Home' Forge : Vol 1 No 2 Contents HIGH LIFE // 139
If, like most people, you get hot under the collar worrying
about your devices running out of battery, Cathay Pacific’s
business class fortunately (or unfortunately) gives you the
power to work for the duration of the flight.
Nelson Chin says: ‘Each seat is equipped with a universal
power supply outlet to keep electronic devices fully charged. A
multi-port connector includes an RCA port, an iPhone/iPod
connector, and a USB port. The RCA and the iPhone/iPod
connector allow passengers to connect their own devices and
watch video through the personal TV.’
If you haven’t brought your own films to watch on your
tablet, you won’t be left twiddling your thumbs. Cathay’s award-
winning StudioCX lets you catch up on the latest blockbusters,
with more than 100 movies and in excess of 500 television
shows to choose from. Best of all, you won’t be distracted by
any cabin noise, as you’re provided with your own noise-
Cathay’s menu brings Hong Kong’s fine dining to the
cabin, regularly working with world-class restaurants such
as the T’ang Court, which is the Michelin-starred Chinese
restaurant at The Langham. One of the signature Chinese
dishes is braised beef in chu hou sauce, and there’s also
a delectable dish of wok-fried prawns with ginger and
shallot. All of this can be washed down with a fresh illy
latte (none of that instant stuff in a silver pot here!) and
ice-cream from the galley whenever you want.
If you wish to mix with the rich and famous, do some business
networking, or just stretch your legs, Emirates’ Onboard
Lounge for business and first-class passengers is the place to
be. It’s nestled at the top of Emirates A380s, and once you’ve
ascended, you can ask the bartender to whip you up your
cocktail of choice, or you can work your way through the
premium spirits, wines and champagne; just remember to soak
up the grapes and grains with the canapés on hand. Or, if you
want to stay put for the duration of the flight, you can dip into
your very own mini bar from the comfort of your seat.
To make a seamless transition from the office, or to say hello
to the family while you’re in the air, you can stay connected
with wi-fi on all of Emirates’ A380s, and 30 of its Boeing 777s.
This includes 10 megabytes of free data – enough to send
emails, blog, tweet, post on Facebook, or browse the internet –
and it’s just US$1 for an extra 500 megabytes.
‘As a global connector of people and places, Emirates is
committed to making our entire fleet wi-fi enabled. Customers
seek free wi-fi on the go, especially while travelling, and
it is becoming the norm for most people who want to stay
connected through online social networks and instant
messaging. Emirates is subsidising or waiving the high cost
of buying data to serve our passengers on routes across six
continents. We foresee that free wi-fi onboard is the future
standard for all our customers, something that will require no
charge or limitations,’ says Patrick Brannelly, divisional vice-
president for customer experience (inflight entertainment and
connectivity) at Emirates.
When it’s time to close your laptop, you can plug
yourself into Emirates’ in-flight entertainment system, ice.
Emirates won the 2014 award for The World’s Best Inflight
Entertainment at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, and
has been voted by passengers as having the best in-flight
entertainment for 10 years running.
It has a staggering 2000 channels in multiple languages, and
more than 500 movies. If you’re behind on your favourite TV
series or need a Breaking Bad fix, there are hundreds of hours
to be watched. With your own 20-inch HD TV screen on the
A380s and Boeing 777s, there won’t be any squinting at a small
Once you leave the plane, the service doesn’t stop. With
Emirates, you can fast-track the immigration queue at some
destinations. You can also avoid standing jet-lagged in the taxi
queue and badly communicating directions in an unknown
country by making the most of Emirates’ complimentary
chauffeur service to and from the airport. Now that’s service.
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