Cathay Pacific has become the first international airline to operate the state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 to New Zealand as Flight CX197 arrived in Auckland today (Friday, 28 October) after making its overnight journey from Hong Kong.
Prior to landing at Auckland International Airport, the flight, which was under the command of Cathay Pacific Chief Pilot Airbus Gavin Haslemore and his fellow Kiwi, Senior Captain Colin Davis, flew over the city’s Waitematā Harbour, giving many New Zealanders their first look at the world’s most modern commercial aircraft.
The environmentally-friendly A350 is equipped with the airline’s latest cabin products, an enhanced inflight entertainment system and Wi-Fi connectivity in all classes, enriching the experience of passengers and helping Cathay Pacific to deliver on its promise of a “Life Well Travelled”.
Cathay Pacific, which has been serving New Zealand for 33 years, has five A350s in operation, and by the end of next year will have taken delivery of a total of 22. The aircraft, which will form the backbone of the airline’s mid-size long-haul fleet, replaces the Airbus A340-300 on the Auckland route.
Prior to the aircraft’s return departure to Hong Kong today – operating as Flight CX198 – Cathay Pacific Director Sales & Marketing Dane Cheng met with New Zealand’s Minister of Transport, the Honourable Simon Bridges, and other guests from the Auckland Airport community to celebrate the historic milestone in front of a large media gathering.