Cathay Pacific tops Forbes list

Cathay Pacific Airways has ranked number one on
Forbes’ annual ‘Best First Class Airlines’ list, trumping other
international carriers during its 60th anniversary year.According to Cathay Pacific Senior Vice President Americas Alan Wong,
the recognition follows an already exciting year for the airline, filled
with significant developments related to new product, network expansions
and new fleet. Cathay Pacific has also received multiple airline awards and
accolades this year, the most recent being top ranking on Forbes’ ‘Best
First Class Airlines’ list. In early 2006, Cathay Pacific was awarded
‘Airline of the Year’ by Air Transport World.
  “The Forbes placement is a tremendous honor for Cathay Pacific. It’s
certainly a prestigious recognition that we’re proud to realize during our
60th anniversary,” said Wong. “Our passengers have come to expect a certain
caliber of service and innovation from us so we’re thrilled to be able to
continually deliver, if not exceed, their expectations.”
  On September 28, 2006, Cathay Pacific made aviation history with the
conclusion of the acquisition of Dragonair and approval granted on a much
closer partnership with Air China. Wong explained, “This exciting outcome
has created one of the world’s strongest airline groupings. Connections and
networks to China are now second to none with more destinations, more
frequencies, improved flight connectivity, and greater travel choices for
passengers to and from Mainland China.”
  Wong said that in addition to its unparalleled network, Cathay Pacific
passengers will have more to look forward to in coming months. New airline
fleet and existing long-haul aircraft will be equipped with a revolutionary
long-haul product designed to make travelers’ flying experiences even more
comfortable and enjoyable. The new product—to be introduced on North
American routes in 2007—includes brand new seating, cabin design, and
in- flight entertainment across First, Business and Economy classes.
  “We wanted to improve seat and cabin comfort and provide a better all-
round flying experience for passengers across all classes. The new cabin
design offers an environment that is both natural and relaxing, and at the
same time very well-appointed. Yet again, this is about Cathay Pacific
delivering a level of quality and attention to detail that exceeds the