On Boeing 777 flights to Chicago, Cathay Pacific will roll out its new business class dining service in July. The airline will come up with the new ‘restaurant-style’ business class meal service on flights to Sydney in February 2019 and the rest of Australia in May 2019.
Cathay Pacific will move business class meals closer to a first class experience with its launch of a new ‘restaurant-style’ business class dining. The airline says the revamped business class service is built around “restaurant-style dining, improved menu offerings and a new level of in-flight hospitality.”
Cathay Pacific expects the new business class meal service to be in place on all “long and ultra-long haul routes” by mid-2019.
This updated service will extend to some 34 destinations by June 2019, which will include individually-plated meals that is chosen from an à la carte menu. The airline says will include three starter choices and “up to six main course choices“.
- The menu will also include a series of ‘lighter, healthier’ meals alongside a ‘most loved main course’ flagged for each route.
- The airline will also attempt to offer more flexibility to busy business class travelers with express meals and supper plates for lighter dining, especially on those near-midnight departures from Hong Kong.
- The menu card will also include a lighter Continental breakfast plus a minimalist Express breakfast of a piece of pastry and a drink.
- It can be served 60 minutes before landing for passengers who wish to maximize their sleep.
The executives of airline confirmed to Australian Business Traveler the introduction of a breakfast card is similar to that used by Qantas, which passengers will complete before hitting the hay. So, they can wake to what the airline described as a “hotel room-service” experience.
Here’s the complete schedule for Cathay’s rollout of its new business class dining service through to June 2019.
|ROUTE OF MONTH||PORTS|
|September 2018||FRA, MAN, IAD|
|October 2018||AMS, CDG, JNB|
|November 2018||MAD, BRU, BCN|
|January 2019||BOS, EWR|
|February 2019||AKL, SYD, DUB, MXP, FCO|
|March 2019||LAX, SFO, TLV|
|April 2019||JFK, YVR, YYZ|
|May 2019||CNS, BNE, ADL, MEL, PER|
|June 2019||DXB, BAH, MLE, ZRH|
The airline will debut the new business class meal service on flights between Hong Kong and Chicago in July, followed by London Gatwick in August. September will see Frankfurt, Manchester and the new Washington Airbus A350-1000 service come online; Amsterdam, Paris and Johannesburg join the party in October; Madrid, Brussels and Barcelona in November; and London Heathrow in time for an in-flight Christmas feast in December.
Cathay Pacific said, “This new service elevates the customer experience towards the First Class service. First Class will continue to offer higher degrees of privacy, more space, better amenities and fine dining menus. The passengers not only enjoy the upgrade in the quality of meals but “restaurant-style food presentation, greater choice and flexibility and more personalized service” with the aim of delivering “a memorable dining experience and personalization.”