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Cathay Pacific is set to roll out an upgraded 'sleep service' on long-range flights, with mattresses and slippers – but not pyjamas – for business class passengers.
First class flyers will reportedly be treated to an even thicker mattress topper, while amenity kits for both first class and business class are also in line for a refresh.
All this is due to land in October 2019, according to The South China Morning Post, and comes as the Oneworld airline steadily marches towards the debut of all-new business class seats and first class suites on its Boeing 777-9 jets from 2021.
Approached for comment by Australian Business Traveller, a Cathay Pacific spokesperson declined to comment specifically on the new business class sleep service but admitted that "as part of our promise to 'move beyond' for our customers, we will be introducing an enhanced business class experience later this year. More details will be announced soon."
Many travellers find that when transformed into a flat bed, Cathay Pacific’s business class seats are a little too firm – leading some savvy flyers ask for a second duvet use as a makeshift mattress to add an extra layer of cushioning.
Cathay trialled business class 'mattress pads' in late 2017 on selected flights from Hong Kong to London and Chicago, with one Australian Business Traveller reader telling us it definitely made for a more comfortable sleep.
The mattress was "very similar to what Qantas has in quality and thickness, but is white instead of grey and wrapped with the duvet and waiting for you when you boarded," recounted Nicole Tsyon of her flight from Hong Kong to London Gatwick.