Design firm Yellow Window has unveiled a beautiful new first class suite concept for Cathay Pacific. While not transformative, the elegance and simplicity of the design makes for a beautiful first class product.
Cathay Pacific New First Class
Cathay Pacific’s current first class cabin consists of six semi-enclosed suites onboard the Boeing 777-300ER in a 1-1-1 configuration. These features 81 inches of pitch and plenty of personal storage.
In 2013, Cathay Pacific ordered 21 new 777-9 from Boeing, with delivery slated to begin later this year. The program is delayed and will now not begin until 2025. That gives Cathay Pacific plenty of time to come up with a new first class design, even tough it has already spent seven years exploring the concept.
Among the design firms shortlisted to design the new product is Yellow Window, based in Belgium and France. It has recently unveiled its new design for first class, and I can only stay both concepts look stunning.
One option includes a four-seat cabin with beds adjacent to the seat, a bit like the Etihad Apartments or the old Lufthansa 747-400 first class. The four seats are actually close to one-another, but the design itself is unique and looks comfortable.
The second concept includes three seats across in a configuration with a couch along the side and what looks looks like a very wide bed in lie-flat mode. Rather than traditional doors or curtains, it appears this suite would have a garage-door-like privacy divider.
If the product reminds you of the 777 first class product on Air France, that is because Yellow Window also designed that seat, which Live and Let’s Fly has reviewed here. I personally think four seats across, with a honeymoon suite in the center section, represents better space utilization than just three across, though Emirates also only has three across in its fully-enclosed 777-300ER suites.
Now I don’t know about you, but the current Cathay Pacific first class suite is already one of my favorites due to its design and plush comfort. I understand the carrier wants a fresh look, but mood lighting, wooden tray tables, and new fabric are secondary to the first class soft product experience. I think passengers will easily be able to sleep in both the old and new suites. Cathay Pacific’s biggest challenge will be to continue to offer a culinary adventure and amazing flight attendants in an era of cutbacks.
Do you like the new Cathay Pacific first class seat?
(H/T: View from the Wing // images: Yellow Window)