Cathay Pacific is a great airline providing great service, but the new seat is thumbs-down.
The new Cathay Pacific economy-class seat doesn't recline. Let me repeat that. The new Cathay Pacific economy-class seat doesn't recline. The inner padded part of it just kind of slides down 2 or 3 inches. But no recline.
* The seat back is high. Designed to accommodate the video screen in its back, this is a plus for tall guys like me.
* The middle seat has a power outlet in it, to be shared by the row.
* There's a drink-holder in the seat-back tray accessible when the tray is in its closed position. Kudos to the guy who thought of that!
* No recline.
* The seat is thin. It lasts for about an hour. After that, you think you are sitting on a rock. Good for a 15 hour flight? No. Take pain-killers.
* If you get a bulkhead, you lose the coveted electrical outlet.
I had a 3 1/2 hour flight from Hong Kong down to Singapore that had the conventional seat. It was infinitely more comfortable.
The new seat may work for Asian-sized bodies. Doesn't work for me.
Let's hope it doesn't catch on.
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I survived the outbound flight because I had read the reviews and went out and bought a $30 Obus Forme seat wedge to pad to seat. On the inbound, I paid an extra $100 to secure an aisle bulkhead seat. This gave me extra leg-room and allowed me to get up and dance in the aisle at will. The Hong Kongers looked like they'd never seen a Caucasian guy dancing in the aisle before.
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One other weird thing. On the outbound flight, I ordered "chicken with pasta". It was chicken with rice. On the inbound, I ordered "beef with pasta". It was beef with mashed potatoes. What's up with "pasta" on Cathay Pacific?!
Update: Going, going, gone?