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Cathay Pacific Is Rolling Out Dine On Demand In Business Class This Year

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While I love Cathay Pacific’s first class product, their business class product isn’t as industry-leading. While their reverse herringbone seats are great, I find the service leaves a lot to be desired. The food is fine/unmemorable, but the service very much feels like an assembly line. So you don’t really get any personalized service, but rather the service is just reactive.

Don’t get me wrong, I think Cathay Pacific has great flight attendants, but rather that it’s just the system that they have in place isn’t really conducive to providing a great experience.

The good news is that Cathay Pacific will soon be offering dine on demand in business class. It was reported a while back that Cathay Pacific would be testing out dine on demand in business class on a couple of routes, as follows:

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Cathay Pacific Is Getting A New CEO Next Month

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Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific has been struggling financially the past few years, due to their inability to adapt their business model to reflect the times (this is compounded by them having lost a lot on fuel hedges). They’ve continued running a full service airline, though haven’t been able to really command a price premium for that, at least in economy.

The airline has finally decided to add an additional seat to each row of their 777 economy cabin, which should give the airline an additional 1.4 million seats per year. As much as it’s a shame to see them follow the competition in this regard, there’s just no way they can justify the roomier configuration. Of course that’s one of many areas where they haven’t kept up with the competition, which has contributed to them losing 575 million HKD last year.

This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, but there will shortly be a management shake-up at Cathay Pacific. They seem to change up their CEOs every three to four years, so this isn’t that unusual for the airline (though in this case it presumably reflects Cathay Pacific’s poor performance). The always awesome Danny Lee at the South China Morning Post is reporting that Ivan Chu is stepping down as of Cathay Pacific’s CEO as of May 1, 2017. At that point he’ll be replaced by Rupert Hogg, who is presently Cathay Pacific’s chief operating officer.

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Ouch: Cathay Pacific Is Replacing Their Brand New A350 Business Class Seats

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Cathay Pacific is in the process of refreshing their longhaul fleet, and in the past year has started taking delivery of some new Airbus A350 aircraft. They’ve taken a delivery of a total of 13 of 22 A350-900 aircraft that they have on order, and then over the coming years they’ll also take delivery of 26 A350-1000s.

The new A350s feature a refreshed business class product and wifi, so if you’re flying with Cathay Pacific in business class, this is the plane to go with.

Cathay Pacific has reverse herringbone seats in business class throughout their longhaul fleet, and the A350s are no different. However, the A350 seats are slightly updated, so the design should be a bit better.

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Cathay Pacific’s 777s Are Getting Tighter Economy Seats & Wifi

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Last October I wrote about how Cathay Pacific’s CEO said that the airline was planning to move towards a 3-4-3 layout in economy on their 777s, as many other airlines have done. However, no timeline was given, and it sounded more like an idea than something that was finalized.

When the 777 was first introduced, a vast majority of airlines had nine seats per row in economy. However, over the years we’ve seen airlines try to cram more seats into the back of the plane (while making first and business class more spacious), and one by one airlines began to install 10 seats per row in economy on the 777.

Now having nine seats per row is the exception rather than the norm. Well, Cathay Pacific had horrible financial results last year — they lost 575 million HKD (~74 million USD), so they’re looking for ways to cut costs and improve their revenue per seat.

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Cathay Pacific & Lufthansa Announce A New Partnership

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Global airline alliances are so two decades ago. Nowadays we’re seeing these alliances deemphasized, and in the meantime we’re seeing joint ventures and individual strategic cooperations increasing in importance. After all, with how big the global alliances have gotten, there’s only so much that the airlines have in common across the board.

Well, Cathay Pacific (a member of oneworld) and Lufthansa (a member of Star Alliance) have just announced a partnership. Here’s how they’re describing it:

— Cathay Pacific Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines, sign code-share and frequent flyer agreement
Shared flights will mean numerous benefits for passengers
— Connecting flights via Hong Kong to Australia and New Zealand under same flight number in future

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Cathay Pacific Announces Their First A350 Route To The U.S.

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Cathay Pacific has been operating the A350 since June 2016. They already have 11 A350-900 aircraft in their fleet, with another 11 on order. On top of that, they have 26 A350-1000 aircraft on order. This will quickly join the 777-300ER as the backbone of their longhaul fleet.

From a passenger comfort standpoint, the A350 is probably my favorite plane after the A380. It’s incredibly quiet, typically has a tail camera, and the cabin is wider than on the 787.

As it stands, Cathay Pacific’s announced longhaul A350 destinations include Auckland, Christchurch, Dusseldorf, London Gatwick, Manchester, Melbourne, Paris, Rome, and Vancouver.

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Cathay Pacific Will Soon Serve Beer Specially Brewed For 35,000 Feet

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Flying is known to dull the sense of taste, meaning that food and drinks will often taste different on the ground than in the air. This is why so much airline food is unhealthy, since they pack it with salt and all kinds of other artificial flavors so that it has taste.

Given the dulled senses at altitude, Cathay Pacific will be introducing a brew designed especially for consumption on planes.

This will be available in both first and business class on flights between Hong Kong and the United Kingdom (London and Manchester) starting on March 1, 2017, while supplies last. The beer will also be available on the ground in the lounges in Hong Kong and London (though that sort of defeats the purpose of a beer designed ideally for consumption in the air).

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Cathay Pacific 777 First Class In 10 Pictures

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Hello from London!

I just flew Cathay Pacific first class from Hong Kong to London, which was fantastic as always. I’ve reviewed Cathay Pacific first class many times before, so won’t be doing a full review again. Instead I’ll just share my general thoughts, especially in light of the recent minor first class service changes that Cathay Pacific has made.

Cathay Pacific’s 777 first class cabin consists of just six seats, spread across two rows in a 1-1-1 configuration. While Cathay Pacific doesn’t have fully enclosed suites, they do have among the most private and spacious first class products out there. I don’t think I’ve once found myself wishing that the seat had a door — that’s how private it is.

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Cathay Pacific 777 Regional Business Class In 10 Pictures

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Yesterday I flew Cathay Pacific’s regional business class for the 4hr20min flight from Bali to Hong Kong. I won’t be writing a full review of the flight, though figured I’d share my brief thoughts on the experience.

The flight was operated by Cathay’s regional 777-300, which unfortunately doesn’t feature the same excellent first class and business class products found on their longhaul 777-300s.

The 777-300 has a total of 42 business class seats. These are spread across six rows in a 2-3-2 configuration. These seats are fairly new, so at least the cabin looks modern. It’s unfortunate when premium cabins have middle seats, though I suppose for a fairly short flight that’s not too big of a deal.

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OMG: There Was A Valentine’s Day Flash Mob At My Gate!!!

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I’ve shared several videos of airport and airplane flash mobs over the years, though never in a million years did I think I’d witness one in person at an airport. Well, I guess if you fly enough…

I flew Cathay Pacific today from Bali to Hong Kong, and sensed something was a bit unusual. At check-in there were a bunch of heart shaped balloons, which didn’t seem too unusual for Valentine’s Day. I didn’t think much of it at the time.

Then I got to the gate a few minutes before boarding, and saw more heart shaped balloons. I also saw some photographers.

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You Can Now Apply For The New Cathay Pacific Visa Signature Card

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As I first wrote about yesterday, Cathay Pacific is in the process of introducing a credit card in the U.S. market. They provided some hints suggesting this would be announced today, and sure enough the application page for the Cathay Pacific Visa Signature Card is now live.

The details are similar to what I wrote about yesterday, though there are a few things that make this card pretty cool.

Here are the basic things to know about this card:

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Cathay Pacific Is Introducing A U.S. Credit Card Tomorrow

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I’m always excited to see new credit cards products introduced. Competition is (almost) always a good thing for consumers, and lately we’ve really seen credit card companies raise their game and increase perks.

While no credit card is perfect, there are plenty of reasons to consider picking up a card. Some cards are worth getting for their big sign-up bonuses, others are worth getting for the return they offer on everyday spend, and others are worth holding onto for the long term perks they offer.

For a while there have been rumors that Cathay Pacific will be introducing a U.S. credit card, and it looks like that will finally officially be announced tomorrow.

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Cathay Pacific’s Minor First Class Service Cuts

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Cathay Pacific has one of my favorite first class products in the world. While they don’t have fully enclosed suites, they have a very consistent product, and among the most comfortable beds in the sky.

Cathay Pacific has been struggling financially, especially as they’re facing increased competition from both Asian low cost carriers and Gulf carriers, which are hurting their yields. Beyond that, they have pretty sparsely configured cabins. For example, on the 777 they have nine seats per row in economy, while 10 has become the new standard (though there are reports that they’ll be changing that).

Let’s take the Vancouver to Hong Kong market, for example. Cathay Pacific has 340 seats on their three cabin 777s (and only 275 seats on their four cabin 777s), while Air Canada has 450 seats on their three cabin 777s. Between the generally low fares in the market and Cathay Pacific not being able to command much of a price premium in economy, they’re really losing out.

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SO CUTE: Two Travel Geeks Get Married On A Cathay Dragon Flight!

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Okay, this is ridiculously cute. A travel-obsessed couple who met on a travel forum recently got married on a Cathay Dragon flight. It’s so so so so so so cute, and made my Monday:

I’m curious about the logistics of all this, though regardless, it put the biggest smile on my face, and almost made me a bit teary-eyed when they started talking about one another.

This is easily one of my favorite airline related videos ever.

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