I recently took a cathay economy from Narita to HK, a last minute thing. I agree 100% with your comments, however regarding the seats they were unbelievebly uncomfortable!! I am no snob and on shorat hauls always fly econ, easy and the like. the econ cathy seats were so hard and lumpy I had to ask staff for 2 pillows to sit on!
everything else in it was ok, but on the seat basis alone I wont fly econ with them for anything longer than HKG to TPE