“Good service, questionable comfort”
Flight from Los Angeles to Singapore
- Round Trip
- Number of Stops:
- 1 stop in Hong Kong, China
- Date of Flight:
- October 2008
- Seat Class:
I was very excited to try out their new (in 2008) seat design in coach, the kind where it reclines forward, with a fixed back. This eliminates having the person in front of you recline into your space. More and more airlines are adopting this design, but it is still the exception rather than the norm. I found the overall idea and function to be very positive. Unfortunately, I have never been very good at sleeping on airlines, and the seat was actually harder to sleep on than the older design. I actually need to see a chiropractor for the first time, for neck pain, after my return flight. This may just be something I did, but I am not sure. I have not used this seat design since then, but I am willing to give it another chance in the future, and it is far better for when you are awake.
As far as the airline, I know it is always ranked at the top, alongside Singapore, but I prefer Singapore slightly, with somewhat better service. The food was still more than adequate for coach airline food, and the service was very friendly. I would not hesitate to take either airline for any of Asia. I appreciated Cathay allowing a free stop-over in Hong Kong (something many airlines charge extra for), and we were able to stay in HK for 3 nights for no additional cost.