I’m Booked on a Cathay Pacific A350…or Am I?

Cathay Pacific has delayed its A350 routes due to (unsurprisingly) unsatisfactory results from Zodiac. As of airlineroute.net, the flights to Manila and Taipei have been rescheduled to June 1st, 2016.

Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-900

Really, I’m doubting that the flights will be on June 1st. It kind of has to take more than a month to get everything relaid out, represented, and fit onto the aircraft, which is now patiently waiting at home base.

On a tangent note, my parents have found cheap fares to Taipei in business class, again on a package. This is the second package I booked this year, after a package I snatched to Osaka in March (that went out well, even though I got an equipment swap from a 777-300ER to a 777-300 on the return).


Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 Business Class

My itinerary is currently as follows:

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So here’s what I’m curious about. If the A350 doesn’t deliver in time, what do I get stuck on? I’ve riskily decided to choose A350s for both flights, which would either be a huge payoff or a huge loss.

I don’t mind an A330 or an A340…


Cathay Pacific Airbus A340-300 Business Class

…but I sure don’t want to get stuck on a 777-200 or a 777-300.


Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300 Business Class

Sure, they have to be in by September for Gatwick, but then June and September are pretty far apart, so…

Who’s booked on the Cathay Pacific A350? What are your thoughts?

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