As the newest member of Cathay Pacific's fleet, its Airbus A350 aircraft offer travellers new standards of comfort as they kick back in one of 38 business class seats.
With no first class service on these jets, business class starts at the very front, with each pod transforming into a fully-flat bed and offering direct aisle access to every passenger – but as is always the case, some berths on board are more desirable than others.
Cathay Pacific Airbus A350 business class: best seats
If you’ve flown in business class recently on Cathay Pacific’s Airbus A330s or Boeing 777s from Australia, you’ll find many similarities with the newer A350s.
Foremost, the familiar 1-2-1 cabin layout with the ‘A’ and ‘K’ seats against the windows and the ‘D’ and ‘G’ seats lining the centre, divided into a main cabin and a smaller cabin further rearward:
However you fly, here are our top seating picks – and those we’d rather avoid.
D+G seats, for couples: It should come as no surprise that the central pair of seats in each row are suited to couples as you can pan your chair forwards to see and speak to each other, which also works well for travelling colleagues as you’re not ‘too close’ for comfort.
For solo travellers, there’s no moveable divider here – and while you can’t see your seatmate when sitting fully upright or lying flat, you could always leave your centre cupboard door open for an extra touch of privacy.
12A/12K, for parents: Found at the front of the main cabin on each side, these seats offer full baby bassinet facilities and are restroom adjacent, so you’re never far away from your little one – but expect some extra noise here given your proximity to those bathrooms and also the galley.
15-17A/K, for solo flyers: Business travellers booked on their lonesome will naturally gravitate to the window seats as there’s a view outside and no seatmate, with rows 15-17 your best bet for a good night’s sleep being away from those galleys and lavatories.
Lighter sleepers may prefer row 15 over the seats further back as you’re just that bit further away from the engines without nearing the bassinets and galley area.
21A, for privacy: Nestled at the very back of business class on the left-hand side, you’ll only be passed by the crew and one other passenger (21D) during the flight. You’re also on the opposite side to the bathroom, so anybody waiting won’t be standing nearby.
Just be mindful that while business class usually boards the aircraft ahead of row 12, premium economy and economy flyers normally enter ahead of row 20 and walk through the rear business class cabin – if you don’t want to be spotted, board only when your flight reaches ‘final call’.
Avoid 11D/G, 20D/G: These bulkhead seats are located directly next to the lavatories: so close in fact you can see the restroom doors on either side:
While there’s a diagonal curtain that the crew can pull closed, it won’t stop the noise you’ll hear throughout the flight, nor the bursts of light and bumps from travellers who open the curtain to pass through.
The foot space when in bed mode also dovetails underneath the crew galley counters, so you may also be subjected to minor vibrations from the ovens and refrigerators and the extra noise also typical of these areas.
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