Cathay Pacific unveils refreshed first class

Cathay Pacific has made some changes to its five-year old First product, with a refreshed seat and new amenities.

Architecture firm Foster and Partners oversaw the redesign and Marco Polo Club members were consulted in the process.

The first Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with the upgraded first class is due to enter service on July 26 and the entire cabin refresh project is scheduled to be completed by the third quarter of 2014.

The first class cabins in Cathay’s B747-400 aircraft are not included in the update, however, as that fleet is being retired.

Following feedback from the consultation process, a more adjustable meal table, more closet room and additional space for personal items such as phones and glasses have being introduced. A drink holder, meanwhile, can now be found on the new side console top to prevent cups and glasses slipping during turbulence.

The suite itself has changed very little but now comes in a dark grey material on the outside with leather used for the trim on the interior.

The seat material has changed from dark grey to beige. The side console’s latches all now have leather padding.

Each passenger will have a 4.3-inch LCD touch screen controller, which operates recline, lumbar support and light functions. New reading lights have five brightness levels and can be rotated to a wider angle.

All First suites come equipped with a multi-port connector, including an iPhone/iPod connector allowing passengers to stream their own content, and a USB port with charging capabilities.

New headphones have been introduced, with every passenger receiving a pair. Male passengers will receive an Ermenegildo Zegna amenity kit and female passengers will be provided with a Trussardi kit, featuring Aesop skincare products.

First class bedding has been changed, with new 500-thread count cotton fabrics used for the duvets, pillows, cushions and thicker mattresses. New sleep suits will also be given out, made from 100 per cent organic cotton.

Toby Smith, general manager product at Cathay Pacific said: “Our award-winning first class suite has been very popular with passengers since it was introduced in 2007.

“Given its popularity we saw no pressing need to completely replace the product. However, we decided it was appropriate to give the suites a fresh new look and make a few changes that will enhance the overall experience for our premium passengers.”

For a review of the existing first class product, click here.

Scott Carey

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