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What It's like to Fly Cathay Pacific Business Class

When it comes to air carriers, Cathay Pacific has always had an outstanding reputation. These days, much of the focus is on comfort for passengers and as you might expect, this is an air carrier that has chosen to step up the game. When it comes to their business class, you might think that you've actually gotten into the wrong cabin and ventured into first class. They have one of the most ergonomically designed and roomiest business-class cabins that you're ever likely to set eyes on. It's definitely a cut above most of the other airlines, and it's become so popular that a lot of the other air carriers find themselves playing catch-up, trying desperately to create something that's similar in design to the business class that Cathay Pacific has been incorporating for some time now.

To be honest, the perks of flying business class with this airline start before you even get into the air. There's a dedicated counter where you can check in, meaning that you get to skip the long lines at the airport and go straight to check in. That right there is enough to make most people decide to go ahead and upgrade to business class, all so they won't have to spend four or five hours in the airport standing around. It also gives you exclusive access to lounges that the airline maintains control of around different airports. If you do have to wait, at least you get to wait in comfort.

Once you get on the actual aircraft, you'll notice right away that you have more than enough room to work, sleep, or relax. The specially designed seat can be changed from an upright, sitting position to a reclined position with the touch of a button. If you prefer a little more adjustment, there are additional controls to help you get the seat in just the right position to find that comfort zone that you're so desperately looking for. You have your own partition when you fly business class, but if you happen to have a colleague that's in front of you and you feel the need to chit-chat, all you have to do is press a button on your seat and it automatically slides forward. It's an innovative design, that's for sure. More importantly, it's an effective one.

Cathay Pacific has some of the best menu items available on their flights and when you're in business class, it's more like eating at a fine restaurant where you would expect to wear formal attire in order to get in. The menu changes on a regular basis. For a long-haul flight, they provide you with drinks and snacks for starters, then you get what amounts to an appetizer, then the main course, then dessert. After that, more drinks and snacks are brought out. The truth is, you'll probably eat more on that airplane than you typically eat in an entire day. Perhaps the best, most impressive thing about all of this is that you have a dedicated flight attendant that is there to take care of your needs and your needs alone. That's virtually unheard of in the airline industry. It also means that you won't want for anything the entire time you're on that aircraft.

In addition to the one-on-one attention and the comfortable seat that lies flat for sleeping, you have an entertainment screen and more than enough room to do any work that you need to get done. It's basically like having your own little bedroom, only you’re 30,000 feet in the air. You can even adjust the lighting in your partition to fit exactly what you need. There's no doubt about it, when you fly business class with Cathay Pacific you're definitely the one in charge. Everything is designed to help you be as comfortable as possible, not to mention giving you a workspace that has both the room and the technological capability to allow you to stay connected, no matter where you are. It makes all the difference in the world when it comes to utilizing your time wisely.

The thing that might really surprise you is that all of this doesn't cost as much as you might expect. It's not cheap, but it's not as expensive as a lot of the other airlines that don't offer as much. Depending on where you're traveling to and from, you can expect a round-trip ticket for business class on Cathay Pacific to cost you anywhere from $7,000 to $10,000. Considering everything that you get, that's easily one of the best deals that you'll find with any air carrier.

Garrett Parker

Written by Garrett Parker

Garrett by trade is a personal finance freelance writer and journalist. With over 10 years experience he's covered businesses, CEOs, and investments. However he does like to take on other topics involving some of his personal interests like automobiles, future technologies, and anything else that could change the world.

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