When I mention to people that I just got back from Australia one of the first things they ask me is how was my flight. I took the best route from Toronto to Perth and it was still 25 hours of travel to get there. Most people I talk to mention how awful it must be to be on a plane for that long and all the misery that goes along with flying. I’m tall, so when I think about flying, I envision my legs cramping up and trying to stretch mid-flight without giving my fellow passengers black eyes. For my vertically-challenged friends, the biggest pet-peeve with flying seems to be sharing an arm rest. Arm rest etiquette is vague and usually ends up with someone feeling abused.  Where is Miss Manners when you really need her?

Cathay Pacific Premium EconomySooo . . . flying to Australia? Actually, if you’re flying just about anywhere, I am here to say that Cathay Pacific, specifically their premium economy class, is a great choice. Fifteen hours straight from Hong Kong to Toronto on a plane and I never once felt a need to act out against my fellow passengers.  It was that good!   I had never heard of premium-economy class before.  It’s not quite first class or business class – you know, where their seats lay flat like beds? – but it is most definitely not economy.  It does cost a bit more money, but for a long flight like mine, it is money well-spent. Before I left for Australia I was researching whether paying the extra money for Premium Economy was worth it. I found mixed reviews, but in my opinion when it comes to long haul travel the extra money is definitely worth the added comfort Premium Economy gives.

Cathay Pacific2What’s so great? Well, for starters there is leg room – even for tall people.  For a long flight, I think the adjustable footrests were a huge bonus. Granted, they aren’t much to look at – think old-time barber’s chair, but they sure did the trick! It was nice to get the pressure off of my back and change positions without doing gymnastics around other passengers.  The seats actually recline 8“ and that, combined with the adjustable head rests made it easy to get some sleep without fear of waking up in a puddle of drool on a stranger’s shoulder.

Cathay Pacific 3The cabin for premium economy class has only 32 seats. There are big fat armrests between seats so there is plenty for everyone. Your seat is a like a little cockpit.  There is a touch-screen television with in-flight options and the option to plug in your iPod, iPhone and iPad, a USB charger with storage for your phone is right next to the television, all combined with the above mentioned relaxing features.  The food was good and the service was friendly but not intrusive.  For long flights, like mine, the airline gives you free drinks, free bottled water, a little bag with socks, eye shades, toothbrush and toothpaste and all kinds of little snacks.

I’m certain this will not be my only trip to Australia, but I’m even more certain this was not my last flight with Cathay Pacific.  Despite their name, they fly just about everywhere – it’s worth your time to check them out before your next flight.

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