity comparing to its rival such as Singapore Airlines and Emirates. However, from what I can gather, the business community simply loves Cathay making their Premium Classes very popular and. I have 2 excellent First Class flights with Cathay at the end of last year across the Pacific and this flight to Sydney is no exception in service excellence. The crew’s willingness to co-operate and making the “impossible” request looks simple. I just wish I am on Cathay Pacific again on my next flight!


My opinion of the new Business seat

- Excellent all aisle access
- Improved Privacy especially the single window seat.
- Fully flat bed with good width and length. Good for all kind of passengers shape
- Vast improvement on the shoulder room while seating straight up.
- All IFE/Remote/Gadget/Features in one place and easy to use.
- Good storage room.
- The angled sleeping direction may take some time to get used to.
- The A330 overhead bin in the middle may makes customer feel less head room. Some airlines like Etihad have done away with the middle bin to make it feel more spacious in the cabin.
- A little far reach to window due to seating diagonally but better than previous version seating opposite to the windows.
- As you’d expect from a brand new aircraft the seats were incredibly comfortable – they’ve not even been ‘worn in’, and the entire aircraft still had that ‘new plane’ scent.



Bonus Picture


After 11+ years, Cathay Pacific is having a change of crew uniform. I was fortunate to have their picture taken on one of the first days of operation. (Photo taken on flight CX 710, SIN-HKG, B777-367)


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I leave you all to judge the new unifom. Thank you Cathay Pacific for the wonderful flight and I wish I am flying with them soon again!

Feedback and questions are always welcome  


Sam Chui

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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6757 posts, RR: 77
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Sam,

excellent report with high-quality pictures, as usual! Good to see you posting a report again. CX's new J Class product looks great. I'd love to compare it to LX's new J Class which I recently tested. Have you tried that one yet?

Fully Flat Bed To SFO: SWISS' New Business Class (by PlaneHunter May 7 2011 in Trip Reports)

Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):
It’s got everything you need at one place include USB/ AC charger outlet, Composite cable outlet and PC cable port!

Very innovative!

Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):
The seat turned into a full flat bed with over 2m long so I have no problem to sleep my whole body straight. You sleep in an angle (which may take time to get used to) instead of straight forward facing, but you do gain good width and plenty of leg room are offered.

What can you say about shoulder space? That's one of the few weak points on LX.


PH



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User currently offline9MMRD From Australia, joined Oct 2010, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

CX looks really amazing, and the lounge looks kinda funky. I like it. 

And thanks for a great report yet again, Sam!



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User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2606 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Excellent trip report, Sam. Thank you for being the first here to post a trip report on CX's new J class. I've been looking forward to an evaluation of CX's new J class. I've never tried it, but aesthetically, it looks like a generation ahead of the old herringbone design.

Thank you once again. A very enjoyable read  



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1258 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):
I have arrived in Sydney probably hundred of times and this was one of the best views I’ve seen.

I don't believe I've seen such pics of Sydney from the air before. That pic with downtown Sydney is on my desktop. Thanks for sharing. That retro Saudi bag travels everywhere with you  


User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 926 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Sam, that was a fantastic TR. I have only flown CX in JCL several times and have found their service superior. The new cabin looks really nice. The photos on landing in SYD was amazing! My favourite city in the world! Thanks for sharing!

Cheers, William



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User currently offlineFlying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Thank you Sam for this nice TR.

Cathay has always that touch of Asian class... I love the new J-class. Especially the orchids and the nice paintings on the wall !!!      

I do think they now have the right balance in J in terms of hardware/software product.



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User currently offlinealaskaqantas From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 905 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

amazing report mate.

have wanted to try out their new business class since I saw the first pictures, and you just made me want to try it even more!

its been a year since I last flew Cathay and I miss their service greatly.

when comparing business class to their first class what is your opinion? - I wasn't too excited with the previous J seat and after flying it once last year, I found their First to be worth the difference and flew it the rest of the 11 Cathay flights I had. (but of course they're not bringing in as many new aircraft's with F)

Cheers,
Kyle



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User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great Report!

