This is bad news. Cathay Pacific had one of the best Y seats in the world, and now this happens. Thankfully retrofitting doesn’t start until 2018 so fly the old Y cabin while you can.
“Just stuff everyone like sardines” is basically what they’re saying.
What did the old y configuration look like
I believe it was 3-3-3.
Wow. So it will be 3-4-3 now? They’re cabins were fine, but after this… They just want the money.
Yes, that’s usually how airlines operate. 🙂
It was a spacious 3-3-3 configuration with plenty of space to store your items and very well padded cushions.
It’s sad because they had one of the most spacious Y seats in the biz.
Ah, Cathay is going the way of everyone else. It is an unfortunate but very necessary decision.
Honestly if they kept it the way it is i’d gladly still pay the 10% premium to fly them instead.
Like it or not, it was coming with the 777-9 anyway with 18-inch seat width, but the current 777s are a nightmare in 3-4-3.
The seat width plus the service.
Service should be close to the same. It’s a Cathay thing.
But 10% isn’t good enough, you’re probably looking at a unit cost disadvantage of about 25-35% for Cathay. People simply are not willing to pay that consistently. The Hong Kong market is very elastic, you can’t get away with being priced 10% higher, let alone 25-35% higher than the competition.
But they’re retrofitting the current 777s, so we’re still going to run into issues. There is always a chance of Cathay opting for wider aisles as opposed to wider seats on the new 777X, so I won’t say those are safe yet.
Service has been going down anyway, and the food tray is 3/4 the size of what it used to be.
No, not more airlines turing into low costs!
Cathay Pacific isn’t going low cost anytime soon. Their prices will still be higher, but the change to 10-abreast will lower it a bit.
I think they’ll find that the profit potential will actually worsen with this change. 10% more seats in Y is 10-12% more weight in the back which will require some more front heavy cargo and more fuel used overall.
At best, they’ll wind up right back where they started with only a tarnished reputation to show for it once you account for all associated costs.
17 more seats in long haul aircraft and 35 more in regional aircraft.