Economy. Airbus 340-600. In preparation for a business trip to Shanghai, I did weeks of research on airlines, flights, aircraft, hotels and other cities. The result was my decision to begin the trip with a direct flight from JFK
on Cathay Pacific, a three-day leisure stay at the Peninsula in Hong Kong and then a flight on Dragonair to Shanghai. The only negative part of the entire trip was the Cathay Pacific flight. Check in was efficient, and we left JFK
on time. The A340-600 had not been upgraded yet (see the Cathay Pacific website for what their long haul economy seats will eventually look like!). The seats were very cramped with little legroom, even for me, a 5’-9’’ adult. My wife, not taller, but with longer legs, had an even more difficult time getting comfortable. The food was terrible. The flight attendant service was above average, but not spectacular. No individual air vents so I was too warm the entire trip. Instead of an AVOD system as I had hoped, was stuck with the system where all of the movies start at once (and where you really have no way of knowing when they will begin). I compare this experience to a recent flight from ATL
on Korean Air in economy on a 747-400 in Economy. For those that can only afford economy, Korean Air beats Cathay Pacific by a wide margin. My return flight to the US on AA
on a 777-200 in economy was better than Cathay Pacific.