Cathay Pacific has deployed its brand new fleet of Airbus A350 on two of its European routes.
The launch of the airline’s inaugural A350 flight to Dusseldorf on 1 September 2016 marked the new long-haul aircraft’s European debut. This was followed a day later by the launch of A350 flights to London Gatwick – a brand new destination for Cathay.
The Hong Kong-based carrier has ordered a total of 48 A350s, comprising 22 280-seat A350-900s and 26 330-seat A350-1000s. So far, the airline has taken delivery of four of the smaller version, but eventually these new twin-aisle jets will form the backbone of Cathay’s long-haul fleet, replacing its Boeing 747s and Airbus A340s.
The A350-900s operating to Dusseldorf and Gatwick can seat 38 passengers in business class, 28 in premium economy and 214 in economy. All seats also come equipped with touchscreen in-flight entertainment systems, in-flight Wi-Fi, power outlets and USB ports.
Future destinations for Cathay’s expanding A350 fleet will include Auckland, Paris, Rome and Vancouver.