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Cathay Pacific To Extend New First Class To Airbus

Tue Aug 22, 2000 6:36 pm

CATHAY PACIFIC TO EXTEND NEW FIRST CLASS TO AIRBUS FLEET
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Cathay Pacific Airways today announced it would install a version of its new
First Class cabin on its fleet of Airbus Industrie aircraft beginning in January
next year. The decision reflects the extremely good response given to the new
cabin since it was introduced on the airline's fleet of Boeing 747-400s in May
last year. The new cabin will be installed on 12 of Cathay Pacific's Airbus
A340-300s and four of its Airbus A330-300s.

The new First Class cabin offers the world's most exclusive and elegant travel
experience. The centrepiece is a highly comfortable seat which can recline into
a fully horizontal bed. The cabin services also include fully adjustable
personal televisions, a Personal Cinema with up to 30 movie choices, freshly
prepared meals, and luxurious duvets and sleeper suits. Cabin crew who work in
the new First Class cabin receive special training to deliver service
excellence.

Cathay Pacific's Director Service Delivery Robert Cutler said: "Our front-end
customers have told us they love our new First Class cabin with surveys showing
very high approval ratings for both cabin ambience and service. We are very
pleased we can now extend this same level of service to our Airbus fleet
enabling all our long-haul passengers the chance to experience our new First
Class."

Cathay Pacific currently operates a fleet of 65 wide-bodied aircraft including
14 A340s and 12 A330s. The airline has outstanding orders for a number of
further aircraft including another A340 and another seven A330s. The A340 on
order will arrive next February and will be the first of the Airbus fleet to be
installed with the new First Class cabin. Eleven of the 14 existing A340s will
then fitted with the new cabin over the following 18 months. Four of the A330s
or order will arrive with the new cabin already installed.

Cathay Pacific operates its A340s on long-haul routes such as between Hong Kong
and Rome, Zurich, and San Francisco. The aircraft are currently configured to
carry 12 passengers in First Class, 40 in Business Class, and 197 in Economy
Class. The new configuration will be 8 in First Class, 38 in Business Class, and
197 in Economy Class. Having just 8 seats in First Class offers passengers
greater exclusivity, more individual space, and privacy.

The airline's A330s are used on short-haul and medium-haul routes such as
between Hong Kong and Bali, Cairns, and Surabaya. They currently carry 311
passengers in two classes. The A330s with the new First Class cabin will have 8
seats in First Class, 32 in Business Class, and 211 in Economy Class. Those with
the new First Class cabin will serve medium-haul routes.

 
tincan
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RE: Cathay Pacific To Extend New First Class To Airbus

Tue Aug 22, 2000 6:48 pm

Wow, that's cool. I've seen the sleeper seats on Swissair. Where is Cathay Pacific's hub?
 
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RE: Cathay Pacific To Extend New First Class To Airbus

Tue Aug 22, 2000 6:56 pm

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RE: Cathay Pacific To Extend New First Class To Airbus

Sun Sep 10, 2000 11:55 am

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