And, as I’ve learned from past experience, it’s not worth the hassle to visit a different Newark terminal. This doesn't involve a new seat, no doubt to the disappointment of those who have flown in Cathay's Airbus A350 premium economy seat (shown below, and which we rate as among the very best in the skies). Speed tests failed to even initialize or clocked in as disastrously slow. Having travelled for 14 hours from Seattle to Hong Kong on a factory-fresh Boeing 777 fitted with CX premium economy (and also the new international economy seats), Australian Business Traveller can attest that these comfortable and legroom-friendly seats are definitely more … Hard to visualise the size. The 777 cabin measures 231 inches wide vs. the 221-inch width of the A350 cabin. There's nothing worse that waking up after overnight, walking to the economy toilets and discovering a mile long queue. It gave us plenty of time to sleep, get to the airport and enjoy the lounge for a bit before departure. This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. Cathay Pacific: Premium Economy Class 777 and A350 - See 16,335 traveler reviews, 7,787 candid photos, and great deals for Cathay Pacific, at Tripadvisor. Interestingly, the two aircraft had completely different IFE systems, with the selections on the A350 being much more extensive. This cabin has no dedicated bathrooms. yeah, I am too used to imperial system in aviation, seat pitches in inches, air speed in m.p.h or knot, aircraft dimention in ft & in., etc  :-), Yep, same with TV's unfortunately. Cathay Pacific Premium Economy Final Thoughts. On paper, the A350 should have had two inches more pitch, which should’ve felt like even more because of the thinner seats. With our new Upgrade Bid feature, eligible Economy and Premium Economy bookings on Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon flights have a chance to move one cabin class higher. However, neither cabin had enough pitch to make it easy to get in and out of the seats when the person in front of you was reclined. Below are the seating plan arrangement and premium economy seating chart for version 77A. They checked my bag and sent me toward security in under 90 seconds. Cathay Pacific flies both the Airbus A350 and Boeing 777-300ER between Australia and Hong Kong, with the Boeing 777 already seen on two Sydney flights and a third from October. I slept much better on the 777 flight than on the A350. The in-flight entertainment screens on the A350 were much more crisp than those on the 777. And it arrived at 6:50pm local time (on the following day), enough time to drop our bags at our hotel, grab a late dinner and then head to bed to adjust to the time change. And the pillow was too large to be an effective lumbar support. However, each passenger is going to have to weigh their willingness to pay with the extra benefits they’ll receive. On this four-class 777-300ER Cathay Pacific installed 34 premium economy seats arranged 2-4-2 in one cabin just aft of the over-wing exit. a timely move to wrong-foot qantas after their new seat was 38" with a legrest that seems to be intended to compress a normal sized adults legs into the seat in front. Photo: Cathay Pacific “Cathay Pacific is excited to link Hong Kong, one of the world’s key intermodal airfreight hubs, to Pittsburgh,” said Fred Ruggiero, Cathay Pacific’s Cargo Vice President for the Americas, in a statement seen by Simple Flying. In fact, just from flying this $1,183 round-trip flight, a flyer could almost reach AAdvantage Gold. The 777-300ER version for this flight was 77A. That's a fair call, I'll try to do that in future. Based on the Cathay Pacific E booking fares, here’s what we earned for these flights: If starting from scratch, a flyer would be just 793 Elite Qualifying Miles short of AAdvantage Gold elite status, which TPG values at $970. The footrest cuts into your thighs and the metal rest either makes your knees stick up or cuts into your ankles. I flew the CX PE about 5 years ago when they launched (I think it was a $999 special) for a mini break and was quite impressed, but at 6'5" I felt it was a good day flight option only, this extra 2" would actually see me consider it more, especially if I was paying for fami. I was seated in seat 30K, the bulkhead window seat on the right side of the aircraft. Qantas says 87% of flyers willing to take COVID vaccine if required, Hilton Honors 2021 status match unlocks fast-track to Gold, Diamond, How to get a free upgrade to Emirates premium economy, Virgin Australia reopens Perth, Gold Coast lounges, 5 reasons you shouldn't bin your boarding passes, What to do when an airline cancels your flight, New ways for airlines to win your business. The flight attendants gave us preferential treatment, like first selection of meals, even though we were further back in the cabin. Once it does come, though, the extra space in premium economy will be even nicer. View the current offers here. The 777 option excels in the lounge experience, flight timing and space onboard. The agents at the eight check-in counters were kind and eager to help. Instead, the Hong Kong flag carrier is fitting the calf-rest usually found on only the front row of premium economy... ... to all 34 recliners on the big Boeing. The credit card offers that appear on the website are from credit card companies from which ThePointsGuy.com receives compensation. Plus, it earns 5x points on airfare purchases. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. I enjoyed my flights in Cathay Pacific premium economy. While it was a difference of just 10 inches, it could be felt. Since I already had the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Citi Prestige card, I didn’t see much benefit in getting a third premium card. Between the $226 value of the miles and the $970 value from almost getting that status, the $1,183 round-trip cost was a steal. Those rows are also being spaced two inches further apart, to increase pitch in the premium economy cabin from 38 inches to 40 inches – the same spec as on the A350. Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Premium Economy Television and Storage Nook There’s also a decent amount of legroom in the seat. The airline flies a four-class Boeing 777-300ER from New York-JFK thrice daily and a three-class Airbus A350-900 from Newark (EWR) once daily. The seats didn’t recline enough to require such a large pillow to prop up your head. Click Hi Guest, join in the discussion on Cathay Pacific upgrades Boeing 777 premium economy, Executive Traveller is published by Business Travel Media Pty Ltd, a corporate authorised credit representative (#515763) of MGS FINANCIAL PTY LIMITED (#337568). There were no data caps on either plan. If I had to book the same route again, I’d likely choose the same itinerary I took this time, the afternoon 777 from JFK to Hong Kong and the A350 return from Hong Kong to Newark. But it also utilized the space between the seats to provide a useful storage well, perfect for storing a boarding pass, phone, passport, wallet and other small items. The Premium Economy seat on Cathay Pacific’s A350 is an upgrade to the existing Premium Economy seat on the A330 and 777-300ER. A chance to enjoy a higher cabin class. One noticeable difference between the two aircraft types was the feel of the cabin itself. Sorry, should have asked if PE leg rests have been upgraded rather than the seats. However, fans of legrests might enjoy the A350 more. flew with CX PEY before, the issue is the recline is too much, therefore if the passenger in front recline you cannot watch your screen, or use the tray for work, or eating. 777-300ER. Here are the best watches of the year: should you care? Up to 242 economy and premium-economy passengers had to share these six bathrooms. The seat map for the CX 777 with First shows a toilet in the PE cabin. David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis. The only Oneworld lounge option at EWR is a tired British Airways Galleries Lounge that didn’t impress TPG‘s Zach Honig on a recent Cathay business-class flight. I’ve flown a lot of flights and done a lot of reviews. On the A350, premium-economy passengers were instructed to pass through the back curtains into the economy cabin to use the bathrooms between the front and rear economy cabins. In Premium Economy class, toilet is at the front and baby bassinet seat is at row 33. The A350 measured 18.5 inches between armrests vs. 19.5 inches on the 777. Settle in to Premium Economy Class’ spacious seat, which has a generous recline, expanded legroom and a supported head rest. Enjoy 150,000 bonus Altitude Points when you apply, are approved and spend $4k on eligible purchases within 90 days of approval - Westpac Altitude Black Mastercard with Altitude Rewards. On the 77G, t… My seat was 32A. Although premium economy had a different printed menu than economy (yes, economy also had a printed menu), it seemed that the meals were the same as economy. When I flew to Europe on that coach flight I painfully described at the start, they didn’t even have Premium Economy … We’ll send you an email containing the activation link. The A350 premium-economy c… parties. Something like this won't cost a huge amount to implement compared to a full refit, but certainly increase passenger comfort. And now that I’ve gifted an authorized-user card to both my mom for Mother’s Day and dad for Father’s Day, I’m locked in for the long run. Citi AAdvantage Executive cardholders can use the Admirals Club at JFK’s Terminal 8, while EWR-departing passengers would have to use an Admirals Club in a different terminal. Cathay Pacific is upgrading the premium economy cabin across its Boeing 777-300ER fleet. The version fitted with First Class is labelled as the 77H, while the version without First Class is labelled as the 77G. the only option you can have is to recline and lay down. below, then click 'Submit'. As borders come down, where can you travel across Australia? While 10-wide economy seating is coming to Cathay Pacific 777s, it wasn’t yet on this particular flight. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Cathay Pacific 777 Premium Economy Menu Cathay Pacific Premium Economy Lunch Service. Didn’t receive an activation email? And what happens when they switch the aircraft to a 2 Class 777, they downgrade you, and offer a A$100 On Board Duty Free Voucher. When will Qantas reopen its international lounges? It's a good change but I doubt it is a reaction to VA.  For a start VA is a tiny entrant into the HKG market and probably wouldn't precipitate a change to the entire CX 77W fleet. This configuration of the Boeing 777-300ER seats 275 passengers. Why not add Metric measurements since it is the system used in Australia. I measured the A350 at 39 inches of pitch (vs. the stated 40 inches) and measured the 777 at 38 inches of pitch. Virgin Australia, Air Canada frequent flyer partnership, Singapore Airlines: new KrisFlyer 2022-2023 status extension, Apple's own cellular modem could finally launch 5G MacBooks, Apple's new $900 AirPods Max noise-cancelling headphones, Apple's next Mac M2 laptop chips could out-muscle Intel, The Executive Traveller 2020 Christmas Gift Guide, Australian approval of Pfizer vaccine expected in January. Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific flies from seven US airports to Hong Kong (HKG) — with two of these airports just 21 miles from each other in the greater New York City area. Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Yet both premium-economy cabins were arranged 2-4-2 with two aisles. But when an elevated bonus popped up, I figured I’d try it out for at least for a year. Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. The 777 had footrests at each seat and legrests in the bulkheads. At least those in economy can see what's happening and judge when to go. 40" is fast developing as the expected standard for Premium Economy. This doesn't involve a new seat, no doubt to the disappointment of those who have flown in Cathay's Airbus A350 premium economy seat (shown below, and which we rate as among the very best in the skies). This is the flagship of Cathay Pacific’s long-haul fleet. Both types of seat reclined substantially. Hello, flight lovers! Meanwhile, the 777-300ER cabin felt significantly older than the actual four-year age of the plane. Selected members of the Boeing 777-300ER fleet have already been given their legroom-friendly makeover. 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So you’re going to need to have elite status, the Amex Platinum (HKG Centurion Lounge), Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard (JFK Admirals Club lounge), or a credit card with Priority Pass membership to get lounge access for these flights. I do wonder where the extra 6 inches have come from to spread out PE. If you have not received the activation email, simply enter your email address below, then click 'Submit'. That looks like an attractive product. Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Economy Class Safety Video As the boarding doors were closed, menus were distributed by the cabin crew – which I’m surprised to see that management hasn’t cut yet. While 10-wide economy seating is coming to Cathay Pacific 777s, it wasn’t yet on this particular flight. Log in below. Cathay Pacific’s new premium economy seats strike a near-perfect balance between economy and business class. 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