Code: CX / CPA
Base: Hong Kong (HKG)
Alliance: OneWorld (since February 1999)
long-haul A350-900, B777-300ER
medium-haul A330-300, A350-900, B777-200, B777-300
A350-900 in fleet: 22 (B-LRA, B-LRB, B-LRC, B-LRD, B-LRE, B-LRF, B-LRG, B-LRI, B-LRJ, B-LRK, B-LRL, B-LRM, B-LRN, B-LRO, B-LRP, B-LRQ, B-LRR, B-LRS, B-LRT, B-LRU, B-LRV, B-LRX)
A350-1000 in fleet: 8 (B-LXA, B-LXB, B-LXC, B-LXD, B-LXE, B-LXF, B-LXG, B-LXH)
1st A350 delivery: 28/05/2016
Cathay Pacific ordered their first 30 A350-900 in August 2010. It was topped up with two additional A350-900 in March 2011 and six A350-900 in January 2012. At the Farnborough Air Show (2012) Cathay Pacific confirmed that it would order ten A350-1000 and convert 16 A350-900 to the bigger -1000. That leads to orders for 22 A350-900 and 26 A350-1000.
The airline plans to use the A350 to replace the last A340-300, B747-400, B777-200 and B777-300 aircraft. After a few months of regional services (for crew training), Cathay will start the first long-haul flights to Europe, more specifically to London Gatwick and Dusseldorf. Flights to Auckland will be served by the A350 as well.
The first commercial flight of a Cathay Pacific A350 was on June 1st, 2016 from Hong Kong to Manila.
In a few years, the A350 (beside the B777-300ER) will be the backbone of Cathay's long-haul fleet. The advantage of the A350-900 is that the airline is able to use it on flights with less passengers, keeping high frequencies. The A350-1000 will take over some long-haul routes of the B777-300ER, as it has nearly the same capacity.
The delivery of the first A350-900 was originally scheduled to be in February 2016, but had to be delayed due to diffuculties to certificate the revised business class seats.
MSN 34, B-LRC in Hong Kong| © Philipp Steinbart
Wing view from on board MSN29, B-LRA| © Mike Ortega
Cathay Pacific Business Class seat on board the A350| © Mike Ortega
Economy class on board a Cathay Pacific A350| © Mike Ortega
MSN29, B-LRA seen from the tail camera| © Mike Ortega
Toilets on board a Cathay Pacific A350| © Mike Ortega
MSN 29, B-LRA in Hong Kong after its delivery flight| © Johnson Wan
MSN 29, B-LRA in Toulouse| © Théo Franchi