Airline CEO Ronald Lam today confirmed a fresh take on premium economy will soon arrive, marking the Oneworld member’s third generation of the ‘more premium than economy’ product.
Cathay’s first foray into premium economy arrived on the flagship Boeing 777 in 2012, and shortly made its way onto the regional Airbus A330 fleet – although there are rumours of this being pared back in a sweeping reconfiguration of the A330s.
An all-new second generation CX premium economy seat debuted in 2016 on the carrier’s first Airbus A350.
This delivered improvements both signifiant and subtle over its premium predecessor, such as more legroom and a greater recline, a larger video screen and an amply-padded legrest, although frequent flyers bemoaned the slightly narrower seat and tighter 2-4-2 configuration compared to the 777s.
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And Cathay is now ringing in a new premium economy pew, which CEO Lam says will be part of “our redesigned Boeing 777-300ER aircraft”.
That upgraded 777 is due to break cover by mid-year, crowded by private ‘Aria’ business class suites with sliding doors with mod cons like 4K video screens, wireless charging and Bluetooth audio streaming to a passenger's own headphones or earbuds.
This will be followed by the reveal of luxe Halo first class suites for the delayed Boeing 777-9 fleet in 2025, by which time Cathay expects to have soared back to full pre-pandemic strength, with a renewed focus on the Greater Bay Area and potentially new lounges following the reopening of Terminal 2.