Back in January Cathay Pacific told me that they are “a premium, full-service airline” although I guess it depends on what the definition of premium is.
In the fall Cathay Pacific announced that their Boeing 777s and Airbus A330s would be getting high speed internet. It turns out the retrofit of 777s also includes adding seats to coach. Cathay is going 10-abreast with slim seats in economy.
Passengers on some Cathay Pacific Airways flights will face narrower economy class seats from as early as this month as Hong Kong’s biggest carrier squeezes in more people to boost profits.
The move is expected to add HK$700 million (US$89.7 million) to Cathay’s bottom line annually when its refit is completed, helping the airline recover from two years of back-to-back losses.
Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER
They expect 6 retrofits to be completed by end of summer, starting with three-cabin aircraft, and all of their 777s including those that offer a first class cabin are expected to be updated by end of 2019. They’re promoting that the new tighter seating will offer bigger (11.6″) seat back video screens.
Cathay says this “brings us up to the standard of premium carriers in the industry.” And while carriers like American Airlines, Emirates, and Air France offer 10-across seating on Boeing 777s, many around the world still offer nine across seating such as Delta, Singapore, Thai, and Air China.