Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways is returning its first class service to the Hong Kong-New York JFK route.

From 31 March, one of Cathay’s three daily JFK flights will feature first class.

This is the CX830 service departing Hong Kong at 0905 and arriving into New York’s Kennedy airport at 1315.

The flights will be operated by Cathay’s four-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, with six open suites in the first class cabin, 53 in business class, 34 in premium economy and 201 in economy class.

Cathay cut first class from many routes over recent years but has vowed to continue the product, including a new “revolutionary” first class suite to debut on its 777X aircraft.

The airline has 21 777-9Xs on order from Boeing. The projected deliveries of these aircraft have already been deferred several times and for now it looks like the 777X might debut in late 2025 or 2026.

Cathay’s two other daily Hong Kong-JFK services, departing its base at 0200 and 1615, respectively, are operated by three-class Airbus A350-900 and A350-1000 aircraft, without first class.

The oneworld member carrier is hoping to reach 80 per cent of its pre-pandemic passenger flights within the second quarter of 2024, and 100 per cent in 2025.