Cathay Pacific Airways has announced a program that will allow
passengers to book exit aisle seating. Upgrading to an economy class exit aisle
seat with additional leg room will cost US$100 (or 20,000 AisaMiles) for long
haul flights and US$25 (or 5,000 AsiaMiles) short haul flights (regional &
Cathay Pacific will have the system available from 1 December 2009,
through the airlines telephone reservations hotline, however in the future this
option will be available on Cathay’s website at booking time.
The media release from Cathay Pacific Airlines can be read below:
Cathay Pacific Airways announced today that it is offering passengers
the option to secure seats with extra legroom in its Economy Class cabins by
paying an additional charge. Previously these seats could only be reserved by
certain passengers such as Marco Polo Club members of a certain level and those
in the highest booking classes. Now all passengers who fulfil the safety
requirements are able to book them in advance.
There is always a strong demand for extra legroom seats, and the
Cathay Pacific move is in line with similar practices adopted by other major
From 1 December 2009, Cathay Pacific customers will be able to
secure an Extra-legroom Seat on long-haul flights by paying US$100 per sector.
They can also pay for the seats by redeeming 20,000 Asia Miles. From 1 January
2010, passengers will be able to secure an Extra-legroom Seat on flights to
Mainland China and regional destinations by paying US$25 or 5,000 Asia Miles.
Members of the Cathay Pacific’s Marco Polo Club loyalty programme
(Silver tier and above), who are already able to reserve the Extra-legroom
Seats, will continue to enjoy the service free of charge. The seats will be
allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
Cathay Pacific Director
Sales & Marketing James Barrington said: “Those passengers who particularly value extra legroom will now be able
to secure these seats and enjoy a more comfortable journey simply by making an
additional payment. At the same time, we will continue to reward our most loyal
customers by offering them the Extra-legroom Seat option free of charge.”
The Extra-legroom Seats have significantly more legroom than other
seats in Cathay Pacific’s Economy Class cabins. For most flights, there are
between two and four Extra-legroom Seats available.
Initially the seats will be available for booking through the airlines
reservations hotline or when checking at airport or in-town check-in counters.
Next year passengers will be able to secure the seats through the airlines