01 Mar 2000
Cathay Pacific Airways has become one of the first airlines to offer rice cookers, toasters, and skillets inflight enabling crew to serve freshly prepared food such as rice, eggs, and toast. The new equipment is part of Cathay Pacific's upgrade of its new First Class with the aim to offer the world's most exclusive, elegant, and private travel experience both on the ground and in the air.First Class dining is now a la carte and passengers can create their own meals from a specially designed menu and specify when they wish to eat. A snack buffet is available as well as freshly brewed cappuccino and espresso on all flights.
"We worked closely with the manufacturer Aerolux to develop special equipment that would meet the challenges of cooking inflight," said Tom Wright, Cathay Pacific General Manager, Inflight Services. "We wanted every element of our new First Class to provide travellers with the ultimate beginning to end travel experience. This includes offering more individual choice and anticipating passengers' needs with regional and international specialties."The centerpiece of Cathay Pacific's new First Class Cabin is the ultra-comfortable bed believed to be the widest of any airline. The cabin contains 12 private First Class seats, each of which can recline to a completely horizontal position.
Further highlights include specially trained First Class cabin crew selected for their performance and ability to provide Cathay Pacific's hallmark "Service Straight From the Heart", "The Gallery in the Sky" showcasing landscape photographs by renowned Hong Kong photographers, and the Personal Cinema which provides passengers a choice of 45 movie titles and short features to watch whenever they want.Launched in April 1999, the new First Class service is now available on long-haul flights from Hong Kong to London, Frankfurt and Paris as well as regional flights to Taipei, Tokyo and Manila. Currently eight aircraft in the Boeing 747-400 fleet have been fitted with the new First Class cabin.