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October 31, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Cathay Pacific Airways has upgraded its daily overnight flight between Perth and Hong Kong by dedicating its latest 280-seat A350-900 to the route, while rival China Southern Airlines is increasing frequency between Perth and Guangzhou from four to five times a week, using 258-seat Airbus A330 aircraft.

The bigger A350 has lifted seat capacity on the Perth-Hong Kong route by over 21,000 seats a year while the China Southern service adds almost 44,000 seats to the Perth-Guangzhou route.

Cathay Pacific’s newest aircraft departed on its first flight from Perth Airport on Sunday. Passengers will benefit from a range of new features on the aircraft dubbed the ‘hush-liner’ – such as quieter cabins, intelligent mood lighting and improved cabin pressure and humidity levels, all designed to enhance the quality of sleep aboard and reduce jetlag and travel fatigue.

Cathay Pacific A350-900

Cathay Pacific’s general manager for Southwest Pacific, Rakesh Raicar, said the permanent stationing of the A350 at Perth Airport demonstrated the airline’s commitment to the region.

“Cathay Pacific has a long and successful history with Perth and the Western Australian market, with our first Perth-Hong Kong service departing in 1970 and from here we now have 10 flights operating out of Perth, so we are thrilled to make our A350 the first permanent aircraft of its kind, demonstrating our continued commitment to the region,” Raicar said.

MEANWHILE, the Weekend West newspaper in Perth quoted sources in Tokyo saying a deal for a daily Japan Airlines B787 Dreamliner service to Perth will be announced officially later this month when WA Premier Mark McGowan visits Japan.

Here below are details of Cathay Pacific’s new A350-900 Perth-Hong Kong service.

New Cathay Pacific Perth Schedule
From 29 October 2017
Flight Days Depart Arrive
PERTH – HONG KONG
CX170 Daily 23:55 07:40+1
CX136 Mon/Fri/Sun 7:40 15:30
HONG KONG – PERTH
CX171 Daily 14:55 22:35
CX137 Thu/Sat/Sun 22:40 06:20+1

Written by Peter Needham

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