How to survive the Cathay hard shell economy seat?

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074061

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Member since 25 Apr 2013

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How to survive the Cathay hard shell economy seat? I have to suffer over this when travelling to Auckland on a 343 in February.

watson374

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Fly via SYD :P

074061

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I wish I could, but despite the tempty Emirates and new Cathay flights I have to hurry that day.

watson374

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You're not going to arrive AKL before 11-something, though, even on the nonstop.

Otherwise, go with the suggestions by TheRealBabushka and David.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

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Get a window seat and a neck pillow - sleep on the side against the window.  And melatonin tablets. Take it 1 to 2 hours before departure and use the G force from the take off to knock you out.

KG

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The G-force from a 343 with hairdryers onder the wing?!?!? LOL

David

Member since 24 Oct 2010

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I'd try to grab another pillow and stuff it down behind your back to provide some of the lumbar support which the old CX seat lacks. And book yourself a decent back massage for the day of your landing. Seriously. After 8+ hours in one of those seats you will need it.

Rkwm

Member since 23 Mar 2012

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I now have ongoing back problems after taking numerous flights in what would have to be one of the worlds worst economy seat designs ever to be released by an airline. The trick I used to releive the pain slightly was to use two economy pillows and build the base and back area to lessen the "bucket" shape.Although majorly uncomfotable it reduced the strain on the lower back ever so slightly. GOOD LUCK it is an endurance test to say the least.

074061

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If I don't recline, will the lumbar support be there?

(Is it true that there is no lumbar support only when reclined?)

David

Member since 24 Oct 2010

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Alvin: by memory there's not great lumbar support even when you don't recline. The seat would be okay for short (regional) flights but 8+ hours to/from HK? Nope!

074061

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I see. I think I'll have to hog an extra pillow or two or...the toilet...

highlanderhk

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Its not that bad, beleive me I've done about 50 long haul flights in it and I find that if you can store your stuff properly, you are fine.I even find that HKG-JFK in wasn't to bad. By the way, they are adding Y+ to HKG-AKL flights, on some flights I have seen Y+ cheaper that Y. Consider Premium Economy. 

074061

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Premium Economy was full :(

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