flyer0001
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Cathay's New Biz Class?

Fri Dec 14, 2001 10:34 am

What is the roll out plan for Cathay's New Business Class product?
Are they currently offering it on any of the North American routes?
 
CX Flyboy
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RE: Cathay's New Biz Class?

Fri Dec 14, 2001 12:15 pm

I am not sure how many A340s have the new Business Class. The first 747-400 is due out soon, if not already, with it installed.

Several A330s and a 777 have it as well.

We plan to have them all fitted by mid 2003. I have yet to see an aircraft with them on. Hopefully I will get to try it out soon!!
 
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RE: Cathay's New Biz Class?

Fri Dec 14, 2001 4:48 pm

Cx flyboy,

I thought CX were installing their new Biz class on long-haul aircrafts only. Can you please confirm if 777 are going to receive them?

 
CX Flyboy
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RE: Cathay's New Biz Class?

Sat Dec 15, 2001 12:10 am

As far as I know, the whole fleet is going to receive the new seats.
 
CX 4ever
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RE: Cathay's New Biz Class?

Sat Dec 15, 2001 1:41 am

All ex-SQ A340s do have new biz class seats.
 
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RE: Cathay's New Biz Class?

Sat Dec 15, 2001 2:33 am

Ï came across this interesting review of CX's new J class in Business Traveller magazine. A weblink is enclosed for your reference below.

Flight check: Sydney-Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific, business class

Cathay Pacific business class offered Jonathan Wall an excellent Sydney-Hong Kong flight, with a very comfortable seat, fantastic food and good service.

First impressions: Check-in doesn’t get much more pleasant than this. As the friendly clerk complied with my seating request, we chatted about the effects of September 11 on travel and security (she says she’s seen little change for Asia, but a drop in onward traffic to Europe). I strolled through near-empty immigration and headed for duty-free.
Boarding: We were due to leave at 4.20pm and the gate opened around 30 minutes earlier. Entering the A330-300, I was pleased to discover it’s fitted with the new business class. I raided the magazine rack, made myself comfortable, but at this stage declined Cathay’s excellent Louis Roederer Brut Premier champagne.

Seat comfort: Seats are configured 2-2-2. While the pitch is 60 inches, a total length of around 75 inches is achieved by tilting the “flat” bed, so that the passenger’s legs are tucked into a recess in the seat-back in front. Privacy is enhanced by “cocoons”, which also house the audio-visual controller and telephone, laptop power point and modem connection, built-in noise-cancelling headphones and a flexible reading light, as well as the 10.4-inch TV screen and occasional table for the seat behind. Fully reclined and extended, the seat can easily accommodate all but professional basketball players. As for comfort, I found the urge to doze hard to resist.

The flight: Once airborne we were given drinks and then an early dinner of salad, a seafood starter and a main course from the trolley. I opted for the grilled lamb cutlet with minted balsamico sauce – tasty and well presented – and a glass of Mercurey, which wasn’t on the wine list. Cheese with crackers and an ice cream rounded things off nicely. I had less success getting to grips with Cathay’s new Tenzing inflight email. This, I suspect, owes less to shortcomings in the system, but rather more to security blocks installed on my company laptop. I had already downloaded the software from the Tenzing website (CD-ROMs are also available inflight), but my wretched computer refuses to recognise the parallel-port connection. I gave up, watched a movie – the on-demand Studio CX offers a wide choice and seems to work well, though October is never a bumper month for new films – read and snoozed. A couple of hours from Hong Kong, a light supper was served, including a moreish cold meat pie.

Arrival: Despite headwinds we were on time at 10.40pm. My bags were on the belt within 10 minutes of disembarking and I was soon in a taxi.

Verdict: Full marks. The new seats worked so well that I slept easily. Dining was decent, too. In-flight service was efficient, though lacked the spontaneous warmth that I consider one of Cathay’s strongest points. 9/10


Jonathan Wall
Published 13 December 2001


http://www.businesstraveller.com/tried_and_tested/full_story.epml?tried_and_tested.REF=171

 
flyer0001
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RE: Cathay's New Biz Class?

Sat Dec 15, 2001 3:49 am

Does the SFO-HKG route serviced by a A340 have the new Business Class product? Or any of the 747-400s from LAX?
 
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RE: Cathay's New Biz Class?

Sat Dec 15, 2001 5:36 am

yes, all ex-SQ A340 B-HXM, N & O have new J-cls seats. These planes are primarily used on long-haul flight such as HKG-YYZ. However, ground staff at YYZ doesn't really like these acfts since they have many technical problems w/ the PTVs and seat controls. Also these acfts have less pax capacity than regular A340s. This would increase the chance of deny boarding.

r panda
 
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RE: Cathay's New Biz Class?

Sat Dec 15, 2001 8:28 am

B-HXO isn't flying yet is it?
 
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RE: XO

Sun Dec 16, 2001 8:18 am

I don't know if XO is already in service or not. I was just saying that these three acfts all have the new J-cls seats.
You should know better, CXflyboy. You told me that XO was still in the hanger like two months ago.

rgds//r panda
 
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RE: Cathay's New Biz Class?

Sun Dec 16, 2001 10:01 am

Ok. I have checked and B-HXO was rolled out a few days ago and is now in service. First long haul flight is to YYZ today, so you should see it Red Panda!!!
 
flyer0001
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RE: Cathay's New Biz Class?

Mon Dec 17, 2001 5:59 am

I spoke with CX Reservations and they did not seem to know when the new Biz class would be introduced on the SFO or LAX routes.

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