You're making me wish I hadn't switched from One World to SkyTeam!

The seats look fantastic and superb, I am very impressed. SYD is a destination high on my list of travels I would love to see in the near future if at all possible.

Great photos too, and I enjoyed it all!

Alex



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User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1081 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Absolutely enjoy all the hi-def pics from you. Always the best of the best review from you.  

Extremely neat new business class seats.

Thank you very much.
net-hkt



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User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4635 posts, RR: 23
Reply 10, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Beautiful report, Sam!

Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):
I think it has a rather humble image and publicity comparing to its rival such as Singapore Airlines and Emirates.

This is true. Cathay Pacific are just a top quality airline, who keep on doing their thing with class. There are no gimmicks and so on - and they do it extremely well. Humble is a very good word to describe Cathay Pacific.

They are one of my favourite airlines, mainly because when I have flown them in Business Class the service has been nothing short of perfect - on every flight!

Again, thanks for the report - loving the new Business Class - though I did like the old one too!  



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1930 posts, RR: 24
Reply 11, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Truly excellent report! Exactly what makes a good report .. lots of great description and photos leaving the reader with a good understanding on your trip and the service provided to you!

Very nice looking cabin. I want to try CX at somepoint soon ... I'm always impressed with their high level of attention to detail.

The A330 looked amazing in that bright sunshine at SYD!

Matthew (767747)


User currently onlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1918 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Thank you Sam for sharing with us such a special trip report! I have been curious about the new Business product and the seats look amazing. Your pictures really illustrate the seats well.

The only disappointment is the food/catering - there have been some more cutbacks, but then it is a midnight flight, meals are not that important.

Thanks again and look forward to you next report!

Carfield


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6557 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi Sam !

Fantastic report with fantastic pictures as usual ! CX looks very good with amazing serivce and great food!

One thing that looks really weird in the pictures are the screens in the middle section; it looks like they are at a 75 degree angle from the viewer so it looks like it must be almost impossible to view the screen ? Perhaps the screens be turned to face the viewer better ?

The777Man



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User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1680 posts, RR: 65
Reply 14, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
excellent report with high-quality pictures, as usual! Good to see you posting a report again. CX's new J Class product looks great. I'd love to compare it to LX's new J Class which I recently tested. Have you tried that one yet?

Hi Udo. No I have not tried LX at all. (not even one flight, you can tell I am a big Asia-Pac carrier man) The Shoulder room is GREAT on the new CX J seat.

Quoting 9MMRD (Reply 2):
CX looks really amazing, and the lounge looks kinda funky. I like it.

And thanks for a great report yet again, Sam!
Quoting CXB77L (Reply 3):
Excellent trip report, Sam. Thank you for being the first here to post a trip report on CX's new J class.
Quoting globalflyer (Reply 5):
Hi Sam, that was a fantastic TR. I have only flown CX in JCL several times and have found their service superior. The new cabin looks really nice.
Quoting Flying Belgian (Reply 6):

Thank you Sam for this nice TR.

Cathay has always that touch of Asian class... I love the new J-class. Especially the orchids and the nice paintings on the wall !!!
Quoting alaskaqantas (Reply 7):
amazing report mate.
Quoting nethkt (Reply 9):
Great photos too, and I enjoyed it all!
Quoting nethkt (Reply 9):
Absolutely enjoy all the hi-def pics from you. Always the best of the best review from you.

Extremely neat new business class seats.
Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 10):
Beautiful report, Sam!
Quoting 767747 (Reply 11):
Truly excellent report! Exactly what makes a good report .. lots of great description and photos leaving the reader with a good understanding on your trip and the service provided to you!
Quoting Carfield (Reply 12):
Thank you Sam for sharing with us such a special trip report! I have been curious about the new Business product and the seats look amazing. Your pictures really illustrate the seats well.
Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):

Fantastic report with fantastic pictures as usual ! CX looks very good with amazing serivce and great food!

