Cathay Pacific will add bigger television screens to economy and improve entertainment options, but it comes at the price of personal space. During the upgrade process, the Hong Kong carrier will also add more seats to their Boeing 777 aircraft, going to 10-abreast seating and adding an additional seating row.
Seeking to improve their financial outlook, Cathay Pacific wants to attract more flyers by adding additional entertainment options, along with more seats. South China Morning Post reports the carrier will move to 10-abreast seating in economy on Boeing 777 aircraft, starting in summer 2018.
The plans call for flyers to receive bigger in-flight entertainment screens, along with more movie and TV-show options. In addition, the carrier will also install in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity on those aircraft, allowing flyers to stay connected. Traditional power outlets and USB charging outlets will also be provided at every seat to keep gadgets online during the trip.
But everything comes with a price – and the added amenities are no exception. The upgrade plan calls for the carrier to add an extra row of seats aboard the aircraft, moving to 10-abreast seating. As a result, seat width would reduce by one inch, while aisle and armrest width would minimally decrease.
“This new configuration enables us to increase capacity offered to our passengers at this critical time when Hong Kong International Airport remains slot constrained,” a paper distributed to Cathay Pacific employees and obtained by the South China Morning Post reads. “The new seats feature the latest ergonomic designs and brings us up to the standard of premium carriers in the industry.”
Cathay Pacific’s plan comes at a time where they face more competition than ever before. In January 2018, Hong Kong Airlines announced their intention to challenge the elder carrier on key routes to the United States with lower fares.