Why Is Cathay Pacific First Class So Expensive? - Simple Flying


Let’s say you’re looking to book a round-trip flight with Cathay Pacific from New York to Hong Kong at the end of August 2020. A ticket in economy would cost a mere $1,130. Alternatively, in first class, that ticket skyrockets to about $34,000. So what is included in that first class ticket to make it so expensive? Let’s find out.

Cathay Pacific first class
Unlike Emirates, Cathay’s first class suite is not fully-enclosed. Travels Photo: Cathay Pacific

Before we begin, we’ve already done a similar article covering Emirates’ first class. We’ll make some references and comparisons to that product in this article.

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Before the flight

While flying with Emirates first class will include chauffeur service to take you to and from the airport, this is missing with Cathay Pacific. In that sense, your first class experience will begin at the airport, rather than at your front door.

First class ticket holders will have dedicated check-in desks at Hong Kong International Airport, with agents ready to assist with the start of the journey. Cathay Pacific’s first class tickets allow for fast-track security access at Hong Kong as well as other major airports around the world.

The Wing cabana
“The Wing” first class lounge features private cabanas complete with shower and day bed. Photo: Cathay Pacific

While dedicated check-in and speedy-security are appreciated, the first class lounges