Thank you ALL. Your great comments have just added some needed warmth in Cold Sydney evening. Feels like Christmas in July here   With the good motivation and feedback,I would like to post my Cathay First Class report link soon.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):
That retro Saudi bag travels everywhere with you

Haha good pick up. It travel with me sometimes but it is weird no body actualy picked up it is Saudia.

Quoting alaskaqantas (Reply 7):
when comparing business class to their first class what is your opinion?

They're complete different classes in terms of service/seat/catering. The new CX Business class in hardware come very close to the OLD BA and UA First Class on 744. (if not better)

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 10):
Again, thanks for the report - loving the new Business Class - though I did like the old one too!

I am actually quite OK with the previous one even my shoulder are quite wide. Although I heard so many complaints but Cathay seems listened in from their frequent flyer complaints.

Quoting Carfield (Reply 12):
The only disappointment is the food/catering - there have been some more cutbacks, but then it is a midnight flight, meals are not that important.

Yes, there have been some( or less visually presented) cutbacks. My Apetitizer was not served separately but together with my choice of main course. It gives you the impression of famous Japanese one tray meal service! I am not sure if all the midnight long haul dep are having the same service like my flight to SYD. It seems the cut back are also trying to reduce the time to serve meals in red eye hours.

However, the food on CX out of HKG are good, consistent, somewhat predictable but I really like eating it after a few months in the Middle East without authentic Cantonese food.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
Perhaps the screens be turned to face the viewer better ?

Hi Lars, yes you need to pull the screen out and can turn into straight viewing angle.

Sam


User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1680 posts, RR: 65
Reply 15, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Quoting Carfield (Reply 12):
The only disappointment is the food/catering - there have been some more cutbacks, but then it is a midnight flight, meals are not that important.

Btw, Etihad have cutback Amenity kit in Business Class long haul. It has been reduced to select your needed item from a tray brought around by a cabin crew. The CX seat is miles better than EY 1-2-1 sort of staggered seating. I also read your EY Milan-Tokyo flight with great interest. I think the old First Class EY product, while innovative but it is a failure with filmsy cushion and your leg keep hitting the table while turning around during sleep. Please drop me a message when you past UAE (dxb/auh)


User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1195 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

Apparently their Y seats are so bad they are being forced to replace them.

User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hey, nice report. Glad you had a positve CX expercience. Nice that you where able to board early as well.


Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineEricR From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 1904 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Those new business class seats look amazing. This is the type of product I expect to see from CX. Their old herringbone style business class seats where a disappointment. This product looks so much nicer and gives the cabin a more open feel.

Thanks for the pictures.


User currently offlineFlyLonghaul From Australia, joined Feb 2010, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report.
The layout looks great, very neat and well placed.
As you mentioned the catering didn't look to be what I would have expected, but I guess consistency is sometimes better than extravagance. And as long as it tastes good and fills you up then its a non issue.

Cheers for the report  



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User currently offlineCabincrewifly From Ireland, joined Jul 2011, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

The cabin is really striking!! Looks great. Fab report 


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User currently offlineleonjunior From New Zealand, joined Aug 2007, 113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Wonderful trip report and really great business class from CX.
Wish MH could install those seats on their coming A380 and A330 for long haul routes.


User currently offlinethaia345 From Indonesia, joined Oct 2006, 877 posts, RR: 16
Reply 22, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hey Sam,

A great TR from you and glad to know you managed to experience CX's new J seats. I am off to PEK on Tuesday with CX. Route is:

CGKHKG (Red eye A330 with regional J seats!! Urrghh)
HKGPEK with KA on A330 in F
PEKHKG with KA on A320 in J
HKGCGK with CX on B744 in F

Will post that one up when i am done with the trip.

Hope you are enjoying Sydney !!!.....Take care mate and i really promise i will make an effort to see you in Abu Dhabi soon.....btw, Roni made you do the TR, but where are his comments? ahhahahahahaah


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Quoting thaia345 (Reply 22):
Roni made you do the TR, but where are his comments? ahhahahahahaah

Hahah I have commented verbally!

