Dragonair A330-300 New Economy Class

Nihao from Hyatt on the Bund Shanghai! I came to Shanghai this morning on Dragonair, and I’m happy to say that I had the new economy product, which I’ve always wanted to try but thwarted my own chances.

I’d seen and tested out the seat before, but this was the first time I actually got intimate with familiarized with the seat.

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Dragonair A330 New Economy Ground Services

Second to none.

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Dragonair A330 New Economy Seat

Dragonair’s new A330 Economy is identical to Cathay’s A330 and 777 economy, as well as the airline’s own A321 Economy.

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Unfortunately, I was stuck in one of the middle seats, 44F, and my seatmate on the right was one of the chunkiest and most sizeable people I’d seen, as well as the most clueless (more on that later).

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The cloth used for the seats didn’t feel scratchy at all, and the seat was well padded. I’d take this over Singapore’s A380 seats (which I took in 2010) any day, and over EVA’s A330-200 seats (really, those are the only two comparable seats, regardless if I’ve taken them or not).

Also, I love seats with an extra layer of padding (as opposed to just padding over the seat wrapped with cloth), and this seat delivered.

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Well padded and with sizeable recline, I’d have no big problem with the seat over a 10 hour period (maybe that’s all I can stand the seat), let alone a two hour flight.

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Dragonair A330 New Economy Headphones

Unfortunately, the headphones haven’t changed, as they looked crap. Fortunately, though they feel kinda tight on your ears, they work pretty well.

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Dragonair A330 New Economy Class IFE

Dragonair, Dragonair, Dragonair. Keep the touchscreen, but don’t scrap the remote control. My screen kept malfunctioning and I couldn’t watch The Fault in Our Stars even though if I wanted to.

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Dragonair A330 New Economy Class Meals

All Dragonair lacked in their meals today was presentation. The fish I had on my flight was fresh tasting, flaky and the linguine was spiced with olive oil too.

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With the pumpkin and prawn salad we were served, it was a ugly business class meal. Yum.

Dragonair A330 New Economy Class Service

Bottom line on service? It was the most unpolished flight I’d had throughout the year, and with Air New Zealand also running for that title, there’s some competition on that title. The staff were nice, but even the purser, I have to say, was clueless. More on that later.

Bottom line on Dragonair A330 New Economy Class

A strong comfortable product with a few flaws to correct. I’d definitely fly them again in the future, but wouldn’t exactly look forward to my flights as much as I looked forward to this one on them anymore.

Expect a full report soon.

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