Obviously there are bigger issues going on at Cathay Pacific right now than the progress of their wifi installation. However, I wrote a post a while back about their progress installing wifi on their 777s, and wanted to update that post, since several people have asked me if the status of this has changed.
I’m generally a big fan of Cathay Pacific, though there are some areas in which they’ve historically lagged. One of those areas is wifi.
Cathay Pacific has offered wifi on their A350s since they started taking delivery of them a couple of years back. However, the backbone of their long haul fleet continues to be the 777, and they only started installing wifi on these planes last year.
Cathay Pacific’s A350 business class
Late last year I wrote a post about the status of wifi on Cathay Pacific’s 777s, and in this post I wanted to provide an update on their progress, given that it has been several months.
Cathay Pacific’s General Wifi Plans
Cathay Pacific’s general plan is to install Gogo 2Ku satellite-based wifi on their Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft, including those operated by Cathay Dragon.
The process started around the middle of last year, and last I heard, the plan was for all Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon wide body aircraft to feature wifi by 2020. This is certainly an exciting development for the airline.
Note that on the 777 the addition of wifi is coming at a cost, sort of. Not only is Cathay Pacific installing wifi on their 777s, but they’re also adding more seats. They’ll go from being one of the few airlines to feature just nine seats per row in economy, to having 10 seats per row in economy, like most other airlines.
Cathay Pacific’s 777 first class
How Many Cathay Pacific 777s Have Wifi?
Now that we’re over halfway through 2019, how is Cathay Pacific doing when it comes to installing wifi on their 777s, which are the planes used for many of their longest flights?
This amazing resource about Cathay Pacific’s fleet has the lowdown on how many 777s have wifi. What’s interesting is that there’s not full overlap between the planes with 10 seats per row in economy and those with wifi, which surprises me, since I figured wifi was being installed the same time as extra seats.
As of now:
- 0 out of 3 Boeing 777-300ERs in a three class configuration with 9 seats per row in economy feature wifi
- 12 out of 17 Boeing 777-300ERs in a three class configuration with 10 seats per row in economy feature wifi
- 0 out of 11 Boeing 777-300ERs in a four class configuration with 9 seats per row in economy features wifi
- 17 out of 20 Boeing 777-300ERs in a four class configuration with 10 seats per row in economy feature wifi
So in total that means 29 of 51 Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ERs have wifi. That includes 12 out of 20 777-300ERs in a three class configuration (without first class), and 17 out of 31 Boeing 777-300ERs in a four class configuration (with first class).
I previously shared the status of Cathay Pacific’s 777 wifi about four months ago, and at the time 22 of the planes had wifi, so that means they installed wifi on seven planes since then.
As you can see, if you want to maximize your odds of getting wifi on a flight:
- Book a four class 777-300ER with 10 seats per row in economy, since 85% of those planes have wifi
- Book a three class 777-300ER with 10 seats per row in economy, since 71% of those planes have wifi
The best way to book on one of these flights is to just take a look at the economy seatmap for the flight you’re considering, and figure out if it has nine or 10 seats per row in economy.
For example, looking at a random date in September (the 15th), for US to Hong Kong routes, it looks like:
- 3 of the 3 LAX frequencies features a 777 with 10 seats per row in economy
- 1 of the 2 SFO frequencies feature a 777 with 10 seats per row in economy
- 2 of the 4 JFK frequencies feature a 777 with 10 seats per row in economy
- The ORD frequency doesn’t feature a 777 with 10 seats per row
Seatmap for Cathay Pacific’s 777 with 10 seats per row
Cathay Pacific 777 Wifi Summary
Cathay Pacific is making good progress with installing wifi on their 777s. As it stands, 29 of their 51 Boeing 777-300ERs feature wifi, and that number is growing quickly. While there’s no way to guarantee your flight will have wifi, your best bet is to book one of their 777s with 10 seats per row in economy (especially their four cabin variety) as a majority of those planes feature wifi.
Have you flown a Cathay Pacific 777 with wifi yet? If so, what was your experience with the Gogo 2Ku service?