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Business Class

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

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

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 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

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 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

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