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The Cathay Pacific Inflight Experience FAQs.

For information on CX equipment registration, new addition and retrofit status, and which equipment operate to which destinations:

Fleet, Route, Configuration Details about entire CX and KA Fleet:
* CX and KA Fleet: Cathay Pacific (CX) and Cathay Dragon (KA) Fleet, Route and Configuration Guide



I’m looking at Cathay’s schedules and don't know what “Equipment” is meant by the three letter code. What do all the different three letter alphanumeric codes mean?

Cathay's schedules only display the IATA standard three letter alphanumeric codes for aircraft type (i.e. 773, 772, 333, 350 and 77W) rather than Cathay's own three letter alphanumeric equipment codes. The table below lists Cathay's internal three letter equipment codes, together with a breakdown of the types of seats installed on that particular aircraft.

Code:
Code  Operates     First Class   Business Class   Premium Econ.  Economy Class
 LONGHAUL 
 33E   Long Haul    -             Cirrus           No             Cradle
 33K   Long Haul    -             Cirrus           Yes            Cradle
 35G   Long Haul    -             New Cirrus       Yes            New cradle 
 77G   Long Haul    -             Cirrus           Yes            Cradle
 77H   Long Haul    Suite         Cirrus           Yes            Cradle 
 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 REGIONAL
 33P   Regional     -             Regional         No          Hard Shell/Cradle
 772Z  Regional     No            Regional         No              Cradle
 73Z   Regional     No            Regional         No             Hard shell
 
See this link for pictures of the different types of business class seats: Cathay Pacific Business Class seats

Which of Cathay’s aircraft operate where?
We unofficially divide Cathay's aircraft into two types of product:
  • Long Haul (77G, 77H, 33E, 33K and 35G); and
  • Regional (33P, B772Z, 73Z).

We also unofficially divide Cathay's destination network into three zones:
  • Long Haul (Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand);
  • Medium Haul (Middle East and India); and
  • Regional (rest of Asia).

Generally, aircraft are deployed as follows:

1. If you are flying to a Long Haul zoned destination, your flight will ALWAYS be operated by a Long Haul aircraft.
Sometimes when looking at the schedule, it will show that your aircraft is 773 for a long haul destination. So long as you are flying to or from a Long Haul zoned destination your flight will ALWAYS be on a 777-300ER with Long Haul Product. Cathay's regional "773" has derated engines and it is simply physically impossible for them to fly to Europe or North America.

2. If you are flying to a Medium Haul zoned destination, the type of product on your flight will DEPEND on your specific destination and flight number.
Certain destinations are always served by Long Haul product, while other destinations might be served by Long Haul product on certain flights only. Generally these flights are "sticky", i.e. they are always scheduled to be operated by Long Haul products. However, unlike Long Haul destinations, these "sticky" Medium Haul zoned Long Haul product flights may sometimes, but rarely be subject to aircraft swaps to a Regional product due to operational (tech problems) requirements.

3. If you are flying to a Regional zoned destination, you may get EITHER a Regional product or a Long Haul product.
Certain regional destinations have "sticky" flights operated by Long Haul product; other regional destinations see Long Haul product on an ad hoc basis.



What is the best way to definitively determine which aircraft is scheduled on the particular flight I want to take?

Look at the seat map of the aircraft assigned to your flight. This can be done in one of two ways:

1. If you have an existing booking and are flying in Business Class, log in to Manage My Booking on cathaypacific.com. Pull up the seat map (select my seat) and look at the seat map (using the guide below) to ascertain the equipment currently assigned to your flight.

2. If you have not made a booking, or are travelling in Economy Class (and hence you do not have access to a JCL seat map) you can still use the purchases page to ascertain the configuration of the generic aircraft code you are given. Make a dummy booking for Business Class and then at the entry of traveller's details page to choose a seat, which will bring up the seat maps. The trick is to identify the layout: any aircraft which has more than two seats windowside (e.g. 2-2-2 or 2-3-2 configuration) in Business Class will be Regional product.

Be warned that aircraft switches between type are extremely common on regional flights, depending on maintenance requirements.


Will I get an amenity kit in First/Business class on my flight?

Long haul zoned flights: Yes
Medium Haul: Only on overnight sectors
Regional: No even if your regional flight is an overnight redeye.
Business Class Amenity Kits
First Class Amenity Kits

What is considered a regional flight and medium haul flight
Regional - Mainland China (PEK, PVG), Japan (CTS, FUK, KIX, HND, NGO, NRT), Indonesia (CGK, DPS, SUB), Malaysia (KUL), Philippines (CEB, MNL), Singapore (SIN), South Korea (ICN), Thailand (BKK)
Medium haul - India (BOM, DEL, HYD, MAA), Maldives (MLE), Middle East (BAH, DXB, RUH), Sri Lanka (CMB)

What will I eat on my flight?

Here are the most recent links to menus:

Links to menus
Discuss your meal options here


What are the seats like on Cathay Pacific?

You can find details and pictures of the different classes of travel at the Cathay Pacific website: Travel Classes


Where can I see seat maps for Cathay Pacific?

Cathay Pacific Seat Maps


What are the best seats in First Class?

777
1A, 1K, 2A and 2K are essentially the same seat. Similarly 1D and 2D are similar to each other.

Row 1 is closer to the galley so may be slightly noisier during meal times. The entry for suites 1D and 2D are on the right-hand aisle (i.e. the same aisle as 1K and 2K). This means that 1A and 2A could have less foot traffic. However, sometimes that this is compensated for by cabin crew using the left-hand aisle when they need to access the forward galley.

When flying long haul business class on a 777, is it better to sit in the "mini cabin" at the front, or in the second section?


There are a number of threads on this topic, which is open to personal opinion. Please do a search on the terms "mini cabin" "dorm room". These threads have some common opinions:
12D or 12J or the other part of J
12A or 16K on 77W New J Class?
How to get seat assignment for 11D & 11G on the 777-300ER?

What are the best Business Class seats on a A330 (long haul)?

The A330s have the "Reverse Herringbone" seats, also referred to as "Cirrus" or "New Business Class". The seat configuration is 1-2-1. The window seats are angled towards the window, and the middle pair of seats are angled towards each other. There are two cabins - rows 11-18 in Zone A between doors 1 and 2; and rows 19-22 in Zone B just behind door 2. The second cabin is smaller but there will be foot traffic from Economy Class passengers during door 2 during boarding. Row 18 is missing a window.

What are the best Business Class seats on a 777 (long haul)?

777s have the "Reverse Herringbone" seats, also referred to as "Cirrus" or "New Business Class". The seat configuration is 1-2-1. The window seats are angled towards the window, and the middle pair of seats are angled towards each other.
77G (3-class aircraft without First class)
Row 19 is missing both windows.


77H
There are two cabins; a main cabin in Zone B between doors 2 and 3 consisting of rows 15-26 and a smaller "mini-cabin" forward of doors 2 and behind the First Class cabin consisting of rows 11-12. Some like the quiet and privacy of the mini-cabin; while others prefer the spaciousness of the main Business Class cabin.

Note missing windows on the 77H as follows:
15A is missing both windows.
16K is missing one window.
21AK is missing the window nearest the pax's head.
24AK is missing the window nearest the pax's feet.

What are the best seats in Regional Business Class?

There is only one cabin in Regional Business Class. Generally you should have a look at the seat maps and find a seat that pleases you based on proximity to galleys and lavatories.


What are the best Business Class seats for a couple: Long Haul New Business Class?

The center seats D/G allow couples to be able to face each other and have a conversation over the partition. You are able to slide your seats forward to make conversation even easier, and then when you want some separate time, you can slide the seats back.

Some people prefer A/D or G/K seats as couples even though there is an aisle between you, as these seats allow you to physically visit the other person by crossing the aisle.

Also check this thread for opinions: New Business Class seating for couples

Best seats on 777-300ER Thread


Can I check my baggage through when connecting to another airline?

Yes. From Cathay's FAQ:

As a courtesy, Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon will through-check you and your bags to your final destination if you are travelling on separate tickets involving connections with our interline partners. However through-check may not be possible on their return journey if your travel begins with an airline that does not to provide separate ticket through-check service.

Passengers holding connecting itineraries booked on a single ticket or connecting between Cathay Pacific Group operated flights will be through-checked to their final destination regardless.
CX/KA has interline agreements with the following airlines. This means that baggage may be checked through to final destination even if travelling on separate tickets.


ELECTRONIC INTERLINE CARRIER AGREEMENTS-CX
INTERLINE CARRIER CODES :
MAY CHECK BAGGAGE TO

AA AB AC AE AF AH AI AM AS AT AV AY AZ BA
BD BG BI BL BP BR BT B6 B7 CA CI CM CO CZ
DL EI EK ET EY FI FJ FM GF GN HA HG HM
HR IB IC IG IR JC JJ JL JO JP JQ JU KA KC
KE KL KM KQ KU KW LA LG LH LO LP LR LX LY
MD ME MF MH MI MS MU MX NF NH NU NX NZ OA
OK OM OS OU OZ PG PK PR PS PX QF QR RA SA
SB SC SK SN SQ SU SV S7 TA TG TK TM TN TP
UA UL UN US UU VN VS VX WS WY W5 XL ZH 4M
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Old Nov 23, 13, 8:44 pm
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Cathay Pacific Experience / Seats / Interline / Baggage FAQs

This thread is for FAQs related to the inflight experience of Cathay Pacific. Please see the wiki above for the FAQs that might answer your question.

For information on CX equipment registration, new addition and retrofit status, and which equipment operate to which destinations:

Fleet, Route, Configuration Details about entire CX and KA Fleet:
* CX and KA Fleet: Cathay Pacific (CX) and Cathay Dragon (KA) Fleet, Route and Configuration Guide

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Old Nov 26, 13, 6:41 pm
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Cathay Pacific Dining Links

Thanks to the efforts of Carfield, who have amassed CX menus in Y, J and F classes since 2008, we bring you the most current menus to date.

Please see the respective links to the threads:

For F class:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...nu-2009-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...nu-2010-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...nu-2011-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...nu-2012-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...us-2013-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...us-2014-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...us-2015-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...us-2016-a.html

For J class:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...nu-2009-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...nu-2010-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...nu-2011-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...nu-2012-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...us-2013-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...us-2014-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...us-2015-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...us-2016-a.html

For Y+ class:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...hlight=premium
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...us-2013-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...us-2014-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...us-2015-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...us-2016-a.html

For Y class:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...nu-2009-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...nu-2010-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...nu-2011-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...nu-2012-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...nu-2013-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...us-2014-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...us-2015-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...us-2016-a.html


Please post your discussions relating to any meal FAQs to: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...ions-here.html

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I think post #5-8 should be included in the above wiki.
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Post updated with seat details for First and Business class. Content has been streamlined with the most pertinent information.
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if you find appropriate, you can include this thread I started earlier this year for couples choosing seats together on new J on 77W.
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...dle-seats.html
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if you find appropriate, you can include this thread I started earlier this year for couples choosing seats together on new J on 77W.
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...dle-seats.html
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What are the best seats in Economy Class?

Refer to: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...best-seat.html
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sxc, a belated thank you for streamlining posts and for tidying up this forum (in various ways). It is now greatly improved.

There used to be a section where for each destination, there is a description for what aircraft to expect. Is that gone or have I overlooked it? Thanks.
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Old Jan 26, 14, 10:20 pm
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Originally Posted by IncyWincy View Post
sxc, a belated thank you for streamlining posts and for tidying up this forum (in various ways). It is now greatly improved.

There used to be a section where for each destination, there is a description for what aircraft to expect. Is that gone or have I overlooked it? Thanks.
You can find it in the old FAQs, but as it's hard to keep that information up to date, and since there are always changes to service offerings, decided not to include it in the future: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/catha...-about-cx.html

The flyerguide wiki links at the top of the page has pretty up to date information on which aircraft fly to which destination: http://flyerguide.com/wiki/index.php...fic_(CX)_Fleet
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Does anyone have any experience in Premium Economy? My parents booked and Even though the trip is only end of Feb next year, returning in March, most seats are already blocked which is odd. The only seats I managedto get them is the front row on the 77W which are 31A/C and 31A/C on the the 33G ?
77W is front row and the second row in on the 33G.
Does anyone know why CX blocks so many seats and do they become available at a later stage?
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HKG - JNB - HKG; pajamas in First Class

It is reported that beginning in August 2014, non-stop CX flights on the above route (i.e., CX 748 and CX 749) will be converted to "77W". Since both flights are over 12 hours, and the timetable says no First Class is offered, am I correct that we're talking about the 77G with new Business Class seating (reverse herringbone)?

When last I flew CX long-haul First Suite, I was given a nice 2-piece set of pajamas in Oriental style cut. Now I see references to a (one-piece?) "sleep suit". Does anyone know where I might find a picture of this item?

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Does anyone have any experience in Premium Economy? My parents booked and Even though the trip is only end of Feb next year, returning in March, most seats are already blocked which is odd. The only seats I managedto get them is the front row on the 77W which are 31A/C and 31A/C on the the 33G ?
77W is front row and the second row in on the 33G.
Does anyone know why CX blocks so many seats and do they become available at a later stage?
Many thanks for your input
I am not sure why that is, but it may simply be that the seats are already booked. However, the good news is that the front row seats are probably the best, since they have a bit more legroom and, most importantly, are the only row with proper legrests (the other rows have footrests, since the legrests make it too difficult for non-aisle pax to get in and out). So your 77W bookingsn are already the best available
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