Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles
Member since 25 Apr 2013
Total posts 262
How to survive the Cathay hard shell economy seat? I have to suffer over this when travelling to Auckland on a 343 in February.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 17 Aug 2012
Total posts 1,285
Fly via SYD :P
I wish I could, but despite the tempty Emirates and new Cathay flights I have to hurry that day.
You're not going to arrive AKL before 11-something, though, even on the nonstop.
Otherwise, go with the suggestions by TheRealBabushka and David.
Member since 21 Apr 2012
Total posts 2,058
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.
Member since 10 May 2011
Total posts 249
The G-force from a 343 with hairdryers onder the wing?!?!? LOL
Member since 24 Oct 2010
Total posts 1,002
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.
Member since 23 Mar 2012
Total posts 39
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.
If I don't recline, will the lumbar support be there?
(Is it true that there is no lumbar support only when reclined?)
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!
I see. I think I'll have to hog an extra pillow or two or...the toilet...
Member since 15 Oct 2013
Total posts 1
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.
Premium Economy was full :(
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