Hope you fly CX to Abu Dhabi  



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Reply 24, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Quoting lychemsa (Reply 16):
Apparently their Y seats are so bad they are being forced to replace them.

The May 2011 delivered A330-300 still feature the fixed shell Economy Class seat. I haven't try them so can't comment much. (and also been avoiding knowing it may be a nightmare due to my large body size)

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 17):



Hey, nice report. Glad you had a positve CX expercience. Nice that you where able to board early as well.
Quoting EricR (Reply 18):
Thanks for the pictures.
Quoting Cabincrewifly (Reply 20):
The cabin is really striking!! Looks great. Fab report
Quoting leonjunior (Reply 21):



Wonderful trip report and really great business class from CX.

Thank you ALL for your generous comments!

Quoting FlyLonghaul (Reply 19):
As you mentioned the catering didn't look to be what I would have expected, but I guess consistency is sometimes better than extravagance. And as long as it tastes good and fills you up then its a non issue.

This is a good point. I think only handful of passengers want to dine at midnight so a quick one tray service makes good sense. For me, the Sea Bass fillet was ONE OF THE BEST fish I've tasted onboard for many years of flying.

Quoting thaia345 (Reply 22):
Hope you are enjoying Sydney !!!.....Take care mate and i really promise i will make an effort to see you in Abu Dhabi soon..

Just try to confirm your flights to my wedding I will be a very happy man   Looking forward to your CX TR.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 23):
Quoting thaia345 (Reply 22):
Roni made you do the TR, but where are his comments? ahhahahahahaah


Hahah I have commented verbally!

Haha I have sent this to Roni first hand to comment  


Sam


25 SloAir : Hi Sam, great job with the report with the usual high quality photos. I flew on this same rout with CX A333 in the old configuration business class a
26 Genius12 : Excellent report and pictures as always, Sam. It's actually the Level 7 Business Class section of The Wing that is closed at the moment. Level 6 Busin
27 flythere : Sam, what a great TR! Everything is so well described and pictured. It just make me want to ride on new CX J immediately !
28 Post contains images SASDC8 : It looks like CX really has done one right with their new Business class seat. It sure looks fabulous! It sure looks small, but is it that much smalle
29 flythere : The table is actually two-folded so what shown in the picture is actually half of the full size. Plus the side table that is even larger than a F4 si
30 initious : Hi Sam, A wonderful report on CX's new Business Class! I'd say it looks way better than their herringbone ones. The sea bass definitely looks extra ap
31 Post contains images SASDC8 : OK, thanks. Should not be a big concern then
32 N178UA : Thank you. With the approval of linking Trip Report from my website hosting to A.net, I should be continue to post on selected flights if there are i
33 SR 103 : Thanks for a great report Sam. I have been wondering about the new product and you provided a great insight into it. The seat definitely looks like a
34 flythere : Hey Sam, wih more 77W coming into cathay's fleet, next time do check out their new J! Guess it would be another experience.
35 Post contains images stipica : Hi Sam ! ... big fan of your opus ... stunning pictures are the backbone of your report ... for enjoying ...stipica
36 jetlad : Can you give more details on the usable storage space in the new versus the old seats? One issue I have with the old J seats is that it's hard to find
37 bastew : WOW CX new J looks great! Just a quick question though. I see that they issue passengers with an 'invitation' to the lounge instead of just presenting
38 Post contains links and images N178UA : There are great improvement over the previous Herringbone seat version in terms of storage place. In fact, there are plenty of room to put your thing
39 jetlad : Thanks! In the picture, it looks like the storage space is a tray at the base of the triangular red angled thing underneath the side table, is that c
40 kurt : Looks great, Sam. CX got it right, finally and the new J looks like the new "standard" for the world.
41 Post contains links jetlad : Found this video from Cathay that shows the storage spaces, plus how the seat extension works to provide extra space for side-sleepers: http://www.you
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