Cathay Pacific announces new business class cabins

Cathay Pacific announces new business class cabins

Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific Airways has announced plans to replace business class seats on all its long-haul aircraft, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The replacement, which is slated to cost the airline up to $129 million, comes in response to increased demand for air travel stemming from a slow recovery from the recent global recession.

The new seating arrangements will debut on Airbus A330300 and Boeing 777-300 aircraft that the airline will begin using in March 2011, while older aircraft will be equipped with the new seating starting later that year.

The previous seating, which was arranged in a herringbone pattern, was revealed in 2006 but became the focus of complaints, with some passengers alleging that the seats allowed for too little personal space.

Cathay Pacific hopes that the new cabins will draw a large number of business class travelers as the carrier expands its capacity. The airline had previously announced that it is adding service to Chicago, its first new North American destination in over a decade, and increasing the number of flights each week between the hub in Hong Kong and destinations like New York and Toronto.

By Jason Faulkner

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