Cathay Pacific's new business class seats on show this week at Sydney Airport

By David Flynn, March 23 2011
Cathay Pacific's new business class seats on show this week at Sydney Airport

You've read our first impressions of Cathay Pacific's new business class seats, which is now offered on the daily CX100/101 service between Sydney and Hong Kong (on every day except Monday out of Hong Kong and Tuesday out of Sydney).

But even if you're not booked in the pointy end of this Cathay Pacific flight – indeed, even if you'e not flying CX at all – you can still sample the new seats at Sydney International Airport this week.

The airline has set up two of the seats in the airside section of the terminal next to the information counter – as you clear the enforced duty-free maze, hang a right to cut past the electronics section and look for the two-seat module pictured below (really, you cant miss it).

Cathay staff will be on hand to walk you through the seat's many features and answer your questions. The seat demonstrations will run from 8am to 8pm through to Friday March 25.

On the other hand, if you are set to travel on CX100/101, Cathay's seatmap for the new Airbus A330 will help you choose the best place seat.

You can find it online, and we've reproduced the plan for the pointy end below.

As noted in our review, the second cabin at rows 19-21 has the more private 'clubby' feel – as long as there are no noisy infants in the two bassinet positions in economy row 30, which is directly behind the curtain past row 21 (CX ignores rows 22 through 29 it its numbering, and you'll also note that row 13 is skipped in business class).

In our time on the A330 we felt that seats 11A, 11K, 19A and 20K all offered the greatest sense of privacy and space. But let's face it: they're all pretty good!


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

10 Mar 2011

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I've now flown on the new CX J seats - They are every bit as good as your report indicates. The seat is spacious and comfortable and they are much better than the other long haul CX J class product!

24 Oct 2010

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They really are a big step forward, aren't they? And you can see how some airlines (especially regionals and on short-haul flights) could easily consider these as first-class.

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