Amongst its many accolades, Hong Kong’s flagship provider Cathay Pacific is understood for having a few of the best premium economy seats within the sky. However is it really value springing for that improve, and even giving up your airline miles for?

Over the previous 5 years, I’ve gained a substantial understanding of long-haul travel, having made the 17+ hour schlep from London to my hometown of Jakarta, Indonesia and again extra instances than I can bear in mind. So I used to be curious to see if Cathay Pacific’s premium financial system seats lived as much as its title, and the way it compares to enterprise class.

Premium financial system seats on Cathay Pacific.

Premium financial system

Cathay Pacific launched its premium financial system class in 2012, and shortly gained a popularity for hitting the candy spot between affordability and enhanced consolation—the sort you may’t fairly get in coach. We’re speaking more room, elevated menus, ample storage, and even amenity kits. Whereas these options alone could also be worthy of an improve, particularly on a long-haul, what immediately received me over on my five-hour journey from Jakarta to Hong Kong started on the airport.

I appreciated the devoted check-in counter, which made luggage drop off fast and straightforward—a perk I used to be extraordinarily grateful for once I was operating late. Talking of bags, there’s a beneficiant 100 pound weight restrict throughout two suitcases. For context, enterprise class passengers on Singapore Airlines are solely given 88 kilos. And the cherry on high? There’s precedence boarding on the gate, too.

Stepping on board and previous enterprise class (extra on that later) sits the premium financial system cabin, which is simply accessible on Cathay Pacific’s A350s and B777s. Outfitted with the provider’s iconic teal-green shade, seats are specified by a two-four-two configuration. On my quiet flight, there have been 32 seats accessible however fortunately lower than half had been taken, making for a really intimate and comfortable journey.

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