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Dec. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., Asia’s largest international carrier, will install new coach seats in long-haul planes and add internet connectivity as it contends with rising competition from Chinese and regional airlines.
The new economy-class seats, which will be introduced in March, will feature a cradle mechanism for reclining and outlets that will let passengers watch contents from Apple Inc. products on the inflight entertainment system, according to an e-mailed statement today. The Wi-Fi will be available for all passengers, Chief Executive Officer John Slosar told reporters.
Cathay also in March plans to add premium-economy cabins, fitted with 26 to 34 seats, as Singapore Airlines Ltd. and China Southern Airlines Co. seek to lure passengers with Airbus SAS A380s. The carrier has already begun rolling out a new business- class seat to retain lucrative business travelers.
Premium Economy will initially be featured on flights to Sydney, Toronto, Vancouver and New York, followed by London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, continental Europe and other long-haul routes, according to the statement. The product will be fitted in 87 planes by the end of 2013.
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