Delta and American have both enhanced/started services to Hong Kong a few days ago.
Delta DL 281/282 SEA – HKG – SEA
DL 281 SEA – HKG 14:24 – 19:35 332
DL 282 HKG – SEA 10:25 – 08:18 332
Seattle is one of my aspirational destinations (though I’ve yet to update my list of them), and I’m excited for Delta’s new route from Seattle to Hong Kong. Delta’s probably one of the better US airlines (according to reviews), so it’s a good way to go for now (I’d choose Cathay over it, if they ever start service there).
Delta will be running an Airbus A330-200 daily between these cities, which features a reverse herringbone business class product. Though they don’t have an adjustable headrest and the padding isn’t phenomenal, the layout is one of the best in the sky, which I’m not too excited about since unless Cathay codeshares with them there’s not really any way to redeem miles and travel on them (for me). Economy will have a seat pitch of 32 inches, which is standard for all airlines. Economy Comfort will have a 35 inch seat pitch.
This is great, and I’ll just have to work hard to drag my dad onto a long flight – or grow up and leave without him. 😉
Delta Airbus A330-200 BusinessElite
Delta Airbus A330-200 Economy
Continue reading Delta to Seattle, American to Dallas – direct, now!
Finally, after so long, American has released the actual seat that will be provided on their 767s, which replaces the dated angle lie flat that wasn’t really comfortable.
They now have a staggered configuration, the type similar to Delta and Austrian.
Each seat reclines into a fully flat bed (though the foot cubby will definitely feel constrictive for some, I should say).
Each seat has direct aisle access.
What do you think of the new product? I think it’s a huge improvement, but still not yet on par with those on their 777-300ERs.
However, chances are I’ll only be able to try the 777-300ER product on American Airlines HKG – DFW soon, so I won’t be able to try the new product for you guys. 😦
American should have come earlier, but it was just yesterday that American Airlines announced that they would bring their new Cathay-inspired B777-300ER to Hong Kong from Dallas Fort Worth.
In those big birds they would install their new First Class, a replica of Cathay Pacific’s business class, what looks like a replica of Cathay’s economy class (as Economy+) and the super slim (speaking of width) notorious 3-4-3 economy layout.
And trust me, they look good. (Yes, even economy.)
That’s AA’s first class that takes role as the pointy end of the bird that comes to Hong Kong.
American’s new business class is fully flat and bears a striking resemblance to Cathay’s business class of 2011, see below.
That’s Main Cabin Extra, or Premium Economy, which looks quite like CX’s economy class.
They don’t look bad, do they?
So expect AA to roll in its big bird in June 2014 – which is a long time away, but when they come, it’ll be worth the wait. AA seems to want to fly the bird (actually, birds) here daily, with schedules to be announced later this year, or possibly early the next.