Australian Business Traveller reveals Cathay Pacific’s plan for a new premium economy which will launch with its Airbus A350 aircraft.
Cathay Pacific will use the B/E Aerospace MiQ seat as their new premium economy seat.
B/E Aerospace Stock Version of MiQ Seat
Interestingly, this is the same seat that American Airlines will be using for their international premium economy product that will debut later this year on the Boeing 787-9 and is also using on reconfigured legacy US Airways Airbus A319s for first class (sans footrests).
American Airlines International Premium Economy to Debut This Year
There are differences in the seat on each aircraft, though.
- The domestic first class seat American Airlines uses does not have footrests.
- The international premium economy seat American Airlines will be offering has foot bars popping up front the seat ahead, and only offers a true foot rest for the seats in the bulkhead (which do not have seats in front of them, natch).
- Cathay Pacific, on the other hand, will offer true foot rests on all their premium economy seats (Cathay’s old premium economy is configured like American’s new one will be — foot bars, except at the bulkhead)
To get a better sense of what the premium economy seat will look like in practice, envision it in Cathay Pacific colors, for instance here’s what regional (short haul) business class looks like:
Cathay Pacific Regional Business Class
Additional features of the Cathay Pacific premium economy seat include:
- Aisle seats will allow their outer arm to drop down, for a bit of extra space
- AC and USB power
- Tablet tray beneath the seatback television screen, great for using your own entertainment device without having to hold it
Unlike Singapore Airlines premium economy, though, no c‘book the cook’ pre-order meal service.