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December 6, 2016 Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Brisbane travellers will soon be able to experience the comfort and technological advances of the world’s newest plane – the Airbus A350-900  –  following the announcement yesterday that Cathay Pacific will introduce the aircraft onto its daily service starting in March 2017.

It will be the first A350 to serve Brisbane. Seating 280 passengers in three classes – Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class – the A350 represents an increase in capacity of 12% and significant additional cargo capacity.

Cathay Pacific’s general manager Southwest Pacific, Nelson Chin, said the airline was launching the new service with some “very special fares for departures from Brisbane in the A350 in Business Class, Economy Class and Premium Economy Class to Hong Kong, London, Rome, Paris, Dusseldorf and Tel Aviv”.


Cathay Pacific has been flying to Brisbane for more than 30 years and is the only airline to currently offer not just Business Class and Economy Class but also the highly acclaimed Premium Economy Class.

“With 11 flights a week, we have become a firm favourite for many Queenslanders heading overseas, as well as bringing business people and tourists alike into the Sunshine State,” Chin added.

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) chief executive and managing director, Julieanne Alroe, confirmed that Cathay Pacific would be the first and only operator of “the world’s most modern aircraft, the Airbus A350, at Brisbane Airport.

“This aircraft is the latest word in comfort, safety and new technology in the sky.


Importantly, it will be quietest long-haul aircraft serving Brisbane, a trend we welcome.

“The A350 is also bigger than the previous aircraft and will bring in over 10,000 new inbound seats per year to deliver visitors and business people to Brisbane and across Queensland.”

The Airbus A350-900 is lighter, 25% more fuel efficient and therefore better for the environment than its predecessors and is the newest aircraft in the Cathay Pacific fleet.

It features:

  • Newly re-styled Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class cabins with seating created for greater comfort whether working or relaxing;
  • The Premium Economy Class and Economy Class seats also come with a number of new features, including dedicated tablet holders, in-seat power outlets and USB ports.
  • Each Premium Economy Class seat has a fully integrated leg rest, which, together with the ergonomically designed seat, allows more flexibility to adjust for optimal comfort. The six-way headrest in Economy Class is a proprietary design that provides better support and enhances sleeping comfort;
  • The interior features more space and comfort including panoramic windows, LED mood lighting and huge overhead lockers;
  • Greater cabin humidity so passengers feel better and less jet-lagged after their flight;
  • Lower cabin pressure and lower noise levels for the best sleeping experience;
  • The A350 employs innovative technology to improve the overall performance of the aircraft. Powered by the latest Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, the A350 is the quietest among the aircraft types in its class;
  • All seats come with the latest high-definition touchscreen personal TVs and a greater selection of movies, TV, live news channels and music; and
  • Inflight Wi-Fi.

The new aircraft will operate daily on CX156 departing at 0055 and arriving into Hong Kong at 0735.  From Hong Kong, Brisbane passengers can connect to over 170 destinations around the world on the Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon network.

A350 Launch Sale fares from Brisbane are on sale until 21 December 2016 for flights departing from 3 April to 25 June 2017.  Fares include taxes and surcharges and are correct as at 5 December 2016.  Terms and conditions apply.

  Economy Class Premium Economy Class Business Class
Hong Kong AUD 756 AUD 1501 AUD 3764
London AUD 1498 AUD 2840 AUD 5288
Paris AUD 1511 AUD 2647 AUD 5126
Rome AUD 1424 AUD 2697 AUD 5117
Dusseldorf AUD 1497 AUD 2682 AUD 5085
Tel Aviv AUD 1482 AUD 2871 AUD 5135

Cathay Pacific will begin daily flights from Melbourne operating the A350 from February 2016.

Edited by Peter Needham

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