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June 21, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Cathay Pacific has greeted the newest member of its fleet, a A350-1000 aircraft configured to carry 334 passengers. It’s the first of 20 A350-1000s Cathay has ordered and it has just flown from France to Hong Kong powered by a biofuel blend.

Eight of these aircraft will be delivered this year, with the rest to arrive by 2021. The A350-1000 is highly fuel efficient and ideal for long routes. After initial rounds of regional services, starting with its first commercial flight to Taipei on 1 July 2018, the A350-1000 will launch Cathay Pacific’s new service to Washington DC on 15 September 2018, which at 8153 miles (13,121 kilometres) makes flight the longest on the airline’s network.

It lasts 17 hours, about the same length at Qantas’ non-stop Perth-London sector, which Qantas operates with a B787-9.

Cathay’s technologically advanced A350-1000 will also serve Madrid, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, Manchester and Zurich from later this year.

The new aircraft is making Cathay’s young fleet even younger. With long experience, a globally well-located hub and new aircraft, the airline is well set up for the decades to come.

As Cathay Pacific chief customer and commercial officer Paul Loo commented: “We already have one of the youngest long-haul fleets in the sky, and with the arrival of the A350-1000, our fleet is only going to get younger.

“The aircraft follows the successful entry of the -900 variant which has enabled us to expand our long-haul network at a near unprecedented rate, providing our customers with a wider range of non-stop travel choices, while at the same time strengthening Hong Kong’s position as Asia’s largest international aviation hub.

“The -1000 is very similar to the -900 in terms of its operational excellence. It has an incredible range, is remarkably fuel efficient and quiet, provides customers with an unsurpassed cabin environment and has extremely attractive operating economics.”

Cathay Pacific’s new A350-1000

In just two years, Cathay Pacific has opened non-stop routes to a slew of destinations served by the A350 fleet, including Barcelona, Brussels, Christchurch, Copenhagen, London Gatwick, Tel Aviv, and, most recently, Dublin. A new A350-900 service to Cape Town will be launched in November.

Powered by the latest technology Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines, the A350-1000 has considerable freight capacity, an important distinction for Cathay Pacific, one of the world’s largest cargo airlines.

“The combination of the world’s newest wide-body and Cathay Pacific’s world famous in-flight service will ensure that the airline can strengthen its position even further as one of the world’s leading international carriers,” said Eric Schulz, Airbus chief commercial officer.

Schulz said the A350-1000 brought major advantages in fuel and cost efficiency along with unrivalled passenger comfort.

The largest variant in the A350 family, Cathay Pacific’s A350-1000s will carry a total of 334 passengers across its business, premium economy and economy class cabins –54 more passengers more than the airline’s A350-900s.

The aircraft features a brand-new economy class seat with a larger, higher definition personal television, and an advanced inflight entertainment system and LED mood lighting. The aircraft’s cabins are also 50% quieter in perceived levels of external noise.

Enhanced Wi-Fi connectivity means passengers can remain connected throughout their journey and a higher cabin pressure makes the cabin more like being on the ground, in terms of atmosphere.

Cathay Pacific is aiming for carbon neutral growth from 2020.

Cathay Pacific Airways has become the second airline to operate the A350-1000, Qatar Airways being the first.

Cathay’s A350-1000s will join its growing fleet of A350 XWB aircraft, which already includes 22 A350-900s. Both aircraft are complementary and provide for maximum commonality with unmatched operating efficiencies, while offering passengers the highest levels of comfort in all classes.

Edited by Peter Needham

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