Flying first class on Cathay Pacific Airways is an incredible experience. The first class cabin amenities and first class seats make a long flight very comfortable. The flag carrier of Hong Kong is headquartered in Hong Kong and its main hub is Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). The company services more than 190 destinations located in more than 60 countries. Cathay Pacific aircraft feature luxurious first class cabins and extra wide first class seats. The airline offers unprecedented first class amenities in their first class cabins. Extra wide first class seats are just the beginning of the benefits first class passengers receive.
Cathay Pacific operates a fleet of wide-body aircraft including the Airbus A330, Airbus A350, Boeing 747, and Boeing 777. The carrier operates a network of lounges internationally with signature properties located in Bangkok, Manila, Taipei, and Tokyo. The lounges feature food, beverages, cocktails, areas to finish work, and areas for socializing.
First Class Cabin Amenities
First class passengers preboard their flight and are greeted by first name by the flight attendants. First class cabin amenities include private first class suites with comfortable leather seats. The first class seats are adjustable from a touchscreen and offer in-chair massage functionality. The first class seat converts into a flatbed and your suite is stocked with 500-thread count cotton duvets, pillows, and blankets. The flight attendants will turn down your bed for you.
If you are traveling for work, your suite has ample room for working. You can spread out and keep your devices fully charged during the flight with an in-seat power outlet and USB port. The first class cabin amenities are perfect for keeping up to date with projects and presentations.
The food in the first class cabin is created by Cathay Pacific’s award-winning culinary team who provide Asian and international dishes. Cathay Pacific first class cabins allow passengers to decide when they want their meals delivered to their suites. Passengers place their order with their flight attendant and their meal is delivered at the time of their choosing. The air carrier also maintains partnerships with Michelin-star rated chefs from hotels and restaurants around the globe to provide menus on selected routes. Since no meal is complete without the perfect wine, Cathay Pacific has handpicked a champagne and wine menu that pairs perfectly with their meal offerings. There are also desserts, cheese assortments, coffee, and handmade pralines served in the first class cabin.
If you are embarking on a long flight, entertainment is a great way to pass the time. Cathay Pacific first class cabin passengers enjoy a state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system that features movies, television programs, and music. Passengers enjoy their entertainment choice on a 17-inch screen with BOSE noise canceling headphones.
First class passengers also receive a luxury Aesop amenity kit stocked with creams, hand balm, facial products, and lip balm. First class passengers also receive an eyeshade, soft slippers, all made from organic cotton and designed by PYE, a well-known Hong Kong brand.
If you are looking for luxury and relaxation, Cathay Pacific offers these round-trips and non-stop flights:
New York (JFK) to Bangkok at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK)
San Francisco (SFO) to Male, Velana International (MLE) Maldives
Newark (EWR) to London (LGW)
If you are trying to get to Hong Kong from the United States, Cathay Pacific offers several non-stop options including:
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Hong Kong (HKG)
New York International Airport (JFX) to Hong Kong (HKG)
Boston International Airport (BOS) to Hong Kong (HKG)
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Hong Kong (HKG)
Washington D.C. (IAD) to Hong Kong (HKG)
Newark International Airport (EWR) to Hong Kong (HKG)
If you are looking for beach getaways, here are some of their most popular destinations:
Chicago (ORD) to Manila (MNL)
Washington, D.C. (IAD) to Sydney (SYD)
About Cathay Pacific and Their Fleets
Cathay Pacific was formed in 1946 by Sydney de Kantzoq and Roy Farrell. Cathay used to be the medieval name for China and Roy Farrell envisioned flying over the Pacific Ocean one day and that is how the company got its name. Cathay Pacific’s main hub is based out of Hong Kong. Cathay Pacific has been named Airline of the Year more than any other airline in the world. Since Skytrax started giving the award in 2001, Cathay Pacific has won the award four times. Only two other airlines have won the award twice. In addition, Hong Kong International Airport which is Cathay Pacific’s base airport has been voted best airport in the world eight times including
the last three years.
The Airbus A350 is their most modern and latest aircraft when they received it in 2016. It currently operates these new planes on flights to Auckland, London and Dusseldorf. In 2016, Cathay Pacific’s last 747 took off for Tokyo and this put an end to the 747 existence that started way back in 1979. The 747 used to be called the “Queen of the Skies” but is slowly fading from existence as there are more efficient planes such as
the 787 Dreamliner or the A350. Cathay Pacific didn’t get their first jet until 1964 which they needed to stay competitive in the industry. The Convair 880 may have been their first jet but they have been constantly growing their fleet. Cathay flights used to take off and land from the famous Kai Tak airport which was located in the heart of the city and known for its spectacular quick and steep landings. The runways were located extremely close to the crowded harbor and densely populated areas of Western Kowloon. Pilots would make a dramatic 47 degree turn to line up to the runway and make the descent. The exciting and breathtaking turn over the
city was affectionately named the “Kai Tak Heart Attack”. However, the airport closed in 1998 and the very next day the very first nonstop transpolar flight landed at the new Chek Lap Kok International Airport arriving from JFK in New York. This route is still in existence today and is Cathay’s longest flight at just over 16 hours to cover this 8,000+ kilometer flight.