Cathay Pacific Hack: How To Know What Product You’re Getting On A Regional Flight

As I talked about in my post about my Korean trip, I flew Cathay Pacific’s Economy and Business Product on the outbound and inbound respectively aboard their A330 aircraft.

Cathay’s regional product is interesting… They don’t offer a very competitive intra-Asian business class product in my own opinion, and their economy class seats are just sloppy second torture seats freshly extracted from jets that are being configured with the new economy class. Not at all competitive. I would say that even Dragonair, which should offer a substantially worse hard product will give you the best value for intra-Asia flying.

Airbus A340-300 Economy Class

Cathay Pacific Former International/Intra Asian Economy Class

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300 New (Regional) Business Class

Enough with the ranting about Cathay Pacific’s product, as I realise that Americans which are accustomed to stale buy on board sloop and seats spaced tighter than sardines in a can and made out of asphalt will drool at the prospect of spending a flight in one of these seats! (See, I killed Cathay Pacific and American/United/Delta with this statement!)

Ever since I found out that my outbound aircraft had the new economy class seats and the new regional business class seats, I’ve been theorising that the Cathay Pacific regional fleet is split into new economy and old economy seats, with old economy seats being predominant. Kind of like the opposite of Dragonair.


Cathay Pacific/Dragonair A330 New Economy Class Seats

When I looked at the safety card aboard my aircraft, I noticed a series of aircraft registrations on it…


Cathay Pacific A330 Safety Card

While this image displayed the safety card of the Airbus A330-300 with the old seats, there are many other aircraft (e.g. B-HLW, B-HLP, B-LAH etc.) not featured on the right upper corner of the safety card above.

All these aircraft feature the new economy seats.


Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 Economy Class

How to know if your A330 features the new business class?

For flights outside Asia (e.g. Hong Kong to Sydney), there is a 100% chance of you getting the new business class on an A330-300.


Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 New Business Class

For flights inside Asia, when booking through Cathay Pacific, you’ll see that your flight will either be in a 1-2-1 or 2-2-2 configuration (I guess you know which one’s the international and which one’s the regional).


Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 New Regional Business Class

Feel free to ask any questions/comments below!

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