Cathay set to debut premium economy next March

22 Aug 2011 by BusinessTraveller

Cathay Pacific looks set to launch its much anticipated premium economy seating on flights between Hong Kong and Toronto next March, according to respected industry website

Business Traveller reported last year that Cathay was considering introducing a premium economy product (see online news January 12, 2010 and March 11, 2010), but there was no mention of the offering when the carrier launched its revamped business class seat late last year (see online news December 7, 2010).

But reports that the GDS reservation system is now showing a three-class B777-300ER aircraft featuring economy, premium economy and business class, operating on the Hong Kong-Toronto route from March 2012.

The aircraft will operate on flights CX826 from Hong Kong and CX827 from Toronto on Sundays, and CX828 from Hong Kong and CX829 from Toronto on Mondays and Wednesdays. When Business Traveller checked the Cathay Pacific website today (August 22), premium economy was not yet available on these flights.

The website reports that there will be 32 premium economy seats in a 2-4-2 configuration across four rows, with 40 business class seats (1-2-1) and 268 economy seats (3-3-3). Note that this aircraft will not feature first class.

Business Traveller has contacted Cathay for confirmation of the move, and will post more information as soon as it is available.


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