Cathay Pacific has decided against installing first class on its Airbus A350-1000 jets, opting instead for a larger premium cabin featuring its new international business class seats.
Source: Australian Business Traveller
The move, which a spokesperson for Cathay Pacific has confirmed to Australian Business Traveller, will see both the A350-900 – due to debut in February/2016 – and the slightly larger and longer-range A350-1000 flying in a 3-class configuration of business class, premium economy (featuring an all-new design) and economy seating, although not an inflight bar.
Cathay Pacific's current first class seat was introduced in 2007 and after receiving a 'mid-life refresh' in 2013 is still regarded as among the world's better first class seats.
The airline's A350-900 is expected to sport 38 business class seats, 28 premium economy seats and 214 in economy.
It will also be kitted out with satellite Internet to run technology and pricing trials.