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Kittens Flying CX First Class

Mon Oct 15, 2001 10:57 pm

This is an article taken from CX's press release, i find it quite interesting.


Fur flies in Cathay Pacific's First Class

Cats are one of the choosiest of creatures, and when it comes to their kittens mother cats are particularly protective. So Cathay Pacific was touched to learn recently that given the choice of a host of different seats in a storeroom at the Airbus Industrie factory in France, the cats plumped for Cathay Pacific First Class.


The mother cat - the mascot of the Airbus stores team ?had sneaked in unseen at the end of the working day and settled down on a Cathay Pacific First Class seat. In the morning the staff were surprised to find her ?and her young family of seven ?enjoying the comfort usually reserved for the airline's premium passengers.

Steve Francis, Cathay Pacific's Engineering Manager at the Airbus Industrie headquarters in Toulouse, said: "It took me years to get an upgrade to First Class ?but these kittens managed it before their first birthday. But I guess you could say they are all a lot cuter and cuddlier than I am!"

The need to put the seat into service meant there was unfortunately no opportunity to give the cat family permanent "landing rights". The seat cushion and covers were all replaced prior to installation on board a brand new Airbus A330-300.

Although the young passengers were clearly comfortable with the seat in its upright position they did not have the opportunity to sample the full luxury of the airline's First Class product. The seat reclines automatically into a flat bed, and offers complete privacy to passengers with the help of sliding dividers. Passengers are also offered duvets, sleeper suits, exclusive amenity kits, and the finest a la carte cuisine.

According to Steve Francis, mother and family are doing well. The kittens are growing fast, enjoying French cuisine, and apparently have no travel plans at present.



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RE: Kittens Flying CX First Class

Mon Oct 15, 2001 11:21 pm

Well, I think it is time for airlines to start allowing animals in the cabin of planes (apart from guide dogs etc). It would really be nice if I could travel with my dog. But given the current policies, if one day I decide to take her along with me on a flight, I would think she'd probably be really lonely in the cargo hold. I guess it must be really dark too?
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RE: Kittens Flying CX First Class

Mon Oct 15, 2001 11:32 pm

There's a cute picture posted in this other thread from 4 days ago about the same subject.

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/601927

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RE: Kittens Flying CX First Class

Mon Oct 15, 2001 11:34 pm

whoops.........sorry for the double posting guys......i missed that post the other day.......sorry......

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RE: Kittens Flying CX First Class

Tue Oct 16, 2001 2:27 am

Well those cats sure do know how to pick a quality Airline seat.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Kittens Flying CX First Class

Tue Oct 16, 2001 4:59 am

when we flew our dogs to argentina from dallas we attached 12 hour glows sticks in the cages so they would not be scared in the dark.