As of yesterday, Cathay Pacific has announced the Airbus A350-1000’s initial routes. The A350-1000 is a stretched version of its younger sibling, the A350-900. I wrote about the A350 a few weeks ago, when Cathay Pacific revealed the seat map & cabin configuration for the aircraft.
Cathay Pacific Airbus A350 Hong Kong Airport
So, what will Cathay Pacific’s initial A350-1000 routes be?
Initial Routes of Cathay Pacific’s A350-1000
As was first reported by AirlineRoute, Cathay Pacific will initially fly the A350-1000 to Manila, Taipei, and later Bangkok.
Before Cathay Pacific flies A350-1000 on long-haul flights, both the cockpit crew and cabin crew need to be familiar with the aircraft. As a result, Cathay schedules some of these regional flights crew familiarization purposes.
Cathay Pacific A350-900 Premium Economy Cabin
The A350-1000’s inaugural flight will be on August 1, operating between Hong Kong and Manila as follows:
Cathay Pacific 907 Hong Kong to Manila dep. 07:50 arr. 09:55
Cathay Pacific 906 Manila to Hong Kong dep. 11:00 arr. 13:30
On the same day operations on the A350-1000 to Taipei will commence as follows:
Cathay Pacific 472 Hong Kong to Taipei dep. 15:50 arr. 17:35
Cathay Pacific 473 Taipei to Hong Kong dep. 18:40 arr. 20:45
Cathay Pacific hasn’t announced which frequency they’ll be operating the A350-1000 to Bangkok on, though the A350 will start hopping on the route from October onwards.
The flights are already bookable on Cathay Pacific, though are subject to aircraft equipment swaps, so I wouldn’t be way too excited (yet) when securing a seat on one of these flights. To compare, while Cathay Pacific’s first A350-900 flights were slated for May 2016, they started exactly a month later, in June.
Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-900 Hong Kong Airport
I’m really excited for Cathay Pacific’s new A350. It’ll feature a new cabin configuration and refreshed seats, with a longer business class cabin, a bigger premium economy cabin with a dedicated lavatory, though reportedly will feature a brand new economy seat, which will be great. I can’t wait to hitch a ride on one of these new A350-1000s!