Cathay Pacific has announced it is to introduce a premium economy service to its fleet next year. The new class will be on long-haul and medium-haul flights including those starting from Europe and is expected to be introduced in the second quarter. The move comes after John Slosar, chief executive of Cathay Pacific said the service had become a standard product for airlines. The seats will be installed at the same time as its business class offering and is set to take ‘most of 2012’ before it is on the majority of aircraft. “The [premium economy] seat will be more like a regional business class seat. We’ll have great recline and plenty of leg space,” he promised. “But it’s not just the seat, we’ll have an improved service as well. The meal service will be improved and little extras will leave anyone who chooses Cathay Pacific’s premium economy feeling they really got value for their money”.