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Cathay Pacific

Safety rating : 7/7  Rating Criteria | Safety Rating Breakdown

Product rating : 7/7  Rating Criteria presents our independent Cathay Pacific safety ratings and reviews.

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In Flight Product

Economy Class

  • Full meal and beverage selection as well as a second service on long haul flights
  • Audio/Video On Demand (with exception of regional flights where there is no Audio/Video On Demand but personal seat back screens)
  • Multi function port on long haul routes allowing video content to be streamed from passengers' personal devices to seat back screens
  • USB port and in seat phone available
  • New seats have seat pitch of 32 inch, 17.5 inch width and seat recline of 6 inch and are gradually replacing the fixed shell seats on 777-300 and A330 aircraft; these fixed shell seats do not recline but rather slide forward to create feeling of recline
  • Blanket and pillows provided on medium and long haul flights
  • Baggage allowance of 20kg

Premium Economy

  • Meal service similar to economy with addition of enhanced entrees and snacks throughout flight
  • Audio/Video On Demand, in seat power and in seat phone
  • Seat pitch of 38 inch and are slightly wider than economy seats
  • Front row seats have leg rest and other seats have three-position footrests
  • Blanket, larger pillow and amenity kit provided
  • Baggage allowance of 25kg

Business Class

  • Restaurant quality multi course meal services with accompanying beverages
  • Audio/Video On Demand, in seat power and seat phone on long haul; seat back screens without Audio/Video On Demand on regional routes
  • Seats are herringbone layout and transform to completely lie flat beds with extra knee space when side sleeping
  • New business class seats in a non-herringbone layout have 11 inch of travel allowing passengers to talk and share meals (forward) or ensure privacy (backward); seats transform into fully flat beds, have extra knee space for side sleeping and additional storage space
  • Wide seats, good recline and leg rest on regional routes
  • Amenity kit, noise canceling headphones, duvet and large pillow provided
  • Baggage allowance of 30kg

First Class

  • Available on 747s and 777-300s
  • Restaurant quality multi course meals served on demand
  • Audio/Video On Demand and video content can be streamed from passengers’ personal devices to personal screen through the multi function port
  • USB port and in seat phone provided
  • Seats recline 180 degrees into full length, fully lie flat beds
  • Privacy screens on aisle side and between center seats
  • Duvets, pillows, amenity kits and sleep suit provided
  • Baggage allowance of 40kg


  • Founded by an American and an Australian in 1946
  • Swire group bought in to Cathay Pacific in 1948 and still have a 45% share
  • Major shareholder is Air China and Cathay Pacific is a reciprocal shareholder
  • World's first non-stop transpolar flight over the North Pole in July 1998
  • Founding member of the oneworld alliance in 1999
  • Subsidiary Dragonair operates most routes out of Hong Kong to China

Major Strengths

  • Passengers guaranteed twin aisle aircraft flight with personal seat back screens, full meal and complimentary beverages on every flight
  • Excellent in flight product consistency
  • Won numerous awards for best airline from international travel organizations

Subsidiary Airlines

  • Dragonair


  • oneworld
  • Joint Business Agreement with Air New Zealand and Air China

X Factors

  • Winner of the Best Business Class award for 2014

Aircraft Types

  • 747-400
  • A330-300
  • 777-200
  • 777-300
  • 777-300ER
  • A340

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