Cathay Pacific Airways today starts operating its second Boeing 777-300ER on its four daily Sydney-Hong Kong flights. The move from an Airbus A330 aircraft to the larger Boeing 777-300ER adds an extra 8 percent capacity growth to the Sydney-Hong Kong route, and lifts the growth on the airline’s Sydney-Hong service to 18 percent for 2015.
The B777 is deployed on the daily CX100 flight which currently departs Sydney at 1400 and arrives into Hong Kong at 2135; CX101 then departs Hong Kong at 2355 and arrives into Sydney at 1105 the next day. The switch follows the daily deployment of the first 777-300ER earlier this year on CX138/139 which arrives and departs Hong Kong in the morning.
Cathay Pacific’s General Manager Southwest Pacific, Nelson Chin, said: “Having two 777-300ER flights will help cater to the increasing demand from our passengers wanting the best morning or night connections to our large network, which includes our newest destinations Manchester, Zurich, Boston, Dusseldorf and soon Madrid. It also serves those who simply wish to make the most of a whole day’s work or play in Hong Kong.”
The efficient 777-300ER offers enhanced operational efficiency and extended range with more environmentally friendly features. As well as adding 1,246 seats per week or 64,792 seats per year with more Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class seats, the 777-300ER also provides better payload which will help facilitate cargo uplift.
Cathay Pacific Airways recently took delivery of the airline’s 70th 777 aircraft – also the last and 53th 777-300ER (Extended Range) of the confirmed orders – making Cathay Pacific Asia’s largest operator of the 777 fleet.
Cathay Pacific’s first 777-300ER entered its fleet in September 2007.With the latest delivery, Cathay Pacific’s 777 aircraft fleet comprises of 53 777-300ERs, 12 777-300s and five 777-200s. The airline is one of the launch customers for the 777X with 21 777-9X airplanes on order.
Cathay Pacific currently operates over 70 passenger flights a week between Hong Kong and Australia, with over 22 years of continuous services to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide, and Perth. The airline celebrated 40 years of continuous non-stop service to Sydney last year and marked 45 years of service to Perth this year.
The full northern winter schedule for the Sydney (SYD) service from late October 2015 will be as follows (all times local)*:
|Flight number||Departure time in SYD||Arrival time in HKG||Aircraft type|
|CX138||2220||0500 + 1||B777-300ER|
|Flight number||Departure time in HKG||Arrival time in SYD||Aircraft type|
|CX111||1900||0720 + 1||A330-300|
|CX161||2125||0945 + 1||A330-300|
|CX101||2355||1215 + 1||B777-300ER|
* Schedules correct at September 2015 but subject to change. Visit www.cathaypacific.com.au