Inspecting a Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 at Sydney Airport

 

Inspecting a Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 at Sydney Airport
Inspecting a Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 at Sydney Airport

 Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Cathay Pacific, Happy Birthday to you!

Cathay Pacific recently celebrated its 40th year of operating flights from Hong Kong to Australia and FreakyFlier was invited on board one of their Airbus A330-300 aircraft which fly the route between Hong Kong and Sydney up to four times daily.

 

Checkin at Sydney Airport
Checkin at Sydney Airport

Sadly, I was not checking in for any flight today, but I met with the Cathay Pacific Representative at the airlines check-in area located at counter A in the International Terminal. Interestingly, Cathay Pacific is the only non Australian airline to employ its own staff at the airport as opposed to outsourcing to an aviation services company. This can help when big decisions are needed to be made as the staff can make the decision rather then a contractor being unable to.

Business Class cabin on the CX A330-300
Business Class cabin on the CX A330-300

The three class aircraft features 39 lie flat Business Class seats over two cabins, although 38 seats are only ever sold as 1 seat is dedicated for crew rest. The forward cabin seats 27 passengers with the latter more discreet cabin seating 11. The 1-2-1 configuration means the middle sections are really the only suitable choice for couples travelling together while the window seats are best for solo travellers.

Business Class Seat as a bed
Business Class Seat as a bed

The seats convert to a 180 degree lie flat bed, perfect for the longer haul overnight flights to Hong Kong. The seats also come with USB power and multi port connector allowing you to stream your own programs to the 15.4″ TV screen on top of the 100 movies, 500 TV shows and 888 music CD’s that the StudioCX features enjoyed with noise cancelling headphones.

Cathay Pacific Premium Economy A330-300
Cathay Pacific Premium Economy A330-300
Premium Economy Seat A330-300
Premium Economy Seat A330-300

There are 28 seats in the Premium Economy Class cabin, with each seat featuring a seat pitch of 38″ / 96.52 cms and width of 19.3″ / 49 cms,  are configured in a 2-3-2 layout.

Premium Economy Seat back Entertainment
Premium Economy Seat back Entertainment

Each seat comes with a personal 10.4″ touch screen TV and again those noise cancelling headphone where you can enjoy the hundreds of hours of entertainment on offer or stream content from your own devices.

Economy Class on Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300
Economy Class on Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300
Economy Class Cabin on the A330-300
Economy Class Cabin on the A330-300
Economy Class Seat Recline Airbus A330-300
Economy Class Seat Recline Airbus A330-300

Economy Class is located, as usual, in the rear of the aircraft. The 175 slim line seats 8 across in a 2-4-2 layout feature 32″ / 81.28 cms and have a very generous 19.45″ / 49.40 cms of width and a recline of 6 degrees. When you consider a lot of airlines seat 9 abreast in a 3-3-3 configuration, the Cathay Pacific Economy Class product offering is of a higher standard.

Economy Class Seat Back Entertainment
Economy Class Seat Back Entertainment

The StudioCX audio visual on demand entertainment system is shown through a 9″ personal seat back TV. Again there are USB ports at every seat meaning your portable devices can maintain their charge on long journeys. With some countries now requiring you to be able to turn your devices on when entering the country this is a fantastic part of the Economy experience.

Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 at Sydney
Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 at Sydney

I had an enjoyable experience on the aircraft and although I wasn’t flying anywhere, it certainly made me want to start planning my next journey with Cathay Pacific.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Impressive to know that the CX ground crew work directly with Cathay Pacific! Very rare these days. I like the privacy walls of the business class seats. Even the 2 seats together in the middle are nicely spaced apart should 2 solo travellers be seated there.

  2. Ooh interesting! You have to turn your devices on when you enter a country? I haven’t come across that yet! I’m loving the in flight wifi that some airlines are offering though.

    1. Yes its coming into the USA and soon the UK. If you cant turn on the device they can confiscate it, although I hope there would be a power outlet nearby to at least get some charge if the device is powerless…
      http://www.tsa.gov/press/releases/2014/07/06/enhanced-security-measures-certain-airports-overseas

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