Back in December, I had written about the new Cathay Pacific Premium Economy product which was going to be launched in Q1 2012, and put up on Sydney, Toronto, New York and Vancouver flights from Hong Kong, before being put out on the rest of the network.
These seats will have a separate cabin of their own, which will be not more than 34 seats at any time. So, privacy is assured, unlike some other Premium Eco products where you only get a better seat but in the front of the same cabin. Welcome drinks, including Champagne, will be offered, and the meals will be better than Y. Top it off with a big amenity kit, and noise cancelling headphones and the only thing I miss are the sleeping suits to compare with Biz class. Actually, this does compare well with a Regional Business Class seat
In terms of the hard product, the seat pitch would be 38 inches, better off than the Economy product by 6 inches, and will have an extended recline. Additionally, all the regular bells and whistles are thrown in like a large meal table, cocktail table, footrest, in-seat power and extra stowage space.
Cathay Pacific has now announced that it is ready to book seats on the flights from 1st April 2012. To start with, Cathay Pacific will offer it on the following flights, followed by those to London:
- Hong Kong to Sydney: CX101
- Sydney to Hong Kong: CX100
- Hong Kong to Toronto: CX826, CX828
- Toronto to Hong Kong: CX825, CX829
- Hong Kong to Vancouver: CX888
- Vancouver to Hong Kong: CX889
- Hong Kong to New York: CX840, CX830, CX888
- New York to Hong Kong: CX841, CX831, CX889
Mileage accrual on these flights will be 110% of the distance flown. So, here we are, with a true product between business class and economy, with all the bells and whistles. Time to figure out when can I book this one for myself!