Cathay takes delivery of new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft

Cathay Pacific Airways has taken delivery of a new Boeing 777-300ER that is the first aircraft to feature its Premium Economy Class product and new long-haul Economy Class seats. The aircraft – the airline’s 25th 777-300ER – arrived at Hong Kong International Airport yesterday (Feb. 26). At the same, the airline also received its fifth Boeing 747-8F from the manufacturer. As well as introducing a totally new seat and entertainment system, Cathay has designed the entire customer experience to be more special for its new Premium Economy Class passengers. The experience features a quieter, more spacious cabin than the traditional Economy Class with between 26 and 34 seats per aircraft. The seat pitch is 38 inches – six inches more than Economy Class – and the seat itself is wider and has a bigger recline. It has a large meal table, cocktail table, footrest, a 10.6-inch personal television, an in-seat power outlet, a multi-port connector for personal devices and extra personal stowage space. Complementing these features, passengers will also benefit from: Priority check-in at dedicated counters and priority boarding before Economy Class passengers; An increase in baggage allowance from 20 kg to 25 kg (weight system) or two pieces of baggage from 23 kg to 25 kg each (piece system); Passengers will receive an environmentally friendly amenity kit with dental kit, socks, eyeshade and earplugs for use during their journey; Larger pillows and noise-cancelling headsets will be provided to enhance the onboard experience; Premium Economy passengers will be welcomed aboard with juice and champagne, and enjoy an enhanced onboard meal selection; Each passenger will also receive a personal bottle of water and additional snack choices to include more fresh fruit, an energy bar and dessert. Passengers can now book the Premium Economy seats for flights departing from April 1 onwards, which will initially be featured on some of the selected flights on the Sydney (CX101/100), Toronto (CX826/825/828/829), Vancouver (CX888/889), and New York (CX830/831/ 840/841/888/889) routes. (