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Business Class Clash: American vs Cathay Pacific
Drum roll please…it’s a business class clash!!! On this installment of business class clash we will put two Goliaths against one another: American vs. Cathay Pacific. OHHHHH MYYYY GOOODNESS – we are pumped! Both are lie-flat, outfitted with Zodiac cirrus seats, and are known to be world class. I’m warning you now…This isn’t for the faint at heart, people. Miles will be the judge and jury on this clash and he keeps real. He likes his champagne glass filled, his seats super comfy, and if that eye mask doesn’t fit just right – watch out!
Last year I had the pleasure of flying Cathay Pacific Business Class from Johannesburg to Hong Kong and then on to Tokyo’s Haneda. This year, I’ve had the pleasure of flying American’s 777-300ER several times: to London, domestically to Miami, and as an economy seat from Chicago to Los Angeles. Let’s put Cathay’s JNB-HKG route up against AA’s LAX-LHR route and get ourselves a good old fashion Business Class Showdown: American vs Cathay Pacific edition.
What does it feel like when you walk into the business class cabin? Both products make you wanna do the Stanky Leg.
You’re gonna be happy either way…it’s like do you want 5 Andrew Jacksons or 1 Ben Frank? You’re rocking a hundo either way.
Cathay Pacific Cabin
AA’s 777-300ER Business Class Cabin
The Winner is…Tie
The Amenity Kit
Cathay wins some serious points with the design of their amenity kit bag. Both feature quality products inside, but Cathay’s is just so cool and feels in line with brand. It features Jurlique products.
While the American Amenity kit is housed in a Cole Haan bag and features C.O. Bigelow products. The products themselves are awesome and in terms of functionality…the American Bag is much better.
The winner is: American
Cathay Pacific features Reserve du Bastion
Whereas American features Nicolas Feuillatte brut
I can’t believe I don’t have a picture with Miles and the champers…he must have enjoyed it too much! Anyways…
The winner is: American
This isn’t from the 777 but it basically embodies the consistent love that Miles gets on AA.
Cathay Pacific is known for providing a top notch “soft-product” and I certainly experienced that on one of my legs: Hong Kong to Haneda. The other leg the cabin crew was cranky-pants. This seems to be an outlier based on other reviews, but it’s my outlier and it was disappointing to say the least. On the other hand…American has provided me really great service on every single long-haul flight I’ve taken with them. This is going to be a controversial decision
The winner is: American
The Seat and bed:
Cathay and American both feature the same exact product, the Zodiac Cirrus. It’s a reverse herringbone design that provides a lot of privacy, comfort, and storage. However, American’s product is newer than what I flew on Cathay. Comparing the actual blanket and pillow…it’s a toss-up.
Cathay Pacific Seat and Bed
You are going to have a great flight regardless of taking Cathay or American. They are both incredible products. If you’re looking for an experience that is “different” than what you might receive in America, go with Cathay. If I had a flight to Hong Kong and there was availability on both American and Cathay I’d probably give Cathay a go again just to see if my experience was an outlier. However, all things equal…I actually preferred the American hard and soft product more than Cathay.
By this review…American Won, but both are world class products.
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