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Cathay Pacific voted Best Business Class Cellar and First Class Most Original Wine List

10 Nov 2004

Cathay Pacific Airways’ talent in selecting the finest wines to serve inflight has been recognised again with it being named the winner in the Cellar in the Sky 2004 wine awards run by Business Traveller and Wine International.

Cathay Pacific won awards for “Best Business Class Cellar” and “First Class Most Original Wine List”. Its Dow’s Late Bottled Vintage Port 1997 and Vincent Girardin Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2001 also won ‘Best Business Class Fortified or Sweet Wine” and “Best First Class White Wine” award respectively.

What gives Cathay Pacific a good nose for wine? First, it understands that successful selection of the wines to be served on board is not just a matter of reading the latest reviews and counting the medals. Tasting is extremely important because wines do taste different in the air due to the drier cabin air and the effects of air conditioning.

The airline has learned the specific characteristics that can help them to select wines. For instance, on board aircraft aromas tend to be reduced, and the tannin and bitterer flavor components are often more pronounced, so good characteristics for flying wines are a big fruit flavor, with mild tannins and a balanced acidity. The quality of the wines served on Cathay Pacific has already been widely recognised in the industry.

The latest Business Traveller and Wine International awards were the result of two days of tasting by a team of Wine International experts. Over 30 airlines competed in different categories for wines served in their first and business class.

Cathay Pacific offers a superior selection of champagne, red, white and dessert wines in its First and Business Class. All are specially selected by the airline’s experts not only to match the wide variety of inflight cuisine but also to suit the palates of passenger from different countries. Cathay Pacific serves more than 1 million bottles of wine and champagne every year from France, Italy, South Africa, Australia, the United States and New Zealand.

Cathay Pacific’s General Manager Inflight Services Peter Langslow said: “We are delighted to receive such significant awards. It is testament to our commitment in providing the very best products to all our customers and the expertise demonstrated by our staff.”

Cathay Pacific was recently voted “Best North Asian Airline” and “Best Airline Business Class” in this year’s TTG Asia Travel Awards. In this year’s 16th annual Robb Report awards for top luxury brands, Cathay Pacific was the world’s only airline rated “Best of the Best”. Cathay Pacific was cited for its ability to provide First Class travellers with “spacious sleeper seats, scrumptious menu selections, world class lounges, and first rate hospitality”.

“Best First Class White Wine” - Vincent Girardin Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2001
“Best Business Class Fortified or Sweet Wine” - Dow’s Late Bottled Vintage Port 1997

Best Business Class Cellar