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Flying long-haul premium cabins on short-haul Asia Pacific flights – Part 2: First Class

Some of the finest First Class seats and suites operating on long-haul flights can be experienced on short sectors of only a couple of hours across Asia Pacific.

3A Seat

In June we looked at how you could secure long-haul premium Business Class flat-bed seats on relatively short hops across the Asia Pacific region. If you missed our very extensive analysis do check it out here.

This time it’s Part 2 of our guide – what you can do at the very front of the plane on certain routes and that of course means long-haul First Class products.

The analysis

Very similar to our Business Class article – we looked at flights operating in the Asia Pacific region (excluding India) on wide-body aircraft this time with long-haul First Class seats installed, planned for a total scheduled flight duration of up to 4 hours.

September 2018 was used as the benchmark month of operation. We used ExpertFlyer to generate the schedules from major hubs in the region including aircraft equipment / configuration details, alongside some of our own knowledge and research.

Google’s ITA Matrix was used to find the cheapest one-way fares on these routes during September 2018 and we did our own research to determine the number of frequent flyer miles needed with the most popular schemes.

Cathay Pacific

We already alluded to the issue with picking out long-haul products on Cathay Pacific planes flying regionally in our