The 1st of Cathay Pacific's new Airbus A350 jets is expected to take wing in March (could probably be delayed to April), with new design seats fitted from tip to tail.
Each of the airline's 20 A350-900 jets will carry 280 passengers split between business class, premium economy and economy.
Cathay will be the operator with lowest passenger capacity and with 3-class interior (Qatar has 283 seats with 2-class cabin).
Source: Australian Business Traveller.
38 business class seats will take pride of place at the pointy end of Cathay's A350.
They'll be based on the airline's current highly-regarded business class and in the same 1-2-1 layout – but with an updated design which CX is carefully positioning as a 'refresh' to improve the existing seat, based on extensive passenger surveys and in-person workshops.
Travellers can expect to see improvements in storage space (one of the items delayed in the FAL), the ability to slide the meal table forward and back, and a degree of tilt for the large HD video screen.
There's also a compact premium economy cabin of 28 seats in a 2-4-2 arrangement.
This will sport an all-new design with a padded swing-up legrest be built into every seat.
There's also tipped to be a little more legroom due to a slightly greater distance between each row of seats.
Cathay has also added a handy 'tablet tray' beneath each seat's inbuilt screen onto which passengers can perch a tablet or even a large-screen smartphone for watching BYO inflight video.
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The rest of Cathay Pacific's A350 will be given over to 214 new economy seats ranked in a 3-3-3 grid, which also boast a similar tablet/smartphone ledge below their larger video screens.
The Airbus A350 will also be fitted with inflight Internet, which is a first for Cathay Pacific's international fleet and an overdue catch-up to competitors such as Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Etihad.
Based on the article “Inside Cathay Pacific's all-new Airbus A350” published in Australian Business Traveller.