Feb. 28, 2012 (China Knowledge) - Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd<0293
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, took delivery of a new Boeing 777-300ER, the first aircraft featuring with premium economy class and new long-haul economy class seats, at the Hong Kong
International Airport on Feb. 26.
The airline also received its fifth Boeing 747-8F, a kind of freighter aircraft, on the same day.
Chief Operating Officer Ivan Chu said this is large step for the company to carry out its promise to provide outstanding services to passengers.
The new aircraft, the airline's 25th 777-300ER, introduces a new seat and entertainment system, including more spacious cabin than the traditional economy class with 26 to 34 seats per aircraft.
The premium economy seats are available for passengers commencing Apr. 1 with routes including those on Sydney, Toronto, Vancouver and New York. In May, selected flights on the London route will be also started.
Some other flights, such as routes on Adelaide, Los Angeles, Melbourne and San Francisco, will be launched in August. In September and October, flights will be opened on Frankfurt and Brisbane routes, respectively.
The Hong Kong-listed
airline expects to own 48 aircraft with the premium economy class by the end of this year. By 2013, 87 aircraft in the airline's long-haul fleet will be installed with such kind of new economy class seats.