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Flight Review: Cathay Pacific, Sydney to Hong Kong

September 11, 2013 Aviation, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59Flight: CX110; 3 September 2013.

Aircraft type: Airbus A330-300.

Seat: 33K. CX 1

This was the first time I had tried Cathay’s Premium Economy class. It worked well, smoothly and comfortably, as follows:

We leave Sydney precisely on schedule, with pullback at 7.40am.

The aircraft, an A330-300 looks new. The interior is clean, neat and smart, with carpets in pale green and black pattern, décor fresh and light. The flight director and flight attendant introduce themselves early in the flight and chat with me and with my fellow passengers.

The amenities kit, in trim little bag with button fastener, includes socks, mask and earplugs. CX2The headphone produces good sound and I’m soon listening to music to test it.

Later, I find working on the laptop is easy. The seat tray is big enough to accommodate it and the seat has its own power point, so you can plug your laptop straight in. You can use a standard three-point Australian plug without need for a converter. Seat pitch is 38 inches and seat width is 19.3 inches. Both of those are considerably better than in economy. While they are nothing like the lie-flat beds Cathay offers in business class, the recline is very comfortable and the seat pitch is six inches wider than economy class.

Premium economy consists of just 28 business economy seats, so it’s quite a convivial and quiet space. Seats are configured 2x3x2. (The economy class configuration, for comparison, is 2x4x2, and business class is 1x2x1.)

The selection of late run films (and classics) in premium economy is wide, as is the music.

While the flight is entirely in daylight, the window shades are down for most of it, giving a restful CX3experience in which quite a few passengers choose to sleep.

Food is well presented, with steel cutlery although the wine is served in a plastic cup, rather than glass.

The menu offers three choices of main course for lunch, following an opener of sesame marinated chicken, carrot and cucumber salad. After that, the choices on my flight are: black bean chicken with steamed rice, pak choy, mushrooms and carrots; lamb cutlets on celeriac puree with rosemary roasted vegetables; or, kidney bean masala, vegetable jalfrezi and turmeric rice.

I opt for the lamb, which turns out to be flavoursome and extremely tender. It’s followed by Maggie Beer ice cream (Beer, of course, being part of the creator’s surname, rather than the flavour of the ice cream, though that might be an interesting concept.)

The white wine available is a German Mosel Reisling Feinherb and the red is French, Maison Belleroche cabernet sauvignon 2011. The latter proves to be a fine accompaniment and is served in commendably generous quantities.

Premium economy is located between business and economy class in fares, and also in terms of location on the plane. On this aircraft, premium economy is in the part of the cabin next to the wings. The premium economy space doesn’t have it’s own toilets so you need to enter the economy class section for that. On this flight, the washroom I visit is clean and well kept.

I doze off for an hour or so in the later stages of the flight, something I seldom do in flight, unless in a lie-flat business seat. The seat is comfortable and there are good fluffy pillows, so sleep comes quite easily.

Written by : Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. San says:

    Hi Peter,

    Thanks for the sharing. i am planning to try the premium economy class in the coming trip and would like to learn more to see if it is worth. Would you mind sharing more with me?

    thanks
    San

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