Emirates v Cathay

Old Oct 8th, 2010, 05:20 AM
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Emirates v Cathay

We're living in Jakarta now, and can travel to NY in either direction. We have CX miles to upgrade, but no seats are available at the moment, so we're on hold.

So, if you had to choose coach class on Emirates or Cathay, which would it be? Emirates is cheaper and we could earn UA miles (or join their mileage program). We've got miles building in CX already....

Thanks for any input.
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Old Oct 8th, 2010, 07:08 AM
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Emirates is a more uncomfortable ride in coach: on a 777, they put 10 seats across, while Cathay Pacific uses 9 seats across.
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Old Oct 8th, 2010, 10:15 AM
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But a small but significant minority of passengers also hate CX's new shell coach seats, which don't really recline in the traditional sense.
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Old Oct 8th, 2010, 03:01 PM
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Rkkwan -- are those CX seats that slide out instead of recline back?

Rizzuto - 10 seats instead of 9 is significant. Appreciate the info.
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Yes, CX's new Y seat has seat cushions that slide forward a bit and the seatback cushion slide down a little.
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Old Oct 16th, 2010, 07:51 PM
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i've not flown with Cathay before so can't comment there, but I've flown with Emirates numerous times and have always found them fantastic. Great entertainment systems, and excellent food. I'd definitely have no issue booking with them again. The only thing I have noticed with them however is some of their planes have the footrests in economy, others don't, you may want to check this out for your particular flight since you are travlelling long distance.
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Old Oct 16th, 2010, 08:04 PM
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We flew Dubai - Sydney with Emirates and while the service was great, we had seats without a footrest. My legs aren't long enough to reach the ground without a footrest and trust me, it was a very uncomfortable flight until we finally got my carry on luggage down and I rested my feet on that. Oh, and I'm 5'4" so it's not as though I'm all that short!
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Old Oct 17th, 2010, 08:18 AM
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Thanks all. There really isn't a perfect answer because economy is economy...but my husband opted for CX. He's already got miles with them, so he figures his chance for an exit row seat are better. Perhaps, but unlikely, an upgrade will open up. It may be wise for us to start earning miles on Emirates, but for this trip, CX is the choice. Appreciate as always the help.
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