While Cathay Pacific only allows seat assignments six months in advance, I’ve always appreciated that they don’t do much seat blocking, so premium cabin seat assignments are more or less on a first come first serve basis.
However, it looks like they’ve recently designated a lot of seats as “premium” seats, and made them only available to OneWorld Emerald members. These seats are designated with a “P” on ExpertFlyer, and would show as occupied if you’re looking at the seatmap directly through Cathay Pacific.
In 747 first class they’re just blocking the last row, which isn’t too bad:
The 777 first class blocking is a bit worse, as they block the four good (window) seats:
They also do quite a bit of blocking in business class. On the 747 they block some seemingly random seats:
While on the 777 they block the mini-cabin, which is a favorite among business class travelers:
Probably good news for those that are OneWorld Emerald members (since there will be less competition for these seats), while it’s not good news for others.