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Cathay Pacific Announces Initial Routes For Its New Airbus A350

Cathay Pacific Airways (CX) First Airbus A350-900

Cathay Pacific Airways (CX) is scheduled to receive its first Airbus A350-900 at the end of April 2016. The airline will use the new aircraft on regional routes before commencing on its new London Gatwick Airport operation five months afterwards (News – December 11, 2015).

Cathay Pacific

Five Asian cities have been chosen for the regional rollout:

Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350 Regional Service
Airbus A350 Regional Service
Source: Cathay Pacific Airways

Schedule

May 1, 2016

The first flights will be from Cathay Pacific’s hub at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) to Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) and Taipei Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) on June 1, 2016.

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The tentatively daily schedules for these two airports are:

Manila

  • CX900 MNL > HKG  1220 – 1419 D
  • CX901 HKG > MNL  0904 – 1103 D

Taipei

  • CX400 HKG > TPE 1635 – 1825 D
  • CX405 TPE > HKG 1620 – 1825 D
Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350 Factory
Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350 Factory
Source: Clément Alloing

July 1, 2016

Two months later, the Airbus A350-900 will add extra duties between HKG and Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and Ho Chi Minh City’s Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport (SGN) with the following schedule (Note: 3 – Wednesday, 6 – Saturday, and 7 – Sunday):

Bangkok

  • CX705 HKG > BKK 0830 1030 37
  • CX750 BKK > HKG 1140 1509 37
  • CX755 HKG > BKK 0930 1057 6
  • CX754 BKK > HKG 1240 1605 6
  • CX751 HKG > BKK 1425 1549 7
  • CX708 BKK > HKG 1740 2100 7

Ho Chi Minh City

  • CX767 HKG > SGN 0845 0956 367
  • CX766 SGN > HKG 1130 1441 367
  • CX799 HKG > SGN 1650 1754 6
  • CX764 SGN > HKG 1935 2250 6

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July 3, 2016

Finally, the aircraft will make pitstops at Singapore’s Changi Airport (SIN)(CX635/636) every Sunday starting on July 3, 2016.

Singapore

  • CX635 HKG > SIN 1515 1835 7
  • CX636 SIN > HKG 2015 2345 7

Reservation Detail

All regional and international flights are now booking online at cathaypacific.com, with agents or on the mobile application. Award seats are also available for booking.

Aircraft Detail

Cathay Pacific has 22 Airbus A350-900 and 26 bigger A350-1000 on order. The -900 variant will be configured in three classes (Business, Premium Economy and Economy).  Capacity is estimated to be 280 (38 seats in business class, 28 in premium economy and 214 in economy).

Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350-900
Airbus A350-900
Source: Cathay Pacific Airways

Business class will be an update of the current reverse herringbone design with more storage space, pitch and width. The configuration will stay 1-2-1 while the inflight entertainment system (IFE) will likely feature high definition audio video on demand (HD AVOD) with a screen size of 15-20 inches (~38-50cm).

Premium economy class will have a 2-4-2 configuration. Look for a design similar to ones now being installed on Singapore Airlines’ Boeing 777-300ERs (News – August 10, 2015). IFE will also have HD AVOD and feature a screen size of 12-15 inches (~30-38cm).

Economy class will have the standard 3-3-3 configuration. Slimline seats will be used with an expected IFE screen size of 10-12 inches (~25-30cm).

Entertainment is powered by StudioCX.  There are currently no plans to introduce it as an on board streaming option. All classes will have access to WIFI (data will be charged separately), AC Power and USB slots.

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