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February 2, 2017 Aviation No Comments Email Email

Cathay Pacific Airways today launched the all-new, sophisticated Airbus A350-900 on one of its daily flights between Hong Kong and Melbourne.

Featuring the latest in aviation technology – combining advanced aerodynamics, state-of-the-art technology and innovative designs, the new A350 takes travelling well to a new level. From a quieter cabin to LED mood lighting, the new aircraft improves passenger comfort and helps travellers arrive to their destination feeling refreshed.

Cathay Pacific’s General Manager Southwest Pacific, Nelson Chin, said:  “We’ve been flying into Melbourne for 40 years and we’re very excited to introduce our first Australian-based Airbus A350 into the Victorian capital. As an airline we know that air travel is much more than simply getting from A to B. We continue to improve the journey for our passengers; and this aircraft does just that. It is transforming the way our passengers are travelling – it’s faster, smarter, and greener, and boasts our newest cabins.”

Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation, Simon Gandy said: “We are honoured to welcome the first Cathay Pacific A350 flying to an Australian destination. The airline’s commitment to this route shows just how much demand there is for travel between Melbourne and Hong Kong.

“Today’s arrival of the A350 is tremendously significant for Victorian tourism, introducing a new standard for passenger experience for travellers on this important route.

“Right now we’re witnessing the greatest revolution in aircraft technology since the invention of the jet engine. These aircraft are lighter, more fuel efficient, and have far greater range than their predecessors, and that translates to a whole new world of travel opportunity for Victorians.”

Enhanced comfort:      

Designed to deliver a world-class passenger experience, the new cabin sets the benchmark for an unprecedented standard of service and comfort. Every aspect has been carefully considered to give passengers the best sleeping experience, the best entertainment, and to offer them greater control over how they want to use the space, whether for working or to relax.

Passengers in Business Class have long enjoyed one of the biggest, flattest and most award-winning beds in the sky but now what was considered the best seat in the sky is even better.  Alongside a fully flat bed, Business Class passengers will appreciate thoughtful touches such as extra stowage space within easy reach and the personal service offered by a “Do Not Disturb” and “Wake Up Call” function in the entertainment system.

There are more practical storage options as well as in seat power outlets, USB ports and new dedicated tablet holders that can be found in the airline’s redesigned Premium Economy and Economy Class.  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 design only found on Cathay Pacific to provide better support and enhance sleeping comfort. 

Better Sleep:     

There’s nothing greater than an uninterrupted sleep during your flight. With newly fitted seats designed to maximise comfort and functionality, you can truly sit back and relax.

Economy Class will enjoy a better sleep, with the six-way headrest design that ‘hugs’ the head, and new super soft pillows and eco-friendly blankets. While Premium Economy Class passengers will enjoy a full length leg-rest for that much needed body stretch, more space to move with a retractable armrest, and a personal reading light.

Business Class passengers will experience an enhanced version of our award-winning fully flat bed. Designed by Studio F.A. Porsche, these seats-turned-beds come with our most generous sleeping surface yet, allowing you to sleep however you like.

The A350 also uses a number of innovative technologies 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 further ensuring that you’ll sleep better. 

Beat Jet-lag:

The new aircraft improves passenger comfort and helps travellers arrive better. To combat jetlag, the A350 cabins are pressurised to a lower cabin altitude of 6,000ft, meaning more oxygen and less fatigue. For general well-being improvements, the aircraft is fitted with LED mood lighting that changes colour according to flight phase, as well as a draught-free air circulation system – filtering air every three minutes – to keep humidity levels in check. 

Stay Connected:

Cathay Pacific’s new A350 will also offer the airline’s first inflight Wi-Fi service for Australia travellers. For a small fee, passengers can browse the internet, send and receive emails and connect on social media, while access to the Cathay Pacific website, a number of partner websites – including Net-a-porter thanks to an exclusive partnership with the leading online luxury retail site – as well as three live TV news channels are available free of charge.

The Airbus A350 will operate on one of Cathay Pacific’s three daily flights from 01 February.

Flight Number Departure time Aircraft
CX178 0050 Airbus A330-300*
CX134 0850 Airbus A330-300
CX104 1525 Airbus A350-900

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