Category Archives: General Aviation

My thoughts on the Knee Defender

The Knee Defender is a gadget that was made to, basically, stop people from reclining into your lap in economy class. It involved opening the tray table, sliding the Knee Defender on the table, and since the table angles upright along with the seat recline, the Knee Defender could stop the person in front from reclining/too far.

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How the Knee Defender works (courtesy to GadgetDuck)

The promotional website says:

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My seven flying habits of 2014

I don’t think I will be flying anymore this year (that’s a quick quit, I know), so I’d share what I found myself doing every time on the plane.

1. Whipping out my iPhone/camera and taking pictures of cabins we pass through

I’ve taken the chances to grab a few nice cabin pictures for you, including those of cabins above those we’re taking.

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Remembering the image of true luxury…

2. Ripping open the antiseptic packet if there’s one

Airplane cabins are usually dry, so I guess that makes sense. When I fly Economy (when they don’t pass out antiseptics), I tend to live with it though, so it’s kind of strange.

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EVA Air Hello Kitty Airbus A330-200 Economy vs Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 Economy from Taipei to Hong Kong

My friend Jason and I are having a heated conversation about EVA Air versus Cathay Pacific in Economy from Taipei to Hong Kong (of course, we’re setting the standards high with EVA Kitty). I lean towards Cathay Pacific sometimes, but I’m nowhere as fanboy-ish towards the airline as Jason is – I mean, take Lucky’s love for Lufthansa (alliteration not intended) and multiply that by ten, and you’ll get an impression of how Jason loves Cathay.

I love EVA too (the last flight I flew before I started reviewing flights was on EVA), so I’d share my general impressions of how the products compare (the only pictures I took of EVA had my sister in the middle of it so I can’t crop her out, so I’ll have to find pictures off the Internet, sorry).

Note: Only half the Taipei CX flights are on the A330, so please only take reference if you are taking the A330 (or the 777-300ER with a similar product).

Cathay Pacific A330 Economy Class

The seat

I’m generally a fan of Cathay’s A330 economy class. While I’ve never been booked in a new CX seat, I’ve sat in one and tried it for a total of thirty seconds (much to the surprise of the person next to the empty seat), so I know how it feels like.

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It’s plush and quite comfy, and is perfect for a 16-hour flight, much more an hour-long hop.

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Legroom

The food

(I’m making a rough assumption that Premium Economy and Economy food are similar.)

Having lucked out on dinner/lunch food on flights to both Auckland and Singapore, I think the good “main meal” food is the norm and not a “fluke”, if you can call it that. So I have generally positive impressions on Cathay’s food.

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The aircraft I’m going to travel most frequently this year

I really have to watch my schedules. Right now on my schedule I’ve flown two Airbus A330-300s, one to Singapore and one back from Singapore.

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CX 739 (similar to CX 635 I flew on the same day)

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CX 734 (I flew this along with the main writer on the same day)

Fast forward to next week, and I’ll be taking an Airbus A330-300 over to Kaohsiung.

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Dragonair Airbus A330-300

And fast forward to August when I’m going to Fukuoka, I’m going to take the exact same thing. (Hopefully in Business this time, though, if my mother will find some cheap fares…)

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Dragonair Airbus A330-300

I mean, the A330-300’s a great plane, but can’t I have slightly more variety? At least last year I tallied two A319s (PG to USM and PG from USM), two A320s (UO to RMQ and KA to PEK), an A330-200 (BR from TPE) and another A330-300 (KA from PEK)…

This is helping nothing to aircraft types I really want to try. (And this is one reason why I regret not taking SQ to Singapore, not being able to tackle the A380 this year as well…)

Why doesn’t any airline put double beds in business class?

It’s a ridiculous question just by looking at it, but actually it just seems possible. You know the staggered seating put on Emirates’ A380, China Southern’s A380, select Hong Kong Airlines A330s, Alitalia/Iberia A330s, Thai A380s (and soon 777-300ERs) etc.?

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This, along with the reverse herringbone seating (on Cathay/American Airlines/US Airways) etc. is probably one of the best business class layouts out there (they’re quite much better than Austrian and Brussels etc.’s version). The window seats are private, the aisle seats are open and airy, and the middle seats are good for travelling couples.

Now that it’s said that the middle seats are good for travelling couples, why not take the first two or three rows and combine those two seats into one huge seat (twice as wide) that reclines into a double bed?

It’s not an out of the world question, you see. All Thai (above) would have to do would be remove the partition “flaps” and the armrests (hidden), add just an extra little bit of seat material (is designing a similar seat to fit in there really that hard?), redesign the headrests (or, to make things simple), remove the partitions between the foot cubbies, and sell it for double (or more) the price.

And we’re not talking about converting all the middle seaters – just the top three rows. And those who are thinking of different bedtimes and breakfast times, I’ll just take my parents for example – during holidays they ALWAYS wake up together.

Regarding seat belts, either they both share a seat belt (I don’t see why that’s so dangerous) or the seat belt hooks from the top corner near the console onto a soft hook in the middle of the bench and back towards a slot right next to where it came out, if you know what I mean.

Is this out-of-this-world, or do I have something going on there? What else is to put into consideration?