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Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 747-400 Economy Class seat review  - 19 April 2011 by  C Nagra  (New Zealand)

AIRCRAFT :       Boeing 747-400

PAX SIZE :   Medium

LAYOUT : 3x4x3

POSITION :   Aisle

PAX RATING :    5/10

RECOMMENDED :  Yes

Legroom Space

Seat Recline

Seat Width

Viewing TV Screen

Access in/out of seat

FOOTREST

No

Cathay Pacific's new Economy class seat was average even though it was quite well designed. I had an aisle seat and found no trouble at all. The negative about the seat was that you couldn't recline. The food was great like the service and fares.



Cathay Pacific Airways A340 Economy Class seat review  - 7 April 2011 by  S Deuitch  (Canada)

AIRCRAFT :       A340

PAX SIZE :   Medium

LAYOUT : 3x3x3

POSITION :   Aisle

PAX RATING :    1/10

RECOMMENDED :  No

Legroom Space

Seat Recline

Seat Width

Viewing TV Screen

Access in/out of seat

FOOTREST

No

It is clear that the people at CX responsible for selecting these seats have never flown long haul in them. We flew Toronto-Hong Kong and Hong Kong-Sydney return. The trip was a miserable experience. The seats are narrow, no legroom to speak of, no real recline, and the "air bag" built into the seat belt further reduces comfort. My advice is fly with a different airline.



Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 747-400 Economy Class seat review  - 6 April 2011 by  Ricky Balfour  (New Zealand)

AIRCRAFT :       Boeing 747-400

PAX SIZE :   XSmall

LAYOUT : 3x3x3

POSITION :   Window

PAX RATING :    6/10

RECOMMENDED :  No

Legroom Space

Seat Recline

Seat Width

Viewing TV Screen

Access in/out of seat

FOOTREST

No

The legroom was small. The woman sitting next to us was so close, we could feel her breathing on us. The seats did not recline, which made the trip unbearable. The air conditioning was freezing in our cabin. The food was good and the service was quick.




Cathay Pacific Airways A340 Economy Class seat review  - 6 April 2011 by  Robert Adding  (New Zealand)

AIRCRAFT :       A340

PAX SIZE :   Medium

LAYOUT : 2x4x2

POSITION :   Aisle

PAX RATING :    1/10

RECOMMENDED :  No

Legroom Space

Seat Recline

Seat Width

Viewing TV Screen

Access in/out of seat

FOOTREST

No

The idiots who signed off on these Economy seats should be made to spend the rest of their lives suffering in them themselves. Totally uncomfortable and not permitting any chance of a sleeping position of any kind. I had a free seat next to me and it did not provide any relief. How did they even get to deciding this is what an Economy Class passenger might find reasonable.




Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 747-400 Economy Class seat review  - 6 April 2011 by  G Morgan  (UK)

AIRCRAFT :       Boeing 747-400

PAX SIZE :   Large

LAYOUT : 3x3x3

POSITION :   Window

PAX RATING :    2/10

RECOMMENDED :  No

Legroom Space

Seat Recline

Seat Width

Viewing TV Screen

Access in/out of seat

FOOTREST

No

I'd heard rave reviews about Cathay Pacific but was aware of the new seating they'd installed in Economy Class so I knew what to expect. I was travelling with them as part of a package to the Hong Kong Sevens so didn't have any other alternative. The seats confirmed my worst fears. They are just awful. I'm 6ft 5 and if you choose your seat carefully on line before getting to the airport, then you can at least get some leg-room if you're lucky. The real issue is comfort. There simply isn't any as the seat cusion is just too thin. The 'recline' or slide forward motion is awful as well. I had a really sore lumbar on arriving back in London as you can't get comfortable and sleep is nearly impossible in an upright position. Warning! Take a seat and neck cushion. It's hard to believe that this refurbishment was (I hope) researched and tested prior to introduction. If it had, surely it wouldn't have progressed.




Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 747-400 Economy Class seat review  - 6 April 2011 by  David Gilbert  (Italy)

AIRCRAFT :       Boeing 747-400

PAX SIZE :   Large

LAYOUT : 3x4x3

POSITION :   Aisle

PAX RATING :    7/10

RECOMMENDED :  Yes

Legroom Space

Seat Recline

Seat Width

Viewing TV Screen

Access in/out of seat

FOOTREST

No

The shell seats offer a personal space in which nobody can intrude. There is good lumbar support if you keep your backside close to the cushion and don't slide. If you do slouch then a cushion is necessary to fill the gap. The shell is actually more reclined than regular airline seats.




Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 747-400 Economy Class seat review  - 6 April 2011 by  Kathy Marsden  (Canada)

AIRCRAFT :       Boeing 747-400

PAX SIZE :   Small

LAYOUT : 3x4x3

POSITION :   Aisle

PAX RATING :    1/10

RECOMMENDED :  No

Legroom Space

Seat Recline

Seat Width

Viewing TV Screen

Access in/out of seat

FOOTREST

No

I flew return from Vancouver to Delhi, via Hong Kong, in February. Although there were two different aircraft involved, each with a different seat configuration, the seats were the same - the worst I've ever experienced. Very little legroom, but worst of all, the seats didn't recline. All that could be done was to slide the seat bottom forward, which only gave the illusion of leaning back a bit. This put my back into a painful slumped position, and because the seat back was still upright, my head and neck were pushed forward. Within half an hour I had excruciating back pain, which I couldn't get rid of, regardless of how I positioned myself. On such a long flight as Vancouver - Hong Kong, such seats seem absurd, since it's pretty much impossible to sleep. I was miserable the entire time, and could only pray that the seats between Hong Kong and Delhi would be different. They weren't. When the agonising trip was finally over and I was finally in India, I kept having the awful realisation that I was going to have to sit in the same torturous seats all the way home again.




Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 777-300 Economy Class seat review  - 27 December 2010 by  Colbert Davis  (USA)

AIRCRAFT :       B777

PAX SIZE :   Large

LAYOUT : 3x3x3

POSITION :   Aisle

PAX RATING :    3/10

RECOMMENDED :  No

Legroom Space

Seat Recline

Seat Width

Viewing TV Screen

Access in/out of seat

FOOTREST

No

I'm on the tall side (6' 2") and skinny and found the shell seats some of the worst airline seats I have ever sat in. The issue is the way they recline since the seat slides forward the headrest never allows your head's center of gravity to get behind your solders. This makes it very hard to sleep because your head keeps flopping forward. The other issue with the recline on these seats is that the seat base slides forward making it very hard to extend your legs out under the seat in-front of you. The overall result is a truly uncomfortable slouch.




Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 777 Economy Class seat review  - 20 December 2010 by  Don Kasta  (Canada)

AIRCRAFT :       B777

PAX SIZE :   Medium

LAYOUT : 3x3x3

POSITION :   Window

PAX RATING :    5/10

RECOMMENDED :  No

Legroom Space

Seat Recline

Seat Width

Viewing TV Screen

Access in/out of seat

FOOTREST

No

We paid $100 extra for each flight to have "Extended Legroom Seats". Unfortunately this put us in Row 31 beside an exit door. The cold and the noise from the door were both unbearable throughout the trip. Cathay Pacific should not charge a premium for these seats despite the extra legroom. Our written complaint to the airline generated a reply but not a very satisfactory adjustment ($50 voucher for duty free on our next flight).




Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 777-300ER Economy Class seat review  - 20 December 2010 by  Joseph Friesen  (USA)

AIRCRAFT :       B777-300ER

PAX SIZE :   Large

LAYOUT : 3x3x3

POSITION :   Aisle

PAX RATING :    8/10

RECOMMENDED :  Yes

Legroom Space

Seat Recline

Seat Width

Viewing TV Screen

Access in/out of seat

FOOTREST

No

Los Angeles to Hong Kong. The seat is very good overall. The seat backs are fixed so that the person in front of you does not recline into your face. The recline and tray latch proved to be a little difficult. The personal TV screen was located at a comfortable level with the controller below.




Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 747-400 Economy Class seat review  - 20 November 2010 by  Gary Swire  (UAE)

AIRCRAFT :       B747-400

PAX SIZE :   Medium

LAYOUT : 3x4x3

POSITION :   Aisle

PAX RATING :    1/10

RECOMMENDED :  No

Legroom Space

Seat Recline

Seat Width

Viewing TV Screen

Access in/out of seat

FOOTREST

No

I found the economy seat so uncomfortable that that after my return leg journey is completed I will never fly CX economy again. I cannot believe that the seat designers and management of CX actually tested these seats. Yes the passenger in front does not recline into your "space" but the downside is a terrible seat position - most uncomfortable non ergonomic position I have encountered on an aircraft.




Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 747-400 Economy Class seat review  - 26 October 2010 by  R Ngai  (Australia)

AIRCRAFT :       B747-400

PAX SIZE :   Large

LAYOUT : 3x4x3

POSITION :   Aisle

PAX RATING :    3/10

RECOMMENDED :  No

Legroom Space

Seat Recline

Seat Width

Viewing TV Screen

Access in/out of seat

FOOTREST

No

Flew SYD-HKG and HKG-LHR on these seats. These "mini-shell" seats are just horrible. While the legroom is good and the seat width is average, I spent 13 hours of suffering on the Hong Kong- London route due to a small, hard cushion, a firm backrest, no neck support and almost no head support due to the awkward recline. Tried to sleep, but couldn't and on both flights ended up with sore butt and neck/head ache as well. Just weak. Have two more flights with these seats, both overnight and are dreading them both. Will not ever fly economy with CX again with these seats and I will not ever fly economy to London again as I barely survived the Economy crush.




Cathay Pacific Airways Boeing 747-400 Economy Class seat review  - 23 October 2010 by  Grant Eudey  (Australia)

AIRCRAFT :       B747-400

PAX SIZE :   Large

LAYOUT : 3x4x3

POSITION :   Aisle

PAX RATING :    2/10

RECOMMENDED :  No

Legroom Space

Seat Recline

Seat Width

Viewing TV Screen

Access in/out of seat

FOOTREST

No

The shell economy seats are terrible!! Cathay promote their shell seat as being better than previous as it doesn't recline into the seat behind. However it is not easy - almost impossible - for someone to sleep sitting bolt upright. The seat cushion - which is very slim - only slides down about 4" within the shell and this is the extent of the movement in the seat. I was not a happy traveller !






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