June 20 2013  |  Inflight Entertainment

Cathay Pacific to revamp first class

By Lauren Brunetti

Cathay Pacific has announced that it will be updating its first class suites in what the airline terms a ‘mid-life refresh'.

This debut will be ahead of the expected debut of a new first class around 2018. The overhaul will encompass all 24 of Cathay’s long-range Boeing 777-300ER airliners, but not the soon-to-be-retired Boeing 747-400 jumbo jets.

The first of the upgraded aircraft will begin flying at the end of July, and the project will be completed by the middle of next year.

Each seat will be re-covered with what Cathay describes as "a custom-made fabric that is soft and smooth to touch” and feature completely redesigned bedding plus a touch-screen controller for adjusting the seating position.

“The meal tray is now adjustable, we’ve created more room inside the personal closet and there’s a drinks holder on the new side console” says Toby Smith, Cathay Pacific’s General Manager Product. A pair of BOSE noise-cancelling headphones will also be on hand.

“We saw no pressing need to completely replace the first class product as the suites were only introduced in 2007 and are still very popular with our passengers” Smith explains.

“However, elements of the cabin were looking tired so we decided to make a few changes that will enhance the overall experience for our premium passengers.”

The redesign is being done by Foster + Partners, Cathay’s current designers of choice following their work on Cathay’s lounges and the airline's bespoke Solus airport lounge chair.

Source: http://www.ausbt.com.au/


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