Business Class

A plan for business travellers to fly economy. But will it take off?

Business class seats

Want to stump your friends at the next party? Ask them this: Where is the most expensive office space in the world? Hong Kong? New York? London? The answer is none of the above. Or actually, above all of them. You'll have to look up for the answer - it's the extra foot you get when you fly business class.

Wednesday, 24 April, 2013, 3:14am 1 comment

I can fly - but bring your own mop: Cathay vs British Airways

CX831 JFK to Hong Kong - grubby business class toilet.

It's not often you get the chance to compare Cathay Pacific and British Airways head to head, as it were. I have to admit that after years of being bossed about on planes by matronly BA air hostesses I have always preferred Cathay's gentler approach. Leg one - Hong Kong to London in business class went well.

12 Apr 2013 - 1:25pm 2 comments

Business class up in the air

Cathay Pacific is spending HK$1 billion upgrading business-class interiors on various planes in its fleet. Photo: SCMP

Cathay Pacific Airways and Singapore Airlines are spending US$207 million fitting flat-bed seats and larger television screens in business class. Finding passengers to fly them may be a challenge.

22 Jan 2013 - 4:25am

Day trippers, there's no such thing as a hard day's flight

You can fly to England and back in a day for just under HK$70,000. You may even escape jet lag. Photo: Bloomberg

Back when I was young and foolish, I occasionally did something really daft like fly to London for the weekend for the Oxford vs Cambridge varsity rugby match at Twickenham, or England vs Ireland.

5 Nov 2012 - 3:25am

Virgin Australia cashes up to mount Qantas challenge

Virgin Australia is seeking a 60 per cent stake in Tiger Airways.

Virgin Australia sold a 10 per cent stake to Singapore Airlines and sought control of two local rivals, creating the biggest challenge to Qantas Airways' market leadership in more than a decade.

31 Oct 2012 - 3:11am

In for the long stretch

Singapore Airline's new first-class bed, part of a drive by Asian airlines, including Cathay Pacific, to improve their hardware and continue to attract passengers willing to pay a premium to travel in greater comfort. Photo: Jean Leprini

Today's battle in the air is at the front end of the aircraft, as airlines upgrade their premium offers to sell more profitable seats, says Andrea Li.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Comfort at a price

As competition intensifies, airlines are constantly rolling out new products and services to woo passengers.

Cathay Pacific has introduced a premium economy class, a new seating class with 24 to 36 seats located between the business and economy sections, that offers better seating and services than ordinary economy class.

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Cathay must think again about its new business class seats

I refer to the letter by Dane Cheng, of Cathay Pacific ('Comfort and privacy at the fore of Cathay's business class design', January 13) regarding its new business class seat. All is clear: Cathay Pacific believes it has done well. In time, we customers will adjust to the 'new product'.

15 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Suite spot

Since the Airbus A380 was unveiled almost three years ago, the buzz has been about its size and possibilities. With 50 per cent more space than the Boeing 747, which had been the largest passenger plane for the past 35 years, the question had been what to do with all that extra room: More seats? Wider seats? Duty-free shops? More bar and relaxation areas?

31 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Cathay unveils new aircraft, cabin designs

Cathay Pacific Airways is introducing new aircraft and cabin designs on its North America and Middle East routes to attract more business and first-class passengers.

2 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

The Virgin Atlantic Upper Class flat bed

What is it? The Virgin Atlantic Upper Class flat bed, touted as the biggest, longest and widest fully flat airline bed in business class.

Where can you find it? In the Upper Class suite on all Virgin Atlantic flights to and from Hong Kong, New York (JFK), San Francisco, Tokyo, Sydney and other select destinations.

22 May 2005 - 12:00am

Trials of a business-class outcast

Boarding an aircraft has become a cruel and unusual form of punishment for many of today's budget-conscious business travellers. Trust me, I'm one of them.

As you step from the air bridge, years of J-class experience urge you to turn left. But the smiling stewardess, having spotted your zoo-class ticket, has other ideas.

23 Mar 2004 - 12:00am


I picked up the October 3 edition of Postmagazine before leaving on a business trip to Japan and read Andrew Rutherford's article on business class flights. I flew with United Airlines in business class (not connoisseur class as Mr Rutherford called it).

31 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Outstanding service by any other name

SOME carriers flying between Hong Kong and Europe have done away with first class seats and substituted a deluxe business class with elements of first class service to create a perception of added value.

24 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Flight service proves class act to follow

THE three classes of air travel have three distinct purposes. Economy is intended to provide relatively low-cost travel - an element of discomfort, particularly on long-haul flights, is reluctantly accepted by passengers as part of the deal.

6 Jun 1993 - 12